Foundation and Empire Author:Isaac Asimov Avon Books (c) 1952 — Publication date March 1967 — Book Two of the Foundation Series — When the Galactic Empire began dying, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon set up the Foundation to preserve human culture and shorten 30,000 years of chaotic barbarism to a mere millennium. Located on a bleak world at the edge of the galaxy, it seemed helpless... more » before the greed of neighboring warlords. But somehow, by science and wit, it had survived and even gained control of a small federation of planets.
Yet it was still small. And against it stood the greatest power of all - the huge power of the Empire, mighty even in decay. When an ambitious general turned an Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope lay in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.
But even Hari Seldon could not predict the birth and mutant talent of the Mule - one small man with power greater than a dozen battle fleets.
Between big and little, the Foundation seemed doomed.« less