Foundation Reading Order

If one man could be called the father of modern science fiction, it would be Isaac Asimov, and of all his well-known work, the Foundation novels have long been considered his best. So much so that others have since contributed to the universe.

What’s on the Foundation Reading Order?

The Foundation series started as just a few collections of short stories by Isaac Asimov. He eventually wrote several prequel novels, and connected it to other series that he had written, including the Robot series. After his death, several authors continued that stories in Foundation and filled in the holes, almost as a way to honor the original author.

As with our other timelines, lists, and reading orders, we hope you will let us know if there’s anything out of place or anything that needs to be added. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy this Foundation reading order. If you do, be sure to check out some of our other timelines, such as the Dune timeline.

Where to Start?

There are two good places to start on this timeline. If you’re interested in reading the proper Foundation saga, we recommend Prelude to Foundation. But I, Robot is also a great place to start, as it’s one of Asimov’s more well-known works.

1BuyI, RobotNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1950-12-02
2BuyThe Rest of the RobotsNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1964-01-01
3BuyThe Complete RobotNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1982-01-01Includes I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots
4BuyRobot DreamsNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1986-11-01
5BuyRobot VisionsNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1990-01-01
6BuyThe Positronic ManNovelIsaac Asimov, Robert SilverbergRobot Era1992-10-01
7BuyNemesisNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1989-10-01
8BuyMother EarthShort StoryIsaac AsimovRobot Era1949-05-01Collected in Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1
9BuyThe Caves of SteelNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1954-02-04
10BuyThe Naked SunNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1957-01-01
11BuyMirror ImageShort StoryIsaac AsimovRobot Era1972-05-01Collected in The Complete Robot
12BuyThe Robots of DawnNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Era1983-01-01
13BuyMirageNovelMark W. TiedemannRobot Mystery2000-04-01
14BuyChimeraNovelMark W. TiedemannRobot Mystery2001-01-01
15BuyAuroraNovelMark W. TiedemannRobot Mystery2002-01-01
16BuyHave Robot, Will TravelNovelAlexander C. IrvineRobot Mystery2005-01-01
17BuyRobots and EmpireNovelIsaac AsimovRobot Mystery1985-09-20
18BuyIsaac Asimov's CalibanNovelRoger MacBride AllenCaliban Trilogy1993-03-01
19BuyIsaac Asimov's InfernoNovelRoger MacBride AllenCaliban Trilogy1994-09-01
20BuyIsaac Asimov's UtopiaNovelRoger MacBride AllenCaliban Trilogy1996-01-01
21BuyThe Stars, Like DustNovelIsaac AsimovEmpire1951-02-15
22BuyThe Currents of SpaceNovelIsaac AsimovEmpire1952-01-01
23BuyPebble in the SkyNovelIsaac AsimovEmpire1950-01-19
24BuyPrelude to FoundationNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1988-11-01
25BuyForward the FoundationNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1993-04-01
26BuyFoudation's FearNovelGregory BenfordFoundation1997-02-01
27BuyFoundation and ChaosNovelGreg BearFoundation1998-02-01
28BuyFoundation's TriumphNovelDavid BrinFoundation1999-05-01
29BuyFoundationNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1951-01-01
30BuyFoundation and EmpireNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1952-01-01
31BuySecond FoundationNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1953-01-01
32BuyFoundation's EdgeNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1982-01-01
33BuyFoundation and EarthNovelIsaac AsimovFoundation1986-01-01
34BuyFoundation's FriendsAnthologyRay Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, Orson Scott CardFoundation1989-01-01
35BuyThe End of EternityNovelIsaac AsimovBeyond Time1955-01-01
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