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En la arena estelar (Galactic Empire #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  12,071 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
Se ve un futuro con la humanidad extendida por muchos planetas, una humanidad de billones y billones de personas, pero donde cada planeta se convierte en una especie de aldea. El adelanto técnico está ahí, sí, pero no así el adelanto social. Los planetas y sistemas de planetas se convierten el reinos y autarquías, con reyes y dictadores de opereta. Las naves espaciales y s ...more
Paperback, 1st edition Biblioteca Asimov, 202 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Ediciones Roca (first published January 1st 1951)
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I'm trying to read all of the books that eventually fell under the umbrella of the Foundation series, in internal chronological order. Which brings me to this, one of the first novels Asimov ever published. In some ways, it shows. The pacing is far from smooth, and the characters tend towards the wooden. The romance, between Biron and Artemisia, is rushed and unconvincing. And yet, it's still a quick and entertaining read. So far, I've yet to be truly disappointed in any of these books. That's g ...more
Well, you can see from his writing that his 'scientist' side was stronger than the 'writer' one: he clearly writes better robots than humans :)
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ah boy. Man, Asimov disappointed me a bit with this book; fortunately it was short enough to where I could make it through without throwing in the towel.

The Stars, Like Dust is often regarded as the first book in the Empire series, though as far as I know it really doesn't have much to do with the other books in the series, or really much to do with the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series as a whole. This story surrounds Biron Farrill whom at the beginning of the book is studying at a Universit
Michael Battaglia
Those who have often accused Asimov of being historically, shall we say, lax on anything resembling action may have felt a faint flicker of hope when reading the opening passages to this novel, where mild-mannered student Biron Farrill discovers late at night that someone has broken into his room and planted a radiation bomb. There's a few tense pages that make you believe that this is a lost thriller from the master of cerebral SF, a novel of far future espionage where no one is safe and danger ...more
Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable…

This is one of Asimov’s very early science fiction novels and is quite a reflection of his times. Having been written in 1951, it reflects the societal fear at the time regarding a possibly upcoming World War III and destruction of the planet by nuclear weapons.

In this book, the planet Earth is only one of many that has been settled by humankind, but – unfortunately – large portions of its surface are highly radioactive and everyone wears (or carries) radiation detectors (in the f
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov's very first novel, "Pebble in the Sky" (1950), was the opening salvo in what would later be known as his Galactic Empire trilogy, and was set some 50,000 years in Earth's future. It may surprise some potential readers to learn, then, that book 2 in the series, "The Stars, Like Dust" (the use of a comma after the word "Stars" is not present anywhere in my 1963 Lancer paperback, but Asimov's later autobiography, "I. Asimov," does present the book title with the comma, so don't ask me ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
So, my plan to re-read the all the Asimov books that make up our future history in the Foundation Universe continues with this, the first of the Galactic Empire novels. Although, it has to be said, this is the only one of his books in this universe that I hadn't read before.

The galactic empire novels, like the "I, Robot" stories, the first two Elijah Baley novels and the original "Foundation" trilogy were originally published in the 50's. When Asimov began, many years later, to attempt to weave
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers follow, but honestly...who cares with a book like this.

Honestly not really worth the trouble of reviewing, but I'll say a few things anyway...Asimov himself described The Stars, Like Dust as his "least favorite novel" and even that was pretty generous on his part given its tortured publishing history. Forced to include a hokey subplot that involved the Constitution of the United States by his editor and publisher that he detested after being forced to complete an outline and two complet
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Compleatists
Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers--truly. I used to joke he was my spiritual father, because his non-fiction pro-reason, pro-science essays had such a huge influence on me. And I love his fiction. Especially his short stories, which hold up well and I'd enthusiastically recommend a collection of them: "The Dead Past," "Nightfall," "The Ugly Little Boy," "The Last Question" are amazing science fiction. So is his Foundation series by and large and his Robot novels and stories, and I remem ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Gli ultimi capitoli sono stati tutti un unico, grande brivido che si è propagato lungo la mia schiena con un'intensità pari a quella che, nella mia fervida e indubbiamente esagerata immaginazione, potrebbe avere una scossa elettrica. Fantastico.
Ken Doggett
Luckily this was a quick read, because it was not a very rewarding one; I had trouble getting into the book, and almost quit midway. I do not recommend this book for modern readers. It has almost no characterization, so you're held as arm's length from the story, and the story itself is less than credible. On the one hand it's almost too convoluted to follow all of the unlikely twists and turns, and on the other its final conclusion, while probably significant at the time it was written, was too ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
امپراطوری های ماوراء سحابی از نیم قرن پیش به تصرف حکومت جبار سیاره تیرانی درآمده، پدر بایرون فارل ناپدید شده و او میداند تیرانی در این ماجرا دست دارد، همیشه داستان های تخیلی فضایی مرا با خود میبرد به دور دستها، کودک میشوم، آسیموف را بسیار دوست میدارم، لذتی نهفته همراه با صداقت کودکانه در ایشان نهفته است، درونم شاید همچون ایشان است، نگران آینده و شایق که کاش میدیدم
Brian Schwartz
The Stars, Like Dust works on a level not achieved by The Currents of Space or Pebble in the Sky . It does not try to be a complex spy thriller told in less than 200 pages. Nor does it get weighed down in heavy politics or distracting and ineffective subplots. The Stars, Like Dust is pure space opera loaded with shootouts, space trips, mysterious planets, and evil bad guys.

