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

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1 Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot 1983 Description / Buy
2 Norby's Other Secret 1984 Description / Buy
3 Norby and the Lost Princess 1985 Description / Buy
4 Norby and the Invaders 1985 Description / Buy
5 Norby and the Queen's Necklace 1986 Description / Buy
6 Norby Finds a Villain 1987 Description / Buy
7 Norby Down to Earth 1989 Description / Buy
8 Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure 1989 Description / Buy
9 Norby and the Oldest Dragon 1990 Description / Buy
10 Norby and the Court Jester 1996 Description / Buy
11 Norby and the Terrified Taxi 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Ask Isaac Asimov Series

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1 Where Does Garbage Go? 1991 Description / Buy
2 What is a Shooting Star? 1991 Description / Buy
3 What Happens When I Flush the Toilet? 1992 Description / Buy
4 What's Happening to the Ozone Layer? 1992 Description / Buy
5 How Do Aeroplanes Fly? 1992 Description / Buy
6 What Causes Acid Rain? 1992 Description / Buy
7 Why is the Air Dirty? 1992 Description / Buy
8 Why Are Some Beaches Oily? 1992 Description / Buy
9 Why Are Animals Endangered? 1992 Description / Buy
10 Why Do People Come in Different Colors? 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Isaac Asimov Humourous Books

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1 Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor 1971 Description / Buy
2 Lecherous Limericks 1975 Description / Buy
3 More Lecherous Limericks 1976 Description / Buy
4 Sherlockian Limericks 1977 Description / Buy
5 Limericks 1978 Description / Buy
6 Asimov's Annotated Gilbert and Sullivan 1988 Description / Buy
7 Asimov Laughs Again 1992 Description / Buy

Order of How did we find out Series

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

Order of Isaac Asimov Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Isaac Asimov Short Story Collections

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

Order of Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe Series

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1 The Sun 1973 Description / Buy
2 Our Solar System 1988 Description / Buy
3 The Space Spotter's Guide 1988 Description / Buy
4 Mythology And The Universe 1989 Description / Buy
5 Colonizing the Planets and Stars 1989 Description / Buy
6 Astronomy Today 1989 Description / Buy
7 Piloted Space Flights 1989 Description / Buy
8 Space Garbage 1989 Description / Buy
9 The World's Space Programs 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Foundation Series

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1 Foundation 1951 Description / Buy
2 Foundation and Empire 1952 Description / Buy
3 Second Foundation 1953 Description / Buy
4 Foundation's Edge 1982 Description / Buy
5 Foundation and Earth 1986 Description / Buy
6 Prelude to Foundation 1988 Description / Buy
7 Forward the Foundation 1993 Description / Buy

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

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1 The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction 1984 Description / Buy
2 The Mammoth Book of Classic Science Fiction 1988 Description / Buy
3 The Mammoth Book of New World Science Fiction 1991 Description / Buy

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

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1 Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction 1983 Description / Buy
2 Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction Second Series 1983 Description / Buy
3 Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction Third Series 1984 Description / Buy
4 Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction Fourth Series 1984 Description / Buy

Order of Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy Series

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1 Cosmic Knights 1985 Description / Buy
2 Spells 1985 Description / Buy
3 Atlantis 1988 Description / Buy
4 Ghosts 1988 Description / Buy
5 Faeries 1991 Description / Buy

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

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1 Science Fictional Olympics 1984 Description / Buy
2 Monsters 1988 Description / Buy
3 Invasions 1990 Description / Buy

Order of The Autobiography of Isaac Asimov Series

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1 In Memory Yet Green 1979 Description / Buy
2 In Joy Still Felt 1980 Description / Buy
3 It's Been a Good Life 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Before the Golden Age Series

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1 Before the Golden Age 1 1974 Description / Buy
2 Before the Golden Age 2 1974 Description / Buy
3 Before the Golden Age 3 1974 Description / Buy
4 Before the Golden Age 4 1976 Description / Buy

Order of The Hugo Winners Series

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1 The Hugo Winners Vol 1 and 2 1955-1972 1962 Description / Buy
2 Stories from The Hugo Winners 1962-1967 1971 Description / Buy
3 The Hugo Winners 1968-1970 1973 Description / Buy
4 The Hugo Winners Vol. 3 1971-1975 1977 Description / Buy
5 The Hugo Winners, Volume 4 1985 Description / Buy
6 The New Hugo Winners 1983-1985 1989 Description / Buy
7 Los Premios Hugo 1978-1979 1990 Description / Buy
8 The Super Hugos 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories Series

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

Order of Historia Universal Asimov Series

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

Order of The Black Widowers Series

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1 Tales of the Black Widowers 1974 Description / Buy
2 More Tales of the Black Widowers 1976 Description / Buy
3 Casebook of the Black Widowers 1980 Description / Buy
4 Banquets of the Black Widowers 1984 Description / Buy
5 Puzzles of the Black Widowers 1990 Description / Buy
6 The Return of the Black Widowers 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Lucky Starr Series

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1 David Starr, Space Ranger 1952 Description / Buy
2 Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus 1954 Description / Buy
3 Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury 1956 Description / Buy
4 Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter 1957 Description / Buy
5 The Rings of Saturn 1958 Description / Buy

Order of Galactic Empire Series

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1 Pebble in the Sky 1950 Description / Buy
2 The Stars, Like Dust 1951 Description / Buy
3 The Currents of Space 1952 Description / Buy

Order of Robot Series

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

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

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1 Science Fiction 1981 Description / Buy
2 The Asteroids 1988 Description / Buy
3 Pluto 1989 Description / Buy
4 Space Colonies 1995 Description / Buy
5 A Stargazer's Guide 1995 Description / Buy
6 Aliens and Extraterrestrials 1995 Description / Buy
7 Planet of Extremes--Jupiter 1995 Description / Buy
8 Global Space Programs 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Isaac Asimov Standalone Novels

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

Order of The Complete Stories Series

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1 The Complete Stories Of Isaac Asimov 1992 Description / Buy
2 The Complete Stories, Vol. 2 1992 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

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1 Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Science Fiction Weight Loss Book 1983 Description / Buy
3 Election Day 2084 1984 Description / Buy
4 The Twelve Frights of Christmas 1986 Description / Buy
5 The Dark Void 1987 Description / Buy
6 Young Witches and Warlocks 1987 Description / Buy
7 Tales of the Occult 1989 Description / Buy
8 Visions of Fantasy 1989 Description / Buy
9 Tomorrow's Voices 1991 Description / Buy
10 Science Fiction Gems, Vol. One 2011 Description / Buy
11 One and Wonder 2013 Description / Buy
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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.

When Does The Next Isaac Asimov book come out?

Isaac Asimov doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is 15 Short Stories and was released on January, 20th 2017. It is the newest book in the Isaac Asimov Short Story Collections.

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  • 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.

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