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Isaac Asimov bibliography (categorical)

Depending on the counting convention used,[1] and including all titles, charts, and edited collections, there may be currently over 500 books in Isaac Asimov's bibliography— as well as his individual short stories, individual essays, and criticism. For his 100th, 200th, and 300th books (based on his personal count), Asimov published Opus 100 (1969), Opus 200 (1979), and Opus 300 (1984), celebrating his writing.[2][3][4]

Asimov was so prolific that his books span all major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification except for category 100, philosophy and psychology.[5] Although Asimov did write several essays about psychology,[6] and forewords for the books The Humanist Way (1988) and In Pursuit of Truth (1982),[7] which were classified in the 100s category, none of his own books was classified in that category.[8]

According to UNESCO's Index Translationum database, Asimov is the world's 24th most-translated author.[9]

An online exhibit in West Virginia University Libraries' virtually complete Asimov Collection displays features, visuals, and descriptions of some of his over 600 books, games, audio recordings, videos, and wall charts. Many first, rare, and autographed editions are in the Libraries' Rare Book Room. Book jackets and autographs are presented online along with descriptions and images of children's books, science fiction art, multimedia, and other materials in the collection.[10]

For a listing of Asimov's science fiction books in chronological order within his future history, see the Foundation series list of books.

Contents

Science fictionEdit

"Greater Foundation" seriesEdit

The Robot series was originally separate from the Foundation series. The Galactic Empire novels were published as independent stories, set earlier in the same future as Foundation. Later in life, Asimov synthesized the Robot series into a single coherent "history" that appeared in the extension of the Foundation series.[11]

  • The Robot series:
    • The Caves of Steel. 1954. ISBN 0-553-29340-0. (first Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
    • The Naked Sun. 1957. ISBN 0-553-29339-7. (second Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
    • The Robots of Dawn. 1983. ISBN 0-553-29949-2. (third Elijah Baley SF-crime novel)
    • Robots and Empire. 1985. ISBN 978-0-586-06200-5. (sequel to the Elijah Baley trilogy)
  • Galactic Empire novels:
  • Foundation prequels:
  • Original Foundation trilogy:
  • Extended Foundation series:

Lucky Starr series (as Paul French)Edit

Norby Chronicles (with Janet Asimov)Edit

  • Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot (1983)
  • Norby's Other Secret (1984)
  • Norby and the Lost Princess (1985)
  • Norby and the Invaders (1985)
  • Norby and the Queen's Necklace (1986)
  • Norby Finds a Villain (1987)
  • Norby Down to Earth (1988)
  • Norby and Yobo's Great Adventure (1989)
  • Norby and the Oldest Dragon (1990)
  • Norby and the Court Jester (1991)

Novels not part of a seriesEdit

Novels marked with an asterisk * have minor connections to the Foundation and Robot series.

Short-story collectionsEdit

MysteriesEdit

NonfictionEdit

AstronomyEdit

GeoscienceEdit

  • Environments Out There (1967)
  • ABC's of the Earth (1971)
  • How Did We Find Out the Earth is Round? (1973)
  • The Ends of the Earth: The Polar Regions of the World (1975)
  • The Earth (2004), revised by Richard Hantula ISBN 978-1-59102-177-3

MathematicsEdit

  • Realm of Numbers (1959) ISBN 978-0-395-06566-2
  • Realm of Measure (1960)
  • Realm of Algebra (1961)
  • Quick and Easy Math (1964)
  • An Easy Introduction to the Slide Rule (1965) ISBN 9780395065754
  • How Did We Find Out About Numbers? (1973)

PhysicsEdit

  • The Kite That Won the Revolution (1963), ISBN 0-395-06560-7
  • Understanding Physics Vol. I, Motion, Sound, and Heat (1966) ISBN 978-0-451-00329-4
  • Understanding Physics Vol. II, Light, Magnetism, and Electricity (1966) ISBN 978-0-451-61942-6
  • Understanding Physics Vol. III, The Electron, Proton, and Neutron (1966) ISBN 978-0-451-62634-9
  • The Genetic Effects of Radiation (1966)
  • The Universe: From Flat Earth to Quasar (1966) ISBN 978-0-380-01596-2
    • 2nd edition (1971)
    • 3rd edition (1980), as The Universe: From Flat Earth to Black Holes and Beyond
  • Light (1970)
  • World Within Worlds (1972)
  • How Did We Find Out About Electricity? (1973)
  • How Did We Find Out About Energy? (1975)
  • Asimov On Physics (1976) ISBN 978-0-385-00958-4

