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Star Born (Pax/Astra #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,156 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
When Raf Kurbi's Terran spaceship burst into unexplored skies of the far planet Astra and was immediately made welcome by the natives of a once-mighty metropolis, Kurbi was unaware of three vital things:

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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1973 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (first published 1957)
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Matt Sears
Apr 29, 2010 Matt Sears rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, pulp
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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
Dean Sault
Jul 21, 2013 Dean Sault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about the human descendants who left Earth in Andre Norton's prior story, The Stars Are Ours. In the time since the refugee humans colonized Astra, tension has grown from the devolved natives of a once great empire that originally populated the planet.

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
Edward McKeown
Jan 09, 2012 Edward McKeown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
May 04, 2013 Lise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Star Born" was written in 1957 and is the second novel of the Astra series. As such, you might expect it to be extremely dated. That’s the good thing about Andre Norton. Her focus is on the characters not on technology. Not that it would have mattered in the end, not really. I found "Star Born" among my books and discovered that I hadn’t read it. Shocker, but a pleasant surprise.

Our two main protagonists in "Star Born" are Raf Kurbi from Terra and Dalgard Nordis from Homeport. Like so many of N
"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
Thom Swennes
This story reads like a 1950’s B-rated movie. This is probably caused from an absence of science and an excess of fiction, which was often the norm for that era. Another eccentric trait of the times and this novel is that characters from the future seem to regress with weapons and clothes to an almost medieval time. Although Andre Norton (pseudonym for Alice Mary Norton) is a prolific and renowned science fiction writer, in my opinion, this isn’t her best work. I found it one dimensional, unimag ...more
The second book in the Andre Norton collection I threw onto my Kindle, and I enjoyed this one much more than the first. On the surface a similar story about a young man going out on his own (with on again, off again companions), but the story line in this one was far more interesting. They had about four different species interacting in different ways, and a bit of intrigue tossed in for good measure- who can Raf trust? Who can the merman trust? Who can anyone trust? Oh God, is the Pax back?

Feb 02, 2016 Lior rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet, two separate plot lines that converge late into the novel but to great effect. Apparently this is a sequel to an earlier book but there's nothing on the cover of this edition to indicate this. In any case, it reads fine as a stand-alone novel and I didn't feel particularly confused or lost. Written in the late 50's, a strong emphasis on social and cultural aspects of alien life rather than on technology means it doesn't feel as dated as some of its contemporaries. And I have to ...more
Feb 28, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exploratory ship from Earth lands on planet where, centuries before, an earlier colony of human refugees had landed and allied itself with telepathic amphibians against the planet's degenerate and vicious former masters. This one is reminiscent of a Barsoom tale, what with the warring semihuman sentient species and nonsentient predators. I can appreciate how well crafted Norton's tales are now, more than when I first read them as a tween/teen, and though the technology has definitely not aged we ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Flosi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An author with an extraordinary mind to bring science fiction to the common man. We are living in that world now, well not all of it. I love re-reading these novels of the 40s and 50s.
Apr 24, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun book. Light reading and interesting plot. I'd love to read a sequel of both the main characters to see how the experiences of this book affect them in the next. :)
Jul 15, 2017 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Andre Norton (1912-2005) is like comfort food for the brain. She was one of my favorite authors as a kid--but, as she was a prolific author, there are many books of hers I have not read, such as this one, from 1957. Some might think much of her work--from the 50s and 60s- is dated and is also geared to a young readership. But she concentrates on engaging characters and good storytelling, so I don't find her to be either dated or only of interest for young adults! "Star Born" in may ways ...more
Anthony Ragan
Nov 15, 2012 Anthony Ragan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read way-too-much politics and history lately, I needed a break and felt the urge for some classic science fiction. Andre Norton's "The Star Born" fit the bill nicely. (The edition I read, bought from Amazon's Kindle store, has a different cover)

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
Feb 17, 2017 Danie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as pulpy as the cover would make you believe. Although, seriously: all the dudes. It's technically a sequel, but the hundreds of years that elapse between the first and second book means this one stands on its own easily. Dalgard is a descendant of Terran colonists out on his man journey with Sssuri, a merman-- though descended from otters, not fish . They start out exploring and end up saving the planet from ancient baddies. At least, Dalgard does; we never find out what exactly happens to ...more
As noted in the review for The Stars Are Ours! (qv), this is not exactly a sequel. It's from several generations later, and the Earth-human hero, Dalgard Nordis, far from being 'Star Born', was born and raised on Astra.

