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David Starr, Space Ranger (Lucky Starr #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,152 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Earth is on the brink of catastrophe. The vital foodstuffs supplied by its Martian colony are being poisoned. Working in secret, the ruling Council of Science sends David Starr, its youngest member, to the Martian farmlands to discover the truth behind the murders...

"Ingeniously combines mystery with science fiction."
- The New York Times Book Review

"A thrilling tale ...en
Mass Market Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1952)
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Mar 01, 2014 Kylie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kylie by: My Dad
Shelves: favorite-books
David Starr, Space Ranger was the first of the Lucky Starr books I found in my Dad's collection -- I had already eaten through all the Robot/Foundation novels from Asimov by this stage, and the Lens Men by E.E.Doc Smith -- and I just kept looking through all the old battered books. My Dad's editions are actually the editions in which Asimov went under a pseudonym, though I later went out and bought other editions from second hand bookshops to add to my own collection.

I adored David Starr, I ado
Timothy Darling
Mar 29, 2012 Timothy Darling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young boys
This story is truly a product of its times, and I suspect Asimov, though most authors would never admit this, was somewhat embarrassed by it. I've not seen why he used a pseudonym for this series, but I could guess. It, like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tom Corbett behaves like a serial children's novel. It is part SF, part mystery, and part superhero story. Since the superhero element is so close to the crisis of the story, I won't reveal it, but suffice it to say that it is a gimmick that might ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Io non capirò mai alcune scelte editoriali sulla traduzione dei titoli delle opere.. Da "David Starr, space ranger" passiamo a "Lucky Starr il vagabondo dello spazio". Ma dai!! Ma mica rende allo stesso modo! Inannzitutto non ho ben capito perché in italiano il povero David diventa fortunato.. Magari il mistero si rivolve nel secondo volume, chi lo sa!
Poi passare dal cazzutissimo "Space ranger" a "Vagabondo dello spazio".. Ce ne passa di acqua sotto i ponti! Prima di capire il senso di vagabondo
King Ævil
Nov 06, 2009 King Ævil rated it really 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!

Dr. Asimov often lamented the pernicious and ever-growing current of anti-intellectualism in American society. Was his series of young-adult Lucky Starr novels merely the public expression of an escapist fantasy universe, or did he intend to win young,
Tanvirul Islam
Apr 26, 2016 Tanvirul Islam rated it it was amazing
কিশোরদের জনয পল ফরেঞচ ছদমনামে লেখা আসিমভের লাকি সটার সিরিজের পরথম বই। তার অনযানয বই এর মত জটিল মাইর পযাচ নেইএখানে । কিনতু পডার সময মনে হয মুহমমদ জাফর ইকবালের সাইনস ফিকশন পডছি। আমার মনে হয বাংলা অনুবাদে পডলে পাঠক বুঝতেই পারবে না এটা আসিমভের লেখা। এখানেও বিজঞান কাউনসিল আছে যারা সরবময পরশাসনিক কষমতার অধিকারী এবং ডেভিড সটার সেটার একজন নবীন মেমবার যে নানান রকম রহসয সমাধান করে। ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jul-dec08
A fun science fiction mystery. Asimov owes a lot to the classics of the mystery genre in terms of how he structures his stories, and this one is a great example. A quick read, too.
Oct 18, 2015 Fredrik rated it really liked it
Godt å lese Asimov igjen!

Handlingen foregår på Mars (noe før man faktisk visste så veldig mye om hvordan det faktisk er på Mars). Jordens kornbehov blir dekket av åkre på Mars, og det er noen mystiske tilfeller av matforgiftning. David Starr, romanens hovedperson, er på saken.
May 17, 2015 Abraão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admito que esperava uma maior complexidade, contudo a investigação do Conselho de Ciência - e sua própria existência como agentes de campo - foi bem descrita e adequada. Uma leitura rápida e interessante sobre o Patrulheiro do Espaço.
Sarah Briggs
Aug 02, 2016 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

This was one book I read originally years ago, but recently decided to re-read the series. And even though there were parts of it that were cliched, it remains one of my favourite science fiction books.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the friendship that formed between David and Bigman. While David did seem like a character who was a bit too good to be true, there were problems he had... and I enjoyed seeing glimpses of his relationship with his honor
Miles Gould
Jan 01, 2016 Miles Gould rated it liked it
I loved Asimov's Space Ranger books when I was a kid, so it was interesting to re-read a couple while visiting my parents. Major impression: overwhelmingly of its time. It's a Western-in-Space, only here the cowboys are actually shown engaging in farming. Overcrowded Earth's population of five billion (gasp!) is too much for Earthly agriculture to support alone, you see, so crops are grown on Mars and meat-substitutes are made in the Venusian yeast-vats. And then Venusian syntho-steak is shipped ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
David Starr is a character I have thought about for years. I read four of the six books fifteen years ago and remember them fondly. Of course, Isaac Asimov is one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of the twentieth century.

