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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  8,165 ratings  ·  226 reviews
2336. A Terra e as suas cem colónias espaciais estão demasiado povoadas. A dois anos-luz de distância, oculta num canto da Galáxia, arde uma estrela igual ao Sol da Terra, uma estrela que possui os seus próprios satélites. A estrela tem o nome de código NÉMESIS…

Némesis fora encarada como a última esperança para a raça humana, representava a hipótese de estabelecer uma nova...more
Paperback, Colecção Nébula, 380 pages
Published 1989 by Europa-América
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Tfitoby
A brand new standalone story from the grand master of science fiction must have set fandom ablaze back in 1989 but comparatively prodigious length aside this offered nothing new in the Asimov canon aside from perhaps the authors approach towards things as he faced his impending death.

It's the story of Earth's early space travel, as settlers look beyond an Earth teeming with billions of unhappy people to new stars via space habitats built for a limited number (in this case 60k) of inhabitants. A...more
Bryan
I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO WRITE THIS REVIEW...


BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF WEB 2.0, I'LL ATTEMPT TO SPEAK AUTHORITATIVELY ON THE TOPIC.

Disclaimer:
I didn't realize this audio version was abridged, but when I saw that there were only 4 segments (and that each part was only 45 minutes long), I figured there must be some content removed.

So I'm the least qualified person to argue with the other reviewers who said this book was boring, with over-lengthy sections of dialogue that were repetitive and pedantic.

But l...more
Cher
This book is the ultimate distillation of every Asimov book:

-- great minds get together and have lengthy discussions based on what they should do based on limited knowledge, and somehow everyone unanimously agrees on the logical course of action

-- some weird mystical thing occurs that flies in the face of science or contradicts something he's already stated as a premise in the book
Robyn
Nov 11, 2008 Robyn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Recommended to Robyn by: random bookstore find
I am sad to think that there are people who have never read Asimov who pick up this book, and then swear off all of his works because this book was SO. TERRIBLE.

*The characters are all the same, except for one or two points about them that will be drilled over and over.
*Horrible, boring dialog. If you enjoy the subject matter, great, but I really hate plots that are driven by pages and pages of conversation between two people who come to a huge revelation, some glaring fact, or solution JUST by...more
Stacey
There's something entirely delicious about a well written piece of science fiction. It goes without saying that Isaac Asimov is a good name to look under for examples, but very often with Asimov you're looking at a minimum 3 book commitment. Not so in the case of Nemesis, a beautifully crafted and blissfully short jaunt into a future that not only seems possible, but invokes all the modern-day science documentaries we all love to watch but will rarely admit to enjoying.

Nemesis is set at a time...more
Michael
Truthfully, now all grown up, I don't appreciate Asimov the way I used to. It used to be a really neat back-in-time-to-the-future kind of read, where I got to see how people of the 1950's thought things would turn out. Huge computers governing our lives; new social norms springing up (see The Moon is A Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, or Friday by the same); a view of space-travel that was just like what they promised us; rotating space-stations that had variable gravity based on different spots on t...more
Jenny
This is a mostly escapist novel of intergalactic exploration and alien contact. Asimov generally weaves a good story, and this one is full of characters who are self-consciously making history. Once he mentioned that he never edits his work, and this could definitely have used some editing. Occasionally, mostly in the beginning, he gets pedantic and repetitious. But you keep turning the pages, just so you can find out what happens.
Tancredi
Nella prefazione a Nemesis, Asimov dichiara e giustifica la sua scelta di scrivere un romanzo con uno stile semplice e chiaro, alla portata di tutti, per il puro gusto di raccontare una storia di fantascienza e niente più. Non so se è effettivamente a causa di questo, ma Nemesis mi pare una spanna sotto gli altri grandissimi romanzi dello scrittore, che per stile, anticipazione e tematiche hanno meritato il loro giusto posto nella storia della fantascienza moderna.
Certo, Nemesis è pur sempre un...more
Lauren
I like the concept of this book and some of the scientific ideas in it. Space Settlements surrounding Earth have been growing and multiplying, and most of them are trying to develop ways of exploring the universe and detaching from Earth. One settlement called Rotor has two discoveries which quickly send it ahead of the rest.

I'll stop so I avoid spoilers, but Asimov seems to have had some difficulty bringing this particular plot to a climax. There are several disputes and issues during the cours...more
Kathryn
Sacrilegious though it may be to say, I’m actually not that huge a fan of any of the grand masters of science fiction. I like their stuff, but it isn’t the kind of thing I reread a dozen times and memorize and win contests about (that would be Lord of the Rings). I’m not sure why I feel that way. In Asimov’s case, I typically don’t like his characters, since they often are one-dimensional. (Foundation is a classic example. Tons of books, and a grand total of one appealing character.)

