Isaac Asimov Books

Isaac Asimov was an author of science fiction, one of the most prolific to come out of the twentieth century. While he dabbled in a number of genres, his fans will always remember him for his contribution to science fiction.

Order of The Norby Chronicles Series

Order of Ask Isaac Asimov Series

Order of Isaac Asimov Humourous Books

Order of How did we find out Series

# Read Title Published
1 How Did We Find Out about Photosynthesis? 1966
2 How Did We Find Out the Earth is Round? 1972
3 How Did We Find Out about Lasers? 1972
4 How Did We Find Out about Germs? 1973
5 How Did We Find Out about Electricity? 1973
6 How Did We Find Out About Numbers? 1973
7 How Did We Find Out about Energy? 1975
8 How Did We Find Out about Atoms? 1976
9 How Did We Find Out about Black Holes? 1978
10 How Did We Find Out about Earthquakes? 1978
11 How Did We Find Out about Our Human Roots? 1979
12 How Did We Find Out about Solar Power? 1981
13 How Did We Find Out About Outer Space? 1981
14 How Did We Find Out about the Beginning of Life? 1982
15 How Did We Find Out about the Universe? 1983
16 How Did We Find Out about Robots? 1984
17 How Did We Find Out About Computers? 1984
18 How Did We Find Out about DNA? 1985
19 How Did We Find Out about Pluto? 1990

Order of Isaac Asimov Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 The Chemicals of Life 1954
2 The World of Nitrogen 1958
3 Worlds Within Worlds 1958
4 Realm of numbers 1959
5 Asimov's New Guide To Science 1960
6 Satellites in Outer Space 1960
7 Words from the Myths 1961
8 The Bloodstream 1961
9 The Genetic Code 1962
10 Words on the Map 1962
11 The Human Brain 1963
12 The Human Body 1963
13 Words from the Exodus 1963
14 Quick and Easy Math 1964
15 A Short History of Chemistry 1965
16 An Easy Introduction to the Slide Rule 1965
17 Understanding Physics 1966
18 Asimov's Guide to the Bible 1967
19 Science, Numbers, And I 1968
20 Understanding Physics Light Magnetism and Electricity 1969
21 The Neutrino 1969
22 ABC's of the Ocean 1971
23 ABC's of the Earth 1971
24 What Makes the Sun Shine? 1971
25 The Left Hand of the Electron 1972
26 More Words of Science 1972
27 Abc's Of Ecology 1972
28 Asimov's Guide to Science 1972
29 The Tragedy of the Moon 1973
30 Today and Tomorrow and ... 1973
31 Please Explain 1973
32 Asimov on Chemistry 1974
33 Of Matters Great and Small 1975
34 Science Past, Science Future 1975
35 Eyes on the Universe 1975
36 The Planet That Wasn't 1976
37 Asimov on Physics 1976
38 Life and Energy 1976
39 The Exploding Suns 1977
40 The Collapsing Universe 1977
41 Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright 1978
42 Life and Time 1978
43 Asimov on Numbers 1978
44 Asimov on Numbers 1978
45 Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts 1979
46 The Intelligent Man's Guide To The Physical Sciences 1979
47 A Choice of Catastrophes 1979
48 Jupiter 1980
49 The Book of Facts Volume 2 1981
50 Asimov on Science Fiction 1981
51 The Road to Infinity 1981
52 In the Beginning 1981
53 In the Beginning 1981
54 X Stands for Unknown 1983
55 Asimov's Guide to Halley's Comet 1985
56 Isaac Asimov on the Human Body and the Human Brain 1985
57 Beginnings 1987
58 Far As Human Eye Could See 1987
59 Understanding physics 1988
60 The Relativity of Wrong 1988
61 Asimov's Galaxy 1988
62 Asimov's Chronology of the World 1989
63 Jupiter, the Spotted Giant 1989
64 Little Library of Dinosaurs 1989
65 Out of the Everywhere 1990
66 Projects in Astronomy 1990
67 Atom 1991
68 Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy 1991
69 Henry Hudson 1991
70 Our Planetary System 1994
71 Facts and Trivia 1998
72 Space Junk 2005
73 Astronomy Projects 2005

