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Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (Lucky Starr #3)

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From the distance it seemed an emerald green, fairyland bubble! Aphrodite, the largest city of Venus, deep under the planet's sea. There Earthmen had established an incredible civilization, but now it was threatened by some awesome force which preyed on men's minds.
Mass Market Paperback, 142 pages
Published 1972 by Signet (first published 1954)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (Lucky Starr #3), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: اقیانوسهای زهره؛ عنوان روی جلد کتاب: اقیانوس زهره؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: هروس شبانی؛ تهران، شقایق، 1376؛ در 216 ص؛ موضوغ: داستانهای علمی تخیلی برای نوجوانان - قرن 20 م
King Ævil
May 09, 2009 King Ævil rated it it was amazing
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,
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George
Apr 10, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Πάνω από δυόμιση χρόνια πέρασαν από την τελευταία φορά που διάβασα βιβλίο του Ισαάκ Ασίμοφ και η αλήθεια είναι ότι μου έλειψε. Αυτό είναι το όγδοο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα που διαβάζω, το οποίο διαφέρει αρκετά σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα. Πρώτα-πρώτα είναι πιο μικρό σε μέγεθος -μην κοιτάτε που η ελληνική έκδοση πλησιάζει τις διακόσιες σελίδες, μεταξύ των δεκαέξι κεφαλαίων υπάρχουν δυο-τρεις λευκές σελίδες. Δεύτερον, η ιστορία είναι κάπως πιο απλοϊκή, με περισσότερη δράση, ενώ οι ιδέες ούτε πολυσύνθετ ...more
Cristina
May 02, 2015 Cristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, owned
«It was ok». Ni más ni menos, la verdad. Me esperaba algo más de este autor que ya me había sorprendido hace bastantes años con El viaje alucinante . Pero será que es el tercer libro de una saga de la que no he leído los primeros, o que hace mucho que no pruebo la ciencia ficción.

Sea lo que fuera, no me terminó de gustar. Me daba la sensación de que la historia carecía de intensidad, de que no acababa de despegar y todo lo que pasaba, que no era poco, era frío, indiferente, sin sentir yo ningún
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Andrew
May 20, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading these books is rather addictive and as I catch myself sneaking a look around at lunch time I realised that its almost furtive and clandestine in my reading of them. There is no shame I am quite open about about my reading at work and although my colleagues makes fun about how much I read they accept it and know I will tear a shred off them if them say a bad word about my reading although there have been some fascinating and lively conversations as a result. Anyway I think from this one r ...more
Ivan
Nov 01, 2016 Ivan rated it really liked it
A welcome departure from the general setting of the series.
Gavriil
Sep 19, 2016 Gavriil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα κλασικό τώρα πια μυθιστόρημα επιστημονικής φαντασίας. Φυσικά οι τεχνολογικές εξελίξεις του μέλλοντος φαντάζουν λίγο παρωχημένες, αλλά για την εποχή φαντάζομαι ότι ήταν πολύ καλό. Ευκολοδιάβαστο με καλή μετάφραση και δυνατές ανατροπές μέχρι την τελευταία σελίδα. Θα το συνιστούσα μόνο στους φανατικούς οπαδούς μυθιστορημάτων επιστημονικής φαντασίας.
Carlo
Benché sia del tutto campato per aria dal punto di vista scientifico (come si premura di sottolineare lo stesso Asimov nella nota introduttiva), il terzo romanzo dedicato a Lucky Starr riprende quota a livello narrativo rispetto all’episodio che narra la caccia ai pirati degli asteroidi, sfoggiando una di quelle storie a incastri, care al Dottore, che mischiano all’invenzione fantascientifica il racconto giallo dai ben calibrati colpi di scena. Così al lettore nulla importa che su Venere non ci ...more
Ana Mardoll
Jul 09, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus / 1421049260

I enjoy Asimov's Lucky Starr series very much, but this novel is definitely my favorite. I particularly love the "Sherlock Holmes meets Space Opera" feel of the series, right down to tall, wiry Starr/Holmes and his beefy, obtuse sidekick Jones/Watson.

The plot of "Oceans of Venus" follows the usual-yet-delightful Lucky Starr mystery format. Something is quite wrong at the lovely underwater station on Venus -- Lucky Starr's friend and fellow council
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Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
I did not have a copy of this book when I read four of the six Lucky Starr Adventures books back in 1990. So, I was really happy to get my hands upon this copy, even though it was not put out by Del Rey and did not have the cool cover art painted by my favorite book-cover artist, Darrell K. Sweet.

