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The Stars, Like Dust quotes The Stars, Like Dust, litcharts The Stars, Like Dust, symbolism The Stars, Like Dust, summary shmoop The Stars, Like Dust, The Stars, Like Dust f94b37c1 Biron Farrell Was Young And Na Ve, 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 AssassinHe Soon Discovers That, Many Light Years Away, His Father, The Highly Respected Rancher Of Widemos, Has Been Murdered Stunned, Grief Stricken, And Outraged, Biron Is Determined To Uncover The Reasons Behind His Father S Death, And Becomes Entangled In An Intricate Saga Of Rebellion, Political Intrigue, And EspionageThe Mystery Takes Him Deep Into Space Where He Finds Himself In A Relentless Struggle With The Power Mad Despots Of Tyrann Now It Is Not Just A Case Of Life Or Death For Biron, But A Question Of Freedom For The Galaxy


10 thoughts on “The Stars, Like Dust

  1. says:

    Very enjoyable but Asimov light More tomorrowNow Isaac Asimov is one of my all time favourite authors, his Foundation novels are to me the epitome of SF space Opera, and he is my go to author when I want a great book, so when I felt a bit down lost in need of a lift, I decided to read this book as I hadn t touched it in probably 20 years.It was an enjoyable book, without a doubt an Asimov book, but a little light, as in not as detailed and structured as some of his famous books.For those unaware of Asimov s books, he wrote a series of Robot novels and what he called Empire novels that culminated in his excellent Foundation Trilogy The Robot novels involve such people as Susan Calvin and other excellent characters through to R Daneel Olivaw who surfaces again in the final Empire novels, whilst in the Empire novels one can experience the wisdom of Elijah Bailey the Earth detective who inadvertently helps found the Galactic Empire.All in all this was a good book that can be read alone or as part of reading the Asimov Empire novels or indeed the whole Robot and Empire novels Whatever you choose, enjoy.Oh and if you have an old copy, like me, you get the wonderful Chris Foss cover.


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    The Stars, Like Dust Galactic Empire 1 , Isaac AsimovThe Stars, Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction mystery book by American writer Isaac Asimov The book is part of Asimov s Galactic Empire series and takes place before the actual founding of the Galactic Empire, before even Trantor becomes important It starts with a young man attending the University of Earth Biron Farrill is the son of the greatest nobleman on the planet Nephelos, one of the Nebula Kingdoms The story starts with the news that his father has been caught conspiring against the Tyranni 1992 1371 325 1379 9646319300 20


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    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 good, as I still have a long ways to go.It s important to note that this was originally published in 1951 I doubt Asimov would have made some of the choices that he did if he d written this book in 1991 An Earth devastated by nuclear war was a frighteningly viable future in 1951, for example, and I have a feeling that the ending would have a different reveal if written today Or, as the Wikipedia article implies, not be there at all It s good to know that Asimov didn t like that plotline any better than I did.Although it s flawed, so than the other novels I ve read by Asimov, I still thought it was well worth reading Maybe if I weren t planning on reading the entire Robots Empire Foundation series, I d feel differently.


  4. says:

    Toz gibi y ld zlar ku at r beni,Ya ayan bir k pusu i erisinde Ve t m uzay g r n r g z me,Devasa bir k patlamas gibi Asimov hayranl m art k gizli sakl bir ey de il Serinin ilk kitab s rprizli bitti Bakal m neler olacak.


  5. says:

    Well, you can see from his writing that his scientist side was stronger than the writer one he clearly writes better robots than humans


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    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 University on Earth when thanks to a man named Jonti he is made aware of a bomb that has been planted in his room He is then made aware of his father s death His father holds a high position as the Rancher of Widemos Jonti convinces Biron to travel to the strongest Tyranni controlled planet, Rhodia This is where he hears rumors about a rebellion against the Tyranni and it becomes his goal to find the rebel planet Oh, the Tyranni is an empire of few that have found a way to rule 50 planets, despite being well underpopulated.On the surface this seems like decent Asimov fare, but there are some real glaring flaws with this book First, I almost couldn t believe this was Asimovs writing, it just felt so uninspired I ve only read the Robot series before this, but some of my favorite aspects of those books were the characters namely R Daneel and Elijah and the commanding dialog Here in Stars the characters are incredibly boring to me and the dialog is very flat.Also, the plot here starts to feel really clunky We have a lame contrived love story and lame twists, double crosses, double double crosses, double double double crosses you get the point than I care to read about For the first time Asimov s prose feels very amateurish I actually had to re read pages because I often found myself so bored that I would just glance words rather than really read them, it was just that bad for me.The book does start to pick up a little bit towards the middle, middle end and when I finally started to see some redeeming value he throws in one doozy of a hokey ending.So, there s a few interesting moments but as a whole this book didn t work for me at all I wasn t too surprised when after reading this book I did a little research and found that this is Asimov s least favorite book, so far this is my least favorite Asimov book All is well though, I m certainly not going to give up on Asimov and I look forward to forgetting this one and moving on.


