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I have a rather obscure question about the 'Starship-and-Sun' logo of the Galactic Empire from the Foundation Series of books by Isaac Asimov.

Is there an official logo that was produced by Asimov himself or on the cover of a book edition? I've seen lots of renditions that are all nice (including the one from Wikimedia below) but I would like to know if there is an official version.

I know this is a very odd question, and one that might not have an answer but I thought it was worth asking...

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I'm reasonably sure the books refer to the "spaceship and sun". I don't recall the word "starship" being used. –  Keith Thompson Jun 21 at 20:28
    
Incidentally, when I first read the "but I thought I might try" in your question, I thought you were saying you had invented the logo yourself. On re-reading it, you do credit Wikimedia, but you might want to (a) clarify that last sentence, and (b) add a link to the source. –  Keith Thompson Jun 21 at 20:31
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I'm working from a 15 year old memory here, but I remember having a problem with this emblem because I think the spaceship was described as cigar shaped in one of the Empire books. –  System Down Jun 21 at 21:07
    
@SystemDown - Yes, I spotted that too. Quote added... –  Richard Jun 21 at 22:27
    
I think that there will always be variation though in an empire so large. As long as the emblem is a space ship flying in front of a sun i think it would still be recognized. –  HarryG Jun 21 at 23:49

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You can see the "Spaceship-and-Sun" logo on this 1991 book cover for "Prelude to Foundation"

Prelude to Foundation

And if you squint, you can also see it on the cover for 1991 edition of "Foundation and Empire". Foundation and Empire Foundation and Empire2

Since both books were produced during Asimov's lifetime, we can reasonably assume that he would have viewed and approved both cover images.


As mentioned by @SystemDown, the logo on the book-cover is only a partial match for the description in the books themselves;

From "Foundation"

There was only one thing in his mind. The golden globe with its conventionalized rays, and the oblique cigar shape that was a space vessel.

The Spaceship-and-Sun of the Empire!

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My favorite Spaceship and Sun logo is the one I use for my avatar! –  SaintWacko Oct 13 at 16:19

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