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David Starr, Space Ranger (Lucky Starr #1)

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Earth is on the brink of catastrophe. The vital foodstuffs supplied by its Martian colony are being poisoned. Working in secret, the ruling Council of Science sends David Starr, its youngest member, to the Martian farmlands to discover the truth behind the murders...
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1971 by Signet (first published 1952)
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kylie by: My Dad
Shelves: favorite-books
David Starr, Space Ranger was the first of the Lucky Starr books I found in my Dad's collection -- I had already eaten through all the Robot/Foundation novels from Asimov by this stage, and the Lens Men by E.E.Doc Smith -- and I just kept looking through all the old battered books. My Dad's editions are actually the editions in which Asimov went under a pseudonym, though I later went out and bought other editions from second hand bookshops to add to my own collection.

I adored David Starr, I ado
Timothy Darling
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young boys
This story is truly a product of its times, and I suspect Asimov, though most authors would never admit this, was somewhat embarrassed by it. I've not seen why he used a pseudonym for this series, but I could guess. It, like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tom Corbett behaves like a serial children's novel. It is part SF, part mystery, and part superhero story. Since the superhero element is so close to the crisis of the story, I won't reveal it, but suffice it to say that it is a gimmick that might ...more
King Ævil
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,
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(This review may contain spoilers).

This was one book I read originally years ago, but recently decided to re-read the series. And even though there were parts of it that were cliched, it remains one of my favourite science fiction books.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the friendship that formed between David and Bigman. While David did seem like a character who was a bit too good to be true, there were problems he had... and I enjoyed seeing glimpses of his relationship with his honor
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Io non capirò mai alcune scelte editoriali sulla traduzione dei titoli delle opere.. Da "David Starr, space ranger" passiamo a "Lucky Starr il vagabondo dello spazio". Ma dai!! Ma mica rende allo stesso modo! Inannzitutto non ho ben capito perché in italiano il povero David diventa fortunato.. Magari il mistero si rivolve nel secondo volume, chi lo sa!
Poi passare dal cazzutissimo "Space ranger" a "Vagabondo dello spazio".. Ce ne passa di acqua sotto i ponti! Prima di capire il senso di vagabondo
Tanvirul Islam
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
কিশোরদের জনয পল ফরেঞচ ছদমনামে লেখা আসিমভের লাকি সটার সিরিজের পরথম বই। তার অনযানয বই এর মত জটিল মাইর পযাচ নেইএখানে । কিনতু পডার সময মনে হয মুহমমদ জাফর ইকবালের সাইনস ফিকশন পডছি। আমার মনে হয বাংলা অনুবাদে পডলে পাঠক বুঝতেই পারবে না এটা আসিমভের লেখা। এখানেও বিজঞান কাউনসিল আছে যারা সরবময পরশাসনিক কষমতার অধিকারী এবং ডেভিড সটার সেটার একজন নবীন মেমবার যে নানান রকম রহসয সমাধান করে। ...more
Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jul-dec08
A fun science fiction mystery. Asimov owes a lot to the classics of the mystery genre in terms of how he structures his stories, and this one is a great example. A quick read, too.
Patrik Sahlstrøm
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter garbage. Easy to see why it was originally published under a pseudonym... Take the worst elements of a poor spy-thriller and mix it unimaginative SF and you get this mess. Good thing to know that Asimov can write a lot better than this...
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable if somewhat naivete nowadays. And there is of course the added value of nostalgia (I have devoured the Lucky Starr series of books approximately 30 years ago, not recalling a thing from then except that it was very enjoyable). Unlike the TV series MacGyver, which was a total disappointment when trying to re-watch it at a later age, you can never get too wrong with Asimov.
Godt å lese Asimov igjen!

Handlingen foregår på Mars (noe før man faktisk visste så veldig mye om hvordan det faktisk er på Mars). Jordens kornbehov blir dekket av åkre på Mars, og det er noen mystiske tilfeller av matforgiftning. David Starr, romanens hovedperson, er på saken.
Ahmad Sharabiani
David Starr, Space Ranger (Lucky Starr, #1), Isaac Asimov
David Starr, Space Ranger is the first novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul French.
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admito que esperava uma maior complexidade, contudo a investigação do Conselho de Ciência - e sua própria existência como agentes de campo - foi bem descrita e adequada. Uma leitura rápida e interessante sobre o Patrulheiro do Espaço.
Phil Giunta
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Starr, a promising young member of Earth's Council of Science, is recruited to investigate a series of fatal poisonings that are all traced back to food imported from the Martian colonies.

Once on Mars, Starr adopts the alias of Dick Williams and, along with a short, unruly farmhand named Bigman, ends up working on the Makian farm, the largest on the planet. After several altercations with two of Makian's irascible foremen, Starr ends up working for the farm's resident agronomist, Benson. T
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Sci-fi book I ever read, given to me by my Grandad at age 9ish. A fab book to start my addiction to the genre.
Set on Mars a boy gets lost in a sandstorm and is saved and adjusted by friendly aliens and starts a series of adventures using his new abilities and superior technology
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Y así fue como de los labios de una criatura viviente a la que no veía y jamás podría ver en su forma verdadera, David Starr oyó por vez primera el nombre con el que sería conocido en toda la Galaxia".

