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Foundation and Empire

(Foundation (Publication Order) #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  136,657 ratings  ·  2,668 reviews
Foundation and Empire tells the incredible story of a new breed of man who create a new force for galactic government. Thus, the Foundation hurtles into conflict with the decadent, decrepit First Empire. In this struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars, man stands at the threshold of a new, enlightened life which could easily be put aside for the old forces of barbar ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 22nd 1966 by Avon (first published 1952)
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Luca Ambrosino
English (Foundation and Empire) / Italiano

«Galactic Empire was collapsing»
Less fragmented than the previous one, the second novel of the Foundation series is divided only into two time bands, respectively 150 and 230 years after the birth of the Foundation. With a new "Seldon Crisis" at hand, a formidable enemy, the Mule, equipped with almost supernatural powers, moves against the Foundation.

I enjoyed the Isaac Asimov technique to divide the novel into different temporal phases to better describ

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blakeR
Less episodic than the first (Foundation), which was a plus. But it makes all the more apparent Asimov's complete inability to create memorable or sympathetic characters. This means that each of the two halves read like over-long short stories. Part I is a suspense-thriller, solved by a ridiculous and anti-climactic deus ex machina, while Part II telegraphs its twist-ending so far in advance that the last few chapters are simply redundant.

There's no arguing the brilliance of Asimov's ideas -- o
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Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov was 31 when he first published the SF classic Foundation in 1951. The next year he came out with the sequel, Foundation and Empire.

Unlike many series these days, or even a traditional series or trilogy (which this would be for 30 years) the first part, introducing readers to Hari Seldon and psychohistory and to the beginning of Seldon’s millennia plan, was more of a prequel to the larger scope and more interesting plot brought out in Foundation and Empire.

The leaders of the Foundati
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mark monday
from the Earth Journal of Scientific Analyst SLJLK92349UO,
Earth Invasion Exploratory Unit


Humans will fail and fail again; this much I have learned from my time spent stationed on this muddy ball of earth, the third from its star. Humans will fail and try again, win and then fail, fail and then win, fail and then keep failing. Such is the human kind! Always doing the same things. Humans are much concerned with the concepts of "winning" and "failing", as they are with such things as "civilization
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Manny
Isaac Asimov based Foundation and Empire on Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; if you're in any doubt, consider the following lines from his well-known poem "The Foundation of SF Success":
So success is not a mystery, just brush up on your history, and borrow day by day.
Take an Empire that was Roman and you'll find it is at home in all the starry Milky Way.
With a drive that's hyperspatial, through the parsecs you will race, you'll find that plotting is a breeze,
With a tiny bit of cribbin' from
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Bradley
Split into two stories instead of many like the first book, this one feels a lot more streamlined and the Foundation has met two of its greatest foes.

One of which was expected, and one that wasn't.

The path back to stable galactic civilization is a tortuous one. The foundation always knew that it would one day have to face against the Empire, and it did, and that story was very interesting.

But the Mule?

Well, he's just fascinating. And iconic. And perhaps a bit overdone ever since then, because,
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Sanjay Gautam
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Differs considerably from its prequel while maintaining the same thrill throughout.
Simona Bartolotta
I read it half in Italian (my physical copy) and half in English (my digital copy) and I've come to the conclusion that the Italian translation sucks. Hard.

"It was strange that the Glory of the Galaxy should be a rotting corpse."

I have gone over and over what to say in this review, but I realized that at the end of the day I had already said everything in my review of Foundation, the first installment in the series. The two books are of course different (for one thing, I found this one less epis
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Markus
Foundation and Empire is sadly not as interesting as the first book in the series. It was hard to get through at times, mostly because of a total lack of suspense, depth and real characters (which is usually also the case in the first book, but that one easily gets extra points because of the brilliance of the ideas).

Still, there are many plainly visible influences to be found, and it's good enough that I definitely want to read more of these books.
Denisse
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction hardcore fans. Foundation hardcore fans
Foundation and Empire is an excellent continuation. For those who wanted more reliable characters, you will find them here. For those who enjoyed the hard psychology behind the first book, you will find that here too but briefly. I still like Foundation more, but this second installment goes into a more classical sci-fi direction without losing its philosophical serious plot. Still a very intelligent book, with an incredible pace and perfect exposition. An essential read if you liked the first b ...more
Nandakishore Varma
The saga continues, with the Foundation coming up against the unexpected. We are sharply reminded that psychohistory is a probabilistic science and can fail against the unpredictable.

Edit to add:

I was thinking of the mutant, Mule, who upset the carefully planned Foundation applecart.



Yes, there's very little one can do against unexpected mutants! ;)

9/11/2016

Another one of my reviews which has proved prophetic today. I am getting so good at this so as to frighten myself.
Patrick
Wow! Such a great book! I couldn't put it down! This book tied in the loose ends of Foundation, and Foundation and Empire really brought it all together with a huge bang at the end! I can’t wait to read Second Foundation to see what happens!!

Foundation and Empire is set around a century after the first book. At this point, the Empire has completely collapsed and the galaxy is divided into barbarian tribes vying for power. The Foundation is the most technologically advanced group but it doesn’t s
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Adrian
2016
Well I first read this back in the mid 70s and have re-read it (non Gr) many times since. In my view the trilogy is comparable (if not better than) LOTR which I often say is my favourite all time book. What a quandary.

