Foundation and Empire

Foundation and Empire

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The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. Unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women to preserve humanity's light against an inexorable tide of darkness and violence.

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 glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.

But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called The Mule--a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets . . . a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, [1952]
ISBN: 9780553293371
Branch Call Number: ASIM
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 05, 2018

2nd Foundation Book

Oct 05, 2017

Although published as a novel in 1952, “Foundation and Empire” was originally published in 1945, when Asimov was only 25 years old. It cannot, in any sense, be considered a novel. The first part, The General, is a 93-page novella, the second part, a 170-page novel whose action takes place about a century after the first part. They are connected only by a 3-page prologue and the fact that both deal with the Foundation. In its description of a war for the Galaxy between the Foundation and the Empire (or in “The Mule” by a man who would be emperor), Asimov anticipates and may have inspired Star Wars, but it is a very 1940s America version of it, where all the heavy lifting is done by cigarette-smoking white males.
I found the second part better than the first, although both are worth reading. The Mule’s identity is predictable even before it is revealed in the final chapter, but he is much the most interesting character in “Foundation and Empire”. The novella is like a paean to the idea of an all-encompassing predictive theory of psychohistory. To his credit, Asimov was too much of a realist to really believe in such a thing, and the second part shows how one man, the Mule, had a string of conquests that were absolutely inconsistent with the predictions of that same theory.

Jun 14, 2016

I enjoyed this novel more than the first one. It only has two mini-stories in it, and you get to spend most of the book with the same set of characters. The book is still very much plot/saga-driven rather than character-driven, and most of the characters still only get minimal development. The exception is the Mule, about whom information drips out painfully slowly (but that is what keeps you wanting to read - to find out more about him).

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Apr 04, 2016

I enjoyed this one more than the first Foundation novel. Asimov took the story in unexpected directions, and gave us characters that were far more memorable. He also gave the story an amazing twist that I didn't see coming. Highly recommended even if for readers that might have been luke-warm about the first novel.

btmslt Mar 13, 2012

Once again, a good adventure novel from Asimov. The first three books in the foundation series are his best works.

Feb 14, 2011

Foundation and Empire ---- by Isaac Asimov c – 1991/reprint ---- Another part of the foundation series. A good read ---- Enjoy ---- RichardPaul ----

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