New Release Books by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov is the author of The Robots of Dawn (2009), Nemesis (2008), Pebble in the Sky (2008), Youth (2011), Exploring Outer Space (2005) and other 395 books.

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The Robots of Dawn

release date: Jan 21, 2009
The Robots of Dawn
A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

Nemesis

release date: Nov 19, 2008
Nemesis
“A totally new and original work that stretches his talents to their fullest . . . welcome back, champ!”—The Detroit News In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies. One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth: a star named Nemesis. Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis poses to Earth’s people—but she is prevented from warning them. Soon she will realize that Nemesis endangers Rotor as well. And so it will be up to her alone to save both Earth and Rotor as—drawn inexorably by Nemesis, the death star—they hurtle toward certain disaster.

Pebble in the Sky

release date: Jan 08, 2008
Pebble in the Sky
Hurtled through time from 1949 Chicago to an Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire, retired tailor Joseph Schwartz finds himself on a backwater, insignificant planet with much of its land ruined by radioactivity and so poor that its inhabitants are sentenced to death at the age of sixty--and Joseph is sixty-two--in a new edition of the author's first novel. 15,000 first printing.

Youth

release date: Nov 01, 2011
Youth
Youth is an early Asimov story written in 1952. It is a short story, lots of fun with a surprising twist at the end. Safe for kids to read too. Youth is one of the rare Asimov stories with alien characters. Slim is a boy whose astronomer father is visiting the country estate of an important industrialist. The industrialist's son, Red, has found two strange animals, and he enlists Slim in a plan to turn the animals into a circus act. The astronomer, meanwhile, tells the industrialist that he has been in contact with space aliens who want to open up their world to interstellar trade. Their world needs help, the astronomer says; ever since the atomic wars that destroyed their old civilization, the world has been regressing. Unless something is done, their culture may be facing total collapse. When they don't hear from the aliens, the astronomer and the industrialist go out looking for them. They find a small crashed spaceship with a number of tiny dead aliens in it, and the astronomer is convinced that the aliens all died in the crash....... Youth is unusual in that none of the characters are given names, or physical descriptions until the very end. All the adults, including the two humans, are known by their professions, and the two young aliens are known by their nicknames. This is necessary to preserve the twist at the end, but it has the effect of giving the story a certain artificiality compared to Asimov's usual style.

Exploring Outer Space

release date: Dec 15, 2005
Exploring Outer Space
Discusses the history of rockets and spaceflight and how satellites and space probes are used.

Space Junk

release date: Dec 15, 2005
Space Junk
Describes what can cause space debris, the problems it can cause, and how to clean up the pollution of space around the Earth and beyond.

Conversations with Isaac Asimov

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Conversations with Isaac Asimov
Collected interviews with the popular and influential author considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern science fiction.

UFOs

release date: Dec 15, 2004
UFOs
Briefly discusses facts and fantasies about unidentified flying objects.

The Birth of Our Universe

release date: Dec 15, 2004
The Birth of Our Universe
Discusses ancient beliefs and theories about the universe, including the sun being the center and the Big Bang theory.

Comets and Meteors

release date: Dec 15, 2004
Comets and Meteors
Explores "shooting stars" and famous comets, including Halley's Comet, Comet Hale-Bopp, and Donati's Comet.

Foundation

release date: Jun 01, 2004
Foundation
The first novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series THE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION, NOW STREAMING • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save humankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation. The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are among the most influential in the history of science fiction, celebrated for their unique blend of breathtaking action, daring ideas, and extensive worldbuilding. In Foundation, Asimov has written a timely and timeless novel of the best—and worst—that lies in humanity, and the power of even a few courageous souls to shine a light in a universe of darkness.

Second Foundation

release date: Jun 01, 2004
Second Foundation
The third novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series THE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION The Foundation lies in ruins—destroyed by a mutant mind bent on humanity’s annihilation. But it’s rumored that there’s a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established as insurance to preserve the knowledge of mankind. Now a desperate race has begun between the survivors of the First Foundation and an alien entity to find this last flicker of humanity’s shining past—and future hope. Yet the key to it all might be a fourteen-year-old girl burdened with a terrible secret. Is she the Foundation’s savior—or its deadliest enemy? Unforgettable, thought-provoking, and riveting, Second Foundation is a stunning novel of adventure and ideas writ huge across the Galaxy—a powerful tale of humankind’s struggle to preserve the fragile light of wisdom against the threat of its own dark barbarism.

Foundation and Empire

release date: Jun 01, 2004
Foundation and Empire
The second novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series THE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION Led by its founding father, the psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and utilizing science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Now cleverness and courage may not be enough. For the Empire—the mightiest force in the Galaxy—is even more dangerous in its death throes. Even worse, a mysterious entity called the Mule has appeared with powers beyond anything humanly conceivable. Who—or what—is the Mule? And how is humanity to defend itself against this invulnerable avatar of annihilation? Filled with nail-biting suspense, nonstop action, and cutting-edge speculation, Foundation and Empire is the story of humanity’s perpetual struggle against the darkness that forever threatens to overwhelm the light—and of how the courage of even a determined few can make all the difference in the universe.

