Isaac Asimov's Foundation saga is getting a TV Series!
The Foundation series is one of the most, well, foundational series in the genre of science fiction. Asimov's epic saga follows a mathematician's prediction of the Galactic Empire's collapse, and the grim fallout of this treacherous prediction.
First edition dust jacket of Foundation
Foundation was first published in the 1940s, as a series of eight short stories. These stories became the original Foundation trilogy, with Asimov later publishing prequels and sequels. Today, the series has grown into an iconic sci-fi classic, with impacts within literature and beyond (with figures like Martin Seligman and Elon Musk citing the book as influential to their lives and careers).
However, with all its cultural significance, the series has never been adapted for the screen—until now! After two stalled film productions from two different companies, the iconic series is getting a TV series on Apple TV!
The first episode of the series comes out TODAY, so if you have an Apple TV+ account, make sure to check it out! (If you don't, Apple TV+ has a week-long trial, so you can get a sneak peak of the series for free).
Want to read the books first? Or maybe you just prefer reading to watching? Check out all of Isacc Asimov's Foudnation novels below! The Foundation books are sorted by publication date, with some additional novels at the bottom. If you want to see all the books in the diegetic order of the Foundation universe, check out the timeline at the bottom of the page.
Happy reading (or watching)!
The Foundation Trilogy
Published in 1951, 1952, and 1953, these books span almost 300 years! They begin with the trial of mathematician Hari Seldon, who has been accused of treason for his prediction of the Empire's fall.
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Following the success of the first three books, Asimov published Foundation's Edge in 1981, and followed it up in 1986 with Foundation and Earth. In Foundation's Edge, Asimov began the project of uniting the Foundation universe with his other series, making a single, unified timeline.
Published in 1988 and 1993, these are the final Foundation books that Asimov Published. Prelude and Forward follow Seldon's development of psychohistory, the method through which he predicts the future.
Can't Get Enough?
Asimov has written a number of other stories set in the Foundation universe! If you've read and enjoyed the Foundation series, check out these other titles of Asimov, giving glimpses into the past and future of Asimov's universe.
The Galactic Empire Series
Explore the beginnings of the Galactic Empire, long before the Foundation series.
Asimov has written many other novels and short stories in the Foundation Universe. Plus, his universe has been further fleshed out by other writers! Below are three books set in the Foundation universe, but not part of the main story.
I, Robot is the first book in the Robot series, beginning his story of robot intelligence. Nemesis is a standalone novel set early in the timeline, following the migration of a space colony. The third title, The End of Eternity, bends time as it follows the Eternals, beings who guard the universe's timeline (like in the new Disney+ series Loki). While this final book doesn't exactly fit into Foundation's timeline, Foundation's Edge suggests that the universe of The End of Eternity has been destroyed, giving way to the universe of Foundation.
The Timeline of the Foundation Universe
Generally, the diegetic order of Asimov's series is: Robot series, Galactic Empire series, Foundation Prequels, Foundation Trilogy, Foundation Sequels. For a more in-depth timeline of Asimov's universe, see the table below. Contains mild spoilers.
|20-21st centuries C.E.||Start of interstellar space travel.||I, Robot|
|23rd century C.E.||Rotor colony moved to the nearby Nemesis system.||Nemesis|
|33-38th centuries C.E.||Space expansion, robot conflicts.||Robot series|
|114-125th centuries C.E.||Shifting galactic politics, Trantorian Republic of five worlds becomes Trantorian Empire.||The Stars, Like Dust, The Currents of Space|
|12500 C.E, 1 G.E.||Trantorian Empire becomes the Galactic Empire, inception of Galactic calendar.|
|1st century G.E.||Time travel mixup, rebellion against the Empire.||Pebble in the Sky|
|120-121st century G.E.||Birth of Hari Seldon, trouble in the empire, Seldon develops psychohistory.||Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation|
|121st century G. E.||Seldon put on trial, Foundation exiled to Terminus.||Foundation|
|12067 G.E, 1 F.E.||Beginning of the Foundation Era calendar.|
|1st-2nd century F.E.||Seldon dies, a planet's secession causes trouble, Foundation gains influence.||Foundation|
|2nd-4th century F.E.||Conflict between Empire and Foundation, rise of the Mule.||Foundation and Empire|
|4th century F.E.||Second Foundation established.||Second Foundation|
|5th century F.E.||Conflict between First Foundation, Second Foundation, and Gaia. Golan Trevize makes a big choice.||Foundation's Edge|
|5th century F.E.||Trevize journeys to Earth, looking for answers.||Foundation and Earth|
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