Ss sense once the big secret has been revealed In fact I kept waiting for something deeper to appear beneath the apparently childish plan since it seemed impossible that this conspiracy couldn t be tracked down in a matter of hours Even without computersI ve got to be honest looking back at these scifi masterpieces is a little uncomfortable The absence of any female characters is at least understandable considering the contemporary situation props to Asimov for Susan Calvin at least who s not only the lead of I Robot at least until the film replaced her with a charismatic black man in a preview of the 2008 election but also the most successful roboticist on the planet but the assumption that the human future will be lily white is icky given that any such future would have to reuire the eternal marginalization or ethnic cleansing of non Western ethnicities It s an unspoken ethnochauvinism that seems particularly grating seeing how directly Star Trek the first serious television scifi program was to confront it It did not have to be this way in the 50s eitherMore worrying to me is the creepily fascistic ends justify means sort of ethos pervading these stories It s not just an occasional instance either but a recurring theme that extreme actions taken by intellectually enlightened individuals are necessary and just I still remember my Foundation course ou must never let what is moral prevent De brevitate vitae you from doing what is right Pretty much every one of his heroes certainly Starr is an bermensch capable of shifting the entire course of human civilization through his superior will and understanding and who can t be constrained by conventional morality I suppose this is a result of a craving for personal motivations over complicated political theories but it does make me think of The Iron Dream which basically sends a big middle finger to these types of stories by writing one from the point of view of Hitler and showing just how few changes are necessary to turn space operahigh fantasy into Nazi propaganda Sort of like Starship Troopers the film at least but even cuttingSo I didn t really like this book It may have worked better as a serial but I think that in any format this book would be considered silly Which wouldn t be too bad except that it s mundane silliness Many of the cliches being used Martians telepathy aren t even interesting cliches and those that do still entertain are not utilized as well as they are in other novels In some ways the book is actually too grounded as the Solar System limited story never uite lets us divorce ourself from all reality the way a grand galactic empire can And Lucky Starr or Space Ranger is just a fantastically dull character At least other pulp heroes had character faults and personality traits beyond beingoung and spunky and the destined child of destinyOn the whole unless Signaler un problème you re really obsessed with Silver Age space opera it s probably best to give this a miss Try the Ensign Flandry series by Poul Anderson whose hero is at least lovable roguish or Lensman by Doc Smith which has the benefit of being first Or give Asimov s excellent Robot Galactic Empire or Foundation series a go They all come highly recommendedStory 5 Occasionally fun and pulpy but mostly stale and unbelievableCharacters 3 What characters This review may contain spoilersThis was one book I read originallyears ago but recently decided to re read the series And even though there were parts of it that were cliched it remains one of my favourite science fiction booksOne of my favourite parts of this book was the friendship that formed between David and Bigman While David did seem like a character who was a bit too good to be true there were problems he had and I enjoyed seeing glimpses of his relationship with his honorary uncles even though the book was really too short to allow me to see much of his history apart from what was stated in the narration At the same time the reflections of David s past made me feel a lot of sympathy for him as a childI thought it was really good to see something of how the food poisoning would affect the residents of Earth especially considering just how many people were still on Earth Even though the information about Mars was outdated I was able to suspend my disbelief enough to picture a lot of what had happened on the planet I enjoyed seeing the effects of the gravity change and how different the culture on Mars wasI did think that David could have come up with a better story than he did when he first went to Mars While it was good to see that there were conflicts between him and many of the Mars workers on the farm he joined it did seem fairly obvious who the bad guys were or at least some of them It would have been good to see a bit of the world in general but I did like seeing some of the technology used both on Earth and Mars I would have liked a bit background on the things like emotions being linked to exposing the colourless tattoo for exampleI really liked the opportunity to see what the real natives of Mars were like and it was also interesting to see how the communication through minds worked And the Space Ranger itself was a really interesting idea with an air of mystery added that I really liked seeingWhile I would have liked to see the book expanded upon I did really enjoy reading it and I m sure I would read it again in the near future uite enjoyable if somewhat naivete nowadays And there is of course the added value of nostalgia I have devoured the Lucky Starr series of books approximately 30 Un monstre dans les céréales years ago not recalling a thing from then except that it was very enjoyable Unlike the TV series MacGyver which was a total disappointment when trying to re watch it at a later ageou can never get too wrong with Asimo. R its oungest member to the Martian farmlands to discover the truth behind the murder.
