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

I, Robot (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Caves of Steel (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naked Sun (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rest of the Robots (1964)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
Robot Dreams (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Robot Visions (1990)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 / The Rebellious Stars (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Currents of Space (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Galactic Empire Books

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

Publication Order of Original Foundation Books

Publication Order of Foundation Books

Foundation / The 1,000 Year Plan (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Empire / The Man Who Upset the Universe (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
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 / The 1,000 Year Plan(1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foundation and Empire / The Man Who Upset the Universe(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

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

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One Response to “Order of Greater Foundation Books”

  1. FreeMan: 4 years ago

    Though they’re not written Asimov, it would be good to see the Second Foundation series (Foundation’s Fear, Foundation and Chaos, Secret Foundation) listed here, as they’re officially authorized by his estate. Also, since they’re by 3 different authors, I don’t know if they’re listed together anywhere.

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