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.
|1||I, Robot: To Protect||Novel||Mickey Zucker Reichert||2011-11-01||Robot Era|
|2||I, Robot: To Obey||Novel||Mickey Zucker Reichert||2013-09-03||Robot Era|
|3||I, Robot: To Preserve||Novel||Mickey Zucker Reichert||2016-02-02||Robot Era|
|4||I, Robot||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1950-12-02||Robot Era|
|5||The Rest of the Robots||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1964-01-01||Robot Era|
|6||The Complete Robot||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1982-01-01||Robot Era||Includes I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots|
|7||Robot Dreams||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1986-11-01||Robot Era|
|8||Robot Visions||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1990-01-01||Robot Era|
|9||The Positronic Man||Novel||Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg||1992-10-01||Robot Era|
|10||Nemesis||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1989-10-01||Robot Era|
|11||Mother Earth||Short Story||Isaac Asimov||1949-05-01||Robot Era||Collected in Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1|
|12||The Caves of Steel||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1954-02-04||Robot Era|
|13||The Naked Sun||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1957-01-01||Robot Era|
|14||Mirror Image||Short Story||Isaac Asimov||1972-05-01||Robot Era||Collected in The Complete Robot|
|15||The Robots of Dawn||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1983-01-01||Robot Era|
|16||Mirage||Novel||Mark W. Tiedemann||2000-04-01||Robot Mystery|
|17||Chimera||Novel||Mark W. Tiedemann||2001-01-01||Robot Mystery|
|18||Aurora||Novel||Mark W. Tiedemann||2002-01-01||Robot Mystery|
|19||Have Robot, Will Travel||Novel||Alexander C. Irvine||2005-01-01||Robot Mystery|
|20||Robots and Empire||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1985-09-20||Robot Mystery|
|21||Isaac Asimov's Caliban||Novel||Roger MacBride Allen||1993-03-01||Caliban Trilogy|
|22||Isaac Asimov's Inferno||Novel||Roger MacBride Allen||1994-09-01||Caliban Trilogy|
|23||Isaac Asimov's Utopia||Novel||Roger MacBride Allen||1996-01-01||Caliban Trilogy|
|24||The Stars, Like Dust||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1951-02-15||Empire|
|25||The Currents of Space||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1952-01-01||Empire|
|26||Pebble in the Sky||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1950-01-19||Empire|
|27||Prelude to Foundation||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1988-11-01||Foundation|
|28||Forward the Foundation||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1993-04-01||Foundation|
|29||Foudation's Fear||Novel||Gregory Benford||1997-02-01||Foundation|
|30||Foundation and Chaos||Novel||Greg Bear||1998-02-01||Foundation|
|31||Foundation's Triumph||Novel||David Brin||1999-05-01||Foundation|
|33||Foundation and Empire||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1952-01-01||Foundation|
|34||Second Foundation||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1953-01-01||Foundation|
|35||Foundation's Edge||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1982-01-01||Foundation|
|36||Foundation and Earth||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1986-01-01||Foundation|
|37||Foundation's Friends||Anthology||Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, Orson Scott Card||1989-01-01||Foundation|
|38||The End of Eternity||Novel||Isaac Asimov||1955-01-01||Beyond Time|