Which is the first Empire novel of I Asimov, "The stars like dust" or "the currents of space"?

  • I think it's a duplicate (this has already been asked on this site) but can't find the question atm
    – Kalissar
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 14:23
  • It has, on several occasions - scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/2335/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 21:53
  • Using the criteria of 'It is fully answer via the answered to another question', yeah -- dup, with this answer: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/2862/2292 -- The question isn't actually a duplicate, but the answer is within the answer to the linked question.
    – K-H-W
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 22:07
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    Empire series != Foundation series, although the answer you link does provide the answer to this.
    – user8719
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 22:07
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    I'm unsure about the dupe. Would someone looking for the order of the Empire novels think of reading the answers to a question about the Foundation novels? I know I wouldn't if I wasn't already familiar with Asimov (in which case I wouldn't need to ask the question at all).
    – Andres F.
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 23:24

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The order of publication is:

  1. Pebble in the Sky (1950)
  2. The Stars, Like Dust (1951)
  3. The Currents of Space (1952)

However in order of chronology is:

  1. The Stars, Like Dust
  2. The Currents of Space
  3. Pebble in the Sky


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    @user14111: Actually, the publication order is not questionable at all, since Pebble in the Sky was first published as a Doubleday book, which, according to Asimov's autobiography In Memory Yet Green, was officially published on January 19, 1950. The issue of Galaxy containing the first part of The Stars, Like Dust aka Tyrann hit the newsstands almost a full year later, in December 1950 (again according to IMYG).
    – Ubik
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 18:47
  • Several people share your order of chronology. Why is it that Asimov suggested reading The Currents of Space first? Any idea? Commented Sep 10, 2016 at 3:37
  • Apparently by mistake, falsely thinking it came first in fictional chronology. In The Stars Like Dust everybody knows that the radioactive Earth is humanity's home world. Only part of the galaxy has been colonized yet. In The Currents of Space all the galaxy is explored & settled for centuries or millennia. The planet Trantor has been discovered since The Stars Like Dust, and settled and advanced enough to conquer half the galaxy. Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 15:03
  • Earth is merely one candidate for humanity's home planet in the Currents of Space. And in Pebble in the Sky Trantor has united all the galaxy and become the Galactic Empire over 700 years ago. Only Earth men claim that Earth is the original home of humans. A project begins to remove earth's radioactivity. So even the author can sometimes forget the correct fictional chronology & order of his stories. Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 15:03

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