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Nemesis

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  16,159 ratings  ·  540 reviews
In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies.  One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth:  a star named Nemesis.  Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis ...more
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published November 19th 2008 by Spectra (first published October 1st 1989)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nemesis, Isaac Asimov

Nemesis is a science fiction novel by American writer Isaac Asimov. One of his later science fiction novels, it was published in 1989, three years before his death.

The novel is loosely related to the future history; connecting several ideas from earlier and later novels, including non-human intelligence, sentient planets (Erythro), and rotor engines (Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain).

عنوانها: «الهه انتقام»؛ «ملکه انتقام»؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ما
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Jokoloyo
My first read of Isaac Asimov's work. It was a mind opening experience, for someone who hadn't read a science fiction work of a grand master level.

It is a stand alone novel, and it has no special distinctive idea (unlike Foundation series or Robot series), but the writing style is definitely Asimov's (Of course I can only say this after I've read his other works).

Nowadays I reluctant to rate Asimov's fictions full 5 star because his execution in storytelling is not so good, tend to be boring i
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Adrian
Hmm, now that was a bloody good read. But is it 4 or 5 stars ⭐️? I shall ponder 🤔 for a while, until I write my review

I am a very big fan of Asimov's works, the Foundation novels in particular, so never having read this (one of his last books) I was really interested in reading this as part of a group read (The Solarpunk Group).

I suppose my most contentious comment would be that I found it quite un-Asimov-like; it was very character driven which is quite unusual for Asimov, that said it was stil
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Simona B
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
“The same anarchy, the same degeneration, the same thoughtless short-term thinking, all the same cultural and social disparities would continue to prevail—Galaxy-wide.

What would there be now? Galactic empires? All the sins and follies graduated from one world to millions? Every woe and every difficulty horribly magnified?

Who would be able to make sense out of a Galaxy, when no one had ever made sense out of a single world? Who would learn to read the trends and foresee the future in a whole G
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Ingrid Tamm
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Interestingly this is the first book of Asimov's I've read and I wasn't disappointed - he turns out to be every bit the great writer I always hear he is. The book is beautiful, I love how the writing style is practical enough to keep you in it's grip, but also poetic enough to give you the chance to drift around in your own thoughts whilst reading. I fell in love with the characters (except for Janus, okay), the setting, the time-lines and the relationships between people and space, planets and ...more
Bryan
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, audiobooks
I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO WRITE THIS REVIEW...


BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF WEB 2.0, I'LL ATTEMPT TO SPEAK AUTHORITATIVELY ON THE TOPIC.

Disclaimer:
I didn't realize this audio version was abridged, but when I saw that there were only 4 segments (and that each part was only 45 minutes long), I figured there must be some content removed.

So I'm the least qualified person to argue with the other reviewers who said this book was boring, with over-lengthy sections of dialogue that were repetitive and pedantic.

But l
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Toby
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A brand new standalone story from the grand master of science fiction must have set fandom ablaze back in 1989 but comparatively prodigious length aside this offered nothing new in the Asimov canon aside from perhaps the authors approach towards things as he faced his impending death.

It's the story of Earth's early space travel, as settlers look beyond an Earth teeming with billions of unhappy people to new stars via space habitats built for a limited number (in this case 60k) of inhabitants. A
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Cher
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the ultimate distillation of every (6 or so) of the fictional Asimov books I've read:

-- great minds get together and have lengthy discussions based on what they should do based on limited knowledge, and somehow everyone unanimously agrees on the logical course of action

-- some weird mystical thing occurs that flies in the face of science or contradicts something he's already stated as a premise in the book
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Lena
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lena by: Solarpunk BOM
Shelves: solarpunk
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An intriguing story with a five minute wrap movie ending, so sad.

Peaceful colonists discover an engineering advancement and nearby star system at the same time. They leave the Milky Way to start a utopian colony.

Earth hunts them down.

Yeah, it’s kind of a let down. And so was Marlene. (view spoiler) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br
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Robyn
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
Recommended to Robyn by: random bookstore find
I am sad to think that there are people who have never read Asimov who pick up this book, and then swear off all of his works because this book was SO. TERRIBLE.

*The characters are all the same, except for one or two points about them that will be drilled over and over.
*Horrible, boring dialog. If you enjoy the subject matter, great, but I really hate plots that are driven by pages and pages of conversation between two people who come to a huge revelation, some glaring fact, or solution JUST by
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Jerry
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not Asimov's best. ...more
Owlseyes
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Nemesis, a red-star threat...to earthlings.The usage of a
revolutionary concept:a superluminal spacecraft...to solve the problem.


Another concept in the book: hyperspace.
Future Vision, back in 1989.

Just when, two days ago, a team of CERN,has announced that neutrinos (sub-atomic particles) can travel above the speed of light...well,somewhere Einstein must be reviewing some chapters of his Relativity Theory.[Review of Dec 20, 2011].
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Jon
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Solid science fiction novel from Isaac Asimov, though I would expect nothing less. It could easily be inserted into his Foundation universe and act as the origin story since the plot is about humanity leaving Earth for the very first time. While I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to the author's work, it is a standalone and could be picked up whenever. Some of the characters were a little flat and the technical dialogue could drag on at times, but overall I really enjoyed the conc ...more
Cori Reed
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Metaphorosis
3 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

Orbital colonies face tension with an overcrowded Earth. One, with the help of a new drive system, breaks away to orbit an unusual star. A teenage girl on the colony begins to develop a rapport with a local lifeform, while on Earth, her father seeks ways to find the colony and make a family again.