Order of Isaac Asimov Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published
1 The Martian Way and Other Stories 1951
2 Earth Is Room Enough 1957
3 Nine Tomorrows 1959
4 The Feeling of Power - in Spectrum II 1963
5 50 Short Science Fiction Tales 1963
6 Through A Glass, Clearly 1967
7 Asimov's Mysteries 1968
8 Nightfall and Other Stories 1969
9 The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction 1970
10 Where Do We Go from Here? 1971
11 The Early Asimov, Book 1 1972
12 The Early Asimov Volume 3 1972
13 The Early Asimov 1974
14 The Early Asimov Volume 2 1974
15 Buy Jupiter and Other Stories 1975
16 The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories 1976
17 The Beginning and the End 1977
18 Astronauts and Androids 1977
19 The Key Word, And Other Mysteries 1979
20 Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury 1980
21 Microcosmic Tales 1980
22 The Future in Question 1980
23 100 Malicious Little Mysteries 1981
24 The Winds of Change and Other Stories 1983
25 The Union Club Mysteries 1983
26 Young Mutants 1984
27 Mammoth Book Of Short Science Fiction Novels 1984
28 Bakers Dozen 1984
29 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories 1984
30 Amazing Stories 1985
31 Great Tales Of Classic Science Fiction 1988
32 The Adventures of Science Fiction, Vol. 3 1988
33 Gold 1995
34 Magic 1995
35 15 Short Stories 2017

Order of Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe Series

Order of Foundation Series

Order of Asimov's 'The Mammoth Book Of...' Series

Order of Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction Series

Order of Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy Series

# Read Title Published
1 Cosmic Knights 1985
2 Spells 1985
3 Atlantis 1988
4 Ghosts 1988
5 Faeries 1991

Order of Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction Series

# Read Title Published
1 Science Fictional Olympics 1984
2 Monsters 1988
3 Invasions 1990

Order of The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov Series

# Read Title Published
1 In Memory Yet Green 1979
2 In Joy Still Felt 1980
3 It's Been a Good Life 2002

Order of Before the Golden Age Series

Order of The Hugo Winners Series

Order of Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Great SF Stories 1 1979
2 The Great SF Stories 2 1979
3 The Great SF Stories 3 1980
4 The Great SF Stories 4 1980
5 The Great SF Stories 5 1981
6 The Great SF Stories 6 1981
7 the Great SF Stories 7 1982
8 the Great SF Stories 8 1982
9 the Great SF Stories 9 1983
10 The Great SF Stories 10 1983
11 The Great SF Stories 11 1984
12 the Great SF Stories 12 1984
13 The Great SF Stories 13 1985
14 The Great SF Stories 14 1986
15 the Great SF Stories 15 1986
16 the Great SF Stories 16 1987
17 The Great SF Stories 17 1988
18 the Great SF Stories 18 1988
19 The Great SF Stories 19 1989
20 The Great SF Stories 20 1989
21 the Great SF Stories 21 1990
22 the Great SF Stories 22 1990
23 The Great SF Stories 23 1991
24 the Great SF Stories 24 1992
25 The Great SF Stories 25 1992

Order of Historia Universal Asimov Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Greeks 1965
2 Roman Republic 1966
3 The Egyptians 1967
4 The Roman Empire 1967
5 The Dark Ages 1968
6 The Near East 1968
7 The Shaping of England 1969
8 Constantinople 1970
9 The Land of Canaan 1971
10 The Golden Door 1977

Order of The Black Widowers Series

Order of Lucky Starr Series

Order of Galactic Empire Series

# Read Title Published
1 Pebble in the Sky 1950
2 The Stars, Like Dust 1951
3 The Currents of Space 1952

Order of Robot Series

# Read Title Published
1 I, Robot 1950
2 The Caves of Steel 1954
3 The Naked Sun 1957
4 The Rest of the Robots 1964
5 The Robots of Dawn 1983
6 Robots and Empire 1985
7 Robot Dreams 1986
8 The Positronic Man 1992

Order of Isaac Asimov's New Library of the Universe Series

Order of Isaac Asimov Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 Robbie 1940
2 End of Eternity 1955
3 Franchise 1955
4 Is Anyone There? 1956
5 The Ugly Little Boy (Short Story) 1958
6 A Whiff of Death 1958
7 Of Time, Space, and Other Things 1965
8 Fantastic Voyage 1966
9 Tomorrow's Children 1966
10 Opus 100 1969
11 The Sensuous Dirty Old Man 1971
12 The Gods Themselves 1972
13 Murder at the ABA 1976
14 Extraterrestrials And Eclipses (Short Story) 1978
15 Extraterrestrial Civilizations 1979
16 The Science Fictional Solar System 1979
17 Venus, Near Neighbor of the Sun 1981
18 The 7 Cardinal Virtues of Science Fiction (Short Story) 1981
19 The Last Man on Earth 1982
20 Mutants (Short Story) 1982
21 Computer Crimes and Capers 1983
22 Caught in the Organ Draft 1983
23 Young Monsters 1985
24 Extraterrestrials 1986
25 Fantastic Voyage II 1987
26 Magical World of Fantasy 1988
27 Nemesis 1989
28 Nightfall 1990
29 The Positronic Man 1992
30 Isaac Asimov's Robot City 1999
31 Misbegotten Missionary 2016

Order of The Complete Stories Series

Anthologies/Collaborations

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Isaac comes from Petrovichi in Russia. The author was born in 1920. His parents, Anna Rachel Berman and Judah Ozimov, eventually moved to the United States, finding a home Brooklyn.

