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Foundation's Friends. 1989 Foundation's Friends:
Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov

edited by Martin H. Greenberg
First Edition 1989
Tor Books
New York
ISBN 0312931743
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Garry Ruddell
404 pages
Price: $19.95

Foundation's Friends, an anthology of short fiction by various authors dedicated to Isaac Asimov. Some of the stories are set in Asimovian universes and some are standalone.

Stories more-or-less compatible with the Foundation universe are highlighted in blue.


  • Preface by Ray Bradbury (essay)
  • Second Preface by Ben Bova (essay)
  • Strip-Runner by Pamela Sargent (Robot story)
  • The Asenion Solution by Robert Silverberg
  • Murder in the Urth Degree by Edward Wellen (Wendell Urth mystery)
  • Trantor Falls by Harry Turtledove (Foundation story)
  • Dilemma by Connie Willis (Robot story)
  • Maureen Birnbaum After Dark by George Alec Effinger
  • Balance by Mike Resnick (Robot story)
  • The Present Eternal by Barry N. Malzberg
  • PAPPI by Sheila Finch (Robot story)
  • The Reunion at the Mile-High by Frederik Pohl
  • Plato's Cave by Poul Anderson (Robot story)
  • Foundation's Conscience by George Zebrowski (Foundation story)
  • Carhunters of the Concrete Prairie by Robert Sheckley (Robot story)
  • The Overheard Conversation by Edward D. Hoch (Black Widowers story)
  • Blot by Hal Clement (Robot story)
  • The Fourth Law of Robotics by Harry Harrison (Robot story)
  • The Originist by Orson Scott Card (Foundation story)
  • A Word or Two from Janet (essay) by Janet Asimov
  • Fifty Years (essay) by Isaac Asimov
The image above and the blurb below are from the second printing of the 1991 Grafton paperback edition, ISBN 0586212167. Cover illustration by Tim White.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover

For over half a century, Isaac Asimov’s stunning vision of humanity’s future in the galaxy has amazed and delighted millions of readers worldwide. From his tales of near-future, near-human positronic robots, to his vast sagas of Galactic Empire and Foundation, Asimov’s legacy of imagination will live on for years to come.

Now, in a very special tribute to Asimov’s creation, seventeen of today’s foremost sf talents explore this epic chronicle, making fresh and enlightening contributions to the most famous and popular science-fictional universe. Included here are Orson Scott Card, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg and Harry Harrison -- writers who have built up strong reputations for far-reaching invention and dazzling story-telling.

For all those fascinated with fresh ideas, world creation and with Asimov himself, Foundation’s Friends essential reading. It is also a fitting recognition of the impact that this science-fiction master has made on twentieth century thinking and a whole generation of rising new writers.

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