The Stars, Like Dust

The Stars, Like Dust

Book - 2008
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From science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov comes a stand-alone novel set in his renown galactic empire

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, 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 espionage.

The 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.

"This little novel will transport you back to a simpler time, when story lines we are jaded towards today were fresh and intoxicating, and that gosh-wow! sense of wonder covered science fiction like a layer of fine, gold dust." --

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008.
Edition: 1st Tor ed.
ISBN: 9780765319159
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 14, 2016

A good book, but Asimov has written better. Still, it's a quick read and has some interesting twists.

Jun 25, 2013

Although this was allegedly Asimov's least favorite novel, I thought the plot was interesting. And the book was "mercifully" short. It didn't contain extraneous chapters/needless plot like some of his longer books (think "Robots and Dawn"). A good read.

Jul 11, 2011

The second 'Empire' Novel. Written in 1951, it predates 'The Currents of Space', the first 'Empire' novel and antedates 'Pebble in the Sky', the third!


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