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Foundation and Empire (1952)

by Isaac Asimov

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Series: Foundation (4), Foundation Expanded Universe (12)

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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, which had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets?
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It's better than the first book in the series, Foundation, but not as good as the robot series. ( )
  kimberlyrivera1473 | Sep 23, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
My personal favorite of the series! ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
As expected from Asimov, a very well written political-sci-fi that introduces just enough loose ends all throughout the books just to have them tied up neatly at the end. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
5 Stars - I've read the original Foundation Trilogy at least 4 or 5 times, and chose this time to listen to them as audiobooks. Scott Brick does an outstanding job as narrator, and even after all these repeated readings, the trilogy is still both compelling and interesting. I consider Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein to be the top two authors of science fiction. Between them they almost created the genre (though obviously H.G. Wells and Jules Verne predate them). Certainly they dominated the genre for several decades during its golden age.

Foundation and Empire is the book where the story becomes complicated. A new figure enters the picture to disrupt the expected storyline. How that happens and how it progresses makes this middle book much more compelling and vital to the trilogy, unlike The Tow Towers in The Lord of the Rings, which I have always felt was the weakest of that trilogy.

If you enjoy science fiction, then the Foundation Trilogy is required reading, but not just required, it is also very enjoyable and this middle book is what keeps the story line moving. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
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added by jimcripps | editNew York Times, J. Francis McComas (pay site) (Nov 23, 1952)
 

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Isaac Asimovprimary authorall editionscalculated
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giralt, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenthal, JeanTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scaglia, CesareTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schulz, Robert E.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Galactic Empire was falling.
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The Man Who Upset the Universe (Original title: Foundation and Empire) / Hugo Award (retro Hugo Novella 1946) for The Mule (El Mulo)
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