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Tinkoo said in April 25th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Original magazine version of the second book (Mule, I think) of the original Foundation Trilogy is online, though in an inconvenient format as RAR files of scans. I’d linked it sometime back.

Note the later books, in publication order but not in story’s timeline, of what now goes as the expanded Foundation series, weren’t authored by Asimov, but by other authors contracted by his widow after his death. He wrote the three originals, plus a few sequels later which link up Foundation with his other series – Spacers & [something – Empire?].

Rusty said in April 26th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks Tinkoo,

I tried searching your site but couldn’t find the online link – do you have it?

Yeah, I have only read the Foundation novels written by Asimov himself, and have never tried any of the other ones. How were they?

Tinkoo said in April 26th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Mule is buried somewhere in this page; search for Asimov on that page. I think I’d created it on one of the lazy days; but you should be able to locate the relevant Astounding issues on this page by finding novel’s original publication dates elsewhere. (ISFDB says they appeared in November/December 1945 issues; both issues are linked from above page).

Original Trilogy is the best, though I’d started getting impatient with the third book. Rest of Asimov’s sequels are ok – kept me interested most of the time. Other authors’ 3 books are actually prequels in timeline, though written later – they mostly detail Hari Seldon’s early life & Empire in the process of its rot; I don’t think I really enjoyed them.

I read it when I wasn’t experienced in the genre. Not sure how I’ll respond today.

Rusty said in April 26th, 2010 at 10:02 pm


Thanks for the link – that page looks like it has lots of good stuff on it!

I agree that the 3 original novels were the best. I also enjoyed the 4th and 5th ones too, even though they were written many years later. I heard once that Asimov wasn’t too happy with number 5 (Foundation & Earth) and that it was getting hard to find that book, but I don’t know if it was true.

I have read the 2 prequels that Asimov wrote, and although they were good I have never read them again. I would like to give them a try now and see how they measure up.