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The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov

The Stars, Like Dust (1951)

by Isaac Asimov

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    themulhern: These books have much the same sort of plot and style, although very different settings.

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Very '50s, and thus reminiscent of Heinlein's juvenilia. Written by a physicist who could imagine interstellar travel, but couldn't imagine the increases in computing power that we have seen. Reminiscent also of an Agatha Christie thriller, where the interpretation of the facts seems to change almost at random, a high level of excitement is maintained, nothing horrible happens, and there is a romance. There were a few nice similes thrown in, none of which I can remember now. The ending is awfully patriotic, I anticipated it, but it is a polite gesture to the author's adopted homeland. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 14, 2016 |
A slow and clunky read...probably because it was one of the author's first. Contains deep intrigue akin to human interaction, but attributed to non humans. Good story, though. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 11, 2014 |
Although the good doctor had been a published author for 20 years when he'd written this book, it does read a bit like something a neophyte would put out with a fairly poor plot, too easily penetrated by the lead character and any tension is resolved with a stroke of the pen, by a sudden change of mind of the protagonists with little in the way of reason behind that change of mind. ( )
  JohnFair | May 11, 2014 |
In a galaxy oppressed by tyrannical Tyranns, a young man tumbles into a galactic adventure. At stakes are the freedom of the galaxy, the revenge of his Father's murder, and not in the very least, the hand of the noble lady Artemisia. ( )
  IAmAndyPieters | Dec 6, 2013 |
Fun book. The story is a bit slow at the beginning and was a bit forgettable... in fact I have some inklings that I may have read it in the past and forgotten about it which would not be common for me. The story picks up a bit near the end and the characters gain a bit of depth, which was nice. It is good though that the book was fairly short or else it would have lost my interest as I am a slow reader.

What I did like the most about the book though was that as far as science fiction it is a bit dated. Issac Asimov was a great sci fi dreamer and here we can see a far future world dreamed of in the 1950's where computers only do math computations and large books with star locations are needed to determine hyper jumps. Fun... ( )
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Amazon description; Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin.

He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken, and outraged, Biron is determined to uncover the reasons behind his father’s death, and becomes entangled in an intricate saga of rebellion, political intrigue, and espionage.

The mystery takes him deep into space where he finds himself in a relentless struggle with the power-mad despots of Tyrann. Now it is not just a case of life or death for Biron, but a question of freedom for the galaxy….
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Fleeing an unknown assassin after surviving a radiation bomb planted in his dorm room, University of Earth student Biron Farrell is outraged by the subsequent murder of his father and caught up in a deep-space rebellion.

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