I, Robot

release date: Jun 01, 2004
I, Robot
This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heart. “A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike.”—The Guardian I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world—all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark. The Three Laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov formulated the laws governing robots’ behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future—a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. “Tremendously exciting and entertaining . . . Asimov dramatizes an interesting question: How can we live with machines that, generation by generation, grow more intelligent than their creators and not eventually clash with our own invention?”—The Chicago Tribune

Mercury

release date: Aug 02, 2002
Mercury
Describes the planet closest to the sun, examining its size and composition, its surface features, its orbit, and efforts to learn more about this planet.

The Moon

release date: Aug 02, 2002
The Moon
Examines the many facets and puzzles of our Moon, including its phases and eclipses, its early discoveries and modern exploration, and its possible origins and future prospects.

The Sun

release date: Aug 02, 2002
The Sun
A description of the sun, the star of our solar system, which includes information on its origin, physical composition, and characteristics, as well as on studies made of the sun by instruments and satellites.

Mars

release date: Aug 02, 2002
Mars
A description of Mars, the fourth planet from our sun, which includes information on the controversy over possible life on Mars, on the planet's moons, and on space probes and spacecraft which have studied it.

Jupiter

release date: Aug 02, 2002
Jupiter
A description of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, which includes information on its numerous moons, space probes which have studied it, and the 1994 collision of comet remnants with the planet.

Saturn

release date: Aug 02, 2002
Saturn
A description of Saturn, the second largest planet in our solar system, which includes information on its numerous moons, and spacecraft and probes which study it.

The Complete Stories

release date: Jan 01, 1994
The Complete Stories
The definitive collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov continues with Volume Two of The Complete Stories. The Good Doctor was always ahead of his time and his work stands today as the clearest expression of our collective hopes and fears for the future. But the ever expanding popularity of his stories with young and old readers alike is explained by their wit, zest and human interest. This book presents 23 compelling stories, ranging from the very surprising heart-tugger The Ugly Little Boy to the overwhelming vision of Nightfall. In these stories Asimov’s vivid awareness of the potential of technology is translated into human dilemmas that are more relevant today than ever before.

The Currents of Space

release date: Sep 28, 2010
The Currents of Space
High above planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Not only do the Florinians no longer have a concept of freedom, any disruption of the vital kyrt trade would cause other planets to rise in protest, resulting in a galactic war. So the Trantorian Empire, whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace, prosperity, and freedom, has allowed the oppression to continue. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed. Barely able to speak or care for himself when he was found, Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives. As his memories begin to return, however, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: Everyone on Florinia is doomed…the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end-so there are those who would kill the messenger. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.

Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts

release date: Sep 23, 1991
Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
Collects three thousand astounding, unusual, educational, and entertaining facts that touch upon nearly every major area of human interest

Gold

release date: Apr 01, 2010
Gold
The last Isaac Asimov science fiction collection which contains all of his previously uncollected stories.

I. Asimov

release date: Jan 01, 1995
I. Asimov
A self-portrait by the late master of science fiction and popular scientific thought looks back on his life and career, discussing his writings, religious beliefs, friendships and personal relationships, and innovative ideas. Reprint.

Yours, Isaac Asimov

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Yours, Isaac Asimov
A collection of hundreds of letters, never published before, reveal the wit, charm, and celebrated intelligence of the enormously prolific science and science fiction writer

Forward the Foundation

release date: Jan 01, 1994
Forward the Foundation
Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory while the great Galactic Empire totters on the brink of apocalyptic collapse

The Foundation Trilogy

release date: Sep 01, 2010
The Foundation Trilogy
A transcript of the BBC's radio adaptation of The foundation trilogy.

In the Beginning

release date: Aug 01, 2009
In the Beginning
In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis by Isaac Asimov Creation. The beginning of time. The origin of life. In our Western civilization, there are two influential accounts of beginnings. One is the Biblical account, compiled more than two thousand years ago by Judean writers who based much of their thinking on the Babylonian astronomical lore of the day. The other is the account of modern science, which, in the last century, has slowly built up a coherent picture of how it all began. Both represent the best thinking of their times, and in this line-by-line annotation of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, Isaac Asimov carefully and even-handedly compares the two accounts, pointing out where they are similar and where they are different. "There is no version of primeval history, preceding the discoveries of modern science, that is as rational and as inspiriting as that of the Book of Genesis," Asimov says. However, human knowledge does increase, and if the Biblical writers, "had written those early chapters of Genesis knowing what we know today, we can be certain that they would have written it completely differently." Isaac Asimov brings to this fascinating subject his wide-ranging knowledge of science and history-and his award-winning ability to explain the complex with accuracy, clarity, and wit.

Why Do We Need to Brush Our Teeth?

release date: Jan 01, 1993
Why Do We Need to Brush Our Teeth?
Describes the structure and function of our teeth and the importance of taking care of them.

The Stars, Like Dust

release date: Nov 25, 2008
The Stars, Like Dust
From science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov comes a stand-alone novel set in his renown galactic empire Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin. He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father's death, and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue, and espionage. The mystery takes him deep into space where he finds himself in a relentless struggle with the power-mad despots of Tyrann. Now it is not just a case of life or death for Biron, but a question of freedom for the galaxy. “This little novel will transport you back to a simpler time, when story lines we are jaded towards today were fresh and intoxicating, and that gosh-wow! sense of wonder covered science fiction like a layer of fine, gold dust.” —SFReviews.net At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space

release date: Nov 01, 1992
Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space
The master of science fiction answers more than one hundred of the most baffling questions about the nature of the universe, discussing exploding stars, distant galaxies, pulsars, black holes, and more. Reprint.
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