ChemistryEdit

BiologyEdit

EtymologyEdit

  • Words of Science and the History Behind Them (1959) ISBN 978-0-395-06571-6
  • Words from the Myths (1961)
  • Words in Genesis (1962)
  • Words on the Map (1962)
  • Words from the Exodus (1963)
  • Words from History (1968)
  • More Words of Science (1972)

HistoryEdit

  • Breakthroughs in Science (1959) ISBN 978-0-395-06561-7
  • The Greeks: A Great Adventure (1965)
  • The Roman Republic (1966)
  • The Roman Empire (1967)
  • The Egyptians (1967)
  • The Near East: 10,000 Years of History (1968)
  • The Dark Ages (1968)
  • Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire (1970)
  • The Land of Canaan (1971)
  • The Shaping of France (1972)
  • The Shaping of North America: From Earliest Times to 1763 (1973)
  • The Birth of the United States: 1763-1816 (1974)
  • Our Federal Union (1975), ISBN 0-395-20283-3
  • Asimov's Chronology of the World (1991) ISBN 978-0-06-270036-0

The BibleEdit

  • Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Volume I (1968)
  • Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Volume II (1969)
  • The Story of Ruth (1972), ISBN 0-385-08594-X

Interdisciplinary ScienceEdit

Works published in Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – originally published as monthly columns

  1. Fact and Fancy (1962)
  2. View from a Height (1963)
  3. Adding a Dimension (1964)
  4. Of Time and Space and Other Things (1965)
  5. From Earth to Heaven (1966)
  6. Science, Numbers, and I (1968)
  7. The Solar System and Back (1970)
  8. The Stars in their Courses (1971)
  9. The Left Hand of the Electron (1972)
  10. The Tragedy of the Moon (1973)
  11. Asimov On Astronomy (updated version of essays in previous collections) (1974) ISBN 978-0-517-27924-3
  12. Asimov On Chemistry (updated version of essays in previous collections) (1974)
  13. Of Matters Great and Small (1975)
  14. Asimov On Physics (updated version of essays in previous collections) (1976) ISBN 978-0-385-00958-4
  15. The Planet That Wasn't (1976)
  16. Asimov On Numbers (updated version of essays in previous collections) (1976)
  17. Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright (1977)
  18. The Road to Infinity (1979)
  19. The Sun Shines Bright (1981)
  20. Counting the Eons (1983)
  21. X Stands for Unknown (1984)
  22. The Subatomic Monster (1985)
  23. Far as Human Eye Could See (1987)
  24. The Relativity of Wrong (1988)
  25. Beginnings: The Story of Origins (1989)
  26. Asimov On Science: A 30 Year Retrospective 1959–1989 (features the first essay in the introduction) (1989)
  27. Out of the Everywhere (1990)
  28. The Secret of the Universe (1991)

Other science essay collections

Ginn Science Collection (Children's Textbooks)

  • Ginn Science Program, Intermediate Level A (1972)
  • Ginn Science Program, Intermediate Level B (1972)
  • Ginn Science Program, Intermediate Level C (1972)
  • Ginn Science Program, Advanced Level A (1973)
  • Ginn Science Program, Advanced Level B (1973)

AnnotationsEdit

GuidesEdit

AutobiographyEdit

MiscellaniesEdit

Wide-ranging collections issued to celebrate the publication of Asimov's 100th, 200th and 300th books.

Other nonfictionEdit

PoemsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seiler, Edward; Hatcher, Richard (2014). "Just how many books did Asimov write?". Isaac Asimov Home Page. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1969). Opus 100. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  3. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1979). Opus 200. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-27625-X.
  4. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1984). Opus 300. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-36108-7.
  5. ^ Seiler, Edward; Jenkins, John H. (June 27, 2008). "Isaac Asimov FAQ". Isaac Asimov Home Page. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Seiler, Edward; Hatcher, Richard (1995). "Asimov essays about psychology". Isaac Asimov Home Page. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Isaac Asimov, "The Way of Reason", in In Pursuit of Truth: Essays on the Philosophy of Karl Popper on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday,, ed. Paul Levinson, Humanities Press, 1982, pp. ix–x.
  8. ^ Seiler, Edward; Hatcher, Richard (2014). "Did you know that Asimov is the only author to have published books in all ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System?". Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Index Translationum database
  10. ^ WVU Libraries Asimov Collection. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Asimov, I. Prelude to Foundation (Grafton, 1989) p.9
  12. ^ "Planets for Man". RAND. September 15, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2012.