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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439132720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439132722
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Called “one of the most popular authors of our time” by Publishers Weekly, Andre Norton is a legend in science fiction, and was one of our greatest storytellers. She wrote science fiction novels for five decades, beginning with the now-classic novel Star Man’s Son in 1952. Many of today’s top writers, including David Weber, Eric Flint, C.J. Cherryh and Joan D. Vinge, have cited her as a primary influence on their own work. She was Guest of Honor at the 1989 World Science Fiction Convention, and has received the Grand Master award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention. She was astoundingly prolific, with over thirty books in her celebrated Witch World series alone. She introduced three generations of SF readers to SF and fantasy, both through her critically acclaimed YA novels and her adult works, and remains one of the most popular authors in both fields. She died in 2005. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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And I read and reread and reread them until I discovered my Kindle.
Brunetta Lafara Lingg
The stories are still great but there are glaring typos on nearly every page, many pages with as many as three or four misspelled or omitted words.
P. J. Sanchez
Highly recommended for fans of Classic Andre Norton, science fiction and good storytelling.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Star Flight (2007) is an omnibus edition of the two SF novels in the Astra series. It includes The Stars Are Ours and Star Born.

In The Stars Are Ours (1954), mankind has reached the Moon, Mars and Venus, but found little to justify terraforming. However, the three space stations provided a number of services. One of these stations was invaded by unidentified armed men who turned certain installations into weapons which they unleashed against the planet. A major portion of the planet was completely devastated and the loss of life was incalculable.

Among the survivors was Arturo Renzi, who had lost his entire family. He began to preach the evils of science and was welcomed as a great leader throughout the world. However, his message was too liberal for some of his followers and he was assassinated, apparently by a Free Scientist.

For three days after the assassination, Renzi's followers engaged in a furious purge against scientists and techneers. Then Saxon Bort, one of Renzi's chief lieutenants, assumed command of the leader's forces and established the tight dictatorship of the Company of Pax.

In this novel, a decade or so later, Dard Nordis is the son of a Scientific family, living with his older brother, Lars, and his niece, Dessie. Lars and Dard, together with Lars' pregnant wife, Kathia, had fled the purge, but the escape had left Lars a twisted cripple and his wife an amnesiac. After Dessie was born, Kathia retreated into her own dream world until her death.

Now Dard, Lars, and Dessie live on a farm far from any population center.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Sanchez on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The first half, "The Stars Are Ours," was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. I was thrilled at the prospect of getting a hardback copy to save wear and tear on my 40+ year old paperback copy. Thrill turned to horror when I saw what a hack job the publisher did. The stories are still great but there are glaring typos on nearly every page, many pages with as many as three or four misspelled or omitted words. I'm not normally one to complain about a few typos in a book, but this one's so bad I actually found myself wondering if the "proofreaders" know English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brunetta Lafara Lingg on April 2, 2013
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It has both Books!!! The Stars are Ours and Star Born. I already had the later but I'm thrilled to FINALLY have the former AND to have both of them together. Even though they aren't really connected - different Characters in each one - they're still within the same World so it's great being able to go straight from one into the other.

I have the Kindle version. Reads with no problems. No Pages, just Location. And no links to Books so want to read just Star Born, you have to work your way through Locations. But I can live with those minor issues.

These are the Books I discovered when I was still in my Teens. And I read and reread and reread them until I discovered my Kindle. And I gave up Books forever (except for Text Books). They are clean, full of activity, and flow well. They are also easy to pick up, read for awhile, then go back to what I was working on.
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First of all, these are two of my all-time favorite books. They are considered books for young readers, but the stories are also enjoyable for adults.
It appears as though the books were scanned to convert them to digital format. Scanning is far from perfect and requires that the entire text be proofread. Whoever had the job apparently only did the first quarter of The Stars Are Ours, the remaining part was full of bizarre phrases. Someone who had not read the book previously may be totally confused at times. I recommend finding a paperback
copy of the book, instead of trying to read this one. Star Born is actually public domain and can be found on archive.org and other sites.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Stars Are Ours. Humanity established space stations so that interplanetary flight could occur cheaper. However, terrorists took control of a station and attacked earth from it devastating the planet. Survivor Arturo Renzi saw his loved ones die so he preached an anti-science message that led to his assassination. Outraged, his followers attacked the opposition with a vengeance forming the dictatorial Company of Pax. Brothers Dard and Lars Nordis and the latter's pregnant wife Kathia fled the purge; however Lars was crippled and Kathia suffered a brain injury and after giving birth to Dessie she died. The siblings and Dessie hide at a remote farm for a decade until the Pax Peacemen arrive. They try to escape, but Lars dies leaving Dard and Dessie running from the Peacemen.

Star Born. The Pax ended space exploration as part of their anti-scientific campaign as they blame the pandemic devastation on scientists. However, some rebels managed to steal a few spaceships and flee to form colonies that had no ties to earth. A century passes with the Federation of Free Men having disposed of the Pax and space exploration redeployed with faster than light engines. The RS-10 ship reaches Astra where an earth colony was established. However, it is the fiendish natives that greet the terrans who they have plans to eradicate with their strange science.

This omnibus reprint of Andre Norton post-apocalyptic "Star" saga showcases how talented the author truly is especially in "The Stars Are Ours"; in which a terrorist act leads to security superseding freedom (the Neocons must have wolfed this one down).
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