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What order should Asimov’s Foundation series be read in?

I recently read Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (i. e. Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. I especially enjoyed the plot twists at the end of Second Foundation.

Which Foundation novel do you recommend me to read next?


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I've already read this amazing series, so I can answer:

First two books is a Prequel (but!, this two books were written almost 5-10 years after the original pentalogy were published):

  1. Prelude to Foundation
  2. Forward the Foundation

The main pentalogy:

  1. Foundation
  2. Foundation and Empire
  3. Second Foundation
  4. Foundation's Edge
  5. Foundation and Earth

That's how I read and how the plot is developed.

So, about what to read next, I think the best would be read the Foundation's Edge and before reading Foundation and Earth read the two Prequel books.

PS: Consider looking here and here.

  • So would you recommend me to go back to the first prequel Prelude to Foundation instead of continuing the main pentalogy with Foundation's Edge, right?
    – Dominik
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 21:55
  • @Dominik: True. I've updated the answer. That's, I think, the best way I think (anyway, the Robots series can make some things clearer).
    – m0nhawk
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 22:03

I would read the next written, namely Foundation's Edge.

The final book Foundation and Earth and the prequels Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation make a lot more sense once you have read the Robot series.

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