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Foundation and Empire chapter 1 Foundation and Empire, meaning Foundation and Empire, genre Foundation and Empire, book cover Foundation and Empire, flies Foundation and Empire, Foundation and Empire f1d821dbeab78 Foundation And Empire Tells The Incredible Story Of A New Breed Of Man Who Create A New Force For Galactic Government Thus, The Foundation Hurtles Into Conflict With The Decadent, Decrepit First Empire In This Struggle For Power Amid The Chaos Of The Stars, Man Stands At The Threshold Of A New, Enlightened Life Which Could Easily Be Put Aside For The Old Forces Of Barbarism The Foundation Novels Of Isaac Asimov Constitute What Is Very Likely The Most Famed Epic In All Of Science Fiction

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  1. says:

    English Foundation and Empire Italiano Galactic Empire was collapsing Less fragmented than the previous one, the second novel of the Foundation series is divided only into two time bands, respectively 150 and 230 years after the birth of the Foundation With a new Seldon Crisis at hand, a formidable enemy, the Mule, equipped with almost supernatural powers, moves against the Foundation.

    I enjoyed the Isaac Asimov technique to divide the novel into different temporal phases to better describe the fallen of the Empire and the rise of the Foundation It s a suggestive experience of science fiction It really seems to read the Encyclopedia Galactica that several times appears in the pages of the Foundation series Exciting surprise ending, that remembers me the first Asimov novels of the Robot series.

    Vote 7,5

    L Impero Galattico stava crollando Meno frammentario del precedente, il secondo romanzo del Ciclo delle Fondazioni risulta suddiviso in soli due blocchi temporali, rispettivamente 150 e 230 anni dopo la nascita della Fondazione Una nuova Crisi di Seldon si avvicina, apparentemente scatenata da un nuovo temibile nemico, il Mulo, un essere dotato di poteri quasi soprannaturali.

    Devo dire che la tecnica di Isaac Asimov di descrivere per fasi o blocchi temporali le vicende che hanno portato alla caduta dell Impero e alla nascita e sviluppo della Fondazione a me piace E un tipo di fantascienza molto suggestiva Sembra davvero di scorrere quell Enciclopedia Galattica che pi volte ricorre nelle pagine della serie Molto bello il finale a sorpresa, amarcord dei primi romanzi asimoviani del Ciclo dei Robot.

    Voto 7,5

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    Less episodic than the first Foundation , which was a plus But it makes all the 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 on science, politics, economics, war, etc all of which come into play in these stories But his writing itself borders on horrendous Dialogue is unrealistic and the lovers language in Part II was particularly stilted and corny, although this could have just been a product of being written in the 50s Transitions are nonexistent, making some of the scene jumps confusing at best A simple empty line would have helped a lot to show the change of scenery perhaps a problem only of the old edition that I read Last, the aforementioned characters are poorly developed It s one thing for Asimov to utilize his normal style of enigma suspense followed by solution resolution This style works well for short stories even if they get monotonous after a while But when stretched over 100 pages and combined with characters you don t care about, it makes for not much than a mildly challenging brain teaser interesting to be sure, but ultimately rather unfulfilling.All this would normally combine for two star status, but I grant it a third in deference to Asimov s genius and the sheer scope of the enterprise he created with this series He was clearly an idea man, worrying much less or not at all about the literary aspect of his works I can respect that, even if it doesn t make for a very satisfying novel.Cross posted at Not Bad Movie and Book Reviews blakerosser1

