I've read them in both publication order and chronological order inevitable, as I read more than a few of them before the master died, thus before all were published , and they're a good read either way. Figuring out the chronological order before the definite list was published by Asimov himself was fun, getting it mostly right quite satisfying :. I don't think you need to read the series in any particular order relative to each other.
So it was a bit of a shock when:. I found out that Earth had been abandoned thanks to the machinations of that sweet little mind-reading robot and his humanoid robot friend when I finally read Robots and Empire. And that everything in the Foundation books had been a massive Xanatos Gambit engineered by said humanoid robot friend when I got to Foundation and Earth.
But I think each individual series ought to be read in sequence: you're going to get major spoilers if you read Second Foundation before you read Foundation and Empire , for instance. I too read the Foundation books in the order that they were published and enjoyed them that way. I did however lend my collection to a friend who decided to start with Prelude to Foundation, and then read the rest in publication order.
He insists that it was a great way to read them. Prelude is a very different book from the original Foundations, so anyone reading that first should be warned about the change. Given that though, it may help make the original Foundation trilogy more exciting to go into it knowing more about Seldon. I'm going to recommend my own personal hybrid, partly based on the order the stories were written, and partly the internal chronological order.
In my opinion, it gives a better sense of the development of the story and Asimov's direction than simply following the chronology or the writing order. Also, I think it's compulsory to read 'Forward the Foundation' last. Asimov "ended" the series by taking it back to its beginning - I think it's a nice touch. Also, the final scene in this book is a nice way to finish.
I like to look at the series as the story of R. Daneel Olivaw, which results in me having a different order than most. For the sake of simplicity and focus, the robot short stories, the Empire novels, and the Caliban trilogy are left out as interesting, but non-essential. Some include the Second Trilogy, others don't.
I prefer to include two of them, as I find they improve the overall story of Daneel. Foundation's Fear by Benford can be skipped entirely; it's disrespectful to the source material, adds almost nothing to the overall story, and is just not an enjoyable read. As you said, the two common recommendations are to read these either publication order or chronological order. I have a third recommendation: start with the original trilogy, then read the prequels, and end with Edge and Earth. This gives a good arrangement stylistically, with the earlier novels followed by the later ones.
Asimov's writing style changes distinctly over time.
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It also gives a good arrangement chronologically, with the prequels foreshadowing the final two books, instead of explaining things you've already read about. This can be compared to the Machete Order of viewing the Star Wars movies. But I digress. And best of all, you end with the cliffhanger, instead of reading it and then reading more books that don't resolve it. And if the cliffhanger bothers you, I wrote a conclusion which seems to be well-liked.
I read them in nothing but publication order and never felt lost. But no matter what you do please read Foundation , Foundation and Empire , and Second Foundation first and in that order. Also know that the Empire novels and the Robots series play a significant role in the Foundation saga.
Robots and Empire and Foundation and Earth in particular are strongly connected. If you're going to read any of them, Pebble in the Sky is the most important by far, but less important than all the Foundation and Robot books. Don't read these before the others, as they will spoil things big time. They are prequels, in that they take place before the principal - but continue and end the story rather than add back story.
This list is based on Isaac Asimov's own list of the fictional order of his works, with one correction and one addition:. Forward the Foundation The second Foundation novel. Not in Asimov's list as it had not been written yet. Foundation The third Foundation novel, comprised of 5 stories originally published between Foundation and Empire The fourth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published in Second Foundation The fifth Foundation novel, comprised of 2 stories originally published in and The list is based on Asimov's list of fictional chronological order in the forward to Prelude to Foundation With one correction.
In The Stars Like Dust everybody knows that the radioactive Earth was the original home world of humans. Only a part of the galaxy has been explored and colonized yet. In The Currents of Space every region and every planet in the galaxy has been explored and most habitable planets have been settled for centuries or millennia. The planet Trantor, near the center of the galaxy, that probably was not even discovered in the era of The Stars Like Dust , has been settled for so long and advanced in population and industry so much that it has conquered half the galaxy.
Nobody knows which planet Humans originated on - Earth is merely one candidate. If I remember correctly the year is seven hundred and something of the Galactic Empire. Earthmen are the only people who claim that Earth is the original home of humans.
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At whe end of the story a project begins to remove earth's radioactivity. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to read it. If i remember correctly "Blind Alley" is in year eight hundred and something of the Galactic Empire. Some people recommend reading Foundation , Foundation and Empire , and Second Foundation before Prelude to foundation and forward the foundation novels to avoid spoilers of surprises in those novels.
One more novel needs to be appended to these lists. Donald M. The book is called Psychohistorical Crisis. It was published in and is a fantastic addition to the canon of Asimov's Foundation books. Here is information I got from the www. Discrepancies are explained as a result of an information overload.
The further forward or the further back one goes using psychohistory, one gets more of a general overview with precise details being forgotten. There logically has to be a founder of psychohistory but more and more details are subsumed over time.
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