Foundation and Empire
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Foundation and Empire is a science fiction novel by Russian American writer Isaac Asimov originally published by Gnome Press in 1952. It is the second book in the Foundation Series, and the fourth in the in-universe chronology.
It takes place in two halves, originally published as separate novellas. The second part, "The Mule", won a Retro Hugo Award in 1996.
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«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...more
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 ...more
It never ceases to amaze me how interesting this tale is. Hi-tech galactic empire meets the History of the Fall of the Roman Empire meets a mutant.
Where's Professor X!?
But the best part is just how brainy it is. Classic for the win.
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 stab ...more
Firstly, though, it is worth mentioning that these books do not work like normal novels do. They are a little bit different. They are almost like self-contained histories in a much larger story and that story is the formation of a new empire: the foundation. So, with ea ...more
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 ...more
So success is not a mystery, just brush up on your history, and borrow day by day....more
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
This story continued where the previous book Foundation left off. Hari Seldon, used psychohistory to project that the 12,000 year old Galactic Empire will collapse in 300 years and the dark ages will reign for the next 30,000 years. But as the Emperor allo ...more
"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 ...more
A big part of what I enjoyed about Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Empire had to do with the Mule, and how this mutant tested Hari Seldon's psychohistorical predictions. The story is big, about the survival of vast galactic empires and civilization itself. I'm not sure I've read a space opera since reading ...more
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. ...more
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! ;)
Another one of my reviews which has proved prophetic today. I am getting so good at this so as to frighten myself. ...more
“society is much more easily soothed than one’s own consciousness.”
foundation & empire appears to be a somewhat worthy successor of its predecessor -- at least as far as the second half of the book is concerned.
a mixed bag of a reading experience for me, but still an interesting one!
the previous book consisted of five mini-stories detailing several crises and changes to the foundation’s government and policy; foundation and empire consists only of two parts with separate plots and ch ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
War has come to the Empire and its fall is starting. Which reminded me of The History of the Fall of the Roman Empire. *lol* Asimov MUST have read that book. Which reminds me that I need to read the whole thing (again) as well. I loved how realistic and detailed we see such a mighty power construct crumble.
Afterwards (abo ...more
Imperial warlords, Foundation dissidents, and an empire taking its last breath all vie for power in a galaxy that lies on the brink of barbarism and destruction.
I enjoyed Foundation and Empire; and though everything managed to sort itself by the end, I admit I got lost a few times regarding who was fighting for whom. What I like most about the series is seeing the future effects of small choices and conflicts. Characters are the ...more
The second entry to Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation Trilogy had a slow start but soon picked up. I found that after the introduction of Foundation, the plot of Foundation and Empire was far more concise.
I love a good puzzle, and Isaac Asimov delivers more than one. Who is the Mule and what does he want? What is the Second Foundation, where is it, and why is there one there?
I won’t go into spoilers in this bit, but I will say that the answers to those questions are not only satisfying but e ...more
Voted to the Locus Poll of All Time Great Science Fiction Novels.
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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 ...more