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The Best Isaac Asimov Books  

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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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Foundation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
Foundation is the first novel in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Foundation is a collection of five short stories, which were first published together as a book by Gnome Press in 1951 which, ...more
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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction ...more
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The Caves of Steel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Mystery
The Caves of Steel is a novel by Isaac Asimov. It is essentially a detective story, and illustrates an idea Asimov advocated, that science fiction is a flavor that can be applied to any literary ...more
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Second Foundation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
Second Foundation is the third novel published of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, and the fifth in the in-universe chronology. It was first published in 1953 by Gnome Press. Second ...more
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Foundation and Empire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel
Foundation and Empire is a novel written by Isaac Asimov that was published by Gnome Press in 1952. It is the second book published in the Foundation Series, and the fourth in the in-universe ...more
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The End of Eternity is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel, with mystery and thriller elements, on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. The themes are very different from most ...more
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The Gods Themselves is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel
The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. The book is divided into ...more
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The Robots of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Mystery
The Robots of Dawn is a "whodunit" science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1983. It is the third novel in Asimov's Robot series. It was nominated for both the Hugo ...more
9
The Naked Sun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Mystery
The Naked Sun is an English language science fiction novel, the second in Isaac Asimov's Robot series.
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The Stars, Like Dust is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Whodunit, Speculative fiction, Fiction
The Stars, Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction mystery book by writer Isaac Asimov. The book is part of Asimov's Galactic Empire series. It takes place before the actual founding of the Galactic ...more
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Foundation's Edge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction
Foundation's Edge is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series. It was written more than thirty years after the stories of the original Foundation ...more
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Robots and Empire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction
Robots and Empire is a science fiction novel written by the American author Isaac Asimov and published by Doubleday Books in 1985. It is part of Asimov's Robot series, which consists of many ...more
13
Prelude to Foundation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
Prelude to Foundation is a Locus Award nominated 1988 novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is one of two prequels to the Foundation series. For the first time, Asimov chronicles the fictional life ...more
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Foundation and Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel
Foundation and Earth is a Locus Award-nominated science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation series and chronologically the last in the series. It was published in ...more
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Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction
"Nightfall" is a 1941 science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov about the coming of darkness to the people of a planet ordinarily illuminated at all times on all sides. It was ...more
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Forward the Foundation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction
Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is the second of two prequels to the Foundation Series. It is written in much the same style as the original novel Foundation, a ...more
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Pebble in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction
Pebble in the Sky is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov, published in 1950. This work is his first novel — parts of the Foundation series had appeared from 1942 onwards, in ...more
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More Tales of the Black Widowe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Mystery, Short story
More Tales of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first ...more
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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
Nemesis is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov. One of his later science fiction novels, it was published in 1989, only three years before his death. The novel is loosely ...more
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The Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
"The Bicentennial Man" is a novelette in the Robot series by Isaac Asimov. It was awarded the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for best science fiction novelette of 1976. According to ...more
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The Complete Robot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction
The Complete Robot is a collection of 31 of the 38 science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, written between 1939 and 1977. Most of the stories had been previously collected in the books I, ...more
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Before the Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Anthology, Science Fiction
Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s is an anthology of 25 science fiction stories from 1930s pulp magazines, edited by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It also ...more
23
Banquets of the Black Widowers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Mystery, Short story
Banquets of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by science fiction author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first ...more
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Casebook of the Black Widowers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Mystery, Short story
Casebook of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first ...more
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Murder at the ABA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Mystery, Fiction
Murder at the ABA is a mystery novel by Isaac Asimov, following the adventures of a writer and amateur detective named Darius Just, whom Asimov modeled on his friend Harlan Ellison. While ...more