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Star man's son

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The holocaust had ravaged the world 200 years before. Survivors were scattered across the frightening wastelands. Some struggled merely for life...others, like Fors the Star Man's son, dared the terrifying unknown to recapture the knowledge...the knowledge that could once again destroy them...
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1978 by Fawcett Books (first published 1952)
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Louis Shalako
One of the few science fiction books around the house when I was younger. Probably the one book that hooked me on SF. Andre Norton is better known for more recent fantasy, and her rocket and ray guns books of the fifties and sixties, but this one is apocalyptic SF. It had a big influence on me, as you can imagine. Other of her works were a little disappointing, after re-reading them three decades later. I would like to read this one again. If the only Andre Norton book you have ever read was 'Re...more
Nikki Barnabee
I read this is 7th grade, then re-read it in high school. I love futuristic, after-the-nuclear-holocaust tales, and who couldn't get into scenes of long-deserted, half-destroyed cities being explored by a boy and his big cat? ;-} Humans are now tribal, hunt with spears, etc., and there are intense battles with nasty, violent creatures who slink through the cities, but my favorite scene was the one in which we see the childlike joy experienced by Fors when he discovers an amazing modern invention...more
Bree Brouwer
Norton's writing is a solid example of a traditional, classic novel from the Golden Age of science fiction, with somewhat lofty and descriptive overtones, but modern readers used to more decisive plots and immediate action will most likely find it difficult to get through.

The story is written in much of an epic styles, where the hero Fors risks becoming an outlaw so he can make a name for himself to prove he belongs in his clan despite his mutant genes. He goes from one place to another, seeing...more
Steve
I had been looking for this title for 10 years. Until I came to goodreads, I had been rebuffed in my search for the title because I could not remember if it was 2025 or not. By digging, Andre Norton's name came up, and I remembered. This was one of the books that really made me think about the aftermath of our egos, nuclear war, and survivors.
Steve
A favorite scifi coming-of-age novel from my middle school years.
Dellani Oakes
Feb 22, 2009 Dellani Oakes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dellani by: a librarian when I was 11
In this futuristic, post apocalytic world, Star Men are the cartographers, explorers and adventurers. Fors, son of a Star Man, hopes to be chosen himself. Unfortunately, the elders don't think he's fit to be a Star Man. He sets out on his own with only his giant cat, Lyra, for company, to explore the dangers of the long abandoned city.

Andre Norton was one of the best science fiction/ fantasy writers of all time. Star Man's Son, though targeting a young adult audience, is excellent for adults as...more
Sandy Shin
This was my first science fiction book, read many years ago. I reread it last year and found it just as exciting and entertaining. I was still captured by the characters and their adventures and triumphs and highly recommend this book and author to anyone with an imagination and curious mind
Deborah Lightfoot
This was the first book I ever bought for myself, with my own money. It made me a fan of Andre Norton and started me reading science fiction and fantasy. In short, it was my gateway drug to adventure. Thank you, Ms. Norton.
Orlando Falvo
The first book I ever purchased and read, cover to cover.A real accomplishment for a 2nd grader in the 60's. I loved the story because it reflected my own.
Greg
I'm pretty sure I also read this back in the early 1980s when I was playing Gamma World, as it's one of the books listed as that game's inspiration, and it all seems kind of familiar. It's a tightly written adventure story set 200 years after a nuclear war (something on our minds in the 1980s) and while it's a bit cheesy at times, there are some nice messages and it's never dull.

Sometimes it's all a bit too Leatherstocking Tales (they were captured! they escaped! they were captured again!)but i...more
Valerie
I would have appreciated this book more if Norton hadn't fallen back on her old standby--people who don't count, and can be murdered, tortured, etc with no moral stain on the killer. No attempt is made to negotiate with the 'Beast Things', and the same behavior that's accepted (with reservations) in humans (and even lizard people) is regarded as making the Beast Things 'not human' and candidates for extermination. The only real difference, so far as I can see, is that the Beast Things don't smel...more
Ann aka Iftcan
Originally published as "Starman's Son" this book was one of the first that Norton published and started her amazing arc of at least one book a year for over 50 years. For those interested, that's 1951 with this book and running until 2002. She had no books published in 2003, then had a new book published in 2004 and 2005. The 2005 book was published just before her death on St. Patrick's Day. Since her death she has had several new books published that were in the pipeline before her death. Als...more
Alison
Just not a very good book. It's total pulp, and for all the interesting world-building, the characterization is pretty flat. It's also supremely irritating to read a book by a woman that has basically no women in it. Sure, it's a hero's journey and he's a male, which is totally fine, and I don't want random women thrown into the mix, but when the lead disrespects a powerful female chieftain and then gives his loyalty to a small, pretty girl instead - ugh. Still, I enjoyed the post nuclear war la...more
Regina
I first read this book in second grade(1964)Didnt go over well as a book review for class(pic of mutan rats,lol)...the teacher tried to make me read Lady and The Tramp and those kind of books instead from then on.But I was hooked on sci fi from then on.Andre Norton took me to new worlds and I will ever be grateful to her. She helped me escape from a lonely and often unpleasant childhood.She was my first favorite author and will always hold a special place in my heart.My regret is that I never wa...more
Jacqueline
Just finished reading this old favorite to the boys. They loved it and begged for me to read at nights which is not always the case with books we choose to read out loud. This is a coming of age story as the majority of Andre Norton's are. It is post apocalyptic. This is a strong anti war sermon at its heart. There are themes of friendship, perseverance and tolerance also. A good read for the tween set if they are good with language as AN's prose can be poetic and a bit convoluted at times. Fun...more
Checkman
The thing about reading so-called "Golden Age" science fiction (or at least Silver Age) is you always have to remember that the stories were written in a different time. A time when the world that we now live in was the stuff of science fiction and the world as it existed ,when the writer was creating, influenced him or her.