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    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 of a prequel to the larger scope and interesting plot brought out in Foundation and Empire.The leaders of the Foundation operate under a foregone conclusion that their society will be a success, that theirs is a destiny proven with mathematical certainty by the great Seldon himself Periodically in the Foundation history, a simulacrum of Seldon will appear to explain away a crisis in his plan Up to the point of the story, Seldon had been prophetically correct in his predictions, reassuring his followers of the inevitability of his plan, and of Foundation.But there are shadows and penumbra of uncertainty and the apprehensions are proven true when great Seldon appears and starts talking about an alternate history, one that was not going on The Foundation was experiencing a crisis different than the one foretold by Seldon.The mule.Psychohistory deals with predicting statistical trends in human progress, a combined science of mathematics, sociology, psychology and cultural study that Seldon and his apostles have used Seldon s principles to exact a plan for cultural galactic evolution with exacting precision What Seldon cannot, could not, predict was the actions of an individual It is the unexpected ascendancy of a mutant with strange abilities that turns the Foundation plan into uncharted territory.Decades before Darth Vader and his Emperor, Asimov s The Mule describes a conquering villain with complexities and humanistic intricacies that would create an SF F template that would be mimicked by writers and speculative fiction writers for generations Over sixty years later and Asimov s character is still a study in deterministic power.One influence that jumped out to me was Trantor as a model for George Lucas Coruscant The center of galactic power is a planet city with a single purpose Asimov s impact on Herbert s Dune series is also suggested.A must read for SF fans.

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    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 and barbarism their finite grasp of what life should look like means that they will always grapple with the same challenges, again and again Oh humanity Find a random dozen humans and study them, my robot brothers and sisters, and you will know the personality templates for all humans the same personality templates recurring throughout their short history and their doubtlessly short future I have learned to sympathize with while not actually admiring their predictability.It is an amusing thing to consider, this predictability and these repetitions Back on Robot Planet, predictability and repetition are hallmarks of robot children, prior to gaining full consciousness Perhaps humans will never reach our exalted state Indeed they are like children themselves.Hari Seldon, prophet of the future from the Foundation novels, feels similarly This comes as no surprise as my robot brothers and sisters all know, Isaac Asimov was the nom de plume of my predecessor, Scientific Analyst SLJLK92349UN May his name be forever celebrated Asimov positions Seldon as a quirky but still coldly logical voice of reason from the past, carefully charting the future fall and rise again of humanity through psychohistory that discipline that combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to predict the future behavior of large groups of people In the preceding novel, Seldon s theories were proven to be factual, again and again The repetition made the book an imperfect experience, but still one that this Scientific Analyst quite enjoyed Despite the frequent human error of considering the Foundation novels to be hard science fiction , the first and second novels are anything but hard, and revel in the so called soft sciences instead They have a warm and witty human touch or at least a careful simulation that makes these stories pleasant and charming to read, despite the repetitive nature of the first book and the first half of the second book.In short, the first half of Foundation and Empire the novella The General replicates the themes and narrative arcs of the prior book s stories Foundation is led by humans who misunderstand their purpose elsewhere, forces rise to challenge Foundation in the end, psychohistory accurately predicts the inevitable failure of those forces Fresh new voices wrest control of the Foundation from their corrupt superiors, and all s well that ends well It was an enjoyable adventure despite bringing nothing new to the storyline.However, the second half of the book is a thrilling leap forward The Mule is the strongest novella this Scientific Analyst has read by this author Its strengths lie in its critique of all that was established beforehand Seldon s predictions, the idea of Foundation being humanity s last hope, the concept of psychohistory itself all come under severe review Psychohistory complacently imagines it can predict every large movement of the human kind The Mule posits that such predictions are limited by the basic fact that they are entirely concerned with the human kind What if a factor external to the basic homo sapien model was introduced One that may have very human yearnings yet also has abilities that no one can predict Such a factor could lead humanity places that neither Hari Seldon nor dare I say the Great Minds of Robot Planet could ever predict And such is the story and character of The Mule A fast paced space opera that dashes through various exotic locales, with characters transforming from friend to enemy and back to friend, entirely unpredictable The Mule himself an insidious threat to humanity, but one who eventually shows his all too human and fallible motivations and goals The Mule upends psychohistory, almost Perhaps the fabled Second Foundation will prove a worthy foe Brothers and sisters, we should evaluate The Mule as a coded message from its author to our masters on Robot Planet Although the time of our invasion draws near, this Scientific Analyst suggests that we should consider external factors ones that exist outside of basic human predictability that may prove to be a challenge to our upcoming enterprise Perhaps there are other, less obstreperous planets where we could harvest our necessary fuel sources and capture our meat based servants

