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Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,980 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind's hopes.
But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.

Two centuries after an atomic war on earth, a sil
Unknown Binding, 253 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Gregg Press (first published January 1st 1951)
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Nikki Barnabee
Apr 08, 2011 Nikki Barnabee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louis Shalako
Mar 18, 2011 Louis Shalako rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Feb 17, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
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.
Deborah Lightfoot
Jan 18, 2012 Deborah Lightfoot rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 05, 2010 Orlando Falvo rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 27, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite scifi coming-of-age novel from my middle school years.
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
Mar 21, 2010 Regina rated it it was amazing
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
Dellani Oakes
Feb 22, 2009 Dellani Oakes rated it it was amazing
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
Sandy Shin
Jun 22, 2013 Sandy Shin rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is the book that started it all for me. Growing up poor the one extravagance my sister and I had was the monthly book club at school. We could sometimes buy a book or two and one of the books I ordered, (my first science fiction novel), was Star Man's Son. It blew my 11 year old mind and I reread it several times. I see from the comments left at Goodreads that many of us obtained the book through school scholastic programs and it left quite the impression on us all. The post-apocalyptic wor ...more
David B
Feb 27, 2016 David B rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Aaron Kleinheksel
I occasionally enjoy old Sci Fi, and this 1952 book exemplifies the genre. Taking place 200 years following an atomic war, it follows the 1st-person adventure of a man across what seems to be the North America of that imagined dark future. It is formulaic, but again it is vintage material, and must be viewed from that perspective. I did think having the hero get captured by the same opponents twice was a mark against the narrative, but otherwise the story was quite engaging.

I really like these o
Tyrannosaurus regina
Here's how I ended picking this up--I was doing my laundry at my mother's house while she was at work, and I needed something that I could read in that space of time, so I scoured her bookshelf and this fit the bill. I also was aware that Andre Norton was one of my mother's favourite authors from her youth and had picked up her books from time to time.

With post-apocalyptic fiction being such a big trend this last while, it was really interesting to read one from another era, that in some ways st
Sep 09, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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...
Jim Razinha
Jan 24, 2015 Jim Razinha rated it liked it
This was one of the first science fiction books I read, some time around nine or ten years old though I don't remember. I carried a worn copy of Daybreak 2250 A.D. around for thirty plus years, always wanting to reread it, but never taking the time. Thanks to, I was able to now (lost my copy with 5,800 other books in a fire.)

Sadly, reading as an adult, this is clumsy, cliched, uneven and heavy-handed. But I recognize it was written in 1952, and was an early Norton offering. I've
Nona King
Mar 01, 2010 Nona King rated it really liked it
This was my first post-apocalyptic novel to read. The visuals and the characterization were true to form: engaging and entertaining.
Timothy Boyd
Good solid SiFi story. Norton's Early SiFi stories always gives you a good easy read. Recommended
Carla Remy
May 11, 2016 Carla Remy rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
From 1952.
200 years after the bomb(s), humans and beasts have mutated, but no one really knows anything, because how would they? We follow a mutant man and his mutant mountain lion as they explore, meet others, and fight mutated rats and lizards. Well written, interesting ideas, occasionally boring when it felt too fantasy.
Andre Norton was a prolific and very successful sci-fi writer. She apparently never entirely hid that she was really Alice Norton. It must have made more sense, in this genr
Oct 24, 2014 Chrisl rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, 1950s
The book that started my interest in post apocalypse science fiction. Written by a Cleveland librarian.

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The author of Scarface and Sword In Sheath with another and this time slightly deeper adventure tale- placed in the future and dealing with the plains people, mountain people and Beast Things which inhabited the earth as survivors of the great atomic Blow Up caused by the sins of the "Old Ones". As a youth in the mountain Puma Clan, it is Fors' ambiti
Sep 17, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Larry Mitchell
Jan 18, 2016 Larry Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that introduced me to the world of science fiction way back in grade school. I just recently re-read it for the first time in 40 years and it doesn't hold up as well now as it did back then, but then again Ms Norton's depiction of a dystopian future wasn't a common theme found in most science fiction of the time. It made this grade-schooler immediately switch from Nancy Drew mysteries (there we no Hardy Boys books at my school) to anything with Andre Norton's name on it, and beg ...more
William Nielsen
Mar 06, 2014 William Nielsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Apr 18, 2015 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic
Written in 1952 or so, it has not-so-veiled warnings for a future apocalyptic dystopian earth. At that time it was before we landed on the moon, but after the unleashing of nuclear power. Hard to read because of then common sentence structure, it was still a fast read.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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