An Asimov Companion

Characters, Places and Terms in the Robot/Empire/Foundation Metaseries


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About the Book

A prolific author, Isaac Asimov is most admired for his science fiction, including his collection of short stories I, Robot and his Robot, Empire and Foundation series novels. While each of these narratives takes place in a different fictional universe, Asimov asserted at the end of his career that he had, with his last Robot and Foundation novels, unified them into one coherent metaseries.
This reference work identifies and describes all of the characters, locales, artifacts, concepts and institutions in Asimov’s metaseries. Mimicking the style of The Encyclopedia Galactica, the fictional compendium of all human knowledge that features prominently in the Foundation series, this encyclopedia is an invaluable companion to Asimov’s science fiction oeuvre.

About the Author(s)

Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Donald E. Palumbo. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9823-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2394-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Asimov’s Robot/Empire/Foundation
Metaseries and Chaos Theory  1
The Encyclopedia  31
Index  185

Book Reviews & Awards

“full of information…valuable”—The Journal of American Culture; “a treasure trove of characters, places, and terms in the Metaseries”—ARBA.