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Foundation and Empire Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991
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THE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION, NOW STREAMING
Led by its founding father, the psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and utilizing science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Now cleverness and courage may not be enough. For the Empire—the mightiest force in the Galaxy—is even more dangerous in its death throes. Even worse, a mysterious entity called the Mule has appeared with powers beyond anything humanly conceivable. Who—or what—is the Mule? And how is humanity to defend itself against this invulnerable avatar of annihilation?
Filled with nail-biting suspense, nonstop action, and cutting-edge speculation, Foundation and Empire is the story of humanity’s perpetual struggle against the darkness that forever threatens to overwhelm the light—and of how the courage of even a determined few can make all the difference in the universe.
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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.
- ASIN : 0553293370
- Publisher : Spectra; later printing edition (November 1, 1991)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553293371
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553293371
- Lexile measure : 940L
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.14 x 0.77 x 6.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Azimov recognized that following the path of a historian’s predictions lacked dramatic tension, at least once the first book had established Seldon’s prescience. The second half of the this book introduces a person that Seldon could not foresee, the Mule. The Mule sees himself as guiding the galaxy on an equally valid path toward legitimate order. Of course, some want to stop him, either to restore the Foundation or to put history on its proper path.
As in the first book, almost all of the “action” takes place through set-piece conversations. This makes the series surprisingly theatrical – though I suspect the forthcoming television series will deliver blockbuster action instead.
If you liked Foundation, you’ll like this book and the third, Second Foundation. Asimov’s Foundation books became more irregular in quality after the original trilogy.
This particular episode struck me as dull. It was well written, but predictable, not particularly descriptive (either of characters or the environment), and far too Empirical.
Character development throughout the series is quite weak. That's probably because the characters change rapidly, necessitated by the jumps in time.
Overall, yes, I see why this is considered "classic". It's jut not really what I'm looking for in a good fiction novel. I compare writing to others, like Frank Herbert & Edgar Rice Burroughs and find this trilogy lacking.
Every child needs to read Asimov's books.
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I decided it was time to revisit the Foundation series and ordered the trilogy and looked forward to being enthralled by the writings of Asimov once again.
Oh dear! This is definitely not how I remembered it at all, the story seems so very silly now, planets that had lost nuclear power are taught to treat it as a religion, run by the Priesthood of the First Foundation when they reintroduce it. How very unlikely. Simply because they had lost the skilled workforce and knowledge necessary to build nuclear power plants and atomic devices certainly does not mean they will regard it in awe as a mysterious religious force of some weird priesthood when reintroduced. No, not even remotely plausible, even when trying to go along with it for the sake of the story.
The wonderful power of Seldon’s psychohistory in predicting the future path the Foundation would take over the next thousand years, while so believable at the time, now doesn’t make sense at all, just not realistic, Chaos Theory changed all that!
I should have left Foundation where I found it, back in the past, it has come as a great disappointment to discover it isn’t the wonderful masterpiece I once believed it was. I really regret reading it again as an older, and perhaps wiser, but definitely more cynical, grumpy old grandfather.
Never go back, things are never as you remembered them in your youth.
And do be aware that the new TV series from Apple is very different from the books. Happily, this second book of the original "Foundation" series does not (unlike "Foundation") use of an image from the series on the cover, so that should avoid giving the impression the book will reflect what's on screen. (From what I've seen so far, the books are much better.)
It's dated a little with the amount of smoking especially cigars in the dialogue!
Not too far in yet and was a bit slow but it is getting great again!
I got the first as a gift and order this the day after finishing it.