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    br77rino: Pebble in the Sky is the first book Asimov wrote regarding the Galactic Empire, a subject he used in his later masterpiece trilogy, Foundation.
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One of Asimov's first novels, it was unencumbered by 21st century baggage. A story of greed, prejudice and hubris set when earth is but a speck of the imperial galaxy. Add time travel and you have a great read. Read on.... ( )
  buffalogr | Jun 27, 2014 |
Interesting yet somewhat disappointing for Asimov. I liked the story telling and the plot twist near the end. The problem that I have with the story is that it combines too many improbabilities. The transfer of a human through time into the future is one idea that makes for an interesting theoretical analysis. The idea of a device to enhance mental capabilities for telepathy and mind control is another interesting theoretical concept. The concept of intergalatic biological warfare is another. The combination of these concepts to intersect for problem resolution is unreasonable. The effectiveness of the biological warfare is logically overestimated as well. ( )
  GlennBell | May 10, 2014 |
Wonderful thriller! Pure good old (well not that old when he wrote this) Asimov. I wonder how this novel is in the same series as Stars like dust... In my opinion Pebble is the best of Empire Novels. Story still depends too much in a couple of forced coincidences (apart from the big coincidence that makes the story possible) but still very well written, keeps emotion all the time. I enjoyed it a lot. ( )
  yakov.perelman | Jan 31, 2014 |
Quite an enjoyable read. I wouldn't have guessed this was his first novel - it's much stronger than The Stars, Like Dust (his second). The female characters are still very flat, though.

Now I can start the Foundation books! o/ ( )
  tronella | Aug 8, 2013 |
Chicago, 1950's. Experiments resulting in unexpected radiations. An accident, and a time traveler is randomly created and sent to Chicago many millenia in the future, which is on the most reviled planet of the Galactic Empire. An archaeologist comes to visit Earth, trying to get more evidence to support his much-maligned theory that all the people of the galaxy used to be Earthmen, the racial scum of the Empire.

It was great to find this after so many years of never coming upon anything as good as the Foundation trilogy. I simply didn't realize Asimov had written about the galactic empire before. Fantastic to have something new to chew on! ( )
  br77rino | Jun 21, 2013 |
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One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire.
 
Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty.
 
Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.
 
This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest.

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One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in 1949 Chicago. The next he?s a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it?s the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil?so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two. This is young Isaac Asimov?s first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation books and novels. It is also one of that select group of SF adventures that since the early 1950s has hooked generations of teenagers on reading science fiction. This is Golden Age SF at its finest.… (more)

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