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Years ago, David Starr's parents were murdered by pirates from the asteroid belt. Now the pirates are threatening the commerce and safety of the far-flung Terrestrial Empire. David Starr - known to his friends as Lucky - has plans for vengeance: a daring foray into the pirates' forbidden lair that will wipe them out forever......

Title : Pirates of the Asteroids
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ISBN : 9780450015496
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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Pirates of the Asteroids Reviews

  • Randy
    2019-01-13 23:44

    One of the series Asimov wrote back in the fifties under the name Paul French. Intended for the young adult market and during the Cold War, both the politics and the science(they were based on knowledge of the planets at the time) are a bit dated. Still a fun read.

  • King Ævil
    2019-01-11 18:45

    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 young, intelligent minds to scientific inquiry by showing just how cool science could be?Flush with victory against a criminal cabal on Mars, Lucky Starr next takes on the ruthless pirates of the asteroid belt, with nearly fatal consequences. To me, this story is by far the weakest of the Lucky Starr series. The hero takes too many unnecessary, not to mention stupid, risks, and worms his way out of deadly situations too implausibly. These flaws are mitigated, however, by the harrowing dash across the Solar System—almost through the Sun!—at the end.

  • Ckret msage
    2019-01-16 19:45

    Good book, honestly I could see this book working as a movie today. The Blow gun space battle would be downright awesome. Space pirates! What more needs to be said.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-05 18:37

    I LOVED this book! I wish I could find the rest of this series!

  • Mary JL
    2019-01-16 15:39

    The Lucky Starr books were Isaac Asimov's first attempt to write juvenile fiction. They are quite competently written--they are by Asimov after all--but nothing really stands out in them.Lucky and his sidekick, Bigman Jones are the two main characters, and they are not very memorable. Not bad, just--well, average.Frankly, if I wanted my children to reads juveniles sf, I would give him or her Andre Norton or Robert Heinlein. Both of those writers are better for juveniles.Asimov is a superb write--but I feel his Robot stories--especially Caves of Steel--and his short stories are much more worth your time than the Lucky Starr series.Acceptable, routine adventure for juvenile readers aged 9 on up.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-01-08 18:46

    Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (Lucky Starr, #2), Isaac Asimov Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids is the second novel in the Lucky Starr series, six juvenile science fiction novels by Isaac Asimov that originally appeared under the pseudonym Paul French.

  • Rob
    2018-12-23 15:37

    Technically not the best, but it was the first sci-fi, err..speculative fiction that I ever read. It opened the door for me.

  • Sarah-Jayne Briggs
    2018-12-22 21:37

    (This review may contain spoilers).Again, though I have read and enjoyed this book before, I liked being able to read it again... even though I remembered who the real bad guy was before I started reading it again.I have to say, I was really surprised to see that Lucky got away with as much as he did. I felt I would have liked to see him face some more consequences of his actions... at least from his superiors. While there were certain times he did need to act on his own, I felt he didn't act with a whole lot of maturity, even though I did like his character and seeing his friendship with Bigman, along with his relationship with his uncles. I was left with some confusion about exactly how many people were involved in the Council of Science.I especially liked seeing Bigman's loyalty to Lucky, although I felt that he seemed to only have a couple of characteristics that were exaggerated, rather than having the opportunity to get to know him a bit more in depth.I liked the fact that I saw a bit more emotion from Lucky in this book, though I did feel that he was a bit too good to be true at times. I did like seeing him using his mind and it was good to see he didn't just trust his safety to his mask all the time. I could really understand his reasoning behind not becoming reliant on it.It was interesting to see Lucky try to infiltrate the pirates and I did like seeing more of the world in general, as well as learning about things such as the pushguns. It was nice to see that Lucky wasn't perfect in everything and that he had to use his brain to survive.There were some good elements of tension, but not as much as I would have liked... even though it was good to see things like the surface of the sun. I felt there was too much talking and I didn't really get to see much of Lucky's thought processes as he worked out what was really going on. I felt that Bigman saw more action than Lucky did... even though Lucky did get into a couple of fights.I did, however, enjoy reading this book and I have the next four books in this series. I definitely intend to read them and see more of Lucky and Bigman and their adventures.

  • Steve
    2018-12-19 22:47

    Been a long time since I have read any Asimov - hadn't realised this series existed, or I probably already have read it!It is one of Asimov's earlier books, published even before Sputnik was launched in the age when Science Fiction had just started to take off. The book is very much a 'boys adventure' story of the Science Council and Pirates (view spoiler)[being manipulated by beings from Sirius (hide spoiler)] - as such it is quite entertaining. Some nice ideas, and some have even held up to 60 years of space travel and scientific advancement. It does not have the impact of Asimov's Foundation and Robot series, however the fact that it seems quite mundane could very well be because the speculation since has been the bread and butter of sci-fi.

  • