Foundation's Friends

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Foundation's Friends, Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov is a 1989 book written in honor of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, in the form of an anthology of short stories set in Asimov's universes, particularly the Robot/Empire/Foundation universe. The anthology was edited by Martin H. Greenberg, and contributing authors include Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Poul Anderson, Harry Turtledove, and Orson Scott Card. A "revised and expanded" edition was published in 1997, which added numerous memorials and appreciations written by those who knew him, many of them well-known authors and editors from the science fiction field.

Table of contents[edit]

Title Author Notes
Preface Ray Bradbury A brief overview and praise of Asimov's work
The Nonmetallic Isaac or It’s a Wonderful Life Ben Bova A look at what the world would be like if Asimov never wrote non-fiction
Strip-Runner Pamela Sargent Set between The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn; Elijah Baley makes a brief appearance and Ben Baley is mentioned
The Asenion Solution Robert Silverberg A collection of in-jokes; uses Asimov's fictional thiotimoline substance and ties into The Gods Themselves
Murder in the Urth Degree Edward Wellen A Wendell Urth story
Trantor Falls Harry Turtledove Set between the two halves of Foundation and Empire; details the Great Sack of Trantor
Dilemma Connie Willis Story about an old Asimov in the 21st century meeting robots modeled after his characters
Maureen Birnbaum After Dark George Alec Effinger A retelling of Nightfall from the view of his Maureen Birnbaum character; also collected in Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson
Balance Mike Resnick A brief story about Susan Calvin
The Present Eternal Barry N. Malzberg A sequel to The Dead Past
PAPPI Sheila Finch An anti-robotics industrialist attempts to assassinate Mayor Stephen Byerly; Susan Calvin also appears
The Reunion at the Mile-High Frederik Pohl An alternate history where Asimov was drafted into a biological weapons program during World War II and never became an author
Plato's Cave Poul Anderson Set between Runaround and Stephen Byerly's election to World Coordinator; Susan Calvin, Alfred Lanning, Greg Powell and Mike Donovan appear; Byerly and Speedy are mentioned
Foundation's Conscience George Zebrowski Set in 1056 FE after the creation of the Second Empire (may conflict with Foundation's Edge/Foundation and Earth, as Gaia is not apparent)
Carhunters of the Concrete Prairie Robert Sheckley Concerns intelligent robots and the Three Laws of Robotics, it's a reference to Sally, a short story about intelligent cars
The Overheard Conversation Edward D. Hoch A Black Widowers story
Blot Hal Clement Plot includes positronic robots, the Three Laws of Robotics, and U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, but also includes the discovery of alien life, which contradicts all but one of Asimov's robot stories
The Fourth Law of Robotics Harry Harrison A story about an older Mike Donovan and Susan Calvin's grandniece solving a crime with the help of the Stainless Steel Rat
The Originist Orson Scott Card Set just after the first part of Foundation, deals with Hari Seldon's establishment of the Second Foundation; the story also appears in Card's collection Maps in a Mirror.
A Word or Two from Janet Janet Asimov Janet Asimov describes what it's like to be Isaac's wife
Fifty Years Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov compares his life and career to the greats of science and literature

Contents added to the revised and expanded edition[edit]

Title Author
Isaac's Favorite Stories: The Immortal Bard Isaac Asimov
The Ugly Little Boy Isaac Asimov
The Last Question Isaac Asimov
Appreciations and Memoirs: Susan and Bayta and Me Karen Anderson
An Appreciation Poul Anderson
My Brother Isaac Stanley Asimov
Isaac Ben Bova
An Unwritten Letter to Our Dear Friend Isaac Asimov Catherine Crook de Camp
Isaac and I L. Sprague de Camp
Isaac Asimov Gordon R. Dickson
Isaac Harlan Ellison
Appreciation of Isaac Asimov Sheila Finch
In Memoriam Martin H. Greenberg
Isaac Asimov, Mystery Writer Edward D. Hoch
From the Heart's Basement Barry N. Malzberg
In Memoriam Shawna McCarthy
Part of My Life Frederik Pohl
An Appreciation of Isaac Mike Resnick
Isaac Asimov Carl Sagan
Isaac Asimov: An Appreciation Pamela Sargent
An Asimov Appreciation Stanley Schmidt
Reflections on Isaac Robert Silverberg
Isaac Janet Asimov
Isaac Asimov: An Affectionate Memory Norman Spinrad
Appreciation of Isaac Edward Wellen
In Memoriam Sheila Williams
Our Mutual Friend Connie Willis
The Last Interview George Zebrowski

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