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The Best Isaac Asimov Books

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 262 voters 14.5k 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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  • 1
    Foundation
    100
    23

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    I, Robot
    65
    18

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #69 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read#6 of 99 NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

  • 3
    Nightfall
    46
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Caves of Steel
    52
    11

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Gods Themselves
    43
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #6 of 25 The Best Alien Contact Novels#67 of 98 The Best Books With God in the Title

  • 6
    Second Foundation
    54
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Foundation and Empire
    57
    24

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The End of Eternity
    40
    9

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Nemesis
    27
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Naked Sun
    37
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Robots of Dawn
    41
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Foundation and Earth
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Foundation's Edge
    33
    16

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #500 of 1,234 The Best Novels Ever Written#507 of 704 Books That Changed Your Life

  • 14
    Prelude to Foundation
    29
    13

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Stars, Like Dust
    22
    8

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Forward the Foundation
    22
    12

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Robots and Empire
    26
    17

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Ugly Little Boy
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Hugo Winners
    11
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Pebble in the Sky
    14
    6

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Complete Robot
    11
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The Bicentennial Man
    "The Bicentennial Man" is a novelette in the Robot series by Isaac Asimov. It was awarded the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Far as Human Eye Could See

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Robot Dreams
    8
    0

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    The Currents of Space
    7
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button