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Nemesis

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  11,203 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies.  One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth:  a star named Nemesis.  Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Bantam/Spectra (first published 1989)
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Simona Bartolotta
Mar 21, 2017 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5
“The same anarchy, the same degeneration, the same thoughtless short-term thinking, all the same cultural and social disparities would continue to prevail—Galaxy-wide.

What would there be now? Galactic empires? All the sins and follies graduated from one world to millions? Every woe and every difficulty horribly magnified?

Who would be able to make sense out of a Galaxy, when no one had ever made sense out of a single world? Who would learn to read the trends and foresee the future in a whole G
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Jokoloyo
Jan 13, 2009 Jokoloyo rated it liked it
My first read of Isaac Asimov's work. It was a mind opening experience, for someone who hadn't read a science fiction work of a grand master level.

It is a stand alone novel, and it has no special distinctive idea (unlike Foundation series or Robot series), but the writing style is definitely Asimov's style (after I read other works of his).
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nemesis, Isaac Asimov
عنوان: الهه انتقام؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: قدیر گلکاریان؛ تهران، تلاش، 1371؛ در 332 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای علمی و خیال انگیز؛ قرن 20 م
عنوان: ملکه انتقام؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: حسن اصغری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371؛ در 574 ص؛ داستانهای علمی و خیال انگیز؛ چاپ دوم 1373؛
عنوان اصلی کتاب «نمسیس» است، الهه ی نیک و بد، عدالت و انتقام در اساطیر یونان؛ که دختر نوکس (شب)، نوکس مادر و پدرش اربوس بود. او مجازات کننده ی عاشقان بیوفا، قانون شکنان و مغروران نیز بوده، آسیموف نمسیس را
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Bryan
Nov 20, 2010 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, audiobooks
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
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Tfitoby
May 16, 2011 Tfitoby rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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Cher
Jul 01, 2008 Cher rated it it was ok
This book is the ultimate distillation of every (6 or so) of the fictional Asimov books I've read:

-- 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
Oct 02, 2008 Robyn rated it it was ok
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
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Owlseyes
Sep 25, 2011 Owlseyes rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Nemesis, a red-star threat...to earthlings.The usage of a
revolutionary concept:a superluminal spacecraft...to solve the problem.


Another concept in the book: hyperspace.
Future Vision, back in 1989.

Just when, two days ago, a team of CERN,has announced that neutrinos (sub-atomic particles) can travel above the speed of light...well,somewhere Einstein must be reviewing some chapters of his Relativity Theory.[Review of Dec 20, 2011].
Abdul Kareem
Sep 29, 2016 Abdul Kareem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov is a damn good storyteller!
Metaphorosis
3 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

Orbital colonies face tension with an overcrowded Earth. One, with the help of a new drive system, breaks away to orbit an unusual star. A teenage girl on the colony begins to develop a rapport with a local lifeform, while on Earth, her father seeks ways to find the colony and make a family again.

This is one of the last of Isaac Asimov's solo novels, and I'm sorry to say it's not his best. It has his usual light-hearted, friendly style, but it lacks the spark of ing
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Tevfik
Sep 23, 2015 Tevfik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Özellikle Vakıf dizisini okuyanlar için vakıfvari bir nostalji olacaktır. Vakıfta gördüğünüz tüm teknolojilerin öncüllerine bu kitapta rastlayabilirsiniz.
Christian Scala
Nemesis è un romanzo di fantascienza del 1989 scritto da Isaac Asimov. Non è ambientato nel suo famoso ciclo della Fondazione né in quello dei robot. È una storia a sé stante, ma alcune citazioni lo collocano all'inizio della storia futura, agli albori della colonizzazione dello spazio.

Direi che in una libreria, nella mia per esempio, il libro andrebbe collocato accanto a "Neanche gli Dei" e "La fine dell'eternità", quei romanzi che sono stand-alone, che si possono leggere a parte da tutto il re
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Stacey
Apr 10, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it
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
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Michael
Aug 17, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-read
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
Lauren
Feb 21, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok
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
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Alo
Mar 31, 2008 Alo rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jenny Yates
Jul 29, 2008 Jenny Yates rated it it was ok
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.
Jon
Oct 21, 2016 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Solid science fiction novel from Isaac Asimov, though I would expect nothing less. It could easily be inserted into his Foundation universe and act as the origin story since the plot is about humanity leaving Earth for the very first time. While I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to the author's work, it is a standalone and could be picked up whenever. Some of the characters were a little flat and the technical dialogue could drag on at times, but overall I really enjoyed the conc ...more
James Reagan
Mar 29, 2017 James Reagan rated it it was amazing
Asimov is able to weave complex and engrossing stories without relying on violence. He dares to imagine a future shaped not by weapons but by the ingenuity of the human mind.
T4ncr3d1
Aug 22, 2012 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, statunitensi
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
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Isaac Cooper
Aug 14, 2014 Isaac Cooper rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Kathryn
Oct 06, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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,
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Harv Griffin
Mar 22, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it really liked it
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
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Scott
May 09, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Mina Soare
Mar 15, 2009 Mina Soare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, teen
I remember liking this book 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 scien ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Sep 26, 2012 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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Blagoy Nikolov
Jan 08, 2016 Blagoy Nikolov rated it really liked it
След като прочетох "Немезида", започвам да гледам на нея като една далечна предистория на великата поредица за Фондацията - от времето на първото излизане на човек от слънчевата система, въпреки че на практика е независимо произведение.

За Айзък Азимов главен фактор за бъдещето на расата ни е научния напредък, тласкащ ни към звездите. Това си е характерно негово послание, което особено много ми допада. Разбира се основно са засегнати и доста социални проблеми, свързани с човешкото тесногръдие,
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Barakiel
Jun 22, 2016 Barakiel rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I listened to the abridged audiobook.

This served as my introduction to Isaac Asimov. I'll definitely be returning to his works.

Pros:
1. Lots of sci-fi stuff
2. Interplanetary travel
3. Space ships
4. World in peril / high stakes
5. Supernatural element
6. Alien planet. Fascinating.

Cons:
1. Even the abridged books seemed somewhat boring. There's a lot of science talk and very little action. I'm just going to assume that's Asimov's style.

I'm looking forward to reading another book by him. I'm on a learni
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Patri
Jul 03, 2015 Patri rated it really liked it
Seamos francos, Asimov nunca se ha caracterizado por ser un escritor excepcional. No en términos de "sus frases están tan bien construidas que te tumban de espaldas". No.

Pero sí lo es en cuanto a ideas y desarrollo de la historia. Y este es un claro ejemplo. Los personajes son bastante molestos (creo que no hay ni uno que me caiga bien), pero quedan totalmente eclipsados por la historia propiamente dicha.

Me gustaría poder añadir más cosas, pero no sé cómo hacerlo sin soltar algún spoiler. Eso
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Vijai
May 19, 2013 Vijai rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-ok
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
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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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