History Literature / Foundation

15th Mar '17 7:08:39 PM bajiru
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** Subverted with the reveal of the Second Foundation's true purpose. Not only have they kept Psychohistory alive, they've advanced it far past what Seldon himself dreamed of.
5th Mar '17 11:15:48 AM john_e
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* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell. After she has the EurekaMoment that allows her father Toran to (apparently) root out the Second Foundation, he's still suspicious enough to test her for signs of mental tampering. She passes -- only because the real Second Foundation had altered her personality shortly after she was born on Trantor, before any personality traits had formed to be removed. The First Speaker justifies it by claiming that the "precious and intelligent personality" given to her was a benefit.]]

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* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell. After she has the EurekaMoment that allows her father Toran to (apparently) root out the Second Foundation, he's still suspicious enough to test her for signs of mental tampering. She passes -- only because the real Second Foundation had altered her personality shortly after she was born on Trantor, before any personality traits had formed to be removed. The First Speaker justifies it by claiming that the "precious "precocious and intelligent personality" given to her was a benefit.]]
5th Mar '17 10:50:48 AM john_e
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* InterruptedBath: ''The Traders'' opens with the protagonist being interrupted in his shower by a fellow Trader bringing him an urgent assignment.
4th Feb '17 7:24:31 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* MrSmith: Well, Jan Smite, to be precise.



* MrSmith: Well, Jan Smite, to be precise.

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* MrSmith: Well, Jan Smite, MotiveRant: Played straight by The Mule when he gets caught in Foundation and Empire; then he proudly points out that while the conditions of this defeat have bummed him out and denied him the chance to be precise.eliminate a powerful potential enemy, he hasn't lost anything and in fact still has the upper hand. Then he just leaves because he has a galaxy to rule.
26th Jan '17 6:25:32 PM PaulA
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* AbsurdlyCoolCity: Trantor. It covers all the planet, it's the capital of the galactic empire, and continues many kilometers underground.



* AgonyBeam: The Neuronic Whip, which directly stimulates nerve receptors. This results in a rather warped conversation in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth''; while exploring the ruins of a once-human-inhabited planet, the protagonists are attacked by mutated dogs. Trevize's DisintegratorRay is almost useless, as the dogs appear to have no survival instincts and continue their assault no matter how many of them die. But when he hits them with the whip, they scatter at a slight telepathic nudge from Bliss. As Asimov considered violence to be perverse, even in self-defense, this is something of an AccidentalAesop.

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* AgonyBeam: The Neuronic Whip, which directly stimulates nerve receptors. This results in a rather warped conversation in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth''; ''Foundation and Earth''; while exploring the ruins of a once-human-inhabited planet, the protagonists are attacked by mutated dogs. Trevize's DisintegratorRay is almost useless, as the dogs appear to have no survival instincts and continue their assault no matter how many of them die. But when he hits them with the whip, they scatter at a slight telepathic nudge from Bliss. As Asimov considered violence to be perverse, even in self-defense, this is something of an AccidentalAesop.


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* AlreadyTheCase: In ''Second Foundation'', a student in the titular organization tells the First Speaker that there is a high chance the First Foundation had shifted its focus to anti-telepath research in order to fight them. The Speaker states it has already happened.


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* MindRape: The Mule has this ability, and ruthlessly uses it on the poor Second Foundation decoy who ends up completely brain-dead by the end of it.


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* TwoAliasesOneCharacter:
** Chetter Hummin/Eto Demerzel/[[spoiler:R. Daneel Olivaw]]
** First Speaker of the Second Foundation/[[spoiler:Preem Palver, farmer. If you know Latin you could figure it out.]]
** In the second half of ''Foundation and Empire'', [[spoiler:Magnifico Giganticus, who claims to be The Mule's escaped jester]] is actually The Mule. The fact that nearly every description the reader gets of The Mule comes from Magnifico (it's explicitly pointed out that Magnifico is so clearly terrified of The Mule that his descriptions are probably grossly exaggerated) helps obscure this.
7th Jan '17 5:35:54 PM ztyran
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* TallPoppySyndrome: General Bel Riose suffers from this due to the decay of the Empire by this point. It basically pointed out that by this point a strong Emperor has no strong subjects due to fear of overthrow and rebellion.
29th Dec '16 2:21:32 PM binaroid
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* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell]]

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* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler:Arkady Darrell]]Darrell. After she has the EurekaMoment that allows her father Toran to (apparently) root out the Second Foundation, he's still suspicious enough to test her for signs of mental tampering. She passes -- only because the real Second Foundation had altered her personality shortly after she was born on Trantor, before any personality traits had formed to be removed. The First Speaker justifies it by claiming that the "precious and intelligent personality" given to her was a benefit.]]
29th Dec '16 12:20:22 PM WillKeaton
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As far as adaptations are concerned, back in the 70s, the BBC did a Radio Drama adaptation which can be found on the [[http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy Internet Archive]]. Apparently, at one point Creator/RolandEmmerich, of all people, was planning on making a film trilogy out of the first three books, but the project fell into DevelopmentHell and never came out.

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As far as adaptations are concerned, back in the 70s, the BBC did a Radio Drama adaptation which can be found on the [[http://www.archive.org/details/IsaacAsimov-TheFoundationTrilogy Internet Archive]]. Archive.]] Apparently, at one point Creator/RolandEmmerich, of all people, was planning on making a film trilogy out of the first three books, but the project fell into DevelopmentHell and never came out.
23rd Dec '16 9:20:39 AM DavidCowie
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* UnusualEuphemism:
** Most of the books' profanity, primarily "Space!" or "Great Galaxy!". Some is also a {{Continuity Nod}} to the Religion of Science established in "The Mayors".
** Ebling Mis in ''Foundation and Empire'' swore by literally saying "unprintable."
*** He doesn't. There is an explicit mention of his "favorite curses", they are merely censored.

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* UnusualEuphemism:
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UnusualEuphemism: Most of the books' profanity, primarily "Space!" or "Great Galaxy!". Some is also a {{Continuity Nod}} to the Religion of Science established in "The Mayors".
** Ebling Mis in ''Foundation and Empire'' swore by literally saying "unprintable."
*** He doesn't. There is an explicit mention of his "favorite curses", they are merely censored.
Mayors".
6th Dec '16 4:45:29 AM LordInsane
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** By ''Foundation's Edge'' the Second Foundation has begun to experiment with mental gestalts. They're still far from Gaia (the main use the Foundation has come up with is simply being set up so that a Second Foundationer on the scene can draw from more mental power than he himself possesses), [[spoiler: but it is probably not a coincidence that the book ends with the Second Foundation's representative in the climactic showdown leaving, slightly mind-altered by Gaia, with the idea to encourage more and deeper work on the gestalts...]]
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