Foundation and Empire (Foundation (Publication Order) #2)
Led by its founding father, the great...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
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
In the first one everything in regards to writing was barebones. We knew nothing about the characters beyond what was necessary and we only got one or two chapters with each one at best...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
The Mule is purported to be a mutant, something not anticipated by Harry Seldon. And he’s gobbling up planets and empires like candy.
The story is told from several viewpoints, so it hops around a bit, but isn’t hard to follow.
This is my second reading of the book. I...more
I was hoping this would be better than Foundatio...more
Please don't take this to mean that I don't like and admire Asimov--I do! I really enjoyed the collection of stories in I, Robot (and yes, okay, I loved the movie too, and a lot of that had to do wit...more
In “The General,” the Galactic Empire is well on its way to its inevitable end, but under the command of General Bel Riose, an attack is planned against the Foundation. Bel Riose has gone mad with power and will stop a...more
After I wrote you about Foundation, and mentioned the pre-destination aspect that was troubling me, you said to keep reading, that the author would deal with it in due course. I’m beginning to see how that happens, and I think I like it.
In Asimov’s story, where the future has been mapped by a genius who is now dead and who has erased his future-predicting discipline from the world (as far as we know, but are there hints…?), are all people subject to a rigid determinism where they live...more
When a story spans centuries, such as this one, there must be a central theory or thread that ties them all together [o...more
I first read the trilogy while in college, and was fascinated. This triggered a long-la...more
The first story is not the best in my opinion. While it has one of the best characters, the character in the story is outside of the main Foundation story, and...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