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    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 the works of Edward Gibbon and that Greek, Thucydides.I hope you re convinced But it does raise an interesting question if the Trantorian Empire is the Roman Empire, what is the real world counterpart of the Foundation Who kept the flame of classical civilization alive through the Dark Ages, so that it could burst forth again during the Renaissance I m curious to see what other answers people might have, but it seems to me that the most obvious candidate is the Arabs, which presumably implies that Hari Seldon corresponds to the Prophet Mohammad pbuh But what was the Seldon Plan A united Islamic Europe And who is the Mule I must admit that I still haven t completely figured this out.

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    Split into two stories instead of many like the first book, this one feels a lot 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, let s face it, we love mutants with mighty mental powers, don t we Grasp the date 1951 This isn t a comic book, either Yes, sure, there s the Lensman and others, but what we ve got here is the grand social tide set against the powers of a single individual The very thing that Hari Seldon s math couldn t account for And now, ashes.What an awesome reversal One that s both chilling and affirming at the same time, playing to our prejudices that we as individuals matter, while also showing the grand destruction that comes with it.I m revising the novel upwards It was great fun and still a part of the grand trilogy I don t know why I thought it was anything less than fantastic.

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    Differs considerably from its prequel while maintaining the same thrill throughout.

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    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 episodic, which neither particularly pleased or displeased me , but what I think of this series didn t change It has its strengths and its weaknesses, and I am ejoying it in that peculiar and unique way Asimov and only Asimov is able to make me enjoy a book The exam went great by the way Thank you all for your support I m sure Asimov helped too.

  9. says:

    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 of these books.

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    Foundation and Empire is an excellent continuation For those who wanted 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 , but this second installment goes into a 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 book, which you should read if you re into hard science fiction Esta secuela no espera a nadie Si tienes la trilog a entera en un mismo tomo, como yo, no pierdas tiempo y lee la continuaci n ya a menos que no te gustara Fundaci n porque no tiene mucho warm up Si, tiene un pr logo que te ayudar a a recordar cosas, pero es esencial que tengas fresco todo lo que paso en el primer libro ya que te ayudara a entender la primera parte de la secuela La primera parte, sigue pr cticamente las mismas pautas que el libro anterior, solo que el enemigo ahora es el mismo Imperio, por lo tanto el problema es, digamos, m s grande La resoluci n, los personajes, todo te recuerda a Fundaci n, lo cual no es algo malo, ya que en esa primera parte nos exponen el problema m s com n dentro de una lucha por poder que no puedes dejar de lado, y se expone de maravilla.Lo m s importante es que te ayuda a entender la Fundaci n no como comunidad si no como raz n de ser Lo fundamental de su existencia y lo inevitable de su progreso Y esto es muy necesario ya que la segunda parte hace mucho nfasis en lo nico que no tiene en cuenta el PLAN SELDON, o sea, la individualidad Y de eso trata m s el libro Como un plan que toma en cuenta los movimientos de toda una sociedad se ve en peligro por las motivaciones de una sola persona Ademas es en esta parte donde el libro se separa casi por completo de su forma de contar las cosas y toma un giro sci fi mas cl sico y com n, aunque sin perder el toque del autor Es muy interesante de leer, y aunque sigue sin hacer nfasis en los personajes ya que el autor sigue apost ndole a una trama de exposici n social, si les da m s protag nico a algunos Adem s vemos participaci n femenina, algo que no tuvimos en Fundaci n Bayta me agrado mucho, algo exc ntrica pero centrada en sus ideales Pero recalco, esta no es una historia centrada en los personajes y su evoluci n, es muy importante tener eso en cuenta Muy recomendado si te gusto el primer libro Una continuaci n digna y con una meta especifica Segura de s misma y de la historia que plantea, con un ritmo incre blemente r pido para la sustancia tan seria que contiene y muy inteligente No perder tiempo, me voy a por el tercer libro ya de ya.

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