The Naked Sun

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Robot (#2) Published: 1979 I read it: August 2018 After the events from The Caves of Steel, the setup for The Naked Sun has the basic serial elements required to continue the regular installments: the reluctant duo of Elijah Baley (human) and R. Daneel Olivaw (robot),…

The Caves of Steel

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Robot (#1) Published: 1954 I read it: August 2016 What is Greg Graffin doing on the cover of this book? Apparently starring as the main robot in this science fiction detective story. The caves of the title are simply Earth’s cities, fully enclosed and delicately sustained…

I, Robot

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 1950 I read it: August 2015 “There was a time when humanity faced the universe alone and without a friend. Now he has creatures to help him; stronger creatures than himself, more faithful, more useful, and absolutely devoted to him. Mankind is no longer alone. Have you…

The Martian Way

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, short stories Full title: The Martian Way and Other Stories Published: 1955 (this collection), 1952-1954 (original stories) I read it: July 2015 This $2 paperback caught Laura’s eye because the weekend that we perused Jackson Street Booksellers in Omaha, we were partway through reading The Martian. Used bookstores are great…

Second Foundation

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Foundation (#3) Published: 1953 I read it: January 2015 The first thing that struck me about this last volume of the original trilogy was how focused Part I turned out to be. (Well, that was the second thing. The first thing that struck me was how confusing…

Buy Jupiter

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, short stories Full title: Buy Jupiter and Other Stories Published: 1973 I read it: October 2013 My first foray into Asimov. It was a bit of an odd one to kick off with: a collection of miscellaneous stories that had been published in magazines but not yet anthologized. The stories…

Foundation & Empire

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Foundation (#2) Published: 1952 I read it: June 2014 Here is part two of Asimov’s ambitious Foundation saga. It opens with an outline of how the Galactic Empire is in the process of crumbling, and the question is how it will all play out against the…