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Il tiranno dei mondi (Galactic Empire #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  8,152 ratings  ·  309 reviews
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,
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 1994 by Oscar Mondadori (first published January 1st 1951)
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I'm trying to read all of the books that eventually fell under the umbrella of the Foundation series, in internal chronological order. Which brings me to this, one of the first novels Asimov ever published. In some ways, it shows. The pacing is far from smooth, and the characters tend towards the wooden. The romance, between Biron and Artemisia, is rushed and unconvincing. And yet, it's still a quick and entertaining read. So far, I've yet to be truly disappointed in any of these books. That's g ...more
Ah boy. Man, Asimov disappointed me a bit with this book; fortunately it was short enough to where I could make it through without throwing in the towel.

The Stars, Like Dust is often regarded as the first book in the Empire series, though as far as I know it really doesn't have much to do with the other books in the series, or really much to do with the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series as a whole. This story surrounds Biron Farrill whom at the beginning of the book is studying at a Universit
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 06, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Compleatists
Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers--truly. I used to joke he was my spiritual father, because his non-fiction pro-reason, pro-science essays had such a huge influence on me. And I love his fiction. Especially his short stories, which hold up well and I'd enthusiastically recommend a collection of them: "The Dead Past," "Nightfall," "The Ugly Little Boy," "The Last Question" are amazing science fiction. So is his Foundation series by and large and his Robot novels and stories, and I remem ...more
Bill Wellham
I seem to have given it more stars than most readers... Should I re-evaluate? Not sure.

This book just has nice memories for me, as I read a very tatty old paperback held together with elastic bands and tape. One of those books that you have no idea where it came from. I was about twelve years old; and as such, my mind was very accepting of stories about space travel, heroes, heroines, strange planets etc. I had been spoon fed on Star Trek and Dr Who!

I wanted to review it now, so I flicked throu
I picked this up (along with the other 2 Empire trilogy books) since I've read a lot of Asimov's other work (Foundation and Robots stuff). I would say it was "okay" or perhaps "meh." Perhaps at the time it was published in the 1950s it might have resonated with audiences more. Honestly though, the characters I feel really brought it down, they might as well have been cardboard cut-outs. I wouldn't exactly say the story or characters were predictable (except for the last page aka "the document," ...more
Spoilers follow, but honestly...who cares with a book like this.

Honestly not really worth the trouble of reviewing, but I'll say a few things anyway...Asimov himself described The Stars, Like Dust as his "least favorite novel" and even that was pretty generous on his part given its tortured publishing history. Forced to include a hokey subplot that involved the Constitution of the United States by his editor and publisher that he detested after being forced to complete an outline and two complet
Nutshell: primitivists search for ultimate weapon, which is apparently raw jingoism.

A bit off the rails from the end of Robots and Empire, wherein we found that Earth was slowly and relatively safely rendered uninhabitable, as this one immediately declares that “nuclear warfare had done its worst to Earth” (3). That doesn’t stop people from living there, which might seem a bit odd; perhaps they liked to admire the “eternal radioactive blue of the horizon, mute witness of prehistoric wars” (23).
چهار و نیم
بازم یه اثر دیگه از ایزاک آسیموف که خب به نظرم نیازی به معرفی نداره. خوندنش برای کسایی که عاشق آسیموفن عادی به نظر میاد. اما کسایی که عاشق نظریه پردازی های علمی آسیموف هستن بیشتر از این کتاب خوششون میاد. چون علاوه بر جنبه داستانی خیلی به جنبه ی علمی فضایی این داستان پرداخته. بهش چهار و نیم دادم چون در مقابل مجموعه های بنیاد و یا رباتهای آسیموف کمی مراعات کرده باشم:دی
Simona Bartolotta
Gli ultimi capitoli sono stati tutti un unico, grande brivido che si è propagato lungo la mia schiena con un'intensità pari a quella che, nella mia fervida e indubbiamente esagerata immaginazione, potrebbe avere una scossa elettrica. Fantastico.
This early novel by Asimov is a fun bit, with the right amount of plots and counterplots. The characters are pretty flat, and the reveal subplot doesn't fit at all - the author agreed, and considers this his worst novel. If this is the worst he wrote, then he is truly one of the masters.