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    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 form of watches, jewelry, clothing, etc in case they inadvertently wander into a high radiation zone There is a hint that this is because of some long past war.Interestingly, though the story begins on Earth, most of the story actually takes place off planet The Tyranni are the despotic rulers of a group of planets near the Horsehead Nebula, and naturally, a rebellion is in the works Our young hero, Biron who is on Earth , is flung into the rebellion when his father is killed on their home planet of Nephelos Another and possibly high ranking member of the rebellion, Jonti, hustles Biron off Earth and sets in motion a chain of events that seems at every turn to be endangering Biron s life rather than protecting it making Biron suspect that his benefactor is not the man he pretends to be Somehow, Biron manages to evade the traps and dangers that surround him He embarks on a search for the mysterious rebellion world that is theoretically located in the Horsehead Nebula and allows Jonti to accompany him on the search, with much reservation, but in the hopes of learning who Jonti really is and what his motivations truly are Events at the end of the book wrap back to Earth at least tangentially an in to me a surprising way.It is an action adventure novel typical of the 1950s science fiction, full of blasters, space ships, planets, and, as is also typical of the times, some great science and scientific explanations that do not bog down the narrative I also enjoyed the About the Author section at the back of my edition Asimov s sense of humor is displayed throughout For example He Asimov remains as youthful, as lively, and as lovable as ever, and grows handsome with each year You can be sure that this is so since he has written this little essay himself and his devotion to absolute objectivity is notorious This is now considered Book 1 in the Galactic Empire series, although at the time it was written, it was simply a standalone novel Highly recommended to those who enjoy books from the Golden Age of science fiction.


