Foundation and Empire
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES
The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov’s iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon’s two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
The First Foundation survived...more
«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...more
There's no arguing the brilliance of Asimov's ideas -- ...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 ...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 ...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
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, ...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 ...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.
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.
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 ...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
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
Voted to the Locus Poll of All Time Great Science Fiction Novels.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I first read the trilogy while in college, and was fascinated. This triggered a ...more
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 ...more
Note: The rest of this review is being withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and ...more
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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 ...more