The plot loosely fits within the Foundation empire - but it seems doubtful that Asimov was planning for all this when he wrote it. Probably better to say that the elements were kicking around and this doesn't fit
Since I'm in a science fiction-y kind of mood I thought I'd spend some time with the guy who first got me into the genre, Isaac Asimov. Little me started with I, Robot, which I read over and over. I thought that Donovan and Powell were cool. Susan Calvin was beyond cool and well into the icy, but she was interesting. The positronic brain and the three laws were an analog for human ethics. Little Glenn realized that Asimov was dealing with human morality but had separated it from humanity in orde ...more
I just finished The Stars, Like Dust. I'm ashamed to say that this was my first Isaac Asimov book, but better late than never I suppose.

I love the literary aspect of this book (are his others like this?) - ample usage of the English language that doesn't shy away from big words and complex/idea-dense sentences.

Originally published in 1951, it's amazing how large a universe this book paints. So many interesting technologies are described and scientific possibilities are explored. At the same ti
I love Isaac Asimov.

I've always enjoyed his novels and other fiction, but this is one of the best. And it's only his second published novel--a fact I found out after hearing the word spacionautics instead of astronautics. That, really, is my one criticism--I appreciate that Asimov coined the word 'robotics' but I'm glad spacionautics didn't stick around (I don't know if that was Asimov's word or if he borrowed it, but it's a jarring mix of modern English and Greek roots. Jarring for me, at least
Stefano Baglio
Le quattro stelle derivano da un pregiudizio mio nei confronti dell'autore. In postivo, ovviamente. Asimov sa scrivere, la storia scivola via leggera nonostante mille nomi e mille mondi in intrecci multipli e cospirazioni che sono il segno distintivo delle serie. Riesce però a stupire fino all'ultimo come in una partita di scacchi contro un avversario di livello superiore che è sempre una mossa avanti a te. Uno stile essenziale e non prolisso accompagna le perle da gran divulgatore scientifico q ...more
Michael Battaglia
Those who have often accused Asimov of being historically, shall we say, lax on anything resembling action may have felt a faint flicker of hope when reading the opening passages to this novel, where mild-mannered student Biron Farrill discovers late at night that someone has broken into his room and planted a radiation bomb. There's a few tense pages that make you believe that this is a lost thriller from the master of cerebral SF, a novel of far future espionage where no one is safe and danger ...more
Norm Davis
Feb 23, 2012 Norm Davis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golden Age Science Fiction fans
The Stars Like Dust... No more than 3 stars. I've been saying forever that Asimov can't write a bad story but in this one he starts pretty miserably and almost amateurish. Well past a quarter into the story I feel like I'm watching a thinly plotted over melodramatic B movie with bad actors. Two thirds into the novel there are some interesting twists in the plot, enough to develop a desire to read onward. I know that usually this must be accomplished long before it happens in this story, desirabl ...more
This was dreadful. Its a pretty stressful time in my life right now, and I was looking for entertaining escapist fiction. This was neither escapist nor entertaining. I understand that it was written around 1950 - and if you were writing a satire of a 1950's novel, you could use this plot. "Noble" son's "Noble" father has been executed by the evil overlords of the galaxy. He teams up with - wait, did you guess? - a daughter from different Noble family to find the "rebellion world." You don't supp ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Walk rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: younger audience making first steps into scifi
Shelves: plus4
I am a big fan of Asimov scifi.
This is early Asimov published in 1950 so only natural planetary conflict is a central theme and an Earth partly destroyed by an atomic war is a location.

The characters are few and simple and the plot straightforward but ingenious enough to be fun. There were enough clever twists and turns to keep me off balance.

A short read it simply avoids getting bogged down in needless detail. Ships travel faster than light because they do, there is no real effort to justify ho
This book is a mixture of science fiction with a chase and mystery. It has some political undertones and good twists in the plot. This is not science fiction with robots but is more science fiction in terms of occurring in space and available technology is more advanced than what we currently have. The story grabbed my attention in the first couple of pages so that I felt compelled to read the rest. It was easy to put down and jump right back into the story where I left off reading. This is a gr ...more
Tras finalizar las tres novelas centrales del 'Ciclo de Trantor' y la 'Serie de los Robots', toca ponerse con la 'Trilogía del Imperio Galáctico' en esta andadura por las obras más relevantes de Isaac Asimov. Y el comienzo, como mandan los cánones, viene con 'En la arena estelar', una obra que resumiré en un par de puntos, uno positivo y otro negativo.

Empezando por la parte mala, ésta viene relacionada con el propio encaje de esta novela en el universo y el futuro ideado por Asimov. La realidad
Звезды, как пыль, мерцают кругом.
Взгляд в их тумане тонет,
И космос лежит, свернувшись клубком,
Весь у меня на ладони.

