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1Quicksilver66
Nov 29, 2011, 10:43am Top

I placed an order for the single volume Foundation Trilogy in August 2010 and was told that it was out of print. I despaired of ever seeing it and in the meantime, forgot that I had even ordered it. So I was pleasantly surprised to receive a credit card notification this week confirming that the title is back in print and has been shipped to me.

Perhaps there is life in the MOSF series after all?

2wailofatail
Nov 29, 2011, 10:46am Top

I'm telling you ... Flatland is just around the corner. = )

3kdweber
Nov 29, 2011, 1:36pm Top

Hmmmm, I've had an open order for the single volume MOSF Trilogy for quite a while as well.

4astropi
Nov 29, 2011, 8:21pm Top

Let me know if you get it! Perhaps they will reprint the other titles in the series as well? If so, I guess the resellers won't be able to charge $1500 for the set anymore... so sad (not)!

Of course, if you were fortunate enough to subscribe a few decades ago, your copy of the Foundation Trilogy came signed by master Asimov himself!

5AnnieMod
Nov 29, 2011, 9:01pm Top

I got tired of waiting at one point and just found myself one reasonably priced on ebay (plus the other 4... slowly over time) :)

6kdweber
Nov 29, 2011, 9:07pm Top

Prices looked too high on eBay and Abe every time I checked. I've never paid more than list price for a used EP book and usually considerably less.

7Osbaldistone
Nov 30, 2011, 1:45pm Top

>4 astropi: if you were fortunate enough to subscribe a few decades ago, your copy of the Foundation Trilogy came signed by master Asimov

I did, but still had to twist EP's arm to get my copy. When Asimov passed away, I had been a MOSF subscriber for a few years, and had purchased many other EPs as well, but still had not received the signed Foundation which was the 'tickler' in the mailing that had attracted me in the first place. I figured this could be a problem, so I wrote them and asked when my signed Foundation would be shipped. Their response was that they had only a limited supply left, and they would only go to their better customers (don't recall the exact word - better, most loyal, something like that). I wrote back reminding them that the signed Foundation was promised as part of my subscription, and summarizing my history with EP, asking just how many books one must buy to be a 'loyal' or 'better' customer. I suggested that I intended to hold them to their promise. Surprisingly, their next communication was to let me know that my copy was on the way. I really didn't figure I'd get their attention so easily, but I'm glad I did. Though I'd rather Asimov were still around, that signed edition is one of the treasures of my library.

Os.

8astropi
Nov 30, 2011, 10:59pm Top

7: indeed, it was a sad day when Asimov passed away. We should be glad to be able to enjoy his timeless works in a beautiful fine edition as made available by EP. I also agree that the signed Asimov is something special. Do you also have the signed Prelude to Founation? Those are the only 2 EP books that he signed, and both are treasures.

9Osbaldistone
Dec 4, 2011, 2:49pm Top

>8 astropi:
Do you also have the signed Prelude to Founation? Those are the only 2 EP books that he signed, and both are treasures.

Yes, I do. It was part of the "Signed First Editions" subscription for 1988.

Os.

10EclecticIndulgence
Mar 2, 2012, 1:06pm Top

Is the 5 book Asimov Foundation series out of print?

11Wootle
Mar 2, 2012, 1:12pm Top

Unfortunately yes. Hopefully it will make another appearance in the future.

12EclecticIndulgence
Mar 2, 2012, 1:29pm Top

Yuck. Have they ever published any of the companion books? I see Prelude to Foundation is mentioned above.

13AnnieMod
Mar 2, 2012, 1:43pm Top

>10 EclecticIndulgence:

Yes and they had answered to my mails more than once that they do not plan to reprint it for now.

They had published all 7 in 5 books:
Prelude, Forward, The Trilogy, Edge, Earth.

Additionally, there is another set of 4 books (the Robot ones) - "I, Robot" and the three novels. I wish they reprint these one - I am still looking for 2 of them :)

14Tugar
Mar 2, 2012, 1:55pm Top

I'd give my right...uh pinky finger for a set of the Robot books myself!

15wailofatail
Mar 2, 2012, 2:09pm Top

>14 Tugar:: Please send me your address on a note tied with string around your pinky finger, which will remind me to send you a set.

16EclecticIndulgence
Mar 2, 2012, 2:10pm Top

I read "I, Robot" and I really didn't like it. I know it's not the same as the series, but it really turned me off of getting into the robot novels. Plus, with all the companion novels it just seems like a daunting task.

I do frequently wish there was more foundation books to read, even if they would have been blatant cash grabs.

17AnnieMod
Mar 2, 2012, 2:12pm Top

>16 EclecticIndulgence: You did not like either of the stories?

I love them - they set the stage for the later novels but they also stand on their own.

About the foundation novels - had you read the Benford-Bear-Brin trilogy? Not the same quality but I kinda like them.

18EclecticIndulgence
Mar 2, 2012, 2:19pm Top

>17 AnnieMod:

I shy away from anything not written by the original author. Not enough time in my life to read everything and I know reading the new series' would make me a grumpy gus (or enhance my current grumpy tendencies).

19Tugar
Mar 2, 2012, 3:35pm Top

>15 wailofatail: I'll toss in the left for an included signed Ellison screenplay. ;)

20wailofatail
Mar 2, 2012, 4:49pm Top

>19 Tugar:: Will you still be able to turn the pages, minus two pinkies?

21SilentInAWay
Mar 2, 2012, 6:50pm Top

14> 19> I hope, for your sake, that "pinkie" is not a euphemism.

22Tugar
Mar 2, 2012, 7:26pm Top

Oh snap! No way. For that I'd need the History of the Crusades tossed in as well!

23Quicksilver66
Mar 4, 2012, 11:57am Top

I just noticed my Foundation came without the Collectors Notes insert. What prompted me to check is that I recently ordered Dune and that came with the Collectors Notes.

24UK_History_Fan
Mar 4, 2012, 2:51pm Top

> 23
David, I don't have these books, but I am sure some kind soul on here would scan their insert and email it to you if you asked . I used to be completely OCD about the inserts but since I started collecting Limited Editions Club books, where the Monthly Letter insert is far more rare since it was mailed in advance of the book itself, I've learned that simply being able to read the text from someone else's scan is sufficient, though I still prefer an original one myself. But I no longer will buy a second copy of a book just to get the publisher extras.

25Wootle
Mar 4, 2012, 2:55pm Top

I do have the insert for The Foundation Trilogy if you would like a scan of it. I didn't rememeber seeing it the last time I opened it, but, there it is.

26Quicksilver66
Mar 5, 2012, 12:51pm Top

> 25

Thats ok, Wootle - thanks for the offer. I wondered whether or not the book came with notes or not. I may write to EP for a copy.

27Wootle
Mar 5, 2012, 12:55pm Top

Let us know if that works, there are several that I am missing, but somehow doubt if EP will send replacements, especially for books OOP.

28EastonQuality
Mar 6, 2012, 4:06pm Top

Prices are all over the place for Asimov, what is the price difference between a signed copy and a non signed edition?

29Tugar
Mar 7, 2012, 12:28am Top

Like you say, all over the place. Originally not that much.

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