ASIMOV, Isaac. Foundation and Empire. 1952.
‘[…] the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighbouring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire […]. But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of […] a power greater than a dozen battle fleets.’
In this second instalment of the Foundation novels, you won’t find a collection of unrelated historical moments in the development of the Foundation as in the first book, but two events that are quite close in time—close enough to even share some character.
This second novel feels a lot more as a traditional one-story book; conversely it ends with a cliffhanger that requires the reading of the next part if you’re any curious at all. On the bright side, should you be too lazy, a prologue and some comments by the characters will cover all you need to know about the previous novel; so you can skip it and start on this second one.
Not that I’d discourage anyone from reading great pieces of writing. I’m enjoying the series so far and you’ll be reading about Second Foundation, provided next time I go to the bookshop there’s some copy left—unlike last time.