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The Stars, Like Dust

(Galactic Empire #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  13,986 ratings  ·  608 reviews
Biron Farrell was young and naïve, but he was growing up fast. A radiation bomb planted in his dorm room changed him from an innocent student at the University of Earth to a marked man, fleeing desperately from an unknown assassin.

He soon discovers that, many light-years away, his father, the highly respected Rancher of Widemos, has been murdered. Stunned, grief-stricken,
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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1951)
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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
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 a Universit
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Davyne DeSye
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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) radiation detectors (in the f
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Sandy
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Battaglia
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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 complet
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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
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Nikola Pavlovic
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Odlicna prica. Posto u Srpskom izdanju knjige ovaj deo ide nakon "The Currents of Space", ali to je za radnju skroz nebitno, mogu samo reci da mi je ovaj deo rame uz rame sa predhodno procitanim. I mada mi je "The Currents of Space" nekako draza prica ova kao sto rekoh niucemu ne zaostaje. Sam kraj ce vam mozda biti malo bljutav, ali imajte u vidu da ona Amerika, iz perioda kada je pisana knjiga, i ova sada u mnogome nisu ista zemlja.
Ahmad Sharabiani
امپراطوری های ماوراء سحابی از نیم قرن پیش به تصرف حکومت جبار سیاره تیرانی درآمده، پدر بایرون فارل ناپدید شده و او میداند تیرانی در این ماجرا دست دارد، همیشه داستان های تخیلی فضایی مرا با خود میبرد به دور دستها، کودک میشوم، آسیموف را بسیار دوست میدارم، لذتی نهفته همراه با صداقت کودکانه در ایشان نهفته است، درونم شاید همچون ایشان است، نگران آینده و شایق که کاش میدیدم
Simona Bartolotta
Gli ultimi capitoli sono stati tutti un unico, grande brivido che si è propagato lungo la mia schiena con un'intensità pari a quella che, nella mia fervida e indubbiamente esagerata immaginazione, potrebbe avere una scossa elettrica. Fantastico.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 remem ...more
Barışcan Bozkurt
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Okuduğum diğer Asimov kitaplarına kıyasla fazla sönüktü. Hatta sıralama yapacak olursam listenin sonunda olur. Karakterleri veya hikâyenin geçtiği yerleri ne heyecanlı buldum ne de ilgi çekici. Özellikle ana karakter çok sönüktü. Kitabın yarısı boyunca karakterler arasında top gibi paslaşılıyor. Bir de bu karakter ile Kral'ın kızıyla olan romantizm araya girince -evet, o klişe- gerçekten sıkıldım. Can sıkan kısım romantizm'in bu sefer ufak boyutta olmamasıydı. Neyseki diğer kitaplarda Arz söz ko ...more
Jerry
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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Antonio
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tras finalizar las tres novelas centrales del 'Ciclo de Trantor' y la 'Serie de los Robots', toca ponerse con la 'Trilogía del Imperio Galáctico' en esta andadura por las obras más relevantes de Isaac Asimov. Y el comienzo, como mandan los cánones, viene con 'En la arena estelar', una obra que resumiré en un par de puntos, uno positivo y otro negativo.

Empezando por la parte mala, ésta viene relacionada con el propio encaje de esta novela en el universo y el futuro ideado por Asimov. La realidad
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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
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
Brian Schwartz
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 cha
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Davut
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İmparatorluk serisinin ilk, benim sıralamama göre ikinci kitabı. Oldukça ilgi çekici bir hikaye. Sonuna doğru heyecanlı ve beklenmedik olaylarla süslenmiş, akıcı bir eser. Bir eserin filmini izlemek, karakterlerini görmek, davranışlarını anlamakta ve belki de olayların gidişatını tahmin etmekte oldukça önemli ipuçları veriyor. Fakat kitabını okumanın bir güzelliği de karakterlerin davranışları hakkında hemen fikir sahibi olamamak ve bu eserdeki gibi sürprizlerle karşılaşmak. Karakterler, çiftçin ...more
Leonardo
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 (and a lot of
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Bill Wellham
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 flicked throu
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Mick
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Reihane
چهار و نیم
بازم یه اثر دیگه از ایزاک آسیموف که خب به نظرم نیازی به معرفی نداره. خوندنش برای کسایی که عاشق آسیموفن عادی به نظر میاد. اما کسایی که عاشق نظریه پردازی های علمی آسیموف هستن بیشتر از این کتاب خوششون میاد. چون علاوه بر جنبه داستانی خیلی به جنبه ی علمی فضایی این داستان پرداخته. بهش چهار و نیم دادم چون در مقابل مجموعه های بنیاد و یا رباتهای آسیموف کمی مراعات کرده باشم:دی
Sina Homayooni
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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.
دانیال بهزادی
این کتاب واقعاً خستهکننده بود و خوندنش برای من که کتاب قبلی رو دو سه روزه خونده بودم، بیشتر از دو هفته طول کشید! ...more
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 single series
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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
Tamara
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Auch wenn das Buch ziemlich viel Physik enthalten hat und ich davon absolut keine Ahnung hab, hab ich es in etwa verstanden.

Absolut unfassbar, was der Autor für Recherchen betrieben haben muss, um so ein Buch auf die Beine zu stellen. Ich bin absolut fasziniert davon. Tolle Arbeit und eine harmonische „Welt“.

Die Charaktere waren genial ausgearbeitet und harmonierten super zusammen.

Ein wirklich tolles und faszinierendes Buch.
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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 published in nine o
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Galactic Empire (3 books)
  • The Currents of Space (Galactic Empire #2)
  • Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire #3)
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“The stars, like dust, encircle me
In living mists of light;
And all of space I seem to see
In one vast burst of sight”
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