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Forward the Foundation
This book details the story of Hari Seldon developing psychohistory, and the minor role he played during the decline of the empire, as well as the robot he had sex with. The story is slow and ponderous....
Foundation
A pscho historian, Hari Seldon, figures out using Psycho-history that the empire will fall in 3 centuries. He has a station set up in Terminous, called the Foundation, where his people will make an all powerful encyclopedia. 50 years later, long after Seldon is dead, they open up his vault and figure out that it wasn't their main purpose to make the book. Throughout the story, a character named Hardin is pushed back and forth between the four kingdom...
Foundation and Earth
Foundation and Earth is the last of the Asimov's Foundation series, but it does not concern itself with The Foundations's struggle to the Second Galactic Empire. Golan Trevize, made a supreme decision influencing the Final Destiny of the Galaxy based on his unexplained intuitive power of making the RIGHT decision based on insufficient data. For some reason, he believes that finding the long, lost planet of Humanity's Origin, namely Earth, will justify hi...
Foundation and Empire
This is actually two stories in one: the first details the last attempt of the dying Empire to reassert control over the Foundation. But the Empire is so corrupt that when one of its generals starts to succeed, he gets recalled. The second part details the rise of the Mule, a being who can control the minds of others and who quickly conquers the Foundation. A few escapees try to locate the Second Foundation to warn them, but the Mule isn't far behind....

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Foundation's Edge
This books picks up from the end of the famed Foundation Trilogy, namely, Second Foundation where the First Foundationers supposedly eliminated the "threat" of the Psychohistorians when the Psychohistorians had truly eliminated the threat of the First Foundationers. But the very perfection with which both Foundations supposedly quelled their respective anatagonists leaves the Foundationers in a blanket of false security. Two people, namely Golan Trevize ...
I Asimov
This is a biography of highlights of Isaac Asimov's life. He was a prolific writer of science fiction and science and commentary books. He also had a strange kinky thing about writing about sex with robots....
I, Robot
A journalist interviews a great robopsychologist about her career. She describes the beginnings of robot-kind and the evolution of her science throught the three laws of robotics....
Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury
Lucky has to locate a saboteur who's trying to stop Project Light, a project to tap the power of solar energy....
Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter
The Sirians are up to no good again when they try to steal the secrets of A-Grav. Furthermore, Lucky thinks they have a robot spy in the production plant. He brings along an emotion-sensing V-frog in the hopes of ferreting out the robot. In a delightful change of pace, the robot turns out to be a dog!...
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus
A new enemy (Asimov gives the Sirians a rest for this one) is using V-frogs, frogs from Venus, to control the minds of others. The new enemy takes over the mind of one councilman and then tries to take control of Lucky. Lucky must battle the mental dominator, who tries to convince Lucky to take the ship down and destroy itself. This is a rather different Lucky Starr adventure from the others, for Lucky must not merely so...

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Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids
Lucky Starr tries to infiltrate the pirates of the asteroid belt to find out more about them. But they're wise to his attempts and try to kill him several times. This doesn't slow Lucky down much, as he discovers a big secret about the pirate leader that affects him personally....
Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn
In the last book in the series, Lucky and Bigman try to regain control of one of Saturn's moons which has been taken by the Sirians on the basis that it is empty. They and Wess (who does not get on with Bigman to say the least) chase a Sirian towards Saturn who then crashes his craft after releasing a capsule which must be found. They leave Wess inside Mimas and surrender to the Sirians. The Sirians want Lucky to become one of them, but show disgust towa...
Nemesis
When Eugenia Insigna of the Settlement Rotor, an independent space station, discovers an unknown red dwarf star two light years from Earth, she names it Nemesis. Led by Dr. Janus Pitt, Rotor and its population travel to the star to build a new, morally pure society. Insigna's daughter Marlene, who can read body language like a telepath, learns that Nemesis is moving dangerously close to Earth's solar system. After trying to communicate her knowledge, Mar...
Pebble in the Sky
By the Year of the Galactic Era 827, thousands of planets belong to the Imperial Empire. Earth is a mere way station, heavily contaminated by radioactivity and able to sustain only 20 million lives. When humans reach the age of 60, they are euthanized to make way for the next generation. Most members of the Empire look down on Earthlings, regarding them as a backward race, but archaeologist Bel Arvardan, a native of Baronn in the Sirius system, is convin...
Prelude to Foundation
Mathematician Harri Seldon stumbled upon the concept of "psychohistory": that it is mathematically possible to predict the future! Soon Harri discovers many other remarkable things: that the Empire in all of its power may be after him, that he may die before he completes his theory of psychohistory, and most the most disturbing revelation of all, that the 20,000 year old Empire may be crumbling....
Robots of Dawn
In a race to save his planet, Earth, Elijah Baley makes some startling discoveries. An affair is easier if she's from another planet; and sometimes robots can be thought of as a friend or lover....

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Second Foundation
The first half of this book is really great. It details the story of the Mule, the dictator of the galaxy who uses mind control to reenforce his power, as he hunts, and is hunted by the Second Foundation, an organization of telepaths. Finally, only at the end of the first half do we figure out who has maneuvered whom. The second half focuses on a little girl in the center of a conspiracy by the telepaths of the second foundation....
Space Ranger
This is the first thrilling book in the Lucky Starr series! David (as he is called in this book only) Starr is sent to Mars to find the cause of poisonings of food being exported from Mars. He takes a job as a farm labourer and descends underground into Mars where he meets bodiless alien life. The aliens give him a mask (which he has to use to get back to the domed Martian farm through a sandstorm) and the name of 'Space Ranger'. Lucky solves the mystery...
The Caves of Steel
Elijah Baley has been called on to take the very sensitive case of an outerworld Spacer who was blasted in his home. Things begin to get really wild, however, when he's assigned a Spacer robot, R. Daneel Oliver, as his partner. Baley doesn't exactly like robots, and this is his first encounter with a lifelike one. But they perserve together to find the killer....
The Complete Robot
collection of all asimov's robot stories, from "robbie" through to "the bicentennial man". an excellent read, entertaining and imaginative....
The Gods Themselves
In the near future, an alien civilization (of trisexual energy beings) in another universe contacts humanity proposing an exchange of energy based on the difference of physic laws between the two universes. Unfortunately, the mingling of the conditions of their universe and ours, while providing unlimited energy, would cause our sun to explode. Some scientists strive to solve the problem, and in doing so they must fight obtuse established authorities who...
The Naked Sun
Mr. Asimov's version of the future where robots intermix with a future society is thought provoking....

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The Stars Like Dust
When student Biron Farrill narrowly survives an attempt on his life, enigmatic Sander Jonti urges him to leave Earth for Rhodia under an assumed identity. During the journey Biron realizes he has been betrayed to the Tyranni, a short, ugly race which has subjugated the known galaxy. Released from custody in the hope that he will lead them (the Tyranni authorities) to a conspiracy, Biron does indeed meet conspirators, in the shape of Artemisia, the volupt...


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