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A prolific author, Isaac Asimov is most admired for his science fiction, including his collection of short stories I, Robot and his Robot, Empire and Foundation series novels. While each of these narratives takes place in a different fictional universe, Asimov asserted at the end of his career that he had, with his last Robot and Foundation novels, unified them into one coherent metaseries. This reference work identifies and describes all of the characters, locales, artifacts, concepts and institutions in Asimov's metaseries. Mimicking the style of The Encyclopedia Galactica, the fictional compendium of all human knowledge that features prominently in the Foundation series, this encyclopedia is an invaluable companion to Asimov's science fiction oeuvre.
Spanning 14 novels and 37 short stories, Isaac Asimov's future history is a singular achievement by the polymath author who became science fiction's first household name. This comprehensive but approachable guide helps readers navigate their way through Asimov's engrossing world and understand the stories in the context of the author's life and times.In the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Asimov created two of the best-loved series in the genre's history: the Foundation stories told the epic tale of a fallen Galactic Empire, while Asimov's robot stories were shaped by his vastly influential Three Laws of Robotics. Then, at the height of his success, Asimov put his career in science fiction on hiatus to focus on writing nonfiction, penning books on everything from biochemistry to the Bible. In the final decade of his life, he returned to his classic series with the staggeringly ambitious goal of uniting the robot stories and the Foundation saga. Through several new bestselling novels, Asimov forged his iconic stories into a single series following humanity from little Gloria's first encounter with the lovable robot Robbie through the rise and fall of a Galactic Empire and into the 242nd century, when an extraordinary revelation forces humans to rethink everything they thought they knew about the course of their own history.In this book, the first of its kind to encompass Asimov's entire unified future history, critic Jay Gabler provides a detailed guide to each and every novel and story in the series, drawing connections across the narrative and enriching readers' appreciation of the author and his historical context. It's a clear-eyed view for the 21st century reader, both a celebration of an extraordinary writer and an acknowledgement of his limitations, including a problematic personal life that was partially reflected in his fiction. Whether you're a lifelong Asimov aficionado or a reader who's just discovering his dazzling worlds, "Robots and Foundation" is an invaluable guide to the sprawling, fascinating future history that helped give shape to science fiction as we know it.
"If Foundation and Star Wars had a love child" For centuries they served. In gratitude we freed them. With vengeance they betrayed us. ALL SIX BOOKS! When she's kidnapped by the Blessed Engineers, Arla discovers she's been living a lie. She wasn't a farmer's daughter, but merely cargo transported in the carved out heart of an asteroid: the Arkship Dawn on a thousand year voyage to a new home. And someone got there first. One act of rebellion leads to her people's fate resting on her young shoulders. And, perhaps the future of humanity itself. Because Dawn harbors a secret. It is the key. Destiny awaits. The Complete Robot Empire brings the six book series of space opera in the classic vein of Asimov, Bradbury and Bear into one mammoth read. If you like clean, fast paced, intelligent sci-fi that's full of ideas, memorable characters and examines what it truly is to be human, then the Robot Empire series is for you. "Reminiscent of some of my favorite old time SciFi authors" - Mark "Inspired world building" - Belle "A brilliant read with an epic and unexpected ending" - Bethany
Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.
A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the “R” stood for robot—and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!
Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert remain two of the most popular and influential science fiction writers of the 20th century. Each is a master structuralist whose works succeed in large part through the careful mirroring of concepts at every narrative level. While the fiction of Herbert and Asimov has attracted scholarly attention, science itself is a crucial element that is almost completely ignored in critical assessments of science fiction as literature. Because the works of Asimov and Herbert are grounded in scientific premises, an appreciation of their literary structure depends on an understanding of the scientific concepts informing them. This book examines Herbert's Dune series and Asimov's Foundation trilogy and robot stories from the perspective of chaos theory to elucidate the structure of their works. Chaos theory is the study of orderly patterns in turbulent, dynamic, or erratic systems. The order of these systems stems from the interdependence of numerous interlocking events or components. These may take the form of fractal structures, in which similar but not necessarily identical structures are replicated across the same scale and increasingly smaller scales. This book argues that in drawing upon apparently chaotic natural and scientific systems, Herbert and Asimov created fractal narrative structures in their works.