Friday, February 3, 2012

Robot/Foundation Publication History

Following up on the Insanely Complete Robot/Foundation Fiction List, and at the request of my email correspondent Jim Syler, I now present the components of Asimov's future history re-arranged in order of original publication. In the case of short stories, I'm including the name of the book or magazine where they were first published. In the case of works with multiple titles, I'll be listing the original publication title first, followed by subsequent retitlings.

"Strange Playfellow/Robbie": September 1940, Super Science Stories

"Reason": April 1941, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Liar!": May 1941, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Robot AL-76 Goes Astray": February 1942, Amazing Stories

"Runaround": March 1942, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Foundation/The Encyclopedists": May 1942, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Bridle and Saddle/The Mayors": June 1942, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Catch That Rabbit": February 1944, Astounding Science-Fiction

"The Big and the Little/The Merchant Princes": August 1944, Astounding Science-Fiction

"The Wedge/The Traders": October 1944, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Blind Alley": March 1945, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Dead Hand/The General": April 1945, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Paradoxical Escape/Escape": August 1945, Astounding Science-Fiction

"The Mule": November/December 1945, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Evidence": September 1946, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Little Lost Robot": March 1947, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Now You See It--/Search By the Mule": January 1948, Astounding Science-Fiction

"Mother Earth": May 1949, Astounding Science-Fiction

"--And Now You Don't/Search By the Foundation": November/December 1949/January 1950, Astounding Science-Fiction

Pebble in the Sky: January 1950

"The Evitable Conflict": June 1950, Astounding Science-Fiction

I, Robot
: December 1950

"Satisfaction Guaranteed": January 1951, Super Science Stories

Tyrann/The Stars, Like Dust: January/February/March 1951, Galaxy Magazine

"The Psychohistorians": September 1951, Foundation

The Currents of Space: October/November/December 1952, Astounding Science Fiction

The Caves of Steel: October/November/December 1953, Galaxy Magazine

"Risk": May 1955, Astounding Science Fiction

"First Law": October 1956, Fantastic Universe

The Naked Sun: October/November/December 1956, Astounding Science Fiction

"Insert Knob A in Hole B": December 1957, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"Galley Slave": December 1957, Galaxy Science Fiction

"Lenny": January 1958, Infinity Science Fiction

"Feminine Intuition": October 1969, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"Mirror Image": May 1972, Analog Science Fiction and Fact

"Light Verse": September-October 1973, The Saturday Evening Post

"...That Thou Art Mindful of Him": May 1974, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"A Boy's Best Friend": March 1975, Boy's Life

"The Bicentennial Man": February 1976, Stellar-2

Foundation's Edge: June 1982

The Robots of Dawn: October 1983

Robots and Empire: September 1985

Foundation and Earth: October 1986

"Robot Dreams": November 1986, Robot Dreams

Robot City: Odyssey by Michael P. Kube-McDowell: July 1987

Robot City: Suspicion by Mike McQuay: September 1987

Robot City: Cyborg by William F. Wu: November 1987

Robot City: Prodigy by Arthur Byron Cover: January 1988

Robot City: Refuge by Rob Chilson: March 1988

Robot City: Perihelion by William F. Wu: June 1988

Prelude to Foundation: November 1988

"Christmas Without Rodney": December 1988, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Robots and Aliens: Changeling by Stephen Leigh: August 1989

"Strip Runner" by Pamela Sargent: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Trantor Falls" by Harry Turtledove: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Balance" by Mike Resnick: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"PAPPI" by Sheila Finch: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Plato's Cave" by Poul Anderson: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Foundation's Conscience" by George Zebrowski: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Carhunters of the Concrete Prairie" by Robert Sheckley: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"Blot" by Hal Clement: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"The Fourth Law of Robotics" by Harry Harrison: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

"The Originist" by Orson Scott Card: September 1989, Foundation's Friends

Robots and Aliens: Renegade by Cordell Scotten: November 1989

"Too Bad!": November 1989, The Microverse

"Cal": 1990, Cal

Robots and Aliens: Intruder by Robert Thurston: February 1990

Robots and Aliens: Alliance by Jerry Oltion: May 1990

Robots and Aliens: Maverick by Bruce Bethke: August 1990

Robots and Aliens: Humanity by Jerry Oltion: November 1990

"Kid Brother": Mid-December 1990, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

"Forward the Foundation/Eto Demerzel": November 1991, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

"Cleon the Emperor/Cleon I": April 1992, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Caliban by Roger MacBride Allen: March 1993

"The Consort/Dors Venabili": April 1993, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

"Wanda Seldon": April 1993, Forward the Foundation

"Epilogue": April 1993, Forward the Foundation

Robots in Time: Predator by William F. Wu: April 1993

Robots in Time: Marauder by William F. Wu: July 1993

The Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg: September 1993

Robots in Time: Warrior by William F. Wu: October 1993

Robots in Time: Dictator by William F. Wu: February 1994

Robots in Time: Emperor by William F. Wu: June 1994

Robots in Time: Invader by William F. Wu: September 1994

Inferno by Roger MacBride Allen: October 1994

Utopia by Roger MacBride Allen: November 1996

Foundation's Fear by Gregory Benford: February 1997

Foundation and Chaos by Greg Bear: February 1998

Foundation's Triumph by David Brin: May 1999

Mirage by Mark W. Tiedemann: April 2000

Chimera by Mark W. Tiedemann: April 2001

Aurora by Mark W. Tiedemann: April 2002

Have Robot, Will Travel by Alexander C. Irvine: May 2005

I, Robot: To Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert: November 2011

I, Robot: To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert: September 2013


Calion said...

Sweet! Thanks. Now for the last step: for me to construct a reading list and order for someone new to this universe.

Calion said...

Where's "The Evitable Conflict"?

Johnny Pez said...

Whoops! I knew I'd miss at least one.

List has been rectified.

Calion said...

So as I've long threatened, I've compiled a "reading order" for readers new to the Robot/Foundation saga. It's generally ordered in publication order to avoid spoilers and to have a generally smooth progression of tone, but avoids the jumping around that a pure publication order requires. I've only included actual Asimov in the list; I figure if you want to read works by secondary authors, you can include them in your second go-round and reread the entire series in chronological order using the wonderful Insanely Complete list.

At some point I'll post it on my blog, but I was hoping for feedback before I do.

Here it is.

Andrea Arturo Giuseppe Grossi said...

Hello Calion & Johnny!
Let's say that I am a little bit confused and a lot admired for the job you two made in giving the Asmivo's bibliography a good chronology.

Yet my question is (and I hadn't been able to find an answer in your post but I am almost sure it's my fault): if I want to read the whole, huge, history of mankind according to Asimov, what is the right book list I have to follow? The one Calion put on his Evernote? The one Johnny put on his blog?

I feel quite dumb asking this but I really badly want to read Asimov again in the most correct chronological order possible.

I hope I made myself clear... ;-)


Calion said...

If you have already read most of these books and want to read the whole saga as it plays out in chronological order, use Johnny's list. Mine is for those who have not read the series before and don't want spoilers.

Andrea Arturo Giuseppe Grossi said...

Sweet!!! Thanks Calion!
Yep, I think I've read nearly all the books of the "good doctor".

Oh, and thanks also for the quick answer!