После блестящей серии книг про детектива Бейли и р.Оливо, трилогия о Транторианской Империи начинается с одного немого вопроса: «Это что такое?». Заметная с первого взгляда разница между этими двумя циклами заставляет усомниться в принадлежности авторства сие произведение несравненному маэстро фантастики. Тем не менее, «Звезды» определенно являются связующим звеном между историей З
Michael Zeller
In this book Asimov writes what I think would be one of the oldest space operas I've ever read (written in 1951, the same year Foundation was published as a book). While tangentially related to his Foundation Series, this story is set thousands of years earlier and the feel of the book is very different than the Foundation books.

The story is a straight up adventure set in space. Rather than being a sci-fi book about a sci-fi topic, like the Foundation Series. "The Stars, Like Dust" is an advent
Eric Susak
This is my first experience with Isaac Asimov, and I'm a bit unimpressed. The Stars, Like Dust has entertainment and intellectual value in its thrilling plot and well-planned intrigue, but the novel lacks the character depth that I had anticipated from such an intelligent writer. His emphasis is clearly on accurate scientific representation and political games rather than human relationship with the two. There is often overbearing exposition within dialogue in order to insert something like poli ...more
I'm torn between a two and a three star rating - I didn't dislike this book, but the negatives did outweigh the positives throughout reading the entire book, so I shall keep to two stars, even though I love Asimov's science fiction a lot.

The Stars, Like Dust is, simply put, just not that good. A large part of it feels like a textbook on the science and theories of spacetravel and while that in itself is interesting, it doesn't do the pacing any good. It seems as though Asimov hasn't quite found
This book was quite a disappointment. I really enjoyed the previous volume of the Empire series and I had high expectations. While very entertaining "The Star, Like Dust" has a quite uninteresting storyline. Some of the "twists" are so banal and stereotypical to make you yawn. I guess the book was less un-original in the 50s, but this book has very little to offer to a modern reader. My advice: if pick Asimov's Pebble in the Sky instead.
Let me first say that I realize Asimov is one of the premier writers of science fiction. The world building in this universe is excellent, both clear and unobtrusive.

However, I found the characters in this book shallow and the plot predictable. There were a few surprises, but when they were revealed I hadn't identified enough with the characters to really care. The protagonist was arrogant and despicable. The ultimate antagonist was not very interesting, and the most sympathetic characters were
Ed Correa
Una obra menor de Asimov, pero importante en el sentido de que representa el inicio del puente entre la saga de los robots y la saga de la Fundación. Una intriga política entre varias etnias humanas repartidas que buscan controlar lo que ellos llaman imperio.
I enjoyed this book until the last 20 pages, and those 20 pages ruined the entire experience for me. SPOILERS BELOW

So our protagonist, Biron, starts as a student on earth, and because of actions on the part of his father, he's suddenly fleeing for his life. And its interesting and the universe is fascinating, but very quickly Biron turns into an action hero, recruits a love interest (the only woman in the story) and a wacky uncle type, and flies off to find a mystical rebel planet.

And then in t
Mark Oppenlander
Biron Farril, a young man attending the University of Earth, is also the son of the Rancher of Widemos, ruling a planet near the Horsehead Nebula. When the Rancher is arrested and executed by the powerful Tyranni race and an attempt is made on Biron's life, he must flee Earth and head for Rhodia, where he may be able to seek asylum. But Rhodia is unsafe as well and eventually Biron escapes the planet with Artemisia, the daughter of the Director of Rhodia, and Gillbret, her Uncle. They go off to ...more
Brian Gordon
Biron Farrell is the error to a position of importance in the nebular kingdoms. His father has sent him to Earth to receive his education as well as search for a secret document of great importance. After his fathers execution by the Tyranni and a failed assassination attempt on his own life, Biron is thrown into a galactic politics.

This book is classic Asimov. There is a mixture of adventure, science, romance, and galactic struggles. It is actually more of a proto Asimov. It is one of his earl
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Incorrect Series order 2 80 Jan 17, 2010 02:44PM  
  • The Sands of Mars
  • Needle (Needle, #1)
  • Inferno (Isaac Asimov's Caliban, #2)
  • The Green Hills of Earth
  • In Paul Klee's Enchanted Garden
  • Harvest of Stars (Harvest of Stars, #1)
  • Foundation's Triumph (Second Foundation Trilogy, #3)
  • The Seedling Stars
  • Skylark of Valeron (Skylark #3)
  • Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy, #1)
Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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Other Books in the Series

Galactic Empire (3 books)
  • The Currents of Space (Galactic Empire, #2)
  • Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3)
Foundation (Foundation, #1) I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)

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