Free: Isaac Asimov’s Epic Foundation Trilogy Dramatized in Classic Audio

Per­mit us to stay on our recent sci-fi tan­gent just a tad bit longer.…

Between 1951 and 1953, Isaac Asi­mov pub­lished three books that formed the now leg­endary Foun­da­tion Tril­o­gy. Many con­sid­ered it a mas­ter­work in sci­ence fic­tion, and that view became offi­cial doc­trine in 1966 when the tril­o­gy received a spe­cial Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, notably beat­ing out Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. (Don’t miss the vin­tage Tolkien doc­u­men­tary we fea­tured yes­ter­day.)

Even­tu­al­ly, the BBC decid­ed to adapt Asi­mov’s tril­o­gy to the radio, dra­ma­tiz­ing the series in eight one-hour episodes that aired between May and June 1973. Years lat­er, you can buy the radio dra­ma on iTunes for $9.99. Or your can stream it on Spo­ti­fy (above) or via the Inter­net Archive below.

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  • This adap­ta­tion is AMAZING.

  • Robin Öberg says:

    Yes, one of the best books ever. On audio book for my iPhone. Awe­some. Thank you! :)

  • wm says:

    A Tril­lion Thank you :)

  • MW says:

    What a treat. Thanks.

  • Ind3xs says:

    Great!! All time clas­sic!!

  • Ignacio says:

    Thanks!!! Great!! The best book ever

  • Natalia says:

    A BIG THANK YOU!! for this. I have spent a year read­ing just Assi­mov’s books, from the Robots series to the Fun­da­tions, now I just bought The End of Eter­ni­ty. Love them!

  • Dave Howes says:

    I remem­ber hear­ing this when it was first broad­cast, Sun­day nights on radio 4. Bril­liant stuff :~)nn“Not many peo­ple know that” dept. — nThis broad­cast was the direct inspi­ra­tion for the now leg­endary Hitch­hik­er’s Guide To The Galaxy, which was writ­ten as a spoof.….….

  • Israel Escultor del Viento says:

    will this be in spau00f1ish? any­one knows?

  • jock123 says:

    Why would the BBC adap­ta­tion be pub­lic domain? It’s pro­grammes are copy­right in the UK, which makes it pret­ty much copy­right any­where else, sure­ly?
    If you know it’s for sale, why rec­om­mend steal­ing it?

  • David Cain says:

    Good ques­tion. Jock123!! I ask the same, with a lit­tle self-inter­est, as I direct­ed it, cre­at­ed the elec­tron­ic sounds and edit­ed the whole thing. It is, of course, steal­ing and in my case, as I nev­er get even one pen­ny of roy­al­ties, it is steal­ing from me!!

  • Evandro Madeira says:

    Maybe some­day it will be also record­ed in Span­ish, as well as in Por­tuguese.
    I tru­ly adore read­ing Isaac Asi­mov’s books, and it’s so good to have the to lis­ten to these record­ings!…

  • Ramiro says:

    Alert Alert Alert, the mp3 files is no longer exits “Item not avail­able”.… :( :( :(

    Sad but true!

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