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Foundation and Empire

(Foundation, publication order #2)

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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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Spectra Books (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

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
(527 From 1001 Books) - Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2), Isaac Asimov

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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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
Sean Barrs
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-reads, sci-fi
It has been several years since I read Foundation, though one thing that lingers in my mind about the first instalment of the series in the scope and ambition behind the work. It is extraordinary and the brilliance continues here.

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
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
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
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,
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asimov-verse, scifi
Robot/Empire/Foundation. Book #10: Chronologically the fourth book in the Foundation series, but the second published Foundation novel released in 1952. This book, composed of two novellas, sees Asimov take space adventure and socio-political thriller story telling to the max, as the growing strength of the Foundation sees it become a target of the still military strong Galactic Empire in the shape of a glory seeking general; and then the holy grail that threatens psycho-history itself in 'The M ...more
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.
Orhan Pelinkovic
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading Foundation and Empire, the second book in the Foundation Trilogy, reminded me of a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: “In every real man, a child is hidden that wants to play.” That said, reading a SF book once in a while, can be great play.

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
Simona B
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
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.
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
Nandakishore Mridula
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! ;)


Another one of my reviews which has proved prophetic today. I am getting so good at this so as to frighten myself.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of sociopolitical sci-fi, dialogue, and cigarettes
Recommended to jade by: Koen
“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
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
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
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
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
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
Kara 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
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
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.
Tommye (The Fantasy Review)
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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?
Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Ariane Nazemi
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 & be
Eric Allen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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. ...more
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
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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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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