2017
As their "series" read, I am reading the Foundation series ( the 7 volume version) with SF Aficionados. I have now re-read the first 2 of the original trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed. Ok so I only read them last year but each time I (re)read them I am truly astonished by the
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Michelle
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I am baffled as to why I liked this book and the previous one in the series, at least I am baffled as to how to explain it. This is about as conceptual as it gets. There is no protagonist, or maybe the protagonist is the human race, which might sound kind of original and exciting, but it really isn't. The characters themselves don't really get that much characterization, they are pawns in a game with no players and they're only "on stage" for a brief episode and then the epic sweep of time swats ...more
Apatt
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Continuing from my review of Foundation (book 1) just a few days ago, this is my take on volume 2 of the iconic original trilogy. The title Foundation and Empire is something of a misnomer as the Galactic Empire has already faded in this book and its function is more like a prop than a player. When I first looked at the titles of the books in this trilogy in my teens I was also a little confused that Second Foundation is actually the third book! Still, at least I didn't make the mistake of readi ...more
Trish
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Foundation trilogy was quite different from the first.

One notable difference is that instead of many, there are only 2 parts:
- The General
- The Mule
Moreover, each chapter has its own title now instead of just a number.

That is only the difference in form however and therefore only a first indication. The author also changed his writing style in this. Where we had shorter stories forming a mosaic in the first, we now have a much more elaborate description of everything. The
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Pamela
I didn't like the first novel in this series, Foundation, at all. It was fragmentary at best, mind-numbingly boring at worst. I am surprised that people say that these are the novels that turned them on to science fiction--if it were me, I would have run screaming in directly the opposite direction.

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
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Ben Babcock
Whoaaaaa, it has been five years since I reread Foundation! I didn’t realize how long it had been. I’ve had Foundation and Empire, and most of the other books, sitting in a pile in my old bedroom for a long time. For some reason, I had it in my head that Second Foundation, the one book I was missing, was the second book in the series (I wonder why); I was waiting and waiting to find a battered, old copy of it at my used bookstore and never did. Eventually I broke down and bought it new, only to ...more
Jim
I liked this better than the first one because of the Mule, a very interesting character. it's definitely a second book in that it bridges the first & third, so should be read in order. I don't think anyone would be lost as the books are very self inclusive, but a lot of flavor would be missing.

This has always been held up as one of the big classics in SF. While it did appear at a turning point of SF, it certainly didn't wow me. I think Poul Anderson's work at about the same time was on par
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Stephen
4.5 stars. Part two of the classic Foundation Trilogy. This is class science fiction at its best and is a really fun series to re-visit every now and then. Highly Recommended!!

Voted to the Locus Poll of All Time Great Science Fiction Novels.
Muddle head
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Asimov fans
Recommended to Muddle head by: Claussius
Shelves: sci-fi
4/1/13
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
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Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific continuation of the story begun in Foundation!

In Foundation, we see the fall of the Galactic Empire, and the first two hundred years of the rise of the Foundation – the embryo project that will eventually lead to the Second Galactic Empire… as long as it carefully follows the plan that Hari Seldon, mathematician, as carefully predicted and set up.

In Foundation and Empire, we pick up soon after the first book left off. The Foundation has successfully met and overcome each Seldo
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Ariane Nazemi
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ross Blocher
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foundation and Empire continues the narrative established in Asimov's Foundation; this time in two parts instead of five (the original trilogy was first issued as a series of short stories for Astounding Magazine). That means there are fewer chronological leaps, and thankfully fewer characters to track. There's also a shift in storytelling with the introduction of a new, powerful villain called "The Mule" who upsets Hari Seldon's long-term plans for the galaxy after three centuries of predictabi ...more
Eric Allen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, Foundation and Empire did something a little different from the first book. It still had a little bit at the beginning about another crisis that the Foundation had to get through, but then it moves into throwing a wrench into the works. The plan to found the second empire within 1000 years is thrown off by the introduction of the Mule, a single man with the power to control the emotions of others and inspire absolute devotion in them sets out to conquer the Foundation and found his own new e ...more
Steven Peterson
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Foundation and Empire," the second in a trilogy of classic science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov, is a must read for historians of science fiction. For those who like science fiction itself, this volume is also valuable. Asimov can madden, especially in his early novels, but his imagination is wonderful. His strength is conceptualizing systems (whether empires or cultures) and he often plays with big ideas.

I first read the trilogy while in college, and was fascinated. This triggered a long-la
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Diane
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I didn't like it as well as the first. It all seemed kind of random and you weren't clear what was going on. It picked up at the end, though, so that was good. I will read the 3rd book in the series, but will stop after that. I don't love Asimov's style well enough to continue through two more trilogies.
Megan Baxter
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foundation and Empire has quite a bit of immediacy, and if the prose isn't sparkling, it is always sufficient for the story Asimov's trying to tell. I'd never run out and quote a line, rapturously. But I'd almost always be willing to sit down and spend some time with him. And so it is with this one. Which I had read before, but wasn't sure until I sat down, and then, was more than willing to reread.

Note: The rest of this review is being withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and
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Katy
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading this classic series. I was not surprised at the reveal of the Mule, but enjoyed the story nonetheless.
Raúl Omar
This one was a quite hard book to review.

For instance, this book would require two separate reviews. Its two parts are completely different: I detested the first half. The second one is a little bit more potable.

The first part is very similar in it's structure to the tales told in Foundation. This time, with an increased level of complexity. I got lost in all the political implications, this part seemed never ending, to a great extent, I believe, because of the never ending dialogues that try t
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers 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 o
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