A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s Isaac Asimov found a home on the pages of the science-fiction magazines Astounding and Super-Science Stories. World War II had just ended and the world was obsessed with air combat and the role of technology in society. Asimov’s stories reflected the concerns over the danger of technology but they also humanized robots, indicating that it is not technology that is evil but the way it is sometimes abused. His stories were so successful that in 1950 nine of his best short stories were selected for publication as the book I, Robot. In this book you get such greats as:
Catch That Rabbit
The Evitable Conflict
These classics revolutionized science fiction, and just a few years later, in 1957, Asimov’s birth country would forever change history by launching the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik.
If you like this book, you may also enjoy Asimov’s full-length featuresThe Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, also available in eBook format.
Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels are one of the great masterworks of science fiction. As unsurpassed blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building, they chronicle the struggle of a courageous group of men and women dedicated to preserving humanity's light in a galaxy plunged into a nightmare of ignorance and violence thirty thousand years long.
After years of struggle, the Foundation lies in ruins—destroyed by the mutant mind power of the Mule. But it is rumored that there is a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established to preserve the knowledge of mankind through the long centuries of barbarism. The Mule failed to find it the first time—but now he is certain he knows where it lies.
The fate of the Foundation rests on young Arcadia Darell, only fourteen years old and burdened with a terrible secret. As its scientists gird for a final showdown with the Mule, the survivors of the First Foundation begin their desperate search. They too want the Second Foundation destroyed…before it destroys them.
In the future you will walk down the crowded streets of New York City not knowing if the bodies brushing past you are humans or androids. With tensions already mounting between humans and robots, the murder of a Spacer must be handled in a politically-correct fashion so Detective Elijah Baley is assigned a robot partner.
Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw become like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, “Law & Order”’s Detectives Lennie Brisco and Ed Green, and Training Day’s Detective Alonzo Harris and Officer Jake Hoyt – disparate partners who must work together to solve a crime. The only problem is, Baley doesn’t trust anyone – not his boss, not his wife, and certainly not his robot partner.
The Caves of Steel was so popular that it became the first in the trilogy that includes The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn. Asimov’s collection of short stories about robots, I, Robot, is also available in eBook format.
"Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Against the odds, the group fought off destruction with cleverness and courage. Yet now they must face the full wrath of the Empire - still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes." "When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon. But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called the Mule - a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets, a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave." This mysterious entity possesses a force and stature beyond anything humany conceivable. But even more terrifying than its strength are the eyes it keeps hidden beyind impenetrable shades - eyes that are rumored to have the power of death. Who - or what - is the Mule? And how is humanity to defend itself against this invulnerable avatar of annihilation?
When the Empire sent an Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope lay in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.