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The Stars, Like Dust Paperback – September 29, 2009
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“Science fiction on the larger scale is Isaac Asimov's specialty. The scene of his new book, a rousing adventure story of the remote future, is the Galaxy, which, with its hundreds of inhabited planets, has been taken over by a dictatorial race called, appropriately enough, the Tyranni. A small group of rebels wage a determined battle against the dictators, giving Mr. Asimov plenty of opportunities to plot those involved and subtle twists for which he is known. Its clear writing and excellent suspense make this book a welcome addition to the science fiction lists.” ―The New York Times
“This little novel will transport you back to a simpler time, when story lines we are jaded towards today were fresh and intoxicating, and that gosh-wow! sense of wonder covered science fiction like a layer of fine, gold dust.” ―SFReviews.net
About the Author
Isaac Asimov, author of the Foundation trilogy and many other novels, was one of the great SF writers of the 20th century, and his hundreds of books introduced many thousands of readers to science fiction. Born in Brooklyn, he lived in Boston and in New York City for most of his life.
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Surprising but logical twists.
It was Interesting to read, how technology was expected to develop, from perspective of 1950.
Only shortcoming is that you may not expect the depth of other Asimov books.
Almost a novella by today's standards, The Stars, Like Dust still has an amazing capability to stand the test of time (despite the fact that some of the popular opinions on science in the early 50's proved false). In fact these early Asimov novels really paved the way for future authors and others involved in Science Fiction entertainment. Common themes include things like dictatorial monarchies as the normal form of planetary government (which we'd often see later in the Star Wars universe and in the Klingon and Romulan empires of the Star Trek universe) and elements of star spanning space operas. Biron and Aretemisia could be the forerunners of Han Solo and Princess Leia in their dramatic love/hate relationship.
Like many of Asimov's Robot novels (Caves of Steel, Robots of Dawn), The Stars Like Dust blurs the lines between mystery/thriller and Science Fiction - a futuristic mystery/thriller, if you will. Occasionally character interaction and dialog dips towards the cheesy but changes to common usage of language when this novel was written (over 60 years ago) may have something to do with that. The Stars, Like Dust paves the way for where so much good (and sometimes bad) science fiction would go over the next six decades.
Beyond that, this is a nice piece of SF that George Lucas wouldn't have trouble making a film around. It's the old story - Boy loses father in confusing circumstances, boy goes to take what is rightfully his and possibly avenge his father's murder at the same time, boy is being chased by mysterious murderous groups, boy meets girl, boy and girl hate each other, boy and girl fall in love... well, ok, it's not the old story, it's half a dozen old stories in one, but it's a good thriller and mystery with enough twists and turns to please anyone.
It's also mercifully short, the characters are fleshed out in a most unasimovian way, and the science is there but not stupifyingly overbearing. My edition includes an apology at the end from the master about his assumption that a lifeless planet would have an oxygen-rich CO2-free atmosphere, and while I know roughly which part of the book is being refered to, it wasn't a big deal.
In all, I think I prefered The Currents of Space, but there's no reason to read one in favour of the other rather than read both. If you can find a copy, and you're after some intelligent light entertainment, you could do worse than read this.
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This is one of Asimov’s very early science fiction novels and is quite a reflection of his times.Read more