This is not, in and of itself, the definition of good science fiction. Subplots, intrigue, complex schemes and thick cha
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Not really sure how to rate this one. Originally published in 1952, this is one of the first novels by Asimov.
Chronologically, this is set between the Robot novels and the Foundation novels. Having read Robots and Empire prior to this one, one can see how they tie the timeline, but the connection is very mild.

What surprised me a bit was the tone of this novel. I've read 6 Asimov novels prior to this one and was expecting some elements that had become familiar. All the robot novels (and a lot of
Ms. Smartarse
Biron Farrill is a senior student at the University of Earth, the planet now highly radio-active. He has also barely escaped a nuclear attack, good thing he didn't throw out his radiation counter . His father on the other hand, was definitely not as lucky. The late Rancher of Widemos had been imprisoned and executed for high treason.

Advised by the mysterious Jonti, our hero embarks on a top-secret and mysterious adventure to avenge his father. More specifically, to stage a coup d'état that would
Bill Wellham
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to have given it more stars than most readers... Should I re-evaluate? Not sure.

This book just has nice memories for me, as I read a very tatty old paperback held together with elastic bands and tape. One of those books that you have no idea where it came from. I was about twelve years old; and as such, my mind was very accepting of stories about space travel, heroes, heroines, strange planets etc. I had been spoon fed on Star Trek and Dr Who!

I wanted to review it now, so I flicked throu
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up (along with the other 2 Empire trilogy books) since I've read a lot of Asimov's other work (Foundation and Robots stuff). I would say it was "okay" or perhaps "meh." Perhaps at the time it was published in the 1950s it might have resonated with audiences more. Honestly though, the characters I feel really brought it down, they might as well have been cardboard cut-outs. I wouldn't exactly say the story or characters were predictable (except for the last page aka "the document," ...more
چهار و نیم
بازم یه اثر دیگه از ایزاک آسیموف که خب به نظرم نیازی به معرفی نداره. خوندنش برای کسایی که عاشق آسیموفن عادی به نظر میاد. اما کسایی که عاشق نظریه پردازی های علمی آسیموف هستن بیشتر از این کتاب خوششون میاد. چون علاوه بر جنبه داستانی خیلی به جنبه ی علمی فضایی این داستان پرداخته. بهش چهار و نیم دادم چون در مقابل مجموعه های بنیاد و یا رباتهای آسیموف کمی مراعات کرده باشم:دی
Sina Homayooni
This is the worst of Asimov I've read up to now. Pretty boring. Full of stale ideas. Very slow turn of events. Lacking the same philosophical, mind engaging characteristics known of Asimov.
I really hope it gets better in the next one from Galactic Empire.
Danial Behzadi
این کتاب واقعاً خستهکننده بود و خوندنش برای من که کتاب قبلی رو دو سه روزه خونده بودم، بیشتر از دو هفته طول کشید! ...more
Well, this read through was certainly a lot harder than the first time I read this book. According to Goodreads, last year I read this book in two days, this time it took me the best part of a week! I'm not 100% sure why I struggled so much with this to be honest with you... but I think it has to be down to the fact that this really doesn't seem to fit into the over-arching universe Asimov has created.

