The Greater Foundation is a universe created by American author Isaac Asimov, considered to be a master of hard science fiction. The “Greater Foundation” universe consists of four actual series – the Robot series (best known for I, Robot), the Galactic Empire series (which Asimov used revisionism to go back and add them to the universe later in life), the Original Foundation trilogy and the Extended Foundation series.

The Greater Foundation universe dates back to 1940 when Asimov was writing short stories for science fiction magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction. Those stories would end up in the short story collection I, Robot in 1950. The first Greater Foundation novel was Pebble in the Sky in 1950, which was part of the Galactic Empire series and added to the Greater Foundation universe later on. The Original Foundation trilogy began with Foundation in 1951. Below is a list of Isaac Asimov’s Greater Foundation universe books and short story collections in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Robot Books


The Caves of Steel(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naked Sun(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Robots of Dawn(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Robots and Empire(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Galactic Empire Books


Pebble in the Sky(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Stars, Like Dust(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Current of Space(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Original Foundation Books


Foundation(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Empire(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Second Foundation(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Extended Foundation Books


Foundation's Edge(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Earth(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prelude to Foundation(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forward the Foundation(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Foundation Books


Prelude to Foundation(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forward the Foundation(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Empire(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Second Foundation(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation's Edge(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Earth(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


I, Robot(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rest of the Robots(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The Robot series is also known as the R. Daneel Olivaw series.

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