Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
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Foundation and Empire: The Foundation Trilogy, Book 2
Isaac Asimov
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Sep 19, 2018
While Asimov’s saga nowadays seems less original than when it first appeared, the sweep of its conception maintains a thrilling freshness. Humanity spreads throughout the galaxy (there are, notably, no aliens to contend with) and reaches a developmental peak after 12,000 years, typified by the uber-civilized steel-clad planet Trantor. Yet one man, Hari Seldon, foresees collapse, thanks to his immersion in the science of “psychohistory,” and sets up a secret long-range buffer—the “Second Foundation”—against permanent downfall. The Dark Ages duly arrive, but the dead Seldon’s proleptic plans are bent by the unpredictable appearance of a rogue mutant who seeks to undo all of the psychohistorian’s safeguards.
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Oct 28, 2018
I loved the Foundation series, because it literally helps provide a foundation for those who love science fiction.
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It is unusual for an author to create a plausible world and compelling plot arc then be able to see the unexpected flaw in the central concept and exploit it to make a gripping story. Asimov was a writer who came up with big ideas but rarely created deep or memorable characters. In this book he gives us his two best ones.
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Apr 1
Very entertaining continuation of the first story about psychology and space.
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Apr 2
Loved as a youth. Need to revisit with an Adults perspective.
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