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    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 , takes place a mere 10,000 years in the future, or a good 40,000 years prior to the events in book 1 Thus, the book can be viewed as a very loose prequel of sorts, although the galactic backdrop is the only story element that the two books share This second novel of Asimov s originally appeared in the January March 51 issues of Horace L Gold s Galaxy Science Fiction a 25 cent, digest sized periodical with a different title, Tyrann, and was then released in book form later that same year It is another highly readable, fast moving space adventure from this beloved and, ultimately, superhumanly prodigious author, but one with a number of problems, as will be seen.In the book, the Galactic Empire consists of only some 1,100 settled planets, as opposed to the 200 million colonized worlds of book 1 Some 50 years prior to book 2 s commencement, the short and stocky human colonists of the planet Tyrann had conquered 50 other worlds in the neighborhood of the Horsehead Nebula, and if there were ever any doubt as to how the author felt about those space conquerors, let s just say that he calls their race the Tyranni At the beginning of The Stars, Like Dust, a 23 year old resident of the Nebula world Nephelos, Biron Farrill, who is about to graduate from an Earth university, awakens in his dorm only to find that a radiation bomb has been planted near his bed He survives this murder attempt and later learns that his nobleman father, the so called Rancher of Widemos, has just been put to death for his participation in an insurrection plot against the Tyranni Urged by a mysterious benefactor, Sander Jonti, to go to the subject world of Rhodia and speak to that planet s Director, Hinrik V, Biron travels by starship to seek an audience there Hinrik, as it turns out, is something of a mentally deficient imbecile, but Farrill is soon aided by the Director s brother, Gillbret oth Hinriad, and by Rhodia s princess herself, the beautiful Artemisia The three steal a Tyranni ard cruiser and set off in search of the rebellion world that Gillbret claims to have once visited, all the time playing cat and mouse with the Tyranni commissioner of Rhodia, the dangerously perceptive Simok Aratap But the discovery of that legendary rebellion world is not the only thing on Biron s and Aratap s minds A mysterious ancient document containing the details of a highly powerful weapon of some sort has vanished from Earth, and the discovery of that relic is of vital concern to them both, as well.Writing in his Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, Scottish critic David Pringle calls The Stars, Like Dust a minor Asimov space yarn, and that does indeed seem to be the general consensus As a matter of fact, Asimov himself would later call it the least favorite of all his 40 novels, 38 of which had been in the sci fi realm This, it seems, was largely due to the number of rewrites the publisher demanded of him Doc Ike hated doing rewrites, apparently , as well as the fact that Asimov loathed the subplot revolving around the ancient document that editor Gold compelled him to put in To be fair, that subplot is a relatively minor thread in the story s weave, and the revelation of its exact nature is one that very few readers will predict That big reveal does come as something of a surprise ending, akin to the one revealing the First Speaker s identity in the author s classic 1953 novel Second Foundation In both books, that surprise is reserved for the very last paragraph do NOT peek ahead As for the rest of it, I will confess that this reader was a tad confused during the book s first half, and that was undoubtedly deliberate on the author s part This is the sort of book in which most of the characters have hidden agendas Am I too complicated for you Aratap asks at one point , and few are what he she seems at first blush Thus, it is difficult to discern many of our main characters motivations Fortunately, things begin to clarify around the book s midpoint It all hangs together, as Jonti declares around that halfway section but Asimov still reserves many surprises for his final chapters In hindsight, the book is very clearly written not for nothing was Asimov later dubbed The Great Explainer, after penning over 400 books of nonfiction , but purposefully ambiguous in spots You may feel the need to read the book over again once you re through with it, to admire how deftly the author has written both honestly and misleadingly at the same time Asimov, of course, was also known for his books that combined both sci fi and mystery I am thinking most especially of 1954 s The Caves of Steel and 1957 s The Naked Sun, as well as his two unalloyed mystery novels, 1958 s The Death Dealers and 1976 s Murder at the ABA , and The Stars, Like Dust can almost be seen as a warm up of sorts to those It is not just a whodunit, but also a whydunit, and the complexity of the plot here is perhaps the novel s single greatest selling point.Asimov also throws in many little grace note touches to please his readers, including a long distance communication beam attuned only to the intended receiver s mind the haunting image of how the radioactive Earth appears from far off in space the monorail elevators that cover the surface of Hinrik s palace Gillbret s uncanny invention, the visisonor, which creates both images and music in the wearer s brain and those nasty neuronic whips, which would still be in use 40,000 years later, in book 1 Another interesting touch for this reader the fact that the Tyranni nemesis Aratap actually, he might be the most likeable character, strangely enough, in the entire book wears contact lenses Now ubiquitous, contacts, as we know them today, only became generally available to the public in 1949, and thus were still fairly cutting edge when Asimov wrote his story.The book, naturally, is hardly a perfect affair, with characters who are somewhat unfleshed out and a princess who is kinda lame wishy washy namby pamby Asimov even seems to make some slight goofs in this, his second novel For example, at one point, he tells us that the Tyranni have conquered two dozen planets in the Horsehead Nebula later, that figure is given as 50 He tells us that our Milky Way galaxy has a diameter of some 30,000 light years, whereas today, we know that it is like 100,000 to 180,000 light years And in one section, Artemisia quotes from an old poem that turns out to be from English poet Richard Lovelace, circa 1649 But once the reader learns the nature of that secret document at the book s end, the likelihood of anyone being able to quote by heart a 17th century Earth poet becomes highly minute But these are quibbles The Stars, Like Dust remains a hugely pleasing page turner, despite everything For this reader, it would appear, even minor Asimov is preferable to so much of the dross being churned out today And now, I think it s high time for me to be heading on to book 3, 1952 s The Currents of Space Stay tuned By the way, this review originally appeared on the FanLit site at a most ideal destination for all fans of Isaac Asimov.


