Arkady Darell

Arcadia "Arkady" Darell is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series. She appears in Second Foundation. She is the daughter of Toran Darell II and the granddaughter of Toran and Bayta Darell (and through Bayta is a direct descendent of Hober Mallow), and becomes famous for writing historical novels and a biography of her grandmother Bayta.

At the age of fourteen, she spies on her father and his co-conspirators who are hunting down the Second Foundation. She stows away on Homir Munn’s spaceship when he travels to Kalgan to study the palace of the Mule. Lord Stettin, who is the ruler of Kalgan, initially refuses Munn’s request to study the Mule’s palace, but soon takes an interest in Arkady as a potential wife. Stettin’s mistress Lady Callia helps Arkady to escape, accidentally revealing herself to be an agent of the Second Foundation and leading Arkady to the location of the Second Foundation.

During her escape, Arkady decides to go to Trantor rather than Terminus. She has the good luck of running into Preem Palver and his wife, who live on Trantor. They help her in her journey, and when they arrive on Trantor, Arkady persuades Palver that he could profitably supply food to Terminus. Palver takes Arkady's clue to the Second Foundation's location; however, the Second Foundation has been carefully supervising the entire process, and they remain undiscovered on Trantor.

Fictional biography

Arkady Darell was born in 362 FE (12428 GE) on Trantor near the Imperial Library.[1] The nature of Darell's birth indicates that her mind was tampered with in order to run to completion the Seldon plan.[1]:p. 222 Darell's birth was contrived to be on Trantor for an intervention; she was the recipient of a control by the Second Foundation as a new-born infant as the emotional bias could remain undetected by brainwave pattern analysis in her blank slate of mind.

Darell's mother died on Trantor three years after her birth in 365.

Arkady Darell lived at 55 Channel Drive, Stanmark, Terminus City.[1]:p. 186


  1. ^ a b c Asimov, Isaac (1953). Second Foundation. Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 182.

Arkady (Russian: Арка́дий, translit. Arkadiy) is a Russian masculine given name, ultimately derived from the Latin name Arcadius. Notable people with the name include:


Arkady Andreasyan (born 1947), Armenian former football player and manager

Arcady Aris (1901–1942), Chuvash writer

Arkady Averchenko (1881–1925), Russian playwright and satirist

Arkady Babchenko (born 1977), Russian journalist

Arcady Boytler (1895–1965), Russian Mexican filmmaker

Arkady Mikhailovich Chernetsky (born 1950), mayor of Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia as of 2007

Arkady Chernyshev (1914–1992), Soviet ice hockey and soccer player

Arkady Fiedler (1894–1985), Polish writer, journalist and adventurer

Arkady Filippenko (1912–1983), Soviet Ukrainian composer

Arkady Gaidar (1904–1941), Soviet writer whose stories were very popular among Soviet children

Arkady Kots (1872–1943), Russian proletarian poet of Jewish descent

Arkady Luxemburg, Moldovan composer

Arkady Malov (1928–1995), Chuvash poet and translator

Arkady Migdal (1911–1991), Soviet physicist, member of the USSR Academy of Sciences

Arkady Mordvinov (1896–1964), Soviet architect and construction manager

Arkady Plastov (1893–1972), Russian social realist painter

Arkady Pogodin (1901–1975), Soviet singer

Arkady Raikin (1911–1987), Soviet stand up comedian of Jewish descent

Arcady Ruderman (1950–1992), Belarusian documentary filmmaker

Arkady Rylov (1870–1939), Russian and Soviet Symbolist painter

Arkady Shevchenko (1930–1998), Ukrainian Soviet diplomat who defected to the West

Arkady Sobolev (1903–1964), Russian Soviet diplomat and ambassador to the United Nations

Arkady Strugatsky (1925–1991), Soviet Russian science fiction author

Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan (born 1939), military leader of the Armenian forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh War

