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Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus

(Lucky Starr #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  56 reviews
From the distance it seemed an emerald green, fairyland bubble! Aphrodite, the largest city of Venus, deep under the planet's sea. There Earthmen had established an incredible civilization, but now it was threatened by some awesome force which preyed on men's minds.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 12th 1982 by Fawcett (first published 1954)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (Lucky Starr #3), Isaac Asimov
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus is the third novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul French. The novel was first published by Doubleday & Company in 1954. Since 1972, reprints have included a foreword by Asimov explaining that advancing knowledge of conditions on Venus have rendered the novel's descriptions of that world in
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is YA Sci-Fi at its best, so... just awesome!

If you, like me, love Sci Fi since a young age and later become a proper science geek, you'll find this book is kind of a dream come true. Lucky Starr is a highly trained sort of space special forces dedicated to protect humans living in other planets. The best thing is that he's not only athletic and brilliant, he's a scientist, because in the future imagined by Asimov (which I think is the best future anyone can imagine) scientist
The world of Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr is a young science geek's wildest dream come true. Imagine: a thousand years from now, the solar system's secret agents and protectors of the weak are...scientists! —Who don't mind showing off what they know!

Dr. Asimov often lamented the pernicious and ever-growing current of anti-intellectualism in American society. Was his series of young-adult Lucky Starr novels merely the public expression of an escapist fantasy universe, or did he intend to win
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Isaac Asimov’s way of telling his stories hasn’t aged well at all. For starters, they all play out in the exact same way. The topic in question may differ considerably, but it always comes down to people mostly talking about it, not much action or plot, and the solution being something that came with information hidden from the reader, so he would never be able to see it coming.

All his characters are plot devices and the stories are so concept-based, you are left with nothing besides a purely t
Phil Giunta
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Along with his diminutive but dauntless sidekick, Bigman Jones, David “Lucky” Starr travels from Earth to Venus when fellow Council of Science member and longtime friend, Lou Evans, is charged with corruption and theft of an experimental yeast formula.

During their flight to Venus, a message from Evans warns Starr to stay away from the planet. This of course only entices Starr to press onward. As they approach Venus, Starr and Bigman discover that their pilot and navigator have succum
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
reading these books is rather addictive and as I catch myself sneaking a look around at lunch time I realised that its almost furtive and clandestine in my reading of them. There is no shame I am quite open about about my reading at work and although my colleagues makes fun about how much I read they accept it and know I will tear a shred off them if them say a bad word about my reading although there have been some fascinating and lively conversations as a result. Anyway I think from this one r ...more
Hugo Cervantes
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in Asimov's series for younger readers (written under the pseudonym "Paul French"), here the author largely abandons his allusions to the Lone Ranger, but delivers a novel more or less on par with the two which preceded it, combining speculative fiction, mystery, and action. This one is, arguably, a tad weaker due to a few more holes in the plotline, and, obviously, the vision of Venus as a planet completely covered in ocean and teeming with life has not held up. But for tried and true ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I would say this one was much better than the previous Space Ranger novel Pirates of the Asteroids for almost all the reasons I complained about in my review.
1. The sidekick, Bigman, played a much more prominent role.
2. There was no meaningless use of the glimmer shield.
3. The storyline and the antagonist were not predictable from their first introduction.
I would have to say that this novel was closer to the 1st book in the series, more interesting alien life and challenges. I would say the
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2017
Its like reading 1950s Flash Gordon.
Patrik Sahlstrøm
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as horrible as the first two books in the series, but still not good. This series is Asimov at his very weakest
Vicente L Ruiz
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The book again shows its age... It's closer to three stars, Asimov or not, but it gets four out of nostalgia.
Ralph Carlson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read that I haven’t read since I was a teenager. Enjoyed reading it again.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A welcome departure from the general setting of the series.
Steve R
The third of six novels in the juvenile series, this tome was penned in the mid 1950s. When re-published later, Asimov had to admit that many of the scientific assumptions underlying the adventures of the hero on the second planet from the sun were erroneous due to his misconceptions of the situations prevailing there. In addition the publishers originally made Asimov do a fairly vast re-write in order to change the presentation of his main character. Not remembered at all.
Ana Mardoll
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus / 1421049260

I enjoy Asimov's Lucky Starr series very much, but this novel is definitely my favorite. I particularly love the "Sherlock Holmes meets Space Opera" feel of the series, right down to tall, wiry Starr/Holmes and his beefy, obtuse sidekick Jones/Watson.