Este libro fue tan emocionante.
Vicente L Ruiz
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Haven't read it in decades. It shows its age. The Spanish translation in my edition is... not the best.
O livro é fácil e simples. Senti-me como vendo um episódio de um seriado de TV. Pelo o que li a respeito, essa foi a intenção de Asimov com a série Lucky Starr. Como a leitura é rápida e fácil, vale a pena, mas senti falta dos robôs.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2017
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Miles Gould
I loved Asimov's Space Ranger books when I was a kid, so it was interesting to re-read a couple while visiting my parents. Major impression: overwhelmingly of its time. It's a Western-in-Space, only here the cowboys are actually shown engaging in farming. Overcrowded Earth's population of five billion (gasp!) is too much for Earthly agriculture to support alone, you see, so crops are grown on Mars and meat-substitutes are made in the Venusian yeast-vats. And then Venusian syntho-steak is shipped ...more
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Lucky Starr, il vagabondo dello spazio è un romanzo di fantascienza per ragazzi del 1952 di Isaac Asimov. Costituisce il primo volume del ciclo di Lucky Starr, una serie narrativa di space opera avventurosa pensato da Asimov per un eventuale pubblico televisivo. È stato pubblicato in italiano per la prima volta nel 1962 col titolo Veleno per la Terra e ripubblicato anche col titolo David Starr il cacciatore dello spazio.

Va detto subito che questa serie è stata scritta come la sceneggiatura per u
Il giovane Asimov pensò la serie incentrata sulle avventure di David Starr come un’avventura rivolta soprattutto ai ragazzi, sperando di poterla magari vendere a qualche studio televisivo: l’ispirazione è Lone Ranger (da cui il titolo originale Space Ranger, tradotto in italiano in maniera del tutto insensata) anche se per l’immaginario delle nostre parti è più facile evocare una sorta di Zorro del sistema solare. A poco più di trent’anni, però, il Dottore era già il Dottore e così questo libro ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
     Justicier de l'espace
     Les poisons de Mars
     Les pirates des astéroïdes
     Les océans de Vénus
     Les lunes de Jupiter
     La fournaise de Mercure (inédit)
     Les anneaux de Saturne (inédit)
Un cycle qui fleure bon la science-fiction des années cinquante. A l'époque, Asimov se détacha de la masse par ses qualités ordinaires de réalisme. Il ne fit pas de son héros David « Lucky » Starr un émule de James Bond ou de John Carter, comme l'enseigne Flandry de Poul And
Mark Oppenlander
David Starr is a member of the Council of Science, a pseudo-governmental body that has the authority to investigate crimes and tap into apparently vast resources to avert other crises across the solar system. When a series of deaths occur due to poisoned foodstuffs arriving from the breadbasket of Mars, David travels to the red planet and goes undercover on a Martian farm to find out who is behind it.

This, the first of the Lucky Starr novels, is one of the purest examples of Isaac Asimov's pench
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Aquest és un llibre d'aquells que, si tens temps i tranquil.litat, et pots llegir d'una sentada. És curt, i no es fa pesat. La idea del llibre és que, en un futur on la humanitat ha colonitzat el Sistema Solar, comencen a haver-hi enverinaments de gent degut a productes provinents de Mart (que és on es produeixen la major part dels aliments).

En David Starr, que és membre del "Consell de ciències", és enviat a Mart, on es fa passar per un immigrant que fuig de la policia, per poder treb
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Through the solar system… rawhide!
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 evol
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I will admit I came across these while reading the Asimov's world of fantasy series and I tried and tried but I could not resist opening one up and a seeing what it was like and well honest that is how it all started.
The books I have are from Lightening - A now defunct younger reader publisher. I was just getting through my first Asimov books (Pebble in the Sky and Earth Is Room Enough) and I saw these were in the process of being published yes in 1988 they were being reprinted. So I hungril
Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Starr is a character I have thought about for years. I read four of the six books fifteen years ago and remember them fondly. Of course, Isaac Asimov is one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of the twentieth century.

This is one of his earlier works, as he wrote it under the pen name of Paul French. Yet, even 51 years later, the book is still an excellent read for any science fiction lover. Sure, some things have changed and could be updated with more modern terminology, but Isaac As
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficcion, 2013
Tras mi reciente mudanza he sacado del trastero todos mis libros infantiles y juveniles (Hollister, tres investigadores, Elige tu propia aventura...), y descubrí dque de las novelas de Lucky Starr me faltaban dos, que procedí a encargar de urgencia y leer ávidamente. En esta primera novela de la serie el querido maestro Asimov nos presenta al Héroe, listo, guapo, atlético y en general un machomán ario de pura cepa. Están sucediéndose los envenenamientos en la Tierra y toda la comida repsponsable ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun to see how Asimov predicted the future would be like way back when he wrote this (eg. there are force fields but people still use film for video), and overall the plot was pretty decent. At points the book felt a little... naive, in the same way that the old James Bond films aren't as gritty/realistic as the new ones, however there is charm in this, just like there is charm in the old Bond films.

There are a few points that detracted from the realism of the story a bit, like when Davi
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