Ung science geek s wildest dream come true Imagine a thousand ears from now the solar system s secret agents and protectors of the weak arescientists Who don t mind showing off what they knowDr Asimov often lamented the pernicious and ever growing current of anti intellectualism in American society Was his series of Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination young adult Lucky Starr novels merely the public expression of an escapist fantasy universe or did he intend to winoung intelligent minds to scientific inuiry by showing just how cool science could beIn the first installment oung David Starr newly inducted into the Council of Science goes undercover to root out a mysterious and deadly conspiracy to hold Earth s food supply hostage He meets and befriends spunky Martian John Bigman Jones who uickly becomes his faithful if not even tempered sidekick This initial novel puts the Lucky Starr universe on a sound footing The embedded mystery is compelling although its resolution is in my opinion a little too simplistic to be completely convincingAs one would expect Dr Asimov took pains to ensure that the Solar System providing the backdrop for Starr s adventures was consistent with contemporary knowledge of astronomy However it seems that every one of the Lucky Starr stories except perhaps the second contains at least one glaring anachronism which the author lived to regret In David Starr Space Ranger the famous Martian canals now known not to exist featured prominently Moreover the Martian atmosphere in the story was thick enough to allow breathing with simple oxygen masks whereas in actuality it is only about one percent of sea level pressure on Earth Mind ou these inaccuracies did nothing to lessen my enjoyment of the Lucky Starr tales either in my Chasing McCree Chasing McCree youth or at the present time Utter garbage Easy to see why it was originally published under a pseudonym Take the worst elements of a poor spy thriller and mix it unimaginative SF andou get this mess Good thing to know that Asimov can write a lot better than this David Starr Space Ranger Lucky Starr 1 Isaac Asimov David Starr Space Ranger is the first novel in the Lucky Starr series six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul FrenchDavid Starr Space Ranger 1952Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids 1953Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus 1954Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury 1956Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter 1957Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn 1958 1997 1375 199 20 9645542103 20 1374 1375 1376 1371 1377 1376 It s been a long while since I read any new books by Asimov He was one of my favorite authors as a kid so there aren t many of his I haven t read but I always turned aside the Lucky Starr books I think it just looked too much like pure pulp unenlivened by his always interesting big ideas And I think that was a fair enough assessment although his other books at least the pre 80s ones were a lot pulpy than I noticed at the timeStylistically this book is exactly what Impossible Things you want from 50s pulp scifi Forcefields blasters and private spaceships appear alongside physical telegrams microfilm push button controls spectacles etc Radiation is still a magical device that can justify absolutely anything Martians make sense and so does telepathy Towards the end we get into superhero territory that sounds likes something out of Green Lantern or rather given the likely source of the story idea from Lensman The cheese factor is through the roof Starr is literally working for the Council of Science which unofficially rules the planet Crazy right I mean canou imagine a world it which scientifically validated research has an actual effect on public opinion MadnessStarr is basically James Bond in space but without the transgressive ualities and with all the sexual energy of a dead brick wrapped in an emotionally unfulfilled lead condom Perfect in every way clean shaven and morally pure enough to win the approval of 50s parents he is one step ahead of everyone else at all times This is the opposite of how a good adventure story should go and the opposite of Asimov s best characters too Imagine how boring it would be if Lije Bailey was never wrong or in real danger of failing Some of the other characters are entertaining Chief among side characters is a small man called Bigman haha who serves as a comic reliefsidekick He strikes me as a Boy Wonder type for all that he s supposed to be a full grown man None of the rest really get sufficient development or characterization to stick in the memory The villain is obvious to anyone who s read a mystery novel but only because of the role he fills in the story and not because his involvement or plan makes any senseThe book s threat is clear enough random Martian grown foodstuffs are being poisoned by unknown conspirators It s an interesting scheme frame Mars for random killings and cripple their economy while stoking Earther Martian tensions and dividing the governments for the benefit of unknown parties Except well That s not the conseuence being dreaded The fear is that this will cause Earth s population to starve to death Yeah Somehow fear of dying by fast acting poison will overrule fear of death by slow starvation I mean it might make sense if it was done in some numbers but we re talking about 200 people out of five billion spread out over several months and continents and killed in secret Starvation is not a conseuence that can be taken seriouslySo the politics of this are rather crap and short sighted I ll confess to being disappointed that someone as clear sighted over the conseuences of technological changes and individual reactions can be so remarkably oblivious to obvious political conseuences and group behaviors And it makes even le. Ny are being poisoned Working in secret the ruling Council of Science sends David Star.
