Back in 1999, I was re-reading Isaac Asimov's Foundation series for the umpteenth time. I had just finished the last (chronological) volume, Foundation and Earth, and I found myself wondering what was going to happen to Golan Trevize. I've since discovered that this makes me a minority of one; every other Asimov fan in the world wants to find out more about R. Daneel Olivaw. Nevertheless, over the course of Foundation and Earth, Trevize makes a series of promises that puts him under some obligations, and he makes a series of decisions that gets him into big trouble with the Powers That Be back on Terminus, and I was curious to see how those obligations and that trouble would play out. Asimov himself was seven years dead at that point, and the writers responsible for the Second Foundation Trilogy seemed more interested in looking at Hari Seldon than at Golan Trevize. So, if you want something done right (or in this case, done at all), then you have to do it yourself. And that's what I did.
Starting in July, I began work on a sequel to Foundation and Earth that I called "After Earth", depicting the adventures of Golan Trevize and his companions Janov Pelorat and Bliss after they leave the sanctuary of Daneel Olivaw's sublunar base. I posted the results to the alt.books.isaac-asimov newsgroup. Over the course of the next year I wrote and posted 17 chapters, and then became distracted by other things (as happened once or twice to Asimov himself). After over a year, I produced and posted an 18th chapter in 2001, then after another four years I posted a 19th chapter in April 2005.
With my permission, Vincent Clarke added "After Earth" to the fanfic section of his Beyond Asimov website. When Ed Seiler put my infamous "Insanely Complete List of the Robot/Foundation Timeline" on his Asimov Home Page, he included "After Earth" and added a link to the story's page on Beyond Asimov. Over the years, I have continued to get email from readers who compliment me on the story and wonder if and when I'm going to continue it.
Sometime in the last few months, the Beyond Asimov site has been blocked (whatever that means), and I've been getting email asking me what's going on, forcing me to answer that I don't know what's going on. I emailed Mr. Clarke, but so far have received no reply. This blog represents a solution to the problem of what to do about "After Earth". I'm going to post all 19 current chapters here, and any additional ones I come to write. I'll be notifying Ed Seiler that he can link here if he wants. This will have the additional advantage of allowing readers to post comments directly to this blog.
Update: Since Ed's version of the List also includes my Powell & Donovan story "Safety First" and Alexander J. Vincent's story "The Imperial Conference", I'll be posting them after "After Earth".
Update II: In response to a reader's suggestion, I've moved "The Imperial Conference" to its own blog with a link in the sidebar. I've also moved "Safety First" to a separate Asimov Fan Fiction blog along with some other stories from Beyond Asimov, and it too now has a link in the sidebar.
Update III: Vincent Clarke has resurrected Beyond Asimov at http://mysite.verizon.net/beyond_asimov/, so I have deleted my own Asimov fanfic blogs (except for this one, of course).
So, without further ado, readers, here is "After Earth".