Isaac Asimov was a very intelligent child, teaching himself how to read and quickly beginning to master the basics of Yiddish by the time he was five. By fifteen, Isaac was on his way to Columbia University from where he eventually earned a Science Degree, not to mention a Masters and a Ph.D.

With his science degree, there was little surprise when Isaac joined the Boston University School of Medicine as a Biochemistry Associate professor. Isaac Asimov had a passion for learning and understanding the science of things. He also yearned to pass what he knew on to the next generation.

Of course, that scholarly desire was secondary in comparison to his love for writing. Isaac Asimov was a storyteller before anything else, and he enjoyed writing stories for the general reader.

While his first short story (Marooned Off Vesta) came out in Amazing Stories as early as 1938, it wasn’t until 1950 that the author’s first full Science fiction novel (Pebble in the Sky) was finally published.

Though it wasn’t until I, Robot came into being that Isaac Asimov finally found his stride. The collection of short stories explored the relationship that might exist between humans and machines and it gave birth to Isaac’s famous Laws of Robotics.

Isaac was beginning to see the impact his work could have as a foreteller of the future of mankind, and readers seemed to appreciate him for this, which is why they devoured Foundation, his next work of fiction published in 1951, not to mention all the books that came after.

Sometimes it is difficult to pin Isaac Asimov’s interests down. The author wrote on every topic, from biology to astronomy to religion. Before his death in 1992 at the age of 72, the author had penned nearly five hundred books within which he experimented with many genres.

The author’s death was believed to have resulted from bypass surgery years earlier during which a blood transfusion had given him AIDs. By the time of his death, the author was dealing with heart and kidney failure.

Isaac Asimov’s ideas have continued to live on beyond his death.

Isaac Asimov Awards

Isaac was the recipient of quite the intimidating number of awards, this including a Westinghouse Science Writing award, a Thomas Alva Edison Foundation award, a Klumpke-Roberts Award, Hugo and Nebula Awards, Locus Awards and a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award to mention but a few.

Isaac Asimov Books into Movies/TV

Isaac introduced concepts in his literary work that have continued to make appearances in movies and television shows even after his death. The author’s books have also come to life as big screen adaptations.

The most prominent would be I, Robot, a 2004 release starring Will Smith which used three of the various short stories in Isaac’s original collection to explore human/machine relationships.

Just as prominent is Bicentennial Man, a 1999 American film starring Robin Williams which adapted a 1992 Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg novel called The Positronic Man. The movie follows a Robot that is purchased by a family and then undertakes an adventure as it seeks a form of humanity.

Lesser known adaptations include Nightfall, Formula of Death, The Ugly Little Boy and Konets vechnosti.

Best Isaac Asimov Books

Isaac Asimov was an author like no other, taking the world by storm with his imaginative ideas, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

Foundation: After 12,000 years, the Galactic Empire is finally at an end. And with the science of Psychohistory, Hari Seldon can see that a future of barbarism and warfare waits ahead, one that will last tens of thousands of years.

To preserve all the knowledge that humanity has attained, Hari creates sanctuary called the Foundation on a bleak planet far away. But the Foundation soon faces the threat of Warlords determined to seize power in the wake of a dying empire.

This book is somewhat confusing, devoid of proper plotting or character development but instead attempting to unveil a potentially compelling tale about humanity’s future.

Foundation and Empire: The Foundation has survived the greed and thirst for conflict of its neighbors, yet even Hari Seldon doesn’t know if the sanctuary can survive the ambitions of a General that is determined to restore the glory of the Galactic Empire. Their only hope-and potential destruction- might be a mutant of unrivaled power and intelligence.

This book feels less like a cohesive story and more like different episodes of a story taking place in the same universe.

  • Ralph Reed

    As my kids might say, Isaac Asimov is the goat. Or GOAT? I don’t know the kid lingo.

    I first read The Gods Themselves in 1973 (the same year it won a Nebula award) and I’ve been hooked ever since. 20+ years later this is still my favorite book. It is a complex , interesting read with a lot of science and talk aka classic Asimov. The book is ostensibly about the end of the world’s energy problems which definitely resonates today.