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Less episodic than the first Foundation , which was a plus But it makes all theapparent 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 o Less episodic than the first Foundation , which was a plus But it makes all theapparent 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 muchthan 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 (((Epub))) ☂ Fundação e Império ↜ Depois de Prel dio Funda o e Funda o, surge agora o terceiro volume deste grandioso ciclo, no qual o imp rio se encontra destru do, pois perdera os cientistas fundadores de dois mundos novos a primeira Funda o, especificamente encarregada de redigir a Enciclop dia Gal ctica, e a segunda Funda o, cuja localiza o desconhecida e cuja actividade constitui igualmente um mist rioTudo se torna ainda mais alarmante quando as pr prias profecias da psico hist ria, ci ncia revolucion ria criada por Hari Seldon, s o postas em causa devido apari o de um homem com poderes paranormais, um mutante conhecido por Mula, cuja verdadeira identidade apenas ser desvendada nas ltimas p ginas 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, wasof a prequel to the larger scope andinteresting plot brought out in Foundation and Empire.The leaders of the Foundati 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, wasof a prequel to the larger scope andinteresting 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 It has been several years since I read Foundation, though one thing that lingers in my mind about the first instalment of the series in the scope and ambition behind the work It is extraordinary and the brilliance continues here.Firstly, though, it is worth mentioning that these books do not work like normal novels do They are a little bit different They are almost like self contained histories in a much larger story and that story is the formation of a new empire the foundation So, with ea It has been several years since I read Foundation, though one thing that lingers in my mind about the first instalment of the series in the scope and ambition behind the work It is extraordinary and the brilliance continues here.Firstly, though, it is worth mentioning that these books do not work like normal novels do They are a little bit different They are almost like self contained histories in a much larger story and that story is the formation of a new empire the foundation So, with each new instalment centuries have passed, and new heroes and villains have emerged As such, the writing is a little bit detached from the events it narrates because it is trying to tell a much larger story And that story is so ridiculously huge I have not read anything quite like it before or since.This one is divided into two sections The first depicts an initial conflict between the collapsing empire and the rising foundation The outcome of which has already been predicted and accounted for by Harry Seldon, the mad genius who allowed the foundation to form because he recognised how stale the old empire had grown Nobody alive today in it can even build or repair star ships, the symbol of their military might Something new is needed because the empire has lost its way And the foundation believe that their victory is a foregone conclusion because of the predictions of Seldon.He predicted them with exact precision through the lost science of pychohistory, a statistic form of mathematics that allows the individual to predict the future and dictate it based upon trends in human progress Seldon is long dead, but his ideas still linger In the second part of this book, there is a character who clearly created an archetype for many villains within fiction Long before Darth Vader and his complex relationship with Palpatine, Asimov depicts an all conquering villain with a complex and shadowy personality I do not hesitate to say, that without these books so many other works of science fiction would not have been written The influence this has had on the genre at large is huge It feels like Asimov created and imagined the scope that other writers could then play with Star Trek, Star Wars and even Dune lie in the wake of Asimov s Foundation And I do not feel like enough people are talking about this or even recognise it As such, you really do need to read this if you consider yourself a science fiction fan You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. 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 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 thehuman 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 aworthy 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 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 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 Split into two stories instead of many like the first book, this one feels a lotstreamlined 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, Split into two stories instead of many like the first book, this one feels a lotstreamlined 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 Differs considerably from its prequel while maintaining the same thrill throughout. 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 epis 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 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 readof these books.