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3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,358 Ratings  ·  291 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 poses ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Bantam/Spectra (first published 1989)
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Apr 15, 2011 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, audiobooks


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
Jan 20, 2013 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
Sep 29, 2015 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
Nov 11, 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
Dec 14, 2015 Owlseyes rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Nemesis, a red-star earthlings.The usage of a
revolutionary concept:a superluminal 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].
Sep 26, 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.
Jan 22, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
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
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
Feb 22, 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
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
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
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.
Isaac Cooper
Aug 20, 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
Mina Soare
Dec 23, 2015 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
Aug 24, 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
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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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
May 18, 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
Harv Griffin
Mar 23, 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
Mar 31, 2008 Alo rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Aug 02, 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
Blagoy Nikolov
Jan 19, 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,
Ingrid Tamm
Jan 12, 2016 Ingrid Tamm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Interestingly this is the first book of Asimov's I've read and I wasn't disappointed - he turns out to be every bit the great writer I always hear he is. The book is beautiful, I love how the writing style is practical enough to keep you in it's grip, but also poetic enough to give you the chance to drift around in your own thoughts whilst reading. I fell in love with the characters (except for Janus, okay), the setting, the time-lines and the relationships between people and space, planets and ...more
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
Brock Brummett
Feb 28, 2015 Brock Brummett rated it really liked it

The author’s purpose for writing Nemesis was to entertain the reader by creating a fascinating, futuristic, and astronomical setting that evokes the imaginations of its readers. The story is told in third person omniscient, which allows the reader to engage in the thoughts of several characters, instead of just the protagonist. For example, “Genarr knew that Erythro was geologically alive and knew also that what geological studies had been made of the world indicated that there had been periods
Khyati Tewari
Feb 21, 2015 Khyati Tewari rated it really liked it
Nemesis is about this new planet that is about to hit the Earth, our earth as we know it today. And there are these settlements of human beings, that have settled outside of the planet Earth, still in the solar system and with such advanced technologies. Saying, anything beyond this - would be saying too much about the story.

And if this doesn't interest you and you want much more than just science in your science fiction, then trust me, this book still wont let you down - yes there is science,
Oct 24, 2014 Francesco rated it it was amazing
In varie recensioni si dipinge “Nemesis” come l’ opera meno riuscita di Asimov: secondo me è uno dei migliori 3 romanzi scritti da Asimov.
Mi piace la successione dei capitoli secondo punti di vista differenti: amo i libri dove si può leggere il pensiero di personaggi spesso aventi opinioni contrastanti.
“Nemesis” è più lungo dei soliti romanzi di Asimov quindi si ha il tempo di affezionarsi ai personaggi. Tuttavia non è troppo lungo, ossia non vi sono punti morti nella narrazione, mai una parola
Hugh Mannfield
Mar 15, 2014 Hugh Mannfield rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2015 Susanna rated it really liked it
3 tähteä, kallistuu neljään nostalgia-arvon takia. Mielenkiintoinen pohjajuoni, vähän turhan pitkäpiimäinen toteutus. Ei parasta Asimovia, mutta ei myöskään huonointa. ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Sulaiman rated it it was amazing
I literally took this book going by the author's name (Issac Asimov) after reading one of his earlier works - I, Robot (yes, the endhiran one starring Rajinikanth adopted from a part of this book called three laws of robotics). The book Nemesis, is way above one's imagination and is a tribute to an author who could create a galaxy of his own. An author who is called the Grand master of Scientific fiction.
The plot revolves around Earth's early space travel into an interstellar era. The author has
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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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