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Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury (Lucky Starr #4)

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Book by Asimov, Isaac
Mass Market, 143 pages
Published March 1st 1972 by New American Liibrary (first published 1956)
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyI, Robot by Isaac AsimovThe Martian Chronicles by Ray BradburyThe Foundation Trilogy by Isaac AsimovStarship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Classic Science Fiction - 1950-1959
70th out of 140 books — 169 voters
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Mercury Rising
2nd out of 6 books — 7 voters

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Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
A lot of reviews for these Lucky Starr books are not favorable. I presume these are from hard-core Sci Fi fans who only like the "heavy science" science fiction (which has a tendency to bore me to death.) Maybe that is why I like the Lucky Starr books. They are fun! Plus, we get to travel to different planets in or solar system.

Sure, some of the facts about the planet Isaac Asimov uses have been proven not to be true, but the book was originally written in 1956. That is a long time ago and we k
Adrián Sánchez
En la cuarta entrega donde apesar de que los Sirios no son el villano predominante me parece interesante la analogía que se hace con respecto al nazismo (o eso creo):

—De la crueldad todo puede esperarse —dijo el doctor Peverale—, igual que de la
política. Nos desprecian. Nos consideran como animales. Los sirianos son tremendamente racistas. Desde que los terrícolas colonizaron Sirio, han estado
apareándose cuidadosamente hasta estar libres de enfermedades y diversas características que consideran

Mark Oppenlander
In the fourth Lucky Starr adventure, the intrepid Councilman and his diminutive sidekick, John "Bigman" Jones, head to Mercury. A series of accidents are slowing down a major scientific research project and sabotage is suspected. Lucky and Bigman must investigate.

At this point, the formula for these books has been pretty well established. Each novella begins with a series of mysterious occurrences followed by an investigation from the Council of Science, a series of clues and action sequences th
May 23, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so I pass from forensic biographies to Asimov's science fiction. This is really a continuation of the adventures of Lucky Starr and his faithful side kick this time sorting out the reason why seeming idealistic project to provide clean free energy is being sabotaged.
The book like the rest of the series is aimed at the younger reader although Asimov must have felt that the reader deserved the truth - in so much at the time of the writing it was assumed that Mercury didnt rotate and only one f
Jun 05, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a pleasant story that would have lent itself well to being included with the "I, Robot" stories.
Dec 11, 2009 Rob rated it liked it
The world of Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr is a young science geek's wildest dream come true. Imagine: a thousand years from now, the solar system's secret agents and protectors of the weak are...scientists! —Who don't mind showing off what they know!

An unknown agent is sabotaging an important, secret research project to harness the Sun's energy in a way that would sustain humankind's energy needs, with enough left over to turn the Earth into an air-conditioned paradise. David ("Lucky") Starr and h
Pere Sanmartí
Nov 26, 2014 Pere Sanmartí rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-buy
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#4 in the Lucky Starr series. This YA science fiction was written by Isaac Asimov writing as Paul French. Not quite as compelling as I remember the series about the Space Ranger being when I first read it, 50 years ago. Young folks may still enjoy it if their expectations haven't been predisposed by Star Wars and its ilk.

Lucky Starr and his friend Bigman journey to Mercury to try and learn who is sabotaging an important series of experiments. Lucky attempts to mislead the leader of the Mercury e
Jan 12, 2016 Victor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, kindle
Esta vez el libro me pareció sutilmente mas predecible con tal iba avanzando, creo que en pos de lograr mostrar a Bigman en una faceta deductiva.
Phil H
Oct 11, 2014 Phil H rated it liked it
More short story than novel compared to today's tomes with a little over three hours reading. Enjoyable light reading for fans of old style SF.
Michael Hanscom
Very mid-50s young-adult SF adventure. Entertaining fluff (and hey, it's Asimov). Indicative of the time, though, there isn't a single woman in the book.
Mar 04, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
The Lucky Starr books are so delightfully retro-future. It's the future the way an old-timey serial would picture it.
Henry Uicab Canché
Aug 21, 2014 Henry Uicab Canché rated it it was amazing
Un poco diferente a los anteriores, Bigman tiene más protagonismo y eso ayuda a la historia.
Dec 30, 2014 Brandon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-space
The way Lucky treats Bigman is ridiculous.
Don Gubler
Oct 06, 2014 Don Gubler rated it liked it
Somewhat silly but still lots of fun.
Ahmad Sharabiani
کتاب حاضر اولین بار در سال 1956 منتشر شد و اوصافی که در آن از سطح سیاره ی عطارد به عمل آمده با باورهای نجومی آن دوران مطابقت داشته است. از حدود سال 1956 به این سو، دانش نجومی در باره نظام درونی منظومه ی شمسی، به دلیل استفاده از شعاع های راداری و موشک، به طرز بسیار چشمگیری پیشرفت کرده است. عطارد در مدت 88 روز دور خورشید می چرخد. اما گردش آن به دور خود 59 روز طول می کشد، پس برخلاف آنچه در داستان آمده، همه ی قسمت های سیاره ی عطارد، در زمان های مختلف رو به سمت خورشید قرار می گیرند. ا.ش
Jan 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fiction, owned
Another read-aloud bedtime storybook for Jefferson. A random purchase at Curious Books -- I'd never heard of Asimov's Lucky Starr series before. Jefferson enjoyed it without being crazy about it, probably better for slightly older children, but still a nice, kid-friendly bit of classic sci-fi. No women to speak of, of course, but some good science -- thinking out implications of living on the surface of Mercury vs. Earth vs. Mars. And some good robotics stuff, of course.
Apr 02, 2010 Alessandro rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Apparently, Mercury is a hellish planet. The weather forecast is always a no-good. The low gravity is a nuisance. And - GOD HELP US ALL - there's absolutely no woman in outer space, since they are just no good with science (woot!). Despite all that, Lucky Starr and The Big Sun of Mercury is a very decent space adventure filled with sci-fi exploration and action. This is a readable book but not a satisfying one.
Chinmaya Kher
Aug 16, 2007 Chinmaya Kher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: schhol kids atleast
dont remember the book too well..but i do remember did a book review for this book. enjoyed the book...that much i recall. plus it is asimov' a lot of his physics must have been good...
This was just random fun. Nothing super amazing about it. Was a nice read for a Saturday. There are others apparently. Might be fun to read some more.
José Manuel
Apr 14, 2013 José Manuel rated it liked it
es increíble como la física, la química, ciencia en su conjunto son parte de las aventuras de todos
Dec 16, 2012 Steven added it
4th book..???.. Says 3rd book on my cover..
Apr 18, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
A delightful romp from the master!
Mar 01, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Grade B. Book Ls5.
Apr 30, 2011 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: early-teen, cask-wine
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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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