Arcadi Volodos (born 1972), Russian pianist

Arkady Volsky (1932-2006), Russian politician

Arkady Vorobyov (born 1924), Russian Soviet middle-heavyweight weightlifter

Arkady Vyatchanin (born 1984), Russian swimmer who competes in the backstroke events

Arcady Zhukov, Russian scientistFictional characters:

Arkady Bogdanov, engineer and political figure in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy

Arkady Darell, teenage heroine in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series

Arkady Dolgoruky, teenage hero in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Raw Youth

Arkady Ivanovich, in the TV series The Americans

Arkady Kirilenko, antagonist in the video game Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Arkady Kirsanov, in Ivan Turgenev's novel Fathers and Sons

Arkady Kolcheck, a recurring character in the American TV series NCIS: Los Angeles

Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov, a Russian general who's secretly a henchman of the Janus crime syndicate in the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye

Arkady Renko, fictional detective, central character of seven novels by the American writer Martin Cruz Smith

Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich), in comic books published by Marvel Comics

Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov, antagonist in Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishment

Arkady, feral dragon, side character in Naomi Novik's book series Temeraire

Foundation series

The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. The additions made reference to events in Asimov's Robot and Empire series, indicating that they were also set in the same fictional universe.

The premise of the series is that the mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology. Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before a second great empire arises. Seldon's calculations also show there is a way to limit this interregnum to just one thousand years. To ensure the more favorable outcome and reduce human misery during the intervening period, Seldon creates the Foundation – a group of talented artisans and engineers positioned at the twinned extreme ends of the galaxy – to preserve and expand on humanity's collective knowledge, and thus become the foundation for the accelerated resurgence of this new galactic empire.

Hober Mallow

Hober Mallow is a fictional character in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series. He is the central protagonist of "The Merchant Princes", the final short story of Asimov's Foundation.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation" series; his other major series are the "Galactic Empire" series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, with Foundation and Earth (1986), he linked this distant future to the Robot stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction novelette "Nightfall"; in 1964, it was voted the best short science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction. Most of his popular science books explain concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. Examples include Guide to Science, the three-volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery. He wrote on numerous other scientific and non-scientific topics, such as chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, history, biblical exegesis, and literary criticism.

He was president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school, and a literary award are named in his honor.

List of Foundation series characters

This is a list of characters in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

Preem Palver

Preem Palver is a fictional character, part of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series. Palver is portrayed as a rather loud and jolly simple farmer. However, in reality he is the mastermind behind the plot to restore Hari Seldon's plan to its original course after the disruption by the Mule. This required meticulous planning, giving the Foundation a believable solution to the enigma of the Second Foundation. Preem Palver is the nineteenth First Speaker of the Second Foundation and direct descendant of Stettin Palver, another character in the Foundation universe. (In fact, Palver's name seems to mean "First Speaker"; Preem sounds like prime and Palver sounds like palaver. This is probably meant as a foreshadowing hint to the reader, since his identity as First Speaker is not revealed until the last sentence of Second Foundation.)

Second Foundation

Second Foundation is the third novel published of the Foundation Series by American writer Isaac Asimov, and the fifth in the in-universe chronology. It was first published in 1953 by Gnome Press.

Second Foundation consists of two previously published novellas originally published in Astounding Magazine (with different titles) between 1948 and 1950, making this the third volume in Asimov's Foundation series. Decades later, Asimov wrote two further sequel novels and two prequels. Later writers have added authorized tales to the series. The Foundation series is often regarded as one of Isaac Asimov's best works, along with his Robot series.

The term also describes the organization by that name which is the focus of the book. The organization's existence (and nothing more) had been revealed in Foundation, searched for in Foundation and Empire, and makes brief appearances in this novel. It would not be described in detail until Foundation's Edge.

The Foundation Trilogy (BBC Radio)

Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy was adapted for the BBC in eight hour-long episodes by Patrick Tull (episodes 1 to 4) and Mike Stott (episodes 5 to 8), directed by David Cain, first broadcast in 1973, and repeated in 1977 and 2002.

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