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Foundation and Empire (1952)

by Isaac Asimov

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Series: Foundation (4), Asimov's Universe (14), Foundation Expanded Universe (12)

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13,036156469 (3.98)1 / 122
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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I can’t remember which book I like more, the first or this one. This story is a bit more choppy than the first, telling different stories in different parts. It felt made for a periodical rather than the form of the novel. That said, by the end Asimov had me gripped to finish. And he spoke with the same galaxy-building and cultural criticism you become so found of in the first. Not overall disappointing with somethings improved (some amazing characters) and somethings lost (continuity). ( )
  Aidan767 | Feb 1, 2024 |
After prevailing in conflict against the neighboring small kingdoms Foundation finds itself in direct conflict with the remnants of the Empire (first true military push from the old Empire) and new force, the Mule, much more potent and unpredictable (even for Seldon's plan) against which only the mysterious Second Foundation can prevail.

Asimov manages to paint a wonderful picture of ever-changing society, from use of the religious control of the masses to the rise of mercantile state to finally strong merchant mini-empire that manages to forget its own roots and saw discord between itself and free states that are opposed to haegemony. As we follow the Foundation's heroes through the ups and downs (where heroes from the past get called criminals by the current government because of their resistance to ever creeping corruption) we are shown how society changes and how unexpected opposition in times of strife can endanger even the most meticulous plan.

Story ends on a cliff-hanger, Foundation is at its lowest since its creation and the Mule, mysterious mutant psychic, although denied the information on Second Foundation is not ready to let it go.Cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Recommended to fans of SF and epic space opera. ( )
  Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |
In the end, this book had more variety than its predecessor Foundation. Nevertheless, the ending is weak, strongly suggesting a reliance on at least another book to complete the series. However, a successor does not alone justify Foundation and Empire's existence. I will read the third book, Second Foundation, but any satisfaction that book gives will never repair the reading of this one. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Me Gusto mas Fundacion. Algo llamativo fue la ultima pagina del libro, nada que ver con la historia sino la forma. ( )
  Presagios | Nov 27, 2023 |
Childishly written and full of the most ridiculous improbabilities.

I enjoyed Foundation, but I did think it was front loaded. If humanity is labouring under a misapprehension and being manipulated why are we being told stories about various random people? Why do the stories matter? I think Foundation and Empire suffers throughout from this problem that afflicted just the second half of Foundation.

So here we have two stories. The first, The General, is the worst. It consists of various incredibly boring scenes where two characters sit about talking. I use the term characters advisedly. Off-scene some events take place but we don’t see any of it happen. Why tell a story about the fall of an Empire without showing it, and saying why it matters, without making it a human story? The Second story, The Mule, is perhaps better. There are some elements that tie in to the greater series. I almost two starred it, but that really would be grasping at straws. The General was so bad that in comparison anything else might seem worthwhile.

Asimov’s whole approach to his material is ill thought out and poorly conceived. ( )
  Lukerik | Jul 4, 2023 |
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added by jimcripps | editNew York Times, J. Francis McComas (pay site) (Nov 23, 1952)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Asimov, Isaacprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Mark and Henry for patience and endurance.
To the memory of my father
(1896-1969)
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The Galactic Empire was falling.
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Cela semble être une tentation insurmontable que de renoncer à un pouvoir politique compromis si cet abandon doit assurer votre emprise sur les affaires économiques.
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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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