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Praf de stele

(Galactic Empire #1)

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Biron Farrell, un tânăr naiv, descoperă că în camera sa a fost plasată o bombă. Va afla apoi că tatăl lui, respectatul Fermier de Widemos, a fost ucis. Revoltat, încearcă să afle adevărul şi se trezeşte implicat în iţele unor complicate intrigi politice, mistere şi afaceri de spionaj. Ajuns în spaţiu, se vede silit să se maturizeze brusc după ce dă piept cu despoţii planet ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published 2013 by Paladin (first published 1951)
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Adrian
Very enjoyable but “ Asimov light”. More tomorrow

Now Isaac Asimov is one of my all time favourite authors, his Foundation novels are to me the epitome of SF space Opera, and he is my "go to" author when I want a great book, so when I felt a bit down/lost/in need of a lift, I decided to read this book as I hadn't touched it in probably 20 + years.
It was an enjoyable book, without a doubt an Asimov book, but a little light, as in not as detailed and structured as some of his more
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire #1), Isaac Asimov
The Stars, Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction mystery book by American writer Isaac Asimov. The book is part of Asimov's Galactic Empire series and takes place before the actual founding of the Galactic Empire, before even Trantor becomes important. It starts with a young man attending the University of Earth. Biron Farrill is the son of the greatest nobleman on the planet Nephelos, one of the Nebula Kingdoms. The story starts with th
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Sesana
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
Alina
Well, you can see from his writing that his 'scientist' side was stronger than the 'writer' one: he clearly writes better robots than humans :)
Steve
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
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Sandy
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
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) radia
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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
Nicholas
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
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Simon
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 th
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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 remember loving ...more
Jerry
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I'm used to from the grandmaster of science fiction.
Dianna
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to try my first Asimov. I just randomly picked one off the library shelves, but perhaps it wasn't the best choice. The plot was mildly interesting, but the characters were impossible to understand, especially Biron the protagonist. One minute he was an innocent college boy, then he was being a jerk to a girl, then he saves the day by his mental jockeying—blech. The resolution was also fairly unsatisfying, since it was mostly just Biron explaining (view spoiler) ...more
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 overthrow the
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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
Anna (DoesAnnaDreamOf)
Well, it may not be Asimov at his best. Overall, it was a quick and amusing read. The storyline is quite simple: a tyrant and a rebellion. Simple, but well executed all in all. But the ending… Wait until you discover the secret of the subplot. Not great, and that’s an understatement. I’ll try to get over it before attempting to read the second book of the trilogy.
Geoff
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Not the greatest Asimov book but it was an easy read and got me out of my reading slump. Certainly a book of the 50s, so beware if that kind of sci-fi isn't your favourite
Jeff Miller
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoyable, just the usual flaws with Asimov and characters barely drawn out.
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 character devel
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Leonardo
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 (a
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Glenn
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 order to l ...more
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 f
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Mick
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
Chad Jordahl
Eh... it was 'ok'... there are a couple of interesting characters, a couple of not too surprising twists. Oh, and a silly fascination with a specific physical document -- silly and romantic for thinking that a piece of treeware could be the key to an inter-galactic revolution. Asimov has an unappealing habit of writing clunky expository sentences for his characters. There are other problems that are excusable if you remember the book was published in 1951. Maybe I only '2-star' liked it, but it ...more
Sina Homayooni
Disappointing!
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.
Carina
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 si
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Mark
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of my determination to reread older Science Fiction, my latest read is one of Isaac Asimov’s earliest novels.

In terms of context, The Stars, Like Dust is one of the so-called “Galactic Empire” novels. Like the more-famous Foundation series, it is set at a time when people are spread across the galaxy on hundreds of planets. Of the so-called Empire trilogy (Pebble in the Sky (1950), The Stars, Like Dust (1951) and The Currents of Space (1952)) The Stars Like Dust is the ‘middle’ book, written after Pebble in the(Pebble
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Scott Kennedy
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I read with Nostalgia Glasses on at high power; to most modern readers encountering it for the first time I would expect it would rate about two stars. I first read it in third grade. It was the first science fiction novel I ever read, and started me down the path of reading science fiction for the rest of my life. The story's elements -- secret identities, childish royal main characters, flight from an empire, search for a rebel planet, conspiracies, and an ending that would be r ...more
Mack Hayden
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fun-fun
This is the first Asimov one I've read this year that just... kinda sucked. The story's all over the place, the characters feel about as dimensional as a piece of cheese, and it's just so meandering along the way. Not to mention, the twist at the end of this was so incredibly hokey—I was happy to find out that Asimov himself regretted putting it in at the request of his editor at the time. I think I just got accustomed to the fast-paced, fun, and multifaceted aspects of the Robot novels. I'll ke ...more
Damien Sulla-Menashe
The Stars like Dust was one of Asimov's first novels and as such is a little rough around the edges. But the plot is very twisty and completely unpredictable. It follows a young man Biron who is studying at Earth but has to escape to another planet to avoid an assassination. The Tyranni are the race that control most of the known systems and are presumed to be behind the bomb that almost killed him. He makes some allies and goes in search of a so called rebellion world that is against the rule o ...more
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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 one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works publish
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