— Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was considered, alongside with his contemporaries Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, one of the ‘Big Three’ science fiction authors of the ‘Golden Age‘ of science fiction.
”I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.”
— Isaac Asimov, Free Inquiry (Spring 1982)
The Robot Stories:
The Robot Stories were collected as I, Robot (coll., 1950), The Rest of the Robots (coll., 1964)
The Foundation Saga
The original Foundation Trilogy was comprised of Foundation (1951), Foundation and Empire (1952) and Second Foundation (1953) but it was later expanded to include two sequels, Foundation’s Edge (1982) and Foundation and Earth (1986).
Pebble in the Sky (1950), The Stars, Like Dust (1951) and The Currents of Space (1952) are lively space operas set at an earlier point in the same galactic empire but have no direct connection with the Foundation Saga.
Elijah (“Lije”) Baley & R. Daneel Olivaw
Both detectives returned in a belated sequel, the epic The Robots of Dawn (1983)
Robots and Empire (1986) is set 200 years after Lije Baley’s death.
- Asimov, Isaac, Pebble in the Sky (1950)
- —— I, Robot (coll., 1950)
- The Foundation Trilogy:
- —— The Stars, Like Dust (1951)
- —— The Currents of Space (1952)
- —— The Caves of Steel (1954)
- —— The End of Eternity (1955)
- —— The Naked Sun (1957)
- —— The Rest of the Robots (coll., 1964)
- —— The Gods Themselves (1972)
- —— The Robots of Dawn (1983)
- —— Robots and Empire (1986)