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.
Perry Whitford
Generic and disappointing alien planet adventure story from the 1950s by a prolific writer who I know could do much better than this when she tried.

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
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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
Jan 11, 2008 Happydog rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: andre norton completists
Norton is probably best known for her Witch World series. This is a book in the "Astra" series, chronicling a group of Earthmen who escaped a repressive fundamentalist regime for a new world.

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
Carl V.
Oct 31, 2012 Carl V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Born packs quite a lot of storytelling punch in its brief 187 pages. Andre Norton’s 1957 story examines such issues as slavery, racial prejudice, apocalyptic warfare and governmental oppression and wraps it all up in the kind of adventure-filled story that was a pleasure to read as and adult and would have had me gazing heavenward as a child. Star Born is an example of fine world-building and classic space adventure that remains accessible and surprisingly relevant 55 years after its releas ...more
Action adventure recontact sci-fi. An exploration party find an Earth class planet and discover a group of devolved aliens who have lost their technology but not their hatred. Also on the planet are former colonists from Earth who were at odds with the exploration party's ruling predecessors and a sentient amphibian humanoid race who were previously enslaved by the alien race. Conflict and misunderstanding follow as the exploration party try to figure out who is who and avoid becoming proxy aids ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Andre Norton's awesome space epics. I may have to go reread "The Stars are Ours" again.

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.
Oct 03, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Highly enjoyable. True classic Sci-Fi, with the story dependent on human (and some non-human)nature, rather than devices or technology - thus making this a timeless book. Confronting moral dilemmas and responding to human fundamentals are the true base of this story. While there is a good closing to the story, be forewarned that it is not a bundling of all of the loose ends. Instead, like good sci-fi, it makes you want more with its "what could/shall be".
Nadine Jones
When I was young, I inhaled every Andre Norton book that my local library had, so this is likely a re-read for me. The cover art brought back a rush of memories, but the story itself does not, so it's sort of fresh all over again for me. Fast and fun action-adventure-on-an-alien-planet story.

This book sort of fell apart in the second half and started to feel a little ... thrown together. But still enjoyable.
D.C. Musgrove
Oct 21, 2011 D.C. Musgrove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andre Norton is one of my famous golden age sci-fi authors. Star Born is also a favorite of her early works, depicting a far away planet's struggle to recover their civilization after a terrible war. They are unexpectedly aided by the arrival of a Terran exploration party searching for new inhabitable worlds.
Aug 01, 2016 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chalk this one up to good idea, not so great execution. Having two separate but converging plotlines is nice, and the whole idea of primitive vs modern humans and aliens is interesting; but there's really not much character development to really care about here, there's very little immersion in the world. I don't know if this is typical of Andre Norton or just typical of books of this era.
Jan 20, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid story-based, character-focused sci-fi (as opposed to "hard" sci-fi). Written in 1957, it still holds up today. A rather quick read. Nothing momentous here, but worth it. I've not read any of her other books so I can't compare, but now I'm intrigued.
Baron Greystone
Another older SF novel in my nostalgia trend. Slightly better than the average Norton yarn. Still predictable by today's standards, but the characters have interesting viewpoints that might not have been used in a more modern piece, making them a bit more refreshing to read about.
Sep 26, 2016 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Born

Not as good as some of her books - it presumes that you have read the previous book( s) and I felt like I was missing important information for the whole first half of the book.
Edwin Downward
Jan 06, 2017 Edwin Downward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Norton. The kind of book on which I cut my SciFi teeth.
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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