Lucky Starr and The Oceans of Venus is a science fiction mystery set on Venus. Of course, we know a lot more about Venus these days and realize that there is not any water on Venus below the clouds and
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Nonethousand Oberrhein
Under the Sea
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 evolve to a Cold War inve
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Shi-Hsia
Nov 25, 2011 Shi-Hsia rated it it was amazing
Something you have to keep in mind about the Lucky Starr series is that they were written for kids. I found this absolutely riveting at age 10-12, so while I'm not sure I would like it so much now, I'm rating it based on how I found it then. The descriptions of the titanic sea creatures in the oceans of Venus are just as breathtaking as a National Geographic documentary on the real things in Earth's oceans (newer editions of the books do have a foreword where Asimov explains that the oceans idea ...more
Mark Oppenlander
In this entry to Asimov's YA series, Councilman David "Lucky" Starr and his sidekick Bigman Jones head to Venus to investigate another Councilman who has been accused of treason. While there, they find that a series of strange and dangerous events have been occurring, each involving individuals who appear to have blacked out or to be hypnotized in some way. Because Venus is an important producer of yeast-based foods for the Solar system, these incidents are a real problem. Eventually, Starr and ...more
FranklinTV
Jul 02, 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
Stephanie
May 15, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one of several young adult novels Asimov wrote under a pen name. It is a mystery plot about mind control on a Venus that at the time of the writing, in the 1950's, was as good a guess as any as to the geology of the planet. Now it is obviously inaccurate to the point that the while the domed cities would have to be on the surface since there are no oceans on Venus, a lot of other details would have to change. Putting that aside however, the story is fun and a quick read and the character ...more
Brandon
May 15, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best, yet of the series. Although the landscape of Venus is completely wrong (there is a great caveat at the beginning of later editions which explains that at the time the tale was written, we hadn't yet explored the surface so it was all a guess based on what we could see - clouds), this an intelligent and exciting adventure.
This series is written outside of the scope of the Robot, Empire and Foundation universe; but you can still see some of his core concepts of government and society evo
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Ted
Jan 26, 2012 Ted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, read-in-teens
This, and some of the other Lucky Starr titles, were some of the first SF books I ever read, from the public library in the small town where I grew up. They started a life-long interest in science fiction for me. I would have thought they were so long out of print that they wouldn't even be found in the book search. But No! Still in print, no doubt because Asimov wrote them. I didn't even know their author ... I suppose because when I read them I didn't know who Asimov was.

(On read-in-teens shel
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Adrián Sánchez
Oct 21, 2014 Adrián Sánchez rated it really liked it
Esta entrega es más corta que las anteriores y la historia no gira alrededor de lo que sucede en el espacio sino que se enfoca más en lo que sucede en un planeta, en este caso Venus y sus océanos. Se vuelve a tocar el tema de los poderes mentales pero no de manera benévola como en la primera entrega sino que esta vez explora las consecuencias de los métodos invasivos y para beneficios egoístas. Es una entretenida historia de acción con una moraleja bastante importante, tomando en cuenta de que e ...more
Ettore.bilbo
Nov 16, 2010 Ettore.bilbo rated it liked it
Shelves: romanzo, science, fiction
Anche qui niente edizione originale, vabbé.
Devo confessare che delle trame di Lucky Starr ricordo abbastanza poco in realtà, solo sprazzi di storia (d'altronde saran passati vent'anni o poco meno) però è decisamente ben impressa nella memoria la sensazione che mi hanno lasciato: avventura e fantasia!
Réal Laplaine
Sep 18, 2012 Réal Laplaine rated it it was ok
Actually I read #4 in this series, first time read. It was a bit too comic-book style for me. Not a very deep book considering the quality of Asimov's other works which I have read and which were fabulous. But I enjoyed the concepts presented, and as usual, Asimov was ahead of his time with technology. A fun read.
Royce
Aug 07, 2016 Royce rated it liked it
I found these fun to read, actually. But this Lucky Starr book is the ONLY one of the six to feature a speaking part for a woman: she gets about five lines, and they're about how she enjoys knick-knacks and decorating her home. Asimov was a great writer, but even he couldn't foresee a future with women having a role as other than domestic servants!
Victor
Dec 24, 2015 Victor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, kindle
Mi favorita de la saga, al menos hasta los tres que ya voy. a diferencia de la primera esta es mucho más detectivesca y con giros importantes de la historia. Escrito con una fluidez que te hace sentir al final q sólo dura 10 hojas.
Ed
Aug 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Lucky Starr series.

Lucky Starr, Space Ranger, and his sidekick Bigman Jones are sent to Venus by the Council of Science when a message is received that a previous Council trouble shooter was being investigated for corruption.
Pere Sanmartí
Oct 15, 2014 Pere Sanmartí rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-buy
Continuen les aventures d'en Lucky Starr i el seu inseparable company Bigman. Un llibre molt interessant pels conceptes i l'enemic que s'hi planteja alhora que té una narrativa fàcil i plena de pistes que pels lectors atents els ajudarà a copçar la resolució final. Com sempre Asimov genial!
Henry Uicab Canché
Aug 10, 2014 Henry Uicab Canché rated it it was amazing
La conclusión siento que es un poco apresurada, pero no dejas de leerlo una vez comenzado y la manera en que termina es genial, dice mucho de lo que Asimov pensaba acerca de la violencia.
Almarel
Dec 26, 2013 Almarel rated it liked it
Aventuras e investigación de Lucky en Saturno. De cuando se pensaba que Venus era un planeta simergido en un mar...
Juan
Jan 03, 2013 Juan rated it it was amazing
Otro libro de la serie Lucky Starr genial. Asimov siempre haciendo pensar que el malvado es un personaje, cuando en realidad es del que menos sospechamos.
Cameron
Cameron rated it it was ok
Jan 07, 2013
Willard C.
Willard C. rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2015
Alex
Alex rated it it was amazing
Feb 26, 2009
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Pen name of Isaac Asimov for the Lucky Starr books.
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