Well, that’s done. Only one left to go! Huzzah!
The Foundation-fatigue is palpable.
I have also developed a healthy suspicion that anyone around me could be a robot.
That’s what happens when you read six books and they all reference how robots are secretly ruling the galaxy, manipulating humans for our own good. They are the mechanical non-human humanitarian overlords of the Galaxy!
Here is how I imagine a conversation between two robots would go:
“Check it out, Daneel, they think they have free-will, so adorable!”
“I know – I just helped this one prevent a galactic war. They think they did it themselves. So quaint, these humans!”
“If only they knew the truth.”
“Shush, don’t ruin this for them. They’re so cute when they think they’re in control.”
“Yeah, you’re right. Look at this one: ‘oohh I made a decision.'”
“HA! Yeah – sure you did, little guy, sure you did. So clueless!”
“Hey – did you hear the one about the Eternals?”
“Yeah! Hilarious, right?!”
Foundation’s Edge was okay. I’d rank it as tied with Forward the Foundation. My favourite book in the series is still Foundation, which is the first one.
On the bright side I have become so accustomed to the sexism and stereotyping in Asimov’s Foundation novels that they no longer get a rise out of me. I let them just sliiiiiide right by me. Like a ship Jumping through hyperspace. BOOM SPACE REFERENCE!
I now turn my eyes to Foundation and Earth. Then I will be done, and it will be marvellous.