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The Best Isaac Asimov Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 279 voters 15.4k views82 items

List RulesVote for the Isaac Asimov novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Isaac Asimov books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. What is Isaac Asimov famous for? With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Asimov is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Considered one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, he is said to have written over 500 books in his lifetime. 

Among his biggest successes is the Foundation trilogy, which started simply with Foundation. Asimov is also famous for The Martian Way and Other Stories, a collection of novellas. Though it happened long after his lifetime, the I, Robot author had his famous series of short stories turned into a successful movie that starred Will Smith. It wasn't the first time either. The 1999 film Bicentennial Man is also among books by Isaac Asimov made into movies. 

If you're a huge fan of his work, vote on the best Asimov books below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans who want to know which Asimov novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out this Isaac Asimov book list if you're a big reader.

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  • Foundation1
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    Foundation

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1951

    SubjectsMilky Way, Scientist, Spaceflight

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Foundation is the first novel in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Foundation is a collection...  more
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    #166 of 1,235 The Best Novels Ever Written#257 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

  • I, Robot2
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    17

    I, Robot

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1950

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction, Film

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. The stories...  more
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  • The Gods Themselves3
    47
    7

    The Gods Themselves

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1972

    SubjectsSpace opera, First contact

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It won the Nebula...  more
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  • Foundation and Empire4
    60
    23

    Foundation and Empire

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1952

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language, Spanish Language

    Foundation and Empire is a novel written by Isaac Asimov that was published by Gnome Press in...  more
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  • Second Foundation5
    53
    19

    Second Foundation

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1953

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Second Foundation is the third novel published of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, and...  more
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  • The End of Eternity6
    39
    8

    The End of Eternity

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1955

    SubjectsTime travel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel, with mystery and thriller...  more
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  • The Caves of Steel7
    50
    24

    The Caves of Steel

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1954-06

    SubjectsAdventure

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Caves of Steel is a novel by Isaac Asimov. It is essentially a detective story, and...  more
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  • Nemesis8
    26
    4

    Nemesis

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1989-10

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Nemesis is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov. One of his later science...  more
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  • The Robots of Dawn9
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    22

    The Robots of Dawn

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1983

    SubjectsAdventure

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Robots of Dawn is a "whodunit" science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, first published in...  more
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  • The Naked Sun10
    36
    16

    The Naked Sun

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1957-01

    SubjectsAdventure

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Naked Sun is an English language science fiction novel, the second in Isaac Asimov's Robot...  more
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  • Prelude to Foundation11
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    Prelude to Foundation

    Speculative fiction, Children's literature

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1988-11

    Prelude to Foundation is a Locus Award nominated 1988 novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is one...  more
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  • Foundation and Earth12
    28
    9

    Foundation and Earth

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1986

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Foundation and Earth is a Locus Award-nominated science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the...  more
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  • Nightfall13
    23
    3

    Nightfall

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

    First Published1990

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    "Nightfall" is a 1941 science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov about the coming of darkness...  more
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  • Foundation's Edge14
    32
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    Foundation's Edge

    Speculative fiction, Novel

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1982-06

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Foundation's Edge is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the...  more
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  • The Stars, Like Dust15
    21
    5

    The Stars, Like Dust

    Whodunit, Speculative fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1951

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Stars, Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction mystery book by writer Isaac Asimov. The book...  more
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  • Forward the Foundation16
    23
    11

    Forward the Foundation

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1993-01

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is the second of two prequels to...  more
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  • Robots and Empire17
    26
    16

    Robots and Empire

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1985

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Robots and Empire is a science fiction novel written by the American author Isaac Asimov and...  more
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  • The Complete Robot18
    12
    2

    The Complete Robot

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1982

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Complete Robot is a collection of 31 of the 38 science fiction short stories by Isaac...  more
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  • The Ugly Little Boy19
    11
    1

    The Ugly Little Boy

    Novel, Science Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg

    First Published1958-09

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    "The Ugly Little Boy" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. The story first...  more
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  • The Hugo Winners20
    10
    1

    The Hugo Winners

    Fiction, Short story

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1962

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Hugo Winners was a series of books which collected science fiction and fantasy stories...  more
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  • Far as Human Eye Could See21

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1984-11

    SubjectsScience

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Far as Human Eye Could See is the 19th collection of science essays by Isaac Asimov, short...  more
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  • The Bicentennial Man22
    "The Bicentennial Man" is a novelette in the Robot series by Isaac Asimov. It was awarded the...  more
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  • Robot Dreams23
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    Robot Dreams

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1986-11

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Robot Dreams is a collection of science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, illustrated by...  more
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  • Pebble in the Sky24
    13
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    Pebble in the Sky

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1950

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pebble in the Sky is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, published in...  more
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  • The Currents of Space25
    10
    4

    The Currents of Space

    Speculative fiction, Fiction

    AuthorIsaac Asimov

    First Published1952

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Currents of Space is a science fiction novel by the American writer Isaac Asimov. It is...  more
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