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Foundation and Empire

(Foundation (Publication Order) #2)

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Librarian's Note: Alternate-cover edition for ASIN B000FC1PWK

Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...?
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Spectra (first published 1952)
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Inga There's still pretty much the same gender roles as in the 50s (with women being housewives, and men getting all the active roles). I guess Bayta is…moreThere's still pretty much the same gender roles as in the 50s (with women being housewives, and men getting all the active roles). I guess Bayta is sort of an exception, but I can't reveal more about her. The tech they use is very old-fashioned, too, and the way they communicate with each other doesn't seem too different from when the book was written.

On the other hand, the books deal with general elements of human nature, such as curiosity, comradeship, but also greed, vengeance. Ignorance vs knowledge. In that respect, I think these books are timeless.(less)
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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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
527. Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2), Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire is a science fiction novel by 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.
امپراطوری کهشکشانها کتاب دوم- ایزاک آسیموف - شقایق؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1990
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
Miltos Sideras
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τολμώ να πω ότι το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς μου άρεσε ακόμη περισσότερο.
Σίγουρα δεν έχει το αρχικό ξάφνιασμα του πρώτου, καθώς πλέον μου ήταν περισσότερο οικείοι οι όροι και ο τρόπος με τα οποία ο Ασίμοφ δομεί αυτό το πραγματικό έπος, το βρήκα όμως περισσότερο δεμένο και συμπαγές. Σίγουρα έπαιξε ρόλο ότι στο Foundation and Empire εκτυλίσσονται ουσιαστικά δύο ιστορίες, σε αντίθεση με τις τέσσερις του αρχικού Foundation.
Και βέβαια η ιστορία του "The Mule" είναι μακράν από τις καλύτερες που έχουν
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,
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
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.
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! ;)


Another one of my reviews which has proved prophetic today. I am getting so good at this so as to frighten myself.
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
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
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
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
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
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Aziz Varlık
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Varu teikt, ka man zinātniskās fantastikas jomā šis gads ir izdevies. Reti gadās, ka pēkšņi latviešu valodā tiek publicēta žanra klasika, kura iepriekš nemaz nav tulkota. Vēl retāk gadās, ka tās ir sērijas abas pirmās grāmatas. Es zināju par šīs grāmatas iznākšanu un ļoti gaidīju tā, ka katru dienu iegāju grāmatu bodē, lai pārbaudītu, vai nav jau tikusi līdz bodes plauktiem. Ar atsauksmes uzrakstīšanu gan tik ļoti nevedās, un pagāja vesels pusmēnesis (kalendārais) līdz saņēmos.

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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
Paulo Ratz
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cacete, que livraço! Primeiro livro do ano lido e essa história me deixa mais envolvido a cada capítulo. É claro que, o primeiro livro dessa série é melhor e esse segundo só fica incrível da metade para o final, por isso perdeu 1 estrela, mas que história rica, complexa, envolvente.

Não é pra qualquer um, é um Star Wars com menos guerra e mais política, conspiração e filosofia, mas que prazer ter descoberto essa série. Há muito tempo não lia um livro atrás do outro da mesma saga. Eu quero viver
Cavanşir Gadimov
Asimov'un Vakıf serisinin ikinci kitabı ve birinci kitaba göre bence çok daha akıcı ve zevkli. Tabii birinci kitap aslında serinin temellerini oluşturuyor. Ancak burada ise artık bildiğimiz bir galaksi ve devam eden bir öykü var. Bir imparatorluğun çöküşü, güçlenmesine rağmen imparatorluk gibi yozlaşan bir vakıf ve hala çözüm arayan bir avuç insan.
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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
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
Buğra Aydoğan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vakıf ve İmparatorluk, Vakıf serisinin tavsiye edilen okuma sırasına göre ikinci, Vakıf'ın kronolojik sıralamasına göre dördüncü kitabı. İlk kitaptan farklı olarak zamanda atlamalara pek rastlanmıyor. Dördüncü Seldon krizine odaklanılarak kitapta Katır tanıtılıyor.

Vakıf yapısı nedeniyle her kitabı ayrı incelenecek bir seri değil ve Türkiye'de yayınlanma süreci biraz sorunlu. Özellikle çeviriyle ve serinin geleceğiyle ilgili bazı problemler var gibi gözüküyor. Bu nedenle Vakıf üzerinde aynı şeyle
Vicente Ribes
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tan entretenida como la primera de la saga pero con una estructura totalmente diferente. Asimov deja los relatos y saltos temporales de la primera parte de la saga para introducirnos un nuevo personaje central, un villano que cambiará el porvenir de La fundación y el Imperio estelar: El mulo. Un ser que la psicohistoria de Hari Seldon no pudo preveer y cuyo mayor poder es el manejo de las mentes, algo que lo convierte en el soberano de los diferentes reinos que va visitando y que es la amenaza m ...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.
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
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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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