This is considered the first of the Galactic Empire series, and taking that as a single series
Sinem Akyıldız
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Nutshell: primitivists search for ultimate weapon, which is apparently raw jingoism.

A bit off the rails from the end of Robots and Empire, wherein we found that Earth was slowly and relatively safely rendered uninhabitable, as this one immediately declares that “nuclear warfare had done its worst to Earth” (3). That doesn’t stop people from living there, which might seem a bit odd; perhaps they liked to admire the “eternal radioactive blue of the horizon, mute witness of prehistoric wars” (23).
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I love Isaac Asimov.

I've always enjoyed his novels and other fiction, but this is one of the best. And it's only his second published novel--a fact I found out after hearing the word spacionautics instead of astronautics. That, really, is my one criticism--I appreciate that Asimov coined the word 'robotics' but I'm glad spacionautics didn't stick around (I don't know if that was Asimov's word or if he borrowed it, but it's a jarring mix of modern English and Greek roots. Jarring for me, at least
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm in a science fiction-y kind of mood I thought I'd spend some time with the guy who first got me into the genre, Isaac Asimov. Little me started with I, Robot, which I read over and over. I thought that Donovan and Powell were cool. Susan Calvin was beyond cool and well into the icy, but she was interesting. The positronic brain and the three laws were an analog for human ethics. Little Glenn realized that Asimov was dealing with human morality but had separated it from humanity in orde ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tras finalizar las tres novelas centrales del 'Ciclo de Trantor' y la 'Serie de los Robots', toca ponerse con la 'Trilogía del Imperio Galáctico' en esta andadura por las obras más relevantes de Isaac Asimov. Y el comienzo, como mandan los cánones, viene con 'En la arena estelar', una obra que resumiré en un par de puntos, uno positivo y otro negativo.

Empezando por la parte mala, ésta viene relacionada con el propio encaje de esta novela en el universo y el futuro ideado por Asimov. La realidad
Muthu Raj
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay
This is a part of trying to read the entire Foundation Universe, starting from the early ones.

It is always humbling to see someone grow up, struggling through the growing pains and teething problems. It is doubly so when the person involved is a genius like Asimov.

I started reading "The Stars, Like Dust" one depressing evening. The story takes place in a far away future, when the Earth itself has been abandoned, and forgotten in many places of the Galaxy. Asimov's writing always cheers me up, bu
Giacomo Boccardo
Biron Farill è uno studente che sta completando i propri studi universitari sulla Terra, ma soprattutto è il figlio del Governatore di Widemos, l’uomo più influente del pianeta Nephelos, facente parte dei cosiddetti Regni Nebulari (tra i quali vi sono anche quelli citati in seguito). In seguito ad un attentato a suo danno e all’esecuzione di suo padre, considerato un ribelle agli occhi dei Tirannici, molla tutto e, dietro consiglio di Sander Jonti, si reca sul pianeta Rhodia, uno dei più potenti ...more
I picked up this book because the name "Asimov" was blazoned across the cover. I have read some of the Foundation Series and knew Asimov to be a reliably good read. I was disappointed, therefore, to feel like I was reading the very good work of a beginning novelist, not the work of an experienced and established writer. In looking back at the publication date (1951), I discovered this was, in fact, one of Asimov's earliest novels and book #1 in the Galaxy Empire Series. I can't fault him for doi ...more
Stefano Baglio
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le quattro stelle derivano da un pregiudizio mio nei confronti dell'autore. In postivo, ovviamente. Asimov sa scrivere, la storia scivola via leggera nonostante mille nomi e mille mondi in intrecci multipli e cospirazioni che sono il segno distintivo delle serie. Riesce però a stupire fino all'ultimo come in una partita di scacchi contro un avversario di livello superiore che è sempre una mossa avanti a te. Uno stile essenziale e non prolisso accompagna le perle da gran divulgatore scientifico q ...more
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Incorrect Series order 2 86 Jan 17, 2010 02:44PM  
  • The Sands of Mars
  • Needle (Needle, #1)
  • Inferno (Isaac Asimov's Caliban, #2)
  • The Green Hills of Earth
  • The Stars are Also Fire (Harvest of Stars, #2)
  • In Paul Klee's Enchanted Garden
  • The Seedling Stars
  • Empire of the Atom
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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“The stars, like dust, encircle me
In living mists of light;
And all of space I seem to see
In one vast burst of sight”
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