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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.

#AmazonNameMediaAuthorDateSeriesNotes
1BuyI, Robot: To ProtectNovelMickey Zucker Reichert2011-11-01Robot Era
2BuyI, Robot: To ObeyNovelMickey Zucker Reichert2013-09-03Robot Era
3BuyI, Robot: To PreserveNovelMickey Zucker Reichert2016-02-02Robot Era
4BuyI, RobotNovelIsaac Asimov1950-12-02Robot Era
5BuyThe Rest of the RobotsNovelIsaac Asimov1964-01-01Robot Era
6BuyThe Complete RobotNovelIsaac Asimov1982-01-01Robot EraIncludes I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots
7BuyRobot DreamsNovelIsaac Asimov1986-11-01Robot Era
8BuyRobot VisionsNovelIsaac Asimov1990-01-01Robot Era
9BuyThe Positronic ManNovelIsaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg1992-10-01Robot Era
10BuyNemesisNovelIsaac Asimov1989-10-01Robot Era
11BuyMother EarthShort StoryIsaac Asimov1949-05-01Robot EraCollected in Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1
12BuyThe Caves of SteelNovelIsaac Asimov1954-02-04Robot Era
13BuyThe Naked SunNovelIsaac Asimov1957-01-01Robot Era
14BuyMirror ImageShort StoryIsaac Asimov1972-05-01Robot EraCollected in The Complete Robot
15BuyThe Robots of DawnNovelIsaac Asimov1983-01-01Robot Era
16BuyMirageNovelMark W. Tiedemann2000-04-01Robot Mystery
17BuyChimeraNovelMark W. Tiedemann2001-01-01Robot Mystery
18BuyAuroraNovelMark W. Tiedemann2002-01-01Robot Mystery
19BuyHave Robot, Will TravelNovelAlexander C. Irvine2005-01-01Robot Mystery
20BuyRobots and EmpireNovelIsaac Asimov1985-09-20Robot Mystery
21BuyIsaac Asimov's CalibanNovelRoger MacBride Allen1993-03-01Caliban Trilogy
22BuyIsaac Asimov's InfernoNovelRoger MacBride Allen1994-09-01Caliban Trilogy
23BuyIsaac Asimov's UtopiaNovelRoger MacBride Allen1996-01-01Caliban Trilogy
24BuyThe Stars, Like DustNovelIsaac Asimov1951-02-15Empire
25BuyThe Currents of SpaceNovelIsaac Asimov1952-01-01Empire
26BuyPebble in the SkyNovelIsaac Asimov1950-01-19Empire
27BuyPrelude to FoundationNovelIsaac Asimov1988-11-01Foundation
28BuyForward the FoundationNovelIsaac Asimov1993-04-01Foundation
29BuyFoudation's FearNovelGregory Benford1997-02-01Foundation
30BuyFoundation and ChaosNovelGreg Bear1998-02-01Foundation
31BuyFoundation's TriumphNovelDavid Brin1999-05-01Foundation
32BuyFoundationNovelIsaac Asimov1951-01-01Foundation
33BuyFoundation and EmpireNovelIsaac Asimov1952-01-01Foundation
34BuySecond FoundationNovelIsaac Asimov1953-01-01Foundation
35BuyFoundation's EdgeNovelIsaac Asimov1982-01-01Foundation
36BuyFoundation and EarthNovelIsaac Asimov1986-01-01Foundation
37BuyFoundation's FriendsAnthologyRay Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, Orson Scott Card1989-01-01Foundation
38BuyThe End of EternityNovelIsaac Asimov1955-01-01Beyond Time
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