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Foundation and Empire (Foundation (Publication Order) #2)

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Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire—still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire’s ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Spectra Books (first published 1952)
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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
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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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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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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
527. Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2), Isaac Asimov
امپراطوری کهشکشانها کتاب دوم- ایزاک آسیموف - شقایق؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانشماه مارس سال 1990 میلادی
عنوان: جنگ امپراطوری کهکشانها کتاب دوم - از سری بنیاد؛ نوشته: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: حسن اصغری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371؛ در 396 ص
مجموعهٔ بنیاد نام مجموعهای هفت جلدی از آیزاک آسیموف است؛ که مشهورترین مجموعهٔ علمی-تخیلی خوانده شده است. داستان این مجموعه به ترتیب زمان انتشار پیش نمیرود، بلکه آسیموف نخست جلدهای سوم (بنیاد)، چهارم (بنیاد و امپراطوری) و پنجم (
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Brad
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Markus
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2017
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.
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.
Denisse
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mahdi Lotfi
روز دوم ژانویه سالروز تولد ایزاک آسیموف((Isaac Asimov )) نویسنده ی برجسته در عرصه علم عامه فهم و یکی از بهترین و برجستهترین نویسندگان داستانهای علمی - تخیلی است که در شهر پتروچی شوروی سابق به دنیا آمد. او فرزند یودا و آنا آسیموف بود که در سال 1923 به ایالات متحده آمریکا مهاجرت کردند و آسیموف در سال 1928 تبعه آمریکا شد.
آسیموف از ابتدا نبوغ خود را در آموختن نشان داد و چند کلاس را یک مرتبه بالا رفت که موفق به دریافت دیپلم در 15 سالگی شد. با داستان علمی - تخیلی از طریق مجلاتی که در مغازه پدرش بود آش
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Michelle
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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Apatt
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Matt
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
(Cross-posted to my sci-fi blog, Android Dreamer.)

Having now read three of Isaac Asimov's and been thoroughly disappointed by two of them, I feel comfortable in saying that in my opinion Asimov is a writer of great ideas and worlds with rather poor actual execution. Foundation and Empire is a terribly boring novel. The series as a whole is high concept, with one of the more memorable characters of the medium in Hari Seldon, but I feel as though the first book is really all that is necessary.

Asim
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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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Ariane Nazemi
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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Megan Baxter
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Kübra Yağmur
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Seri hakkındaki genel yorumum burada bulunmaktadır.

Psiko-tarih ve Hari Saldon'ın hesaplamaları bu kitapla birlikte bozulduğundan mıdır nedir ben ilkine göre daha bir beğendim. :D
Diane
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Greg
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
It's been a long time since I actually finished a book I hated through and through as much as I hated F&E, but I was determined that if I was going to give this a bad review I had to go ahead and read the entire thing to justify the rating in the face of those who feel one has to read an entire novel to have a valid opinion of its quality. Normally when I know after ten pages that I'm going to genuinely dislike a book I don't read much further.

I was hoping this would be better than Foundatio
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Steven Peterson
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
"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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Daniel Gonçalves
To fully appreciate this book - or series of novels - it is advisable to shift the focus and adapt to the times in which it was written.

The 1950's were booming with eagerness to explore the universe and conquer the worlds. Yet, Asimov talks about the distant future in the "Foundation" saga. By trying to predict a luminous, exciting reality for human kind, he might have gotten slightly out of control, in my view. What astounds me, is the realization that he was having a lot of fun while writing
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Bill
Jan 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Book 1 of this novel was an effort. The only reason I stuck with it was I had read in other reviews that Book II, The Mule, more than made up for it. Well, 50 pages into The Mule was when it struck me that I really didn't care anymore. So I flew ahead to the last two chapters just to cut to the chase and satisfy my curiousity of The Mule.
So, Asimov was a giant of SF huh? I can see how this series is classic; his vision of humanity's political progressions and cycles are certainly impressive, and
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Peter
This volume improves on Foundation with a more mature style of writing. It is not often you can see a writer naturally rather than artificially change their technique.

Another even older edition that I just had to read (see Foundation review).

Highly recommended.
Chasm Myth
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The clash against the Empire was inevitable. The Foundation was small but more advanced, while the Empire was massive as fuck. This conflict though, seem to me, only served as introduction to show the extent of Hari Seldon's psychohistory; the people of the Foundation really put much faith in it. Such reliance of "scientific" prophecy made them arrogant and complacent. The Foundation grew too big and began to possess some traits of ugly bureaucracy that they opposed.

Bayta, a female character in
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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 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
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