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Black Star Rising

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  813 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
"When a mysterious alien spacecraft approaches the Earth and demands to speak with the President of the United States, then destroys a large Pacific island to demonstrate its strength and its seriousness, you'd expect the President to talk. Problem is, in the late twenty-first century, there is no President--not even a United States. China rules the Americas, and to most p ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Random House Inc. (NYC) (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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We were driving from the Great Sand Dunes to Mesa Verde, my family and I, and I was in a royal funk. Partly this was because I hadn't slept well the night before. Partly it was because the Sand Dunes, damn them, had been windy and so walking near them, let alone climbing them, was made painful by blowing sand. Partly it was because I was on a road trip instead of home with my friends, and I was a high school graduate heading off to another state for college and who knew how hard it would be to s ...more
Peter Dunn
I picked this up because of the interesting premise in which the US and Russia have devastated each other leaving China and India to pick up the pieces, but then an alien ship appears insisting on talking to the President of the now defunct US ……and that was fine for the first 51 pages, after which it descends into farce. This starts with the introduction of a key character who is essentially a mad scientist, then everyone else suddenly starts acting like petulant or jealous children, and then w ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
So you think everything have worked out just fine and then come some patriots who are extraterrestrials and f*** everything up :). We get bite of dystopian society, space travel, romance and even genetic enhancements.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 8, 2014

This was a JOY to read.. or a HOOT.. or something.. Although.., actually, it sortof petered out by the end & was a bit of a disappointment. Still (moving), all in all (n'at), I had fun reading this. It's in the genre of a-culture-not-currently-dominating a-particular-nation becomes THE-culture-dominating a-particular-nation. Other examples of this genre being Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Cast
Christina Zable
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
I picked this up in a used book store, intrigued by the initial premise and because I very much enjoyed some Pohl that I read years ago (Heechee saga). It starts out with an interesting what if -- what if the US and the USSR blew each other to smithereens, leaving China and India as the great world powers? We start in a rice paddy in Alabama, part of a US administered by the Red Chinese. It's all very interesting, in the way that alternative history is (though when written in 1985 it was actuall ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ho hum.
Michael Nalbone
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Fun read, abrupt ending.
Mathew Whitney
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Black Star Rising is an odd little story by Frederik Pohl which might best be described as an alternate history novel, though it was originally written as a dystopian future novel. The basic premise is that the US and USSR spiraled into all-out-nuclear war and nearly destroyed the world, leaving India and China to clean up the mess. The story starts off as a simple tale of a man working on a collective farm working rice paddies in what used to be Mississippi, even though all he ever wanted to be ...more
Chris Gager
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Rescued from the Transfer station trailer. Pohl is one of the "Old Guard" of Sci-Fi writers I remember from the 50's and 60's. I need a break after "Gilead". Time to lighten up, literature-wise. Tonight... I finished this one yesterday while the snow flew outside. What a mess out there now. Rain and sleet on top of 7" of wet snow - ICK! I've already shoveled a bunch of it and I'm not done yet. Anyway... this book is a reliably entertaining and kind of wacky tale. Some interesting science, sex an ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
This one was just okay to me. I really debated about whether I wanted to give it two stars or three, and I decided to give it three simply because it was good enough for me to finish. I've read a couple other books by Pohl which I really enjoyed, but this one was very dry to me. Many of the themes in the story were interesting but I simply could not connect with the characters, in fact I really did not care about them at all. There was a tremendous amount of sex in the novel which was written in ...more
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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