This is one of his earlier works, as he wrote it under the pen name of Paul French. Yet, even 51 years later, the book is still an excellent read for any science fiction lover. Sure, some things have changed and could be updated with more modern terminology, but Isaac As
Jan 30, 2014 Barak rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyable if somewhat naivete nowadays. And there is of course the added value of nostalgia (I have devoured the Lucky Starr series of books approximately 30 years ago, not recalling a thing from then except that it was very enjoyable). Unlike the TV series MacGyver, which was a total disappointment when trying to re-watch it at a later age, you can never get too wrong with Asimov.
Sep 21, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing

Aquest és un llibre d'aquells que, si tens temps i tranquil.litat, et pots llegir d'una sentada. És curt, i no es fa pesat. La idea del llibre és que, en un futur on la humanitat ha colonitzat el Sistema Solar, comencen a haver-hi enverinaments de gent degut a productes provinents de Mart (que és on es produeixen la major part dels aliments).

En David Starr, que és membre del "Consell de ciències", és enviat a Mart, on es fa passar per un immigrant que fuig de la policia, per poder treb
Jul 03, 2016 FranklinTV rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Even at the time I read them in my early 20s, I was not greatly inspired by these, but then again, Issac Asimov wrote them in the 1950s as juvenile science fiction novels under the pseudonym Paul French. So, I kept them mainly as a collector, but possible now something to read with my son. As Asimov admits in the 1970s authors note, the knowledge about the planets and moons has changed greatly, and obviously much much now in 2016. So, there is that problem about reading sci-fi when you already k ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun to see how Asimov predicted the future would be like way back when he wrote this (eg. there are force fields but people still use film for video), and overall the plot was pretty decent. At points the book felt a little... naive, in the same way that the old James Bond films aren't as gritty/realistic as the new ones, however there is charm in this, just like there is charm in the old Bond films.

There are a few points that detracted from the realism of the story a bit, like when Davi
John Desmarais
Aug 13, 2015 John Desmarais rated it liked it
I remember reading once that Asimov stated that he was a bit ashamed of this book. Having read it I now understand this statement. By all accounts, and based on other stories he's written, Asimov placed a great level of importance on the "science" in science-fiction - which makes a great deal of sense when you consider his background. Well, the science in the book is dreadful. Now that that's out of the way, let's look at the novel for it is though. As a futuristic space-based super-hero adventu ...more
Damon Alan
Jan 27, 2015 Damon Alan rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, this book probably is four stars instead of five. But this is the book, the very first, in a long line of Sci-Fi masterpieces I've read in my life. This book sat in my seven year old hands and inspired me enough to alter my wants for a lifetime. To be honest, without Asimov, I don't think I'd have ever wrote a book myself. This particular edition was published in the '80s, but this was originally from the '50s. A golden age of our expectations for the future of humanity in space. ...more
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Through the solar system… rawhide!
David Starr, half a secret agent and half the futuristic translation of an “Old West” Marshall, is the swashbuckling hero watching over our Solar System peace! Stretching a bit (but not too much to break it!) the Science to fit the Fiction of a solar system peopled by human colons and extraterrestrial intelligent life forms, Asimov cooks up a fun, fresh and adventurous space opera saga, peppering it with quite a few Western genre tropes and leaving the tone evol
Jan 13, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Lucky Starr, il vagabondo dello spazio è un romanzo di fantascienza per ragazzi del 1952 di Isaac Asimov. Costituisce il primo volume del ciclo di Lucky Starr, una serie narrativa di space opera avventurosa pensato da Asimov per un eventuale pubblico televisivo. È stato pubblicato in italiano per la prima volta nel 1962 col titolo Veleno per la Terra e ripubblicato anche col titolo David Starr il cacciatore dello spazio.

Va detto subito che questa serie è stata scritta come la sceneggiatura per u
Il giovane Asimov pensò la serie incentrata sulle avventure di David Starr come un’avventura rivolta soprattutto ai ragazzi, sperando di poterla magari vendere a qualche studio televisivo: l’ispirazione è Lone Ranger (da cui il titolo originale Space Ranger, tradotto in italiano in maniera del tutto insensata) anche se per l’immaginario delle nostre parti è più facile evocare una sorta di Zorro del sistema solare. A poco più di trent’anni, però, il Dottore era già il Dottore e così questo libro ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Sep 26, 2015 Mark Oppenlander rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
David Starr is a member of the Council of Science, a pseudo-governmental body that has the authority to investigate crimes and tap into apparently vast resources to avert other crises across the solar system. When a series of deaths occur due to poisoned foodstuffs arriving from the breadbasket of Mars, David travels to the red planet and goes undercover on a Martian farm to find out who is behind it.