This is one of the last of Isaac Asimov's solo novels, and I'm sorry to say it's not his best. It has his usual light-hearted, friendly style, but it lacks the spark of ing
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Tomislav
Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous and prolific science fiction writers of the twentieth century. If you’ve never heard of him, just stop looking at my review, and come back when you know who he is. I’ve read 30 or 40 of his books, and there’s even a respectable monthly magazine named after him. Nemesis is one of his later novels, published in 1989, just three years before his death in 1992. In the introduction, he states that it was not written to be linked to the universe of his famous Fo ...more
Tim Pendry

This late Asimov novel from 1989 can be viewed as either as a stand-alone tale or as an ambiguous possible contribution to his Robot-Empire-Foundation series.

As the former, it is a slightly above average space opera with some good hard science ideas. As part of the 'grand narrative', it is a little more interesting but perhaps only to aficionados of the writer.

The structure is a throw-back to an earlier era of science fiction with its concentration on scientist elites, technocrats and family d
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Chris
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You had me at "superluminal flight"...

Nemesis is a story woven with exciting things such as: Earth's (and possibly humanity's) impending doom, space exploration/colonization, alien life forms, and humans with extraordinary abilities.

I have yet to find an Asimov book I haven't enjoyed. You can tell he was a scientist (biochemist), but it's the way he writes and develops his characters that makes him a great author. I mean, he did have a doctorate in Philosophy after all.
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Michael
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-read
Truthfully, now all grown up, I don't appreciate Asimov the way I used to. It used to be a really neat back-in-time-to-the-future kind of read, where I got to see how people of the 1950's thought things would turn out. Huge computers governing our lives; new social norms springing up (see The Moon is A Harsh Mistress by Heinlein, or Friday by the same); a view of space-travel that was just like what they promised us; rotating space-stations that had variable gravity based on different spots on t ...more
Isaac Cooper
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The only interesting character in Nemesis is Marlene, the fifteen-year-old girl on the space station Rotor. She’s relatively human. The start of the novel has her thinking about a cute boy, who has taken a liking to a much prettier, taller girl. If this were the core story to Nemesis, and the science-fiction branched off around this human situation, it would’ve been great. That would make it similar to I Robot, which is an incredibly grounded sci-fi novel, so grounded you’re not even aware that ...more
Stacey
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something entirely delicious about a well written piece of science fiction. It goes without saying that Isaac Asimov is a good name to look under for examples, but very often with Asimov you're looking at a minimum 3 book commitment. Not so in the case of Nemesis, a beautifully crafted and blissfully short jaunt into a future that not only seems possible, but invokes all the modern-day science documentaries we all love to watch but will rarely admit to enjoying.

Nemesis is set at a time
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Mina
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, sf
I remember liking this book a lot when I was 12-13, I was a great Asimov and J.K. Rowling fan at that time :P. The best points of the book, rather, the best point is character construction, though if I am to refer to Garabet Ibraileanu's Adela, which I've been forced to read and yes, I do hold a grudge, ''females are always more interested in such aspects. For them "Anna Karenina" isn't exquisitely delightful in style, for them it's Anna, Dolly, Kitty, Vronsky''. Maybe he's right, but then scien ...more
Lauren
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the concept of this book and some of the scientific ideas in it. Space Settlements surrounding Earth have been growing and multiplying, and most of them are trying to develop ways of exploring the universe and detaching from Earth. One settlement called Rotor has two discoveries which quickly send it ahead of the rest.

I'll stop so I avoid spoilers, but Asimov seems to have had some difficulty bringing this particular plot to a climax. There are several disputes and issues during the cours
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José Antonio Gutiérrez Guevara
Asimov amazes me again. I love his books. Everyone should read them.
Alo
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jenny Yates
This is a mostly escapist novel of intergalactic exploration and alien contact. Asimov generally weaves a good story, and this one is full of characters who are self-consciously making history. Once he mentioned that he never edits his work, and this could definitely have used some editing. Occasionally, mostly in the beginning, he gets pedantic and repetitious. But you keep turning the pages, just so you can find out what happens. ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
There's not much I can say that others haven't already said, this was an original novel back then and still is today, with a nice variety of characters and a story that lacks in a big bad guy, but not without reason. It's not hard to see why Asimov is so highly regarded as a sci-fi author, he does a great job with giving the characters in this book depth so that even the more unlikable ones come across as human and flawed. ...more
James Reagan
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov is able to weave complex and engrossing stories without relying on violence. He dares to imagine a future shaped not by weapons but by the ingenuity of the human mind.
Jabriol
Nemesis by Isaac Asimov

I consider myself a fan of Isaac Asimov literature, I know the robots and Empire series by heart as well as the foundation series. Asimov in his prologue wanted to go in a different direction with his novel nemesis. But then he hinted that maybe Nemesis and follow up novels would tie everything to one Asimov universe.

One has to admit there wasn't anything special with Nemesis. I do have mixed thoughts about his characters, here he has a young lady about 15 who has a uniq
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Shay S
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed this book, it was interesting and had some cool developments. I liked Marlene, she was a very different and intriguing character. The parts with Crile and Tessa were kinda boring, I skimmed those chapters, as they usually spent their time talking about stuff I didn't understand. There was a lot of technical things in the book that got a little boring. The whole organism thing was cool and being able to talk to Marlene, and even though the ending was good the plot was kind of anti-clima ...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.

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