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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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The Caves of Steel is listed (or ranked) 2 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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 3 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 Robots of Dawn is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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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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Second Foundation is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Naked Sun is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Gods Themselves is listed (or ranked) 9 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 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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Foundation and Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Robots and Empire is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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Pebble in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Forward the Foundation is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Prelude to Foundation is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Nightfall is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 19 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 Hugo Winners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Fiction, Short story, Science Fiction The Hugo Winners was a series of books which collected science fiction and fantasy stories that won a Hugo Award for Short Story, Novelette or Novella at the World Science Fiction Convention ...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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Far as Human Eye Could See is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science Far as Human Eye Could See is the 19th collection of science essays by Isaac Asimov, short works which originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, these being first ...more

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Nine Tomorrows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Short story Nine Tomorrows is a collection of nine short stories and two pieces of comic verse by Isaac Asimov. The pieces were all originally published in magazines between 1956 and 1958, with the ...more

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More Tales of the Black Widowe... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Ugly Little Boy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Novel, Science Fiction "The Ugly Little Boy" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. The story first appeared in the September 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction under the title ...more

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Fact and Fancy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science Fact and Fancy is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the first in a series of books collecting his essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and ...more

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Extraterrestrial Civilizations is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Science Extraterrestrial Civilizations is a book written by Isaac Asimov in 1979, wherein the probability of there being intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations within the Milky Way galaxy is ...more

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Before the Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 28 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

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The Martian Way and Other Stor... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Novella, Science Fiction The Martian Way and Other Stories is a 1955 collection of four science fiction novellas previously published by Isaac Asimov in 1952 and 1954. Although single-author story collections generally ...more

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The Intelligent Man's Guide to... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Science The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science is a general guide to the sciences written by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in 1960 by Basic Books in two volumes, Physical Sciences and Biological ...more

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Earth Is Room Enough is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Short story, Science Fiction Earth Is Room Enough is a collection of seventeen short science fiction and fantasy stories and two pieces of comic verse published by Isaac Asimov in 1957. In his autobiography In Joy Still ...more

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Asimov's Guide to the Bible: T... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books

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Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Ref... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Science Fiction Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Refuge is a book written in 1988 by Rob Chilson. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, which is based on Isaac Asimov's Robot series. It was Rob ...more

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The Sun Shines Bright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science The Sun Shines Bright is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov. It was the fifteenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and ...more

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David Starr, Space Ranger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction David Starr, Space Ranger is the first novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul French. The novel ...more

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From Earth to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
From Earth to Heaven is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the fifth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It ...more

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Banquets of the Black Widowers is listed (or ranked) 37 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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View from a Height is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science View from a Height is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the second of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ...more

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Robot Dreams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction Robot Dreams is a collection of science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie. The title story is about Susan Calvin's discovery of a robot with rather disturbing ...more

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Casebook of the Black Widowers is listed (or ranked) 40 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) 41 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

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The Positronic Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Fiction, Science Fiction The Positronic Man is a novel co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, based on Asimov's novella The Bicentennial Man. It tells of a robot that begins to display characteristics, such ...more

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The Currents of Space is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction The Currents of Space is a science fiction novel by the American writer Isaac Asimov. It is the second of three books labeled the Galactic Empire series, though it was the last of the three he ...more

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The Return of the Black Widowe... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Mystery, Short story The Return of the Black Widowers is a collection of short mystery stories by Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first published in hardcover ...more

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The Bicentennial Man and Other... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Anthology, Science Fiction The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories is a science fiction anthology written and edited by Isaac Asimov. Following the usual form for Asimov collections, it consists of eleven short stories and ...more

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The Left Hand of the Electron is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science The Left Hand of the Electron is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov, first published by Doubleday & Company in 1972. It was the ninth of a series of ...more

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Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Ody... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Science Fiction Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Odyssey is a young adult science fiction novel written in 1987 by Michael P. Kube-McDowell. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, inspired by Isaac ...more

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The key word and other mysteri... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Mystery, Short story The Key Word and Other Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his boy detective Larry. The book was illustrated by Rod Burke. It was first ...more

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The Early Asimov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Speculative fiction, Science Fiction The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying is a 1972 collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. Each story is accompanied by commentary by the author, who gives details about his life and his ...more

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X Stands for Unknown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Isaac Asimov Books
Essay, Science 'X' Stands for Unknown is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov. It was the seventeenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy ...more