Foundation and Empire

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
Foundation and Empire 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

  • Title: Foundation and Empire
  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Foundation and Empire”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 Founda [...]

    3. from the Earth Journal of Scientific Analyst SLJLK92349UO, Earth Invasion Exploratory UnitHumans 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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, [...]

    7. 527. Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2), Isaac Asimovامپراطوری کهشکشانها کتاب دوم- ایزاک آسیموف - شقایق؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانشماه مارس سال 1990 میلادیعنوان: جنگ امپراطوری کهکشانها کتاب دوم - از سری بنیاد؛ نوشته: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: حسن اصغری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371؛ در 396 صمجموعهٔ بنیاد نام مجموعه‌ای هفت ج [...]

    8. 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.

    9. 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! ;)9/11/2016Another one of my reviews which has proved prophetic today. I am getting so good at this so as to frighten myself.

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 2016Well 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.2017As 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 MuleMoreover, 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 [...]

    16. (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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 S [...]

    19. Foundation and Empire is one of the most interesting books in the Foundation series. It begins with the Foundation being at war with the Empire and General Bel Riose, but goes on to become a much more complicated story about the issues with the Seldon Plan and an excellent segway between Foundation and Second Foundation. The story of the Mule is also one of the most unforeseen yet excellent plot twists in the series. The Mule brought about uncertainty in a book where every action has been carefu [...]

    20. 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.

    21. 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 gözük [...]

    22. 4/1/13Alright 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 [...]

    23. 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 policy and enforceme [...]

    24. 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

    25. 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.

    26. 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 [...]

    27. "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 [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. 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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