Foundation and Empire

Isaac Asimov
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Foundation and Empire


This sequel (and middle book of the trilogy) has two stories and is a pretty quick read. One Seldon crisis is averted and the other missed, but the answer perhaps foreseen. The last book will tell in this SF version of Gibbon's history.

Isaac Asimov continues the theme of good things falling apart, in this case with petty despots taking over the reigns of the Foundation. Similar things are hinted at behind the scenes, with the hero of the first story subsequently reported dead in the slave mines.

Though the middle book, one could stop reading here. While not the most positive characterization of women, the main character of the second story is well written. Worth of 4 stars, if not *quite* as good as the first book.