The plot of "Oceans of Venus" follows the usual-yet-delightful Lucky Starr mystery format. Something is quite wrong at the lovely underwater station on Venus -- Lucky Starr's friend and fe
Conan Tigard
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not have a copy of this book when I read four of the six Lucky Starr Adventures books back in 1990. So, I was really happy to get my hands upon this copy, even though it was not put out by Del Rey and did not have the cool cover art painted by my favorite book-cover artist, Darrell K. Sweet.

Lucky Starr and The Oceans of Venus is a science fiction mystery set on Venus. Of course, we know a lot more about Venus these days and realize that there is not any water on Venus below the clouds and
Nonethousand Oberrhein
Under the Sea
David Starr, half a secret agent and half the futuristic translation of an “Old West” Marshall, is the swashbuckling hero watching over our Solar System peace! Stretching a bit (but not too much to break it!) the Science to fit the Fiction of a solar system peopled by human colons and extraterrestrial intelligent life forms, Asimov cooks up a fun, fresh and adventurous space opera saga, peppering it with quite a few Western genre tropes and leaving the tone evolve to a Cold War investigations ser
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something you have to keep in mind about the Lucky Starr series is that they were written for kids. I found this absolutely riveting at age 10-12, so while I'm not sure I would like it so much now, I'm rating it based on how I found it then. The descriptions of the titanic sea creatures in the oceans of Venus are just as breathtaking as a National Geographic documentary on the real things in Earth's oceans (newer editions of the books do have a foreword where Asimov explains that the oceans idea ...more
Mark Oppenlander
In this entry to Asimov's YA series, Councilman David "Lucky" Starr and his sidekick Bigman Jones head to Venus to investigate another Councilman who has been accused of treason. While there, they find that a series of strange and dangerous events have been occurring, each involving individuals who appear to have blacked out or to be hypnotized in some way. Because Venus is an important producer of yeast-based foods for the Solar system, these incidents are a real problem. Eventually, Starr and ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Even at the time I read them in my early 20s, I was not greatly inspired by these, but then again, Issac Asimov wrote them in the 1950s as juvenile science fiction novels under the pseudonym Paul French. So, I kept them mainly as a collector, but possible now something to read with my son. As Asimov admits in the 1970s authors note, the knowledge about the planets and moons has changed greatly, and obviously much much now in 2016. So, there is that problem about reading sci-fi when you already k ...more
This is one of several young adult novels Asimov wrote under a pen name. It is a mystery plot about mind control on a Venus that at the time of the writing, in the 1950's, was as good a guess as any as to the geology of the planet. Now it is obviously inaccurate to the point that the while the domed cities would have to be on the surface since there are no oceans on Venus, a lot of other details would have to change. Putting that aside however, the story is fun and a quick read and the character ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best, yet of the series. Although the landscape of Venus is completely wrong (there is a great caveat at the beginning of later editions which explains that at the time the tale was written, we hadn't yet explored the surface so it was all a guess based on what we could see - clouds), this an intelligent and exciting adventure.
This series is written outside of the scope of the Robot, Empire and Foundation universe; but you can still see some of his core concepts of government and socie
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-teens, sci-fi
This, and some of the other Lucky Starr titles, were some of the first SF books I ever read, from the public library in the small town where I grew up. They started a life-long interest in science fiction for me. I would have thought they were so long out of print that they wouldn't even be found in the book search. But No! Still in print, no doubt because Asimov wrote them. I didn't even know their author ... I suppose because when I read them I didn't know who Asimov was.

(On read-in-teens shelf, bu
Réal Laplaine
Actually I read #4 in this series, first time read. It was a bit too comic-book style for me. Not a very deep book considering the quality of Asimov's other works which I have read and which were fabulous. But I enjoyed the concepts presented, and as usual, Asimov was ahead of his time with technology. A fun read.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found these fun to read, actually. But this Lucky Starr book is the ONLY one of the six to feature a speaking part for a woman: she gets about five lines, and they're about how she enjoys knick-knacks and decorating her home. Asimov was a great writer, but even he couldn't foresee a future with women having a role as other than domestic servants!
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Lucky Starr series.

Lucky Starr, Space Ranger, and his sidekick Bigman Jones are sent to Venus by the Council of Science when a message is received that a previous Council trouble shooter was being investigated for corruption.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this, because it sucked.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade B. Book Ls3.
Apr 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-teen
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