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Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (Lucky Starr #2)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,285 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Twenty-five years before, Lucky Starr's parents had been destroyed during a pirate raid on the Terrestrial Empire. Now Lucky was a man, and an officer of the Council of Science. His ship was heavily armed, the pirates were at hand, the the time for sweet blaster vengeance was near!
Mass Market Paperback, 175 pages
Published November 12th 1977 by Del Rey (first published 1953)
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Aug 01, 2008 Randy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SF fans
One of the series Asimov wrote back in the fifties under the name Paul French. Intended for the young adult market and during the Cold War, both the politics and the science(they were based on knowledge of the planets at the time) are a bit dated. Still a fun read.
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Good book, honestly I could see this book working as a movie today. The Blow gun space battle would be downright awesome. Space pirates! What more needs to be said.
I LOVED this book! I wish I could find the rest of this series!
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,
Mary JL
Dec 18, 2009 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger sf readers age 9 on up
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of Asimov
The Lucky Starr books were Isaac Asimov's first attempt to write juvenile fiction. They are quite competently written--they are by Asimov after all--but nothing really stands out in them.

Lucky and his sidekick, Bigman Jones are the two main characters, and they are not very memorable. Not bad, just--well, average.

Frankly, if I wanted my children to reads juveniles sf, I would give him or her Andre Norton or Robert Heinlein. Both of those writers are better for juveniles.

Asimov is a superb write-
Technically not the best, but it was the first sci-fi, err..speculative fiction that I ever read. It opened the door for me.
Been a long time since I have read any Asimov - hadn't realised this series existed, or I probably already have read it!

It is one of Asimov's earlier books, published even before Sputnik was launched in the age when Science Fiction had just started to take off.

The book is very much a 'boys adventure' story of the Science Council and Pirates (view spoiler) - as such it is quite entertaining. Some nice ideas, and some have even held up to 60
Adrián Sánchez
Esta saga a pesar de que apunta a una audiencia más juvenil es demasiado genial, al tratarse de una ciencia ficción algo más realista (al contrario de Fundación que se trata de un futuro demasiado lejano) las aventuras narradas también te enseñan sobre nuestro sistema solar, la trama es como una mezcla futurista de las historias de corsarios con un poco de misterio y Asimov lo hace bien, los personajes son divertidos, fácilmente se podría sacar una película de esto.
This is part of the Lucky Starr books published by Lightening in the late 80s and I will admit they were aimed at a younger audience - that said I really do enjoy the quick and care free reading of them - yes the stoylines seem simplistic, the language dated and the characters walking stereotypes - but boy its great fun reading - come on the world council run by scientists who have heavily armed space ships - I am 16 all over again.
Gabriel Wallis
I loved reading Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids, the second book in the Lucky Starr series. Isaac Asimov once again proves that he writes excellent science fiction. I have read many of his books over the years, and Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids just gets added to the long list of great books written by him. As you can tell by the title, this book takes place in the asteroid field within our own solar system. Lucky Starr's adventures takes him all over the solar system ...more
Pere Sanmartí
Les històries de David Starr son aventures apassionants i amb un toc especial made on Asimov que fa que les gaudeixi especialment. Si, estan escrites a mitjans segle passat i hi ha força incongruències científiques però es gaudeix igualment. Una sèrie que no decepciona fins al moment.
A Quickie Review

This second entry in the Lucky Starr series by "Paul French" (actually, Isaac Asimov) feels like an abridged version of previously published novel. Though the story is good, it's a bit rushed, and it seemed like some of the plot threads could have been expanded upon a bit. I have little doubt that Asimov fanatics will adore this; for those of us who are casual fans of the Grandmaster, you might want to wait until you've read all his other works before reading this one.

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Henry Uicab Canché
Acción desde el inicio, terminando con los diálogos típicos de Asimov, Bigman debió tener su propia historia.
Logan Aube
Meh. Definitely Asimov's storytelling style, but none of his big ideas.
Too predictable
#2 in the Lucky Starr series, written by Isaac Asimov as Paul French.
A minor series about a Space Ranger to entertain young folks; it doesn't have 50 year staying power.

Lucky Starr journeys to the asteroid belt to fight the pirates that may have killed his parents. Lucky appears to join the pirates as a trick to get them to reveal where the pirate base is hidden, but he does so without the knowledge of most of those who know him, so he appears to be a traitor. Can Lucky defeat the pirates!
Nick Mould
Sci-fi potboiler I discovered in an Oxfam bin. Asimov must have dashed this one off in a couple of afternoons.
Despite the ending being pretty much foreshadowed early on in my estimation, the book was still quite enjoyable in its flowin'ess and ideas.
Segunda entrega de la saga de Lucky Starr. Maravillosa para un niño de diez años, como la primera.
Asimov is Asimov!! though it is for kids the storyline is captivating.
I would have really loved this at 12 or so!
Fred D
A fun book, but hard to take too seriously.
José Manuel
Continuamos con las aventuras
Grade B. Book Ls2.
old space opera
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