Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Foundation's Friends: Stories In Honor of Isaac Asimov” as Want to Read:
Foundation's Friends: Stories In Honor of Isaac Asimov
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Foundation's Friends: Stories In Honor of Isaac Asimov

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,477 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
No work of science fiction in the twentieth century captured the imagination of so many readers as the epic future history put forth in the stories and novels of Isaac Asimov.

In this volume, a select group of the Good Doctor's fellow writers explore his astonishing creation from their own unique perspectives—and offer personal tributes to the late, great Asimov some years
Paperback, 592 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 1989)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Foundation's Friends, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Foundation's Friends

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Titus Fortner
Mar 09, 2013 Titus Fortner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
There are 17 short stories:
These stories come in 3, roughly evenly split groups:
1) Stories that didn't even try to reference Asimov or the Foundation universe, and might as well have been in any random book of SciFi short stories. I didn't care for any of these
2) Stories that referenced Asimov or were set in the Foundation universe, but I just didn't like.
3) Stories that were set in the Foundation universe and were enjoyable. Not all of these were crafted equally well, and none were particular
Santosh Bhat
This is a collection of short stories written by some of the best authors in the science fiction genre, to commemorate 50 years of Isaac Asimov's writings.
The tales are mostly set in his Robots - Foundation universe, with a few others with his lesser known mystery and other sci-fi characters.
The stories here are of a hit-and-miss variety, with the best one being "The Originist"by Orson Scott Card, which details the formation of the Second Foundation.
Jon Senn
Dec 09, 2012 Jon Senn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stories, some mediocre ones. If you enjoyed the Foundation series and Orson Scott Card's novels, his 60-page story in here is a must-read.
Jan 13, 2017 SaraKat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some science fiction authors collaborated and wrote some stories that are set in Asimov's Foundation universe. Some of them were really good and it seemed a natural extension of the novels! There were also several lovely anecdotes and memories of Asimov's generous nature that were real tearjerkers.
Sep 08, 2013 Zoltán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rögtön egy vallomással kell kezdenem: a kötetből mindössze az Alapítvány-univerzumhoz (többé-kevésbé) kapcsolódó három novellát olvastam el. Közös jellemzőjük, hogy Asimov mímelése helyett a történeti mellékvágányokat mindhárom szerző bizonyos lélektanilag sem elhanyagolható eszmefuttatások kibontására használta fel.
Orson Scott Card, The Originist (magyarul általában Az eredetkutató címen hivatkoznak rá) című írása az emberi párkapcsolatok helytől és kortól független univerzáléira összpontosít,
Victor Gibson
May 21, 2014 Victor Gibson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not resist reading other people's reviews of this book to see what they thought, and once more the critics ranged from no stars to four stars. I gave it one star because I was not at all keen on it, since the stories were mostly pretty convoluted and were crafted to find means of not conforming to the three laws of robotics. In order to achieve this the authors had to display considerable ingenuity, but is this enough for the reader? It did not suit me since in some cases i had to keep r ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Yougo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I was pretty disappointed in this particular book I knew it was a series of short stories going in, however due to the title, I assumed that they would center around the foundation series. Only about 1/3 do. The remainder might be robot stories (yeah, the robot series is loosely tied to Foundation) and several other general fiction stories. Some of the stories were good/interesting, some were just weird. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have skipped it.
Jeremiah Johnson
Most of the stories in this collection are utter garbage. There are a couple that were decent enough to push this to two stars, but they weren't good enough to recommend this book to anybody. If you're going through the Foundation Universe, stick to Asimov's work and avoid anyone else's like the plague.
Jan 29, 2011 Ryan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read the story "The Originist" in this collection, by Orson Scott Card (of the Ender's series fame) and it resonated with me for reasons I won't go into here.

The story in question deals with the beginnings of the Second Foundation...
Jul 24, 2016 Prenex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Egész jó volt. Card írása és a Betonpréris fejezet is tetszett (bár korábban az utóbbi címe elbátortalanított eredetileg) és több másik író is egészen jót ad át ebben a válogatásban.
Stories based on the universe of Asimov's Fondation. Too bad they're only novels, some of them would be worth 500 pages! (e.g. 'The Originist', great)
Iulian Toma
Iulian Toma rated it really liked it
Apr 17, 2012
Ben Hibben
Ben Hibben rated it it was amazing
Nov 22, 2014
Cglenn rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2009
Oliver Sulyok
Oliver Sulyok rated it really liked it
Aug 02, 2014
Jeremy Sutton
Jeremy Sutton rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2013
Walt King
Walt King rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2013
James rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2016
Fred rated it it was amazing
Feb 21, 2013
Michael Foster
Michael Foster rated it it was amazing
Oct 21, 2014
Stephen rated it it was amazing
Aug 30, 2012
M rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2014
Elif Çavuş
Elif Çavuş rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2016
David Edwards
David Edwards rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2014
Aaron Cagle
Aaron Cagle rated it really liked it
May 15, 2013
Diane Davidson
Diane Davidson rated it it was amazing
Nov 09, 2011
Mugambi Kirimi
Mugambi Kirimi rated it really liked it
Dec 20, 2015
Eugene Caraus
Eugene Caraus rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2014
ZB rated it it was amazing
Oct 31, 2016
Don Wilkes iii
Don Wilkes iii rated it really liked it
Dec 04, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Cyborg (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, #3)
  • Odyssey (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, #1)
  • Utopia (Isaac Asimov's Caliban, #3)
  • Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection
  • Foundation's Triumph (Second Foundation Trilogy #3)
  • Suspicion (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, #2)
  • The Norby Chronicles (Norby, #1-2)
  • The World at the End of Time
  • Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy #1)
  • Refuge (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, #5)
  • Foundation and Chaos (Second Foundation Trilogy #2)
  • Infinite Dreams
  • Far Horizons: All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction
  • Expanded Universe
Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
More about Martin H. Greenberg...

Share This Book