Now at this point you are say, "No kidding Captain Obvious?"

Yes I know. I hear what you're saying and the sarcasm is very.....obvious. Nevertheless it needs to be stated. S...more
Nick
I read this in the 60's and was hooked on SF&F forever. The world is believable and Ms Norton weaves characters, worlds and events effortlessly. I still have the original paperback on my shelf and turned my kids on to SF&F by introducing them to this book...
Diane
The original title of this book is "Star Man's Son." It has been 200 years since a catastrophe - probably nuclear war or something similar - devastated the earth and reduced humans to a primitive existence. Various societies have sprung up since then, including the Star Men, who seek to discover and preserve ancient knowledge. Fors is the son of a Star Man, who died leaving him alone in the world except for his feline companion Lura. Fors is different than the others in his community - he has wh...more
Nona King
This was my first post-apocalyptic novel to read. The visuals and the characterization were true to form: engaging and entertaining.
William Nielsen
Same old story as many of the other reviewers...I read this book back in high school and loved it. Hooked me on science fiction. Discovered my original well-worn copy while downsizing and just had to read it again. Probably 3rd or 4th time. It really wasn't that good but the post-apocalyptic thing was a real hook for me back in the 60's. Who says you can't go back.
Kelli
Pretty standard writing and different from modern sci-fi writing, but thoroughly enjoyable! It's an adventure set generations after nuclear war annihilated modern civilization and gives an overview of the new tribes of man and a Beast Thing enemy. Fors, an outlawed mutant (whose only ability is dark vision, I liked that he wasn't OP), leaves his unaccepting tribe to go seek his fortune elsewhere. He finds an abandoned city, meets up with members of other tribes, fights hideous creatures, and eve...more
Eleanor Kuhns
Andre Norton has been one of my favorite authors since I was ten years old. Still love her books and reread a number of them on a regular basis. Star Man's Son is one of the ones I love, second only to 'The Last Planet". I have multiple copies of all of them, some so well-loved they are falling apart.
David Bonesteel
A fun read with an admirable message about the necessity of cooperation among all peoples if we are to avoid destruction. It's interesting that humanity requires a common enemy, the Beast Things, in order to unite it. This displays a realistic understanding of human psychology that is undermined to some extent by an ending in which everything is wrapped up a bit too tidily. There is a problem with pacing--the most exciting scenes occur in the middle of the story. Also, the Beast Things just neve...more
Catherine
This is the first paperback I ever bought, at the age of 12, from my junior high school bookstore. It was great to have a book of my own, one I didn't have to return to the library by a certain time. Hence, I was free to read it at my own pace, which allowed me to settle, at last, into being a reader. Futuristic (science-fiction and the like) books continue to be personal favorites as can be seen from the list of books I've read.
Charles
Not sure whether to call this fantasy or SF. It has a real world basis in a future, apocolyptic world, though, so I guess SF is the better term. I enjoyed this. The beginning was definitely strong but the ending sagged a bit for me. I bet I would have liked it better if I'd read it when I was a teenager.

This book was also released as Daybreak-2250 A.D. by Ace. The Fawcett version, "Star Man's Son," has a much better cover.
David Nix
This was the first post-apocalyptic novel I read. Ever. My twelve year old imagination was hooked, and I have been a fan of the genre ever since. Looking back, the story of a mutant young man making his way through the world three-hundred years after the apocalypse isn't as good as many similar stories I have read since. But it put me on the road, and so holds a place of honor on my shelf of unbridled sentimentality.
Troy
In the seventh grade I owned a copy of this book, and lent it to Sean Bagnoli when i still had about 30 pages left to read. He never gave it back and I learned an important lesson.

Now I see it selling for $150 on Amazon and I have to wonder whether or not to buy it.

I think this was the first post-apocalyptic book I read, and I have to credit it with turning me on the genre at the age of 13.
Jeffrey
Classic sf about a mutant young adult affected by a nuclear holocaust and his cat and their exploration of destroyed cities, meeting with the descendants of flyers and battle with Rat beings as he tries to prove his worth to his people.

Nothing fancy but perfect Andre Norton, great reading for teens who want to break into science fiction.
Tim Weakley
I first read this book as a book I ordered through Scholastic Book Club in junior high school. It was my first contact with Andre Norton. I absolutely loved the exploration scenes in the book. The vision of a post apocalyptic wasteland, and wandering through mysterious old buildings had me from the first page.
Victoria
I distinctly remember this book because it was my first Andre Norton and practically the first book I borrowed from the "adult" section of the library, making it a read from about 1960 I'd say. My first introduction to the idea of mind-sharing between a man and a cat-creature, a mind-opener for me at the time.
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