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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Fili-Quarian Classics (July 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJFOEG
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,711,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on June 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the oppressive global dictatorship of Pax took over the Earth they put a stop to space exploration. Still, a few rebels escaped in the sleeper ships to found free new colonies- or perish in the attempt. Those few colonies that reached inhabitable worlds and survived were cut off for centuries. It was during these centuries of isolation and freedom that they were able to develop the mysterious mental powers that "civilization" had all but destroyed.
Finally, when Pax had been eradicated from Earth by the Federation of Free Men, the rockets began to rise once more. This time they they possessed the faster than light drives that would enable them to make up for lost time. One such ship was the RS-10. This ship and its crew stumbled upon the world of Astra and it's strange, ruthless, degenerate, inhuman inhabitants. The Terrans did not trust these creatures but there was much that they could learn from them. Making a temporary alliance the expedition accompanied the aliens to a strange treasure city to help exploit its wonders. It was there that they discovered that the aliens had good reason to fear going to the treasure city alone. It was protected by Free Men who had arrived centuries before....
The classic Ace edition of this sci-fi classic has probably the best painted cover of a conventional space ship that I've ever seen.
If there had been no other creator of science fiction and fantasy in the second half of the twentieth century, Andre Norton would have been enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Hanson on January 17, 2000
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Story a sequel to (The Stars Are Ours) 3 to 4 generations in the future. Dalgard Nordis of the colony with a Merman Sssuri are on a scouting trip to investigate some old ruins that were rumored to have been visited be the evil former inhabitants only to see a space ship in the sky land near there. After discovering the old ones looting the city for lost technology Dalgard finds the people from the star ship to be of his race. Good sequel, Classic Andre Norton
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack Purcell on May 13, 2004
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When I read this book during the mid-1950s I was lucky enough to be forced to read it as a sequel. The book hadn't been released when I read The Stars are Ours. There weren't many SF books on the library shelves in those days, so I returned to recheck the first one and discovered Star Born. Felt I'd died and went to heaven.
I reread both a number of times through the years, always hoping Norton would add a few more sequels, assuming it was an obvious target for a series. It never happened.
So, you're stuck with these two, which will probably cause you to join me in my wish Norton had written more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nelson on September 21, 2007
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What would happen if space explorers stumble upon a lost colony of humans on a distant planet? Are they still human, or has the separation of time and space made them something else? Andre Norton uses this backdrop to examine questions of who is human, what advanced civilization means, and what is or isn't alien, all wrapped in a a non-stop action adventure. The sequel to The Stars Are Ours, Norton again gives us two seemingly insignificant people - space pilot Raf Kurbi and colony scout Dalgard Nordis - who manage to change the future of an entire planet. And if the ending doesn't choke you up, maybe you're not human either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 4, 2008
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Star Born (1957) is the second SF novel im the Astra duology, following The Stars Are Ours. In the previous volume, the Terran refugees found a habitable planet, which they named Astra. It had evidence of a prior civilization. Still, the Terrans had little choice except to settle the planet, for their ship was not capable of taking them any further.

Although the technological civilization seemed to be defunct and its inhabitants to be extinct, some of their experimental animals still remained. One breed -- the mermen -- had since achieved sapience. The Terran colony had made peaceful contact with these amphibious creatures and traded with them.

In this novel, Dalgard Nordis is making his man-journey into strange lands. With him goes Sssuri, a merman and his knife brother. The two are traveling by outrigger along the coastline when they sight a break in the cliffs. They paddle their boat into the cove.

While Sssuri slips into the sea with his spear, Dalgard waits by a stream broadcasting a feeling of friendship and goodwill. When he makes mind contact with a hopper -- a twenty inch high animal with some mental talents -- Dalgard trades some crystal beads for dried fruit. After Sssuri returns with a fish, they prepare their meal.

Dalgard and Sssuri intend to explore a city of Those Others that is shunned by most of the mermen. The city is one of the accursed sites, only a rumor to the merman and unknown to the Terrans. So they will be the first to investigate the ruins.

After they finish eating, Sssuri notices the presence of runners in the dark, primitive primates distantly related to the mermen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brooks VINE VOICE on February 18, 2011
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Andre Norton - Star Born

The plot elements of this 1950's space adventure "Star Born" have been used, some would say abused, so many times it could be employed as a template for a course in Writing Your Own SF Novel. The genius of Andre Norton is her knack for taking a standard SF planet adventure plot and infusing it with solid characters and so many unusual plot escapades you can't resist turning the page to see how it all turns out.

We start with exiles from a warring Earth founding a colony on Astra a habitual planet somewhere in outer space. The exiles find scattered throughout their immediate area of settlement-abandoned cities, remnants of a prior civilization apparently destroyed in an atomic war. A deep distrust of technology and fear of weapons causes to exiles to avoid visiting the cities of "Those Others" as the inhabitants are called. In addition to developing city destroying weapons "Those Others" bred a race of mermen - folk who can live both on land and under water. The mermen revolted against "Those Others" and eventually formed an alliance with the exiles. What starts out as an exploratory expedition by a pair of merman-exiled youths turns into a quite entertain and exciting novel when "Those Others" team up with a new expedition from Earth to reclaim some of that ancient technology.

Norton usually wrote several novels using the same background and plot highpoints. "Star Born" (1957) was no exception. A prior novel, "The Stars are Ours" (1954) detailed the story of the exiles while on Earth and during their landing on Astra. Although book 2 "Star Born" leaves several plot points unresolved Norton never wrote subsequent books in this series.
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