In Nemesis,...more
Scott
In the 23rd century, humanity has spread out from the overcrowded Earth onto orbiting colonies. One of these, having developed an early form of hyperspace flight, has left the Solar System for a distant star they call Nemesis. The story revolves around Marlene (three syllables), a smart, superhumanly intuitive fifteen year-old girl whom no one likes due to her uncanny ability to see beneath the surface of people's words and actions to what they are really thinking. Marlene has discovered that Ne...more
Harv Griffin
Mar 23, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asimov fans
pic of my copy of Nemesis

There is a suspicious periodicity in Earth's mass extinctions: a strong argument can be made that every 26 or 27 million years (depending on the cited source) "something happens." Oh, sorry, forgot you are a conservative Republican Christian who believes that the theory of evolution is the Devil's work, the Earth is less than 6000 years old, and we could easily halt Global Warming if we would just position those pesky Groundhogs so they would see their shadow Every Day Of The Year. Anyway, prete...more
Alo
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Vijai
Weird as it maybe, I think sci-fi was only the means to the core idea the author wanted to present. What if there was a person with whom you could be nothing less then honest and sincere? not just in your words but in your subconscious so much so that your body language reflects the same?

What a liberating thought! Marlene was wonderfully written about and so was the disdain filled relationship between Rotorians and Earth. Unfortunately, there are gaping holes in character development elsewhere...more
Hugh Mannfield
Mar 15, 2014 Hugh Mannfield rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Readers
In this classic Isaac Asimov novel, he places you in the future where the human race takes its first faltering steps to the stars. The solar system is full of space settlements and it’s getting more crowded every year. When Eugenia Insigna of the settlement Rotor discovers a hidden red dwarf star only two light years away from the sun (which she names Nemesis), and her discovery coincides with the development of hyper-assistance; Janus Pitt, the director of Rotor, decides to leave the solar syst...more
Isaac Cooper
The only interesting character in Nemesis is Marlene, the fifteen-year-old girl on the space station Rotor. She’s relatively human. The start of the novel has her thinking about a cute boy, who has taken a liking to a much prettier, taller girl. If this were the core story to Nemesis, and the science-fiction branched off around this human situation, it would’ve been great. That would make it similar to I Robot, which is an incredibly grounded sci-fi novel, so grounded you’re not even aware that...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Nemesis, la dea greca della giustizia potrebbe un giorno giudicare l'umanità per i millenni di caos, di sconvolgimenti naturali e reciproca sopraffazione. Isaac Asimov immagina, in uno tra i suoi romanzi più suggestivi, il concretizzarsi del giudizio divino in una stella, Nemesis, che celata da una nube di polveri interstellari, si stia dirigendo verso il nostro sistema solare minacciando di sconvolgerne il delicato equilibrio gravitazionale.
Gli abitanti di Rotor, un satellite artificiale orbita

...more
Chunji Wang
This is a plain story, not so much twist and turns. Reading it through, I felt like always waiting for “the event” to happen, expecting to know it when I came across it. But it seemed never come. Indeed it came very late when the whole planet showed intelligence, but it didn’t feel like to be “the thing” in the book. I was expecting something bigger, but there were none.
The climax happened in the end, so that it was read in a rush to just finish the book. So somehow I felt a little overwhelmed c...more
Mitch
I started out liking this book but that slowly, inexorably faded as I progressed into its last third.

Don't get me wrong; Issac was a decent writer of hard science fiction. (And I add here that if you don't care for a lot of that, this is not the book for you.) I think this particular story was flawed by the following, however.

It needed to be shorter. It just took too long to get where it was going.

At times Issac threw in a few speculative scientific marvels at his characters, then had them specu...more
Madalina
I remember liking this ook a lot when I was 12-13, I was a great Asimov and J.K. Rowling fan at that time :P. The best points of the book, rather, the best point is character construction, though if I am to refer to Garabet Ibraileanu's Adela, which I've been forced to read and yes, I do hold a grudge, ''females are always more interested in such aspects. For them "Anna Karenina" isn't exquisitely delightful in style, for them it's Anna, Dolly, Kitty, Vronsky''. Maybe he's right, but then scienc...more
Phil
Astoundingly, I hated this book. This is unusual because it is written by a master of science fiction, Isaac Asimov, and I love almost everything he has written. This is the almost.