This, the first of the Lucky Starr novels, is one of the purest examples of Isaac Asimov's pench
May 20, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Ok I will admit I came across these while reading the Asimov's world of fantasy series and I tried and tried but I could not resist opening one up and a seeing what it was like and well honest that is how it all started.
The books I have are from Lightening - A now defunct younger reader publisher. I was just getting through my first Asimov books (Pebble in the Sky and Earth Is Room Enough) and I saw these were in the process of being published yes in 1988 they were being reprinted. So I hungril
Jul 28, 2013 Remo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion, 2013
Tras mi reciente mudanza he sacado del trastero todos mis libros infantiles y juveniles (Hollister, tres investigadores, Elige tu propia aventura...), y descubrí dque de las novelas de Lucky Starr me faltaban dos, que procedí a encargar de urgencia y leer ávidamente. En esta primera novela de la serie el querido maestro Asimov nos presenta al Héroe, listo, guapo, atlético y en general un machomán ario de pura cepa. Están sucediéndose los envenenamientos en la Tierra y toda la comida repsponsable ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Christophe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Justicier de l'espace
Les poisons de Mars
Les pirates des astéroïdes
Les océans de Vénus
Les lunes de Jupiter
La fournaise de Mercure (inédit)
Les anneaux de Saturne (inédit)
Un cycle qui fleure bon la science-fiction des années cinquante. A l'époque, Asimov se détacha de la masse par ses qualités ordinaires de réalisme. Il ne fit pas de son héros David «Lucky» Starr un émule de James Bond ou de John Carter, comme l'enseigne Flandry de Poul Anderson, mais un esprit clair, mesuré,
Jim Razinha
Jun 09, 2016 Jim Razinha rated it liked it
Asimov wrote this at the urging of Poul Anderson , ostensibly as a potential basis for a television show (Asimov hid behind the pseudonym of Paul French because he didn't want to be associated with a crappy show), and it reads like it. Apart from the Lone Ranger parallels, each chapter ends on a movie serial or early television show cliff hanger. It was never picked up, but he did write five more in the series that I may or may not decide to read...
Adrián Sánchez
Entretenido, se nota que está dirigido a una audiencia de lectores más jovenes que los usuales de la saga de robots o fundación aunque no deja de ser interesante, una aventura de ciencia ficción no tan enredada y fácil de digerir, hay elementos que me recuerdan un poco a la saga de Ender de Orson Scott Card aunque Lucky Starr por supuesto salió mucho antes. Me gustó.
Pere Sanmartí
Sep 24, 2014 Pere Sanmartí rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-buy
Genial aventura espacial de la ma del gran mestre de la ciència ficció del segle XX que em fa recordar les aventures d'en Miles Vorkosigan. Hi ha aspectes que han envellit moltíssim (el coneixement de Mart als anys 50 era molt escàs i allunyat del que sabem ara!) però amb un petit esforç intel•lectual se superen facilment i de seguida t'embriagues d'una aventura i un personatge força interessant! Amb ganes de llegir la resta de llibres de la sèrie! ^^
Alberto Meneses
He leído la versión traducida al español y la verdad es que en ciertos momento deja bastante que desear. Expresiones que suenan a un lenguaje que hace tiempo que no se utiliza y descripciones confusas que hacen difícil captar lo que está ocurriendo. En definitiva, demasiadas distracciones a la hora de leer una historia que por otra parte resulta interesante y atrayente, muy del estilo Asimov.
Me quedo con la duda de saber si lo hubiese disfrutado más leyendo el libro original.
Jun 23, 2015 Kharen rated it it was amazing
Isaac Asimov crea un superheroe... espacial

Todo muy lógico, científico y lleno de aventura, como nos acostumbro, pero sumele un superheroe, con su propio disfraz y métodos, haga de cuenta Conan.

Crímenes intergalacticos, violencia, extraterrestres, lo tiene todo
Edle Julve
Jan 11, 2015 Edle Julve rated it it was amazing
Literalmente, historias de vaqueros en el espacio. No esta mal, pero es de sus primeros tiempos como escritor. En novelas posteriores su trabajo se enriquece mucho mas.
Son historias para pasar el rato.
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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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