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    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 lurks around every corner.Then everyone starts talking about what just happened and that goes right out the window I m not saying this is a bad thing, part of the reason that Asimov is so highly regarded and beloved among SF fans is because he was able to make these talky novels work, that he could wring some semblance of excitement from everyone talking about action but not actually engage in anything that you or I might accidentally misconstrue as this elusive beast sometimes called action And the thing was, he was capable of it I remember reading The Caves of Steel in the scenes where the cop is trying to elude someone on the moving sidewalks and being actively riveted.In this case though, not so much Granted, we re still very early in his career and while this one feels like one of his novels than Pebble in the Sky did, all the kinks still haven t been fully worked out People count this one as an Empire novel, even though there s kind of a reference to an Empire and Earth and whatnot, but it has precious little connection to anything that went before or after it.Indeed, we mostly focus on a few random worlds held by the Tyranni nice name Biron s father is a Rancher on one of those worlds and without warning is captured and presumably executed Biron is told that his father was planning a rebellion and he s got to get the heck out of Galactic Dodge before the people who got his father come after him And therein lies the seeds for what could have been a breakneck chase across the galaxy as Biron attempts to uncover the conspiracy and figure out who is on whose side Before too long he s hunting for a mysterious document and searching for rud Rebellion World that could blow this whole plot wide open and give us a ground level view of galactic governments falling, finally being taken back by the people they ve oppressed for so long.We don t quite get that Instead we get some typical tropes of both Asimov and SF of that era We have people with multiple identities, a plot coupon sort of structure where people bounce from one location to another because the plot requires them to and the requisite lone pretty girl who the hero falls in love with although she does acknowledge that as the only girl he doesn t have much choice, which is remarkably self aware simply because they have to This of course later turns into a minor love triangle with the guy they can maybe trust or maybe not to add some melodramatic tension In between, everyone discusses every permutation of the plot in every facet they can manage, with a twist I didn t necessarily see coming even if the hero did Biron starts out in a way that could have been interesting, the young man finding his footing but by the end of it turns into the typically capable SF hero of this period A lot of it feels very standard at points, even the final twist, which is meant to be shocking, winds up being quite telegraphed by kind of overselling the point halfway through and making you think maybe something is up it also didn t help that I ve read a fantasy series recently which uses a similar twist.What I find most fascinating about this novel, and I wish he had devoted to this, were the scenes featuring Tyranni commander Aratap Far different than most any other SF I had read from this time, there s a focus on mundane day to day activities and how boring it is to be a conqueror, like reading a story about your accountant set in the future Asimov seems to be going out of his way to prove that being an overlord can be a dull slog just like your crappy job, and there s some real nice details that I honestly didn t expect Aratap fidgeting in a uniform he s used to wearing is a treasure There s focus on the bureaucracy and Aratap being a clever foil instead of simply overbearingly evil that raises this book above lazier stuff from this era It s an almost British sensibility, akin to what Robert Holmes would be doing in his Doctor Who scripts almost twenty years later If nothing else, it makes the book worth it and shows that even when Asimov was fully vested in the cliches of the day, he was still working to find interesting angles Worth a peak.


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    Spoilers follow, but honestlywho cares with a book like this.Honestly not really worth the trouble of reviewing, but I ll say a few things anywayAsimov 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 complete revisions, Asimov was done with the book and found himself going through the motions to just get it over with Ahhh the things I wish I knew before I started reading.Ultimately The Stars suffers from stiff dialogue, insanely conspicuous deus ex machina intrusions, and for a modern audience, some rather antiquated to the point of absurdity gender roles The story follows the convoluted unravelling of the assassination of the Rancher of Widemos, whose son, Biron is left chasing after his father s murderers from planet to planet throughout the dreaded Tyranni Empire Asimov borrowed heavily from history for his setting and society, with the dreaded Tyranni, led by the Khan, strongly resembling the Golden Horde The last Asimov I read was The Foundation Series a number of years ago, and I found the jump to this series pretty disappointing There are no clever ideas, new angles or speculated technology that make for interesting asides and the plot is boilerplate for its era The sexism is astoundingly bad for a modern audience Example 1 It meant crowding it meant a complete absence of privacy and it meant that Artemisia would have to adjust herself to the fact that there were no women s clothes aboard, no mirrors, no washing facilities Well, she would have to get used to it Byron let that he had done enough for her, gone sufficiently out of his way Why couldn t she be pleasant about it and smile once in a while She had a nice smile, and he had to admit that she wasn t bad, except for her temper But oh, that temper Example 2 I agree with you there, Gil, said Biron just let s go somewhere where I don t have to listen to her clacking Talk about women on space ships Example 3 The trip, he decided, could be quite wonderful if she would only learn to behave herself The trouble was that no one had ever controlled her properly, that was all Certainly not her father She d become too used to having her own way If she d been born a commoner she would be a very lovely creature.Example 4 A supply of clothes for the lady, said Biron.Rizzett wrinkled his forehead Yes, of course Well, that will be her job No, sir, it won t We ll supply you with all the necessary measurements and you can supply us with whatever we ask for in whatever the current styles happen to be Rizzett laughed shortly and shook his head Rancher, she won t like that She wouldn t be satisfied with any clothes she didn t pick Not even if they were the identical items she would have picked if she had been given the chance This isn t a guess, now I ve had experience with the creatures Forgive my digression If this sort of thing bothers you, it only gets worse In the course of a couple of days, strong, willful Artemisia faints, coquettishly tries to play males off against each other, faints, is rescued, and marries our rather unlikeable hero And don t give me that cultural relativity, but he was writing in the 40s and 50s nonsense It doesn t make it any easier to read through in the 21st century Boring Pass Go start with Foundation.


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