The conceit of the book is a rogue solar system that is going to pass close enough to earth to destroy all life. In 5000 years.

The story itself is filled with characters whom you can barely tolerate, who act contrary to their established personalities, for the bewildering reason of keeping the increasingly ponderous p...more
Adelaide Metzger
This review has no spoilers.
A decent plot of space exploration and an outline of sentimentality with a specific female character, Nemesis is a great read for fans of Isaac Asimov. Not necessarily for fans of the Foundation trilogy or the Robot series. I’m a girl, so I’m inclined to be attracted to emotional or romantic situations. Asimov, being an experienced writer, does a good job adding a dash of that in his stories, but his primary “meat” in his novels is science. This book’s particular cu...more
Nuno Magalhães
Isaac Asimov é, sem dúvida, um dos grande nomes na Ficção Científica. A sua imaginação e o seu estilo de escrita cativa imediatamente o leitor e proporciona uma experiência absolutamente absorvente. Neste livro, o autor constrói uma narrativa fluída, combinando e alternando descrições com diálogos, fazendo com que seja muito fácil seguir o fio da história, que neste caso se baseia numa estratégia narrativa em que, em capítulos alternados, os acontecimentos do passado se vão aproximando do presen...more
Wesley Fox
Nemesis is tech-heavy but has a twist at the end that makes for an interesting experience overall.

The story is of a large orbital habitat with thousands of residents all trying to live their lives away from the polluted, crowded, and impoverished Earth. A scientist on the habitat discovers there is a nearby star, closer than any other star. It is invisible to telescopes (long scientific explanation) but is detectable if you're looking for it. There is a chance there is a planet in the system as...more
Giacomo Boccardo
Marlene, dell'età di appena un anno alla partenza di Rotor dall'orbita terrestre, sente comunque il bisogno di vivere in un mondo più grande del suo ed è attratta fortemente da Eritro, il satellite del pianeta Megas che ruota intorno a Nemesis e che presenta condizioni favorevoli alla vita umana. Grazie alle incredibili capacità di osservazione e comprensione dei comportamenti umani, e a causa del suo aspetto fisico non particolarmente attraente, è temuta dalle persone con cui ha a che fare, poi...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Nella prefazione a Nemesis, Asimov dichiara e giustifica la sua scelta di scrivere un romanzo con uno stile semplice e chiaro, alla portata di tutti, per il puro gusto di raccontare una storia di fantascienza e niente più. Non so se è effettivamente a causa di questo, ma Nemesis mi pare una spanna sotto gli altri grandissimi romanzi dello scrittore, che per stile, anticipazione e tematiche hanno meritato il loro giusto posto nella storia della fantascienza moderna.
Certo, Nemesis è pur sempre un...more
Kevin Milligan
This is the first Asimov novel that I have read and I definitely am impressed with the length that the author went towards in explaining the science and background details to the story. From the beginning I enjoyed the characters and locations. The backdrop ensured a conflict that I could get interested in quickly. Marlene (Mar*le*ne) acts as an interesting character early on but it was as the story traveled onward that I found myself reaching a crossroad. On one hand I enjoyed the characters fr...more
S Thomas
Asimov is one of my favorite writers. I enjoy his matter-of-fact, concise writing style. But I could not read one Asimov book after another. I would need a break in between. And I don't think I would read Nemesis again. It's not that I found anything really bad or disappointing about Nemesis. But for a story that is about man's first interstellar trip (spoiler! and first meeting with alien life), the story dragged on and crawled across the finish line.

I have read a lot of Asimov, and I plan to r...more
James Taber
While not as seminal as his Robot or Foundation novels, Nemesis still holds a special place in my heart for how it shaped my love of science fiction. In fact, it's the number one book besides Ender's Game that I recommend to people looking to get into the genre.

Despite that, I haven't read it since I was 11. Still haven't. But I'm writing this review anyway.

Asimov says in the introduction (maybe) that "it pays to be obvious, especially when you have a reputation for being subtle." This sort of b...more
Kaus Wei
Unusual for a science-fiction fan, I have not read much from Issac Asimov (with the exception of the novelisation of Nightfall). I had always meant to read more of his stuff, but had never got around to it until I picked up a used copy of Nemesis. It is a book that I had meant to read since I first came across it in senior public school, and figured now was the time to crack open its spine. I started reading with a sense of excitement, wanting to see what a 'master of science fiction' could weav...more
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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...more
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