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Old July 6 2011, 08:05 PM   #106
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This is one of the best covers of all time:

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Ah, yes, Whelan's cover for the paperback edition of Foundation's Edge. Never did have any idea what the cover meant in relation to the novel's story. Doesn't stop me from loving it, though.

Symbolic...covers don't have to be specific scenes. It makes man and his works pale in comparison to time and the universe...evoking images of failed empires such as Rome.

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Old July 6 2011, 10:09 PM   #107
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That is an awesome cover, one of Whelan's best ever, and that's saying something... I think my fav of his is the cover of Stormbringer, though...

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Old July 6 2011, 10:41 PM   #108
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This is one of the best covers of all time:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...=setImg&page=0
Ah, yes, Whelan's cover for the paperback edition of Foundation's Edge. Never did have any idea what the cover meant in relation to the novel's story. Doesn't stop me from loving it, though.

Symbolic...covers don't have to be specific scenes. It makes man and his works pale in comparison to time and the universe...evoking images of failed empires such as Rome.

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Michael Whelan's Works Of Wonder is out of print, but I highly recommend tracking down a copy. It not only includes a ton of his cover art, but also an essay to go with each in which he explains his thought processes-- and the guy puts a lot of thought into his art. He explains all the symbolism of the Foundation covers, as well as the elements that tie them together. Great book (as is The Art Of Michael Whelan, also sadly out of print).
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Old July 6 2011, 10:52 PM   #109
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All these pages but no one has mentioned the short stories?
Personally, I was trying to stick with the works that I regard as part of the mostly coherent Robots/Empire/Foundation series - but even then, I, Robot and Foundation's Friends (which, admittedly, isn't by Asimov but just inspired by his writing) are pretty much entirely short stories.

My favorite short stories by Asimov are the ones based on his spoof paper, "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline" - but they don't seem to fit into the aforementioned continuity. (Unless maybe one chose to relate them to The End of Eternity somehow?)
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Old July 6 2011, 10:58 PM   #110
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I have that copy of Foundation and Empire, actually.
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Old July 6 2011, 11:04 PM   #111
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Those are cool, and so are the famous Chris Foss covers of the 70s.
My Foundation books have the late 80s/early 90s Tim White covers, which are OK. But my mid-80s Robots books (I read them before I got round to the Foundation novels) have Chris Foss covers. You're absolutely right; they're very cool indeed.
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Old July 6 2011, 11:08 PM   #112
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...and dug up a pic of this, which I mentioned a while upstream. Got it myself 30 years ago [gulp]!

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Old July 6 2011, 11:13 PM   #113
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I did'nt discover asimov till high school. and met once during my freshman year at jr. college. in 91 got him to sighn my foundation books. said I was the only student who brought his sci fi material to class. I told him he was the reason I took the class.
planning on rereading the entire series soon. Here's what I am missing in e form:

robots and empire
prelude to foundation
forward to foundation

all so would love to see robot city in e form and robots and aliens.
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Old July 6 2011, 11:20 PM   #114
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That is an awesome cover, one of Whelan's best ever, and that's saying something... I think my fav of his is the cover of Stormbringer, though...

What is he standing on-- the ruins of Castle Grayskull?

Elric vs. He-Man: "By the power of -- akkk! My soul!"

I received Foundation's Edge with that cover when I was a teenager, but the fact that it was my first exposure to Foundation, coupled with the nonrelevant cover, coupled with the fact that the book was a mite... slow... kept me from ever really getting interested in the series. I still haven't read all of them. Someday, maybe.
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Old July 6 2011, 11:24 PM   #115
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What is he standing on-- the ruins of Castle Grayskull?

Elric vs. He-Man: "By the power of -- akkk! My soul!"
My only exposure to He-Man is Robot Chicken.

I also have this venerable SF Book club edition:




...which has the classic author photo on the back:

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Old July 7 2011, 02:21 AM   #116
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This is one of the best covers of all time:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...=setImg&page=0
Ah, yes, Whelan's cover for the paperback edition of Foundation's Edge. Never did have any idea what the cover meant in relation to the novel's story. Doesn't stop me from loving it, though.

Symbolic...covers don't have to be specific scenes. It makes man and his works pale in comparison to time and the universe...evoking images of failed empires such as Rome.

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I always figured/thought that it was basically showing Trevize as the Lightning Rod... with the whole galaxy basically going to follow his decision.

Of course, that's after finishing/reading the story.

But yes -- in either case, highly symbolic and a great cover.

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Old July 7 2011, 05:47 AM   #117
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Whelan and Frazetta are my favorite sf/f artists as well... Though I do have a nostalgic fondness for the exceedingly-old-school covers they had in my youth:

This is the set that I have, too. I inherited it from my dad.

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This is one of the best covers of all time:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-me...=setImg&page=0
Ah, yes, Whelan's cover for the paperback edition of Foundation's Edge. Never did have any idea what the cover meant in relation to the novel's story. Doesn't stop me from loving it, though.
According to Whelan's site, Asimov said this about that cover: "It seems to me to be rather marvelous to be able to illustrate not a concrete scene but an abstract imponderable, and in such a way that it seems to brighten and deepen the book even to the writer himself."

The only problem I had with the cover is that it made me imagine a book so amazing and epic I don't think it could have been written.
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Old July 7 2011, 02:58 PM   #118
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I've always liked Asimov, and I've read a lot of his fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy his writing style; he writes the way I think, with lots of conversation and not much visual description.

I think my first Asimov book was Adding a Dimension, a collection of his science essays. I was maybe 10 years old, looking through the library's children's section, and Adding a Dimension had been misfiled there. I couldn't take it out, but I had my mother take it out for me.
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Ran into Whelan at his studio a while back. Never knew he did the covers to my copies of Foundation-would have talked to him about it, otherwise.
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I know there the four R. daniels novels. I was just wondering what are the other robot books and is there a reading order?
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