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Star Born (Pax/Astra #2)
One was that Astra already harbored an Earth colony -- descended from refugees from the world of the previous century.
Two was that these men and women were facing the grea ...more
Right from the start 'Star Born' was an enjoyable read- chapter one has space refugees, stoic merpeople, giant lizards, an ancient evil civilization, and telepathic bunnies! Andre Norton is somewhat respected in Sci-Fi circles, so I did a little research on him. Well, it turns out 'Andre' was actually Alice Norton's pen name, and then later she legally changed her name from Alice to Andre. This lady wrote about 300 books, most which involved swords or la ...more
A space exploration ship from Earth arrives at Astra, unaware of the secret human colony or the growing antipathy toward all humans from the planet's original descendants. The newly arrived humans provide valuable technology to the al ...more
Star Born is the exciting sequel to The Star Are Ours. After a nuclear was, a small band of Free Scientists breaks free of the Dark Age being imposed on the shattered Earth by Pax. In a sleeper starship some fity humans escape across space to a world they name Astra to disappear from the pages of human history. They find freedom, but not paradise, on a world that also has fallen from war. The remnants of two native species, the peaceful mer-folk, and the survivors of “Those Others” a xenophobic ...more
Our two main protagonists in "Star Born" are Raf Kurbi from Terra and Dalgard Nordis from Homeport. Like so many of N ...more
"What of our children—the second and third generations born on this new world? They will have no memories of Terra's green hills and blue seas. Will they be Terrans—or something else?"
—Tas Kordov, Record of the First Years
Starborn follows two young men, as their adventures cross paths in enemy territory. The first young man, Dalgard, is of Terran origin, but is more like a new species of human on another planet. His coming-of-age quest becomes a fight to save his people and their allies’ way o ...more
Norton's story begins as the tale of Dalgarth, a human teen on his coming-of-age trip with his "merman" (think large, humanoid otter) friend Ssuri. Humans are not native to this world, having come here centuries before after escaping a tyrannical ...more
The racist tendencies implicit in The Stars Are Ours! become more fully developed in this book. Norton might have thought that she was not racist because the racism involved is more properly 'speciesism', and because only certain species are singled out for blanket vilification. ...more
Third generation human colonists and their amphibious, telepathic friends on the planet Astra come under threat when the original ruling species, who go by the rather naff name of 'Those Others', suddenly reappear and look to regain their technologically assisted dominance.
At the same time, a new spaceship arrives from Earth, though the crew are igno ...more
Dalgard Nordis, a terran on Astra, goes through a series of adventures which reflect Andre Norton's preoccupation with social problems on a broad if simplified ?? and the possibility of life on another planet in another solar system like Earth's. Dal people are fourth or fifth generation settlers but remember Earth well enough be disturbed by the arrival of another space ship. Its passengers, discovered and helped by Dalgard after an accident, are the cause of another discovery, the solv
The book is entertaining, but it isn't Norton at her best. It seems skeletal, with little exploration of its characters and little overall information. We're given the good guys and the bad guys, and the story plays itself out. The malevolent aliens aren't explored in any detail, and the plot is fairly simp ...more
I had a harder time than normal getting into this one. Normally Andre Norton's works are quick reads...not so this time, but I'm not sure this was the book's fault.
The one thing that could have been more clear were the transitions between character points of view. There were times I was confused with who was thinking/talking etc.
This book sort of fell apart in the second half and started to feel a little ... thrown together. But still enjoyable.