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Foundation and empire by Isaac Asimov

Foundation and empire (original 1952; edition 1952)

by Isaac Asimov

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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?
Title:Foundation and empire
Authors:Isaac Asimov
Info:[London] : Panther, 1962, c1952
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Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov (1952)

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Foundation and Empire continues the big ideas of the first book (Foundation), but with more of a central character in Bayta. Like foundation, Foundation and Empire is also idea-driven rather than character-driven. However, having said that, the characters are portrayed sufficiently well enough for them to feel alive. This time there is also a mystery to solve in try to discover the identity of a powerful enemy. Overall, a satisying read. I will now go straight on to the third in the trilogy - Second Foundation. ( )
  Hoppy500 | Dec 1, 2021 |
I enjoyed the second book in this series more, possibly because it consisted of one story and not 5 as the previous books, and one got time to spend with some of the characters. ( )
  ilsevr1977 | Nov 23, 2021 |
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation and Empire. 1952. Foundation No. 2 (Publication order). Spectra, 2004.
Foundation and Empire is not really a novel. It is two loosely connected novellas, first published as magazine stories in the mid-1940s. They advance the history of the Foundation created by Hari Seldon to shorten the dark age that will follow the collapse of the galactic empire. The first novella centers on Bel Rios, an ambitious general who hopes to conquer the Foundation, now a successful trading power at the edge of the galaxy. In the end, he cannot defeat his own ruthless and moribund government. The second brings in a real foil to Seldon’s plan, The Mule, a mutant who has paranormal powers of mind control. The Mule, as a character, is an outlier in almost every way, and so is the novella. In the Mule, Asimov throws a bone to readers who may be uncomfortable with the lack of individual agency men have over historical trends. I suspect it sounded vaguely Marxist to Cold War readers. They should not have worried. The Foundation seems to owe much of its success to the enterprise of individuals and the skills of its leaders. Seldon used his badly named “psychohistory” to predict large-scale historical trends. In Second Foundation it is more accurately described as the “quintessence of sociology.” But Asimov was more influenced by classical history than by modern psychological and sociological theory. The encyclopedists of the Foundation are like Medieval monks preserving Greek and Latin texts. Asimov has said the model for the galactic empire can be found in Edward Gibbon’s history of the Roman Empire. The mercantile empire established by the Foundation of Terminus resembles the world trade that developed in Europe in late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Each novella works well as a stand-alone piece, but if you are hoping for a smooth chronology of Asimov’s galactic history, you will go away grinding your teeth. Even so, Foundation and Empire is a science fiction classic. 4.5 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Oct 31, 2021 |
I never really got into this book, so I kept forgetting who was who and how they stood in the story, and reading it as my book at bedtime with some long gaps between readings didn't help. I also felt Bayta was underused and when she appeared, she was treated as a cardboard cutout of a woman rather than as a real character. ( )
  mari_reads | Oct 13, 2021 |
This one seemed to have a bit more story, what with the coming of the Mule. The writing is still really rough, though a touch less preachy this time around. The dialogue continues to grate.

Onward to the last of the original trilogy and, I suspect, where Asimov should have left the series end. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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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
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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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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