The Originist

"The Originist" is a short story by Orson Scott Card. First published in the short story collection Foundation's Friends (1989),[1] it also appears in his short story collection Maps in a Mirror. This story is set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe.

"The Originist"
by Orson Scott Card
CountryUnited States
SeriesFoundation series
Published inFoundation's Friends
PublisherTor Books
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)
Publication date1989
Short story collection

Plot summaryEdit

The events in "The Originist" take place just after the first part of Foundation and deal with Hari Seldon's establishment of the Second Foundation.[2]


David Langford who commented briefly on the anthology Foundation's Friends, praised Orson Scott Card's work as the best story in the anthology and "the best Foundation/Empire story ever written".[3] Similar sentiment was expressed by the reviewer for[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Martin Harry Greenberg; Isaac Asimov (1990). Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov. Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 978-0-8125-0980-9.
  2. ^ Orson Scott Card (30 November 2009). Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card. Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 978-1-4299-6615-3.
  3. ^ Langford, David (2002-10-01). Complete Critical Assembly: The Collected White Dwarf (And Gm, and Gmi) Sf Review Columns. Wildside Press LLC. p. 299. ISBN 978-1-58715-330-3.
  4. ^ "Foundation's Friends: In Honor of Isaac Asimov". Retrieved 2022-11-27.