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The Adventures of Lucky Starr Hardcover – 1985

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Doubleday / SFBC; Book Club edition (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000HCS88W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Isaac Asimov, one of the principal forces behind modern science fiction, wrote this book under a pseudonym (Paul French), he eventually tired of the pseudonym and in later books put clues into them that should have led most readers to figure out who the actual author was.

This book collects three of the six Lucky Starr books, "David Starr, Space Ranger," "Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids," and "Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus." These books are also collected in a single volume titled "The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr."

"David Starr, Space Ranger"

In this book we meet David Starr, who we will know as Lucky for the remaining five books in the series. David is eating in a restaurant when one of the patrons dies. David is soon on his way to Mars to try and understand the source of the poisoning that has killed a number of Earth people randomly across the planet.

Working incognito, David encounters John Bigman Jones, a blustering little man whose courage matches his big mouth. In spite of the help that Bigman gives David, David's life is nearly ended more than one time. David also discovers a surprise on Mars that he decides does not need to be revealed to anyone else in the solar system.

Eventually David figures out how the poisoning was done, and who the poisoners are. The ending of this short book is fun and makes this book a quick read.

"Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids"

In this book, the second in the Lucky Starr series, Lucky journeys to the asteroid belt to fight the pirates that may have killed his parents.
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Like every single novel by Asimov these are also great juvenile science-fiction stories. Even adults should find them entertaining. I love the Lucky Starr series and wish there were more of them.
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I read two or three of these six "Lucky Starr" novels when I was age 7, living in Los Alamos, NM, in 1956/7. They really GOT me! More than 50 years passed before I was able to re-visit "Lucky", and of course, the knowledge about local planets and space in general had rendered the original stories somewhat mis-informed. However, the essence of the novels remains and I've read my copies a few times in the last years. Clearly, Asimov was having fun with the stories, and as he stated, were aimed at the late adolescent readers - potboilers in space for 12 year olds - and did so with good humor, as much science as he felt was appropriate for his audience, and a sense of the ethics/morality of technology and society. If this kind of writing appeals to you, then give one a try; the Big Sun of Mercury would be a good start.

If you've read these long ago... I was surprised when I re-read them that I could have understood as much as I apparently did.
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Book was as stated in excellent condition.
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