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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1950-12-02

2

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1964-01-01

3

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1982-01-01

Includes I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots

4

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1986-11-01

5

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1990-01-01

6

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov
Robert Silverberg

1992-10-01

7

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1989-10-01

8

Robot Era

Short Story

Isaac Asimov

1949-05-01

Collected in Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1

9

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1954-02-04

10

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1957-01-01

11

Robot Era

Short Story

Isaac Asimov

1972-05-01

Collected in The Complete Robot

12

Robot Era

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1983-01-01

13

Robot Mystery

Novel

Mark W. Tiedemann

2000-04-01

14

Robot Mystery

Novel

Mark W. Tiedemann

2001-01-01

15

Robot Mystery

Novel

Mark W. Tiedemann

2002-01-01

16

Robot Mystery

Novel

Alexander C. Irvine

2005-01-01

17

Robot Mystery

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1985-09-20

18

Caliban Trilogy

Novel

Roger MacBride Allen

1993-03-01

19

Caliban Trilogy

Novel

Roger MacBride Allen

1994-09-01

20

Caliban Trilogy

Novel

Roger MacBride Allen

1996-01-01

21

Empire

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1951-02-15

22

Empire

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1952-01-01

23

Empire

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1950-01-19

24

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1988-11-01

25

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1993-04-01

26

Foundation

Novel

Gregory Benford

1997-02-01

27

Foundation

Novel

Greg Bear

1998-02-01

28

Foundation

Novel

David Brin

1999-05-01

29

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1951-01-01

30

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1952-01-01

31

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1953-01-01

32

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1982-01-01

33

Foundation

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1986-01-01

34

Foundation

Anthology

Frederik Pohl
Harry Turtledove
Orson Scott Card
Poul Anderson
Ray Bradbury
Robert Silverberg

1989-01-01

35

Beyond Time

Novel

Isaac Asimov

1955-01-01

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