This story is truly a product of its times and I suspect Asimov though most authors would never admit this was somewhat embarrassed by it I ve not seen why he used a pseudonym for this series but I could guess It like Hardy Boys Nancy Drew and Tom Corbett behaves like a serial children s novel It is part SF part mystery and part superhero story Since the superhero element is so close to the crisis of the story I won t reveal it but suffice it to say that it is a gimmick that might work for children not Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan young adults but most grown ups will shake their heads and if they are the indulgent type smileDavid Starr is the kind of clean cut hero parents of the 1950s wanted to see their kids reading The closest we get to a female character is a disembodied voice The story is almost as if men spontaneously generated from the thin Martian dust On the other hand Starr is too smart for his adult manipulators The Council of Science leaders try to manipulate him but he is on to them and does what they want anyway confident that he can carry off the program and still maintain secrecy Likewise the Council Rep on Mars is uncertain of thisoung man he has been ordered to trust and is confused every step of the way till Starr saves the day Finally his origins in a tragic loss of his parents and an extended time in space being bombarded by cosmic rays gives him the feel of a proto Fantastic Four character cum messiah Who is this Wachten op Apollo young man where did he come from and how did he become such a prodigyIn the edition I read Asimov entered a preface not uite apologizing for the outdated Mars science By now anyone reading a Mars story written before the 1970s knows they are reading a mythology than science In those days with inadeuate instrumentation scientists were interpreting the planets as best they could using eual parts science and wishful thinking Nobody expects Kim Stanley Robinson s Red Mars from a 50s Asimov or an ERB These storys do not though they should serve to humble our trust in science Scientists thought they were giving answers when all they were really doing was their best under the circumstances That s all they re still doingI hate to say it goodness knows I like books too much to be a negative reviewer but Asimov will probably not last Certainly David starr will not Our culture has moved on to a dynamic and a darker serial protagonist Kids are not so naive as to think the Space Ranger can come through However if they reoung enough they might enjoy it if they can get through the tech So perhaps reading Starr aloud to our elementary kids is about where we can expect this book to find a niche I might read two because I bought them or I might just sell the whole pack to a used book store A fun science fiction mystery Asimov owes a lot to the classics of the mystery genre in terms of how he structures his stories and this one is a great example A uick read too Ok I will admit I came across these while reading the Asimov s world of fantasy series and I tried and tried but I could not resist opening one up and a seeing what it was like and well honest that is how it all started The books I have are from Lightening A now defunct ounger reader publisher I was just getting through my first Asimov books Pebble in the Sky and Earth Is Room Enough and I saw these were in the process of being published Callisthnie - La musculation globale yes in 1988 they were being reprinted So I hungrily bought them up and read them as they were published for the grand total of 195 Yes they read as little than serialised high adventuresou almost can just image these being turned in to those uestionable black and white TV series which went out every saturday morning where And the Ass Saw the Angel you knew that the hero always got the bad guy and some important message was hammered home with all the subtlety go a freight train But back then and now I don t care Isaac Asimov is without doubt one of those authors who has a way with words and regardless of the audience he was able to captivate and enthral them and I will never grow bored of his work David Starr Space Ranger was the first of the Lucky Starr books I found in my Dad s collection I had already eaten through all the RobotFoundation novels from Asimov by this stage and the Lens Men by EEDoc Smith and I just kept looking through all the old battered books My Dad s editions are actually the editions in which Asimov went under a pseudonym though I later went out and bought other editions from second hand bookshops to add to my own collection I adored David Starr I adored how perfect he was Maybe today we would call David Starr a Gary Stu or a Marty Stu because he truly fits that mold butou know what I didn t care and I still don t care In fact I wish books were still written with these types of character archetypes Why Because it s entertainment it is fantastical it is escapism and it is fun What Asimov created in David Starr Space Ranger was a character and a story that was simple straight forward fast and exciting I envision this story rather like a movie because if Why We Want You to Be Rich you have the right type of imagination Asimov s beautiful writing style in its un descriptive manner will allowour mind to fill in the blanks I truly wish I could find science fiction like this today That isn t afraid to have larger than life characters who will never be real Because I believe it is okay to have unrealistic characters every now and then that allow us to transport ourselves away from reality and dream of Space Rangers So if Nationalism: Critical Concepts in Political Science you are looking for a space adventure a plot that is simple but an enjoyable read because seriously anything Asimov is enjoyable then I really would pick up David Starr Space Ranger because everyone needs a Space Ranger in their imagination The world of Isaac Asimov s Lucky Starr is ao. Earth is on the brink of catastrophe The vital foodstuffs supplied by its Martian colo.
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