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The Stars are Ours (Pax/Astra #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  563 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Earth in 2500AD is no place for a young man with a dream of freedom. And Dard Nordisis worse off than most. His brother was killed for covert activities as a Free Scientist in a world where science is outlawed and blamed for all evils. Now Dard and his niece are hunted and trying to find his brother's friends before their enemies find them and execute them as well. The ...more
Published March 31st 2012 by Ace (first published January 1st 1954)
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Oct 21, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
I first read this when I was eight or nine years old, and probably read it a couple of dozen times during my childhood. It was probably my favorite book. In general, early Andre Norton (she got wonky as she got older, and wrote crazy cat lady stuff) is the best there is in juvenile science fiction, along with Heinlein juveniles like Farmer in the Sky.

Other early Andre Norton favorites were The Time Traders, The Defiant Agents, The Beast Master, Lord of Thunder, Star Guard, Star Man's Son, and S
Oct 21, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
On the outside it appears to be just a stock science fiction novel...but somehow it has always appealed to me, and become one of my all-time favorites.

It would make an excellent movie.
This is sort of part of a series, although the second book (Star Born) is actually a 'next generation' sort of thing.

This book is unaccountably dedicated to Harlan Ellison. I suppose if I'd thought of it, I'd've assumed that Norton and Ellison would've met--just seems odd, somehow.

Because it involves a sleeper ship, the book is somewhat fragmented, and the part set on Earth is something like a prequel. The rest of the book is set on Astra. If I had to give a name to the series, I'd call it the A
Skandia Recluse
Oct 21, 2013 Skandia Recluse rated it it was amazing
This was the first science fiction book I read, 'way back in grade school in the mid '50's. It changed my life, opening my mind to possible futures and a love of science.
Julie Davis
Oct 23, 2014 Julie Davis rated it liked it
I'm finally getting around to listening to this book, as read by Uvula Audio. It's somewhat dated I suppose, but I'm finding it an exciting adventure thus far and am looking forward to hearing how the outlaw scientists do at trying to avoid the blasters of the anti-science authorities.

I enjoyed the adventure and the exploration of the alien planet. Just about the time when I was getting bored with the exploration, Norton amped up the action with ... well, I won't say with what so anyone els
Oct 21, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok
This is a science fiction novel written by the great science fiction author Andre Norton. I found it a real enjoyable read.

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Oct 21, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it
Overall quite good. A bit of a departure from Norton's norms but definitely display her great abilities.
Sandra Munger
Nov 07, 2016 Sandra Munger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-norton
In a post apocalyptic Earth, a charismatic man becomes leader and when he is assassinated, the person who takes over leads a purge of all scientists and other educated persons. Dard's brother is a scientist and their living is very precarious. When Lars finds the answer, and then is killed, Dard and his niece must make their way to safety with other scientists who are planning to leave the planet. Lars had the answer to cold sleep. They make their way to a new planet and start new lives there.
Dec 10, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you asked me what is golden age science fiction I would point you to The Stars Are Ours! This is a fast paced adventure novel. Not a lot of depth or character description, but then as long as you don't epect these its fine, in fact its more than fine, I found it enjoyable.

The story is split into two half, the first consentrates on how a group of scientists, who are hunted by the government, escape and leave Earth. The second is set when they arrive on a new planet and some of the issues they
Nov 25, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Definitely a book of two halves. I really didn't like the "Boys Own" style of the first half of the book but loved the classic science fiction of the second. Stick with it and it pays off. My first "Norton" but definitely not my last!
Tom Britz
Sep 08, 2016 Tom Britz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2014 Thom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This adventure tale has a great premise and decent pace and an abrupt political ending.

The world of this story is one where scientists are blamed for atomic weapons, and most other weapons of war. This plus a charismatic leader equals a fanatical purge of scientists. Only a few have escaped, hiding out.

Living in this world are the remaining Nordis family - Lars (a chemist and scientist in hiding), Dessie his nature-loving daughter, and Lars' younger brother Dard. Through the eyes of this youth,
Tony Santo
Aug 31, 2015 Tony Santo rated it it was ok
This book plods along, detailing the struggles of an underground group of outlaw scientists who, in order to escape the tyranny and oppression of a despotic ruling class, escape in a rocket to an uncharted solar system. The main character, Dard Nordis, is described as a boy, althought the author never tells us his age. In this book, few of the characters have common names. Names like Kimber, Dessie, Sach, Hew, Lotta and others populate the book, probably trying to suggest that in the future we ...more
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Oct 21, 2013 Wilson E. Stevens Sr. rated it really liked it
This is the first of several Andre wrote on the travel of man to a new world, and their settlement on that world. Earth had been ravaged by war, and most of the population destroyed. The survivors blamed the scientists and learned individuals living for the war and resulting hardship of mankind. So they outlawed science, education, and knowledge of any kind. The remaining few individuals with knowledge banned together, and built a space ship. With the knowledge of frozen sleep, they boarded the ...more
Oct 21, 2013 SFReader rated it really liked it
This is one of a series of review of old favorites of mine that started me on my path to being an author and of books that I believe can still charm and inspire.

The Star are Ours is one of the first Norton books I read. It's set in a post apocalyptic world, where a terrorist incident has damaged the world in a number of ways. Scientists rather than politicians were blamed for the disaster and became hunted. This novel is set in what appears to be the northern middle states of the US near the Roc
Dean Sault
Oct 21, 2013 Dean Sault rated it really liked it
This post apocalyptic story begins with a totalitarian government that is systematically hunting down and killing "free scientists." The main character, Dard Nordisis, and a select few escape the worldwide tyranny in an experimental spaceship, leading to a new life in an alien world.

Andre Norton paints a vivid portrait of both the hostile world they escaped from and the hostile new world they discover. Contrasts abound between the danger from the human hatred they escaped and risks in this new w
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Earth technology develops far enough to get humans to Mars and Venus, but then a weapon is turned on Earth that kills millions and convinces mankind to reject all knowledge as dangerous, especially science. A few brave scientists survive after the purges and builds the first galactic spacecraft. This is the story of how they escaped the oppressive hold of Earth and reached a whole new world. So far, this is one of my top 5 favorite Andre Norton novels. It has a lot of depth to its ...more
Ronald Wilcox
May 31, 2015 Ronald Wilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Very good science fiction classic written in the early 1950's. Dessie and Dard are siblings living on Earth after society has broken down and the current government bans science, hunting and killing Free Scientists. They are entrusted to bring some scientific information developed by Lars to a group of rebels. This group is developing a ship to leave the Earth and go to find another world. Very well written with a sympathetic protagonist and an interesting portrait of another planet.
Oct 21, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Good, old-fashioned Sci-Fi. Not tech-dependent, but more on the social side. It has been a while since I read a pulp-type sci-fi book, and I wonder why. This is not high-brow, heavy hitting literature, but it was a good, entertaining story, and a quick read.
No wonder Andre Norton is/was such a popular writer.
Oct 21, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it
Although the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 match my copy, the cover photo does not.

In tis story, there are several conflicts. Scientists against pacifists. Technology versus agriculture. Men against men.

Oct 21, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
this was not very exciting, but i love me some andre norton nonetheless.

don't let that discourage you. read it and all of her dorky sci-fi yummies.
Oct 21, 2013 Kimbolimbo rated it liked it
I like this book, I am torn between 3 and 4 stars. It is a freedom fighting revolution book set in the future, where people have become afraid of science and technology.
Oct 21, 2013 Kami rated it liked it
Classic science fiction is great! This was a fairly simple story that moved along really fast with lots of action and excitement.
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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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