Foundation and Empire (Foundation (Publication Order) #2)
Galardonada con el premio Hugo a la mejor serie de ciencia ficción de todos los tiempos, la trilogía de las Fundaciones o "ciclo de Trántor" describe la caída del Imperio Galáctico y la lucha de una dinastía de científicos "psicohistoriadores" contra la decadencia.
Los tres libros que componen la serie Fundación, Fund...more
There's no arguing the brilliance of Asimov's ideas -- o...more
The laws of history are as absolute as the laws of physics, and if probabilities of error are greater, it is only because history does not deal with as many humans as physics does atoms.
Often, the best direction to take an episodic series built around a fantastical or science fictional idea is to use the first, or first few, installments to establish the concept and central mechanic and, after that’s done, to start fucking with it. We need a few Superman stories (although these days a vigne...more
Alright here it is finally. I might end up complaining about a lot of things in this book, but its only because i love Asimov's books a lot and i like them to be nothing short of perfect!
Taking off from where it is left in Foundation, this book can be divided in to two parts - Before Mule and After Mule.
Before Mule - the story is about the 4th Seldon Crisis - the attack of the Empire on the Foundation and the subsequent rise of the Foundation (aka downfall of Empire) as the most dominant r...more
Unfortunately the execution has been un-exciting so far. Sure exciting things happen, and there was a big reveal at the end of this one AND he pulled a somewhat surprising punch and had the series seemingly switch gears midway (spoiler: the Foundation is defeated!) , whic...more
The second story focuses on the Mule, a conqueror who is d...more
Lo que nos cuenta. El derrumbamiento del Imperio Galáctico previsto por el psicohistoriador Hari Seldon se había producido y su proyecto, la Fundación, había tomado la antorcha del mantenimiento del saber. Tras doscientos años, su proyecto enciclopédico quedó en un segundo plano pasando a ser un foco de civilización que hasta ahora, afrontando diversos desafíos potencialmente catastróficos con éxito, controla una cuarta...more
I was impressed by the first Foundation novel in the trilogy partly due to the lack of reliance on gritty, visceral combat scenes which push the narrative for many space-themed novels. This novel was similarly balanced with the same enjoyable result.
Foundation and Empire, like the first book in the trilogy (and many of Asimov's novels in general), focus on the twisted and complicated politics of the ruling classes. We are shown the story like the proverbial 'fly on...more
The book presents two separate but related novella-length stories, painting a sweeping saga of galactic intrigue. It expands the concepts and ideas from the first novel. None of the original characters are present but they are mentioned and their influence ever present. Again, each story unfolds against a Seldom crisis, a particular problematic period in the history of the Foun...more
That said, I have a hard time enjoying big ideas when the writing is so flawed. My big issue is with the ridiculous, flat-yet-bizarre characters. Asimov's...more
The book is divided to two parts – the first is shorter, but I believe it is also more interesting, intelligent and entertaining. It is fun and has an idea. The second part, describing the problems of Foundation with so called Mule – a genetic mutant who is able to lead a war against Foundation and win aga...more
People should not expect anything more than two dimensional characters in a space opera; especially if they are reading this book after Foundation #1. The characters are only here to serve the plot, and I am fine with that.
Normally I wouldn't complain about an obvious plot twist, but this is a book with no character development and almost no action. By writing such a cerebral book, one would assume that Asimov was expecting readers to be...more
Asimov, the true founder of th...more
The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity’s light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.
Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the g
As Krin pointed out in her comment on my post about Foundation, the way technology is handled in the books is interesting (or off-putting, depending on how you take it), from a retro-futuristic perspective. It's all about the "atomics" - all the cool adv...more
First, I liked how Asimov gets to the point rather quickly. While no doubt my reading experience would have been bettered had I at least read the Foundation first, I never f...more
This second book in the trilogy is a bi...more
This is a trilogy with grand scope. The great galactic empire is falling, and the great psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, is the only one who knows how to shorten the period of chaos that will engulf the galaxy until a second empire is established. To this end, he establishes two Foundations to serve as the seeds of the new empire. This is their story.
As with much older science fict...more
Like the previous book, the passage of time weighs heavy on the story. However, this book adds juicy details such as palace intrigue, wars and rumors of war, a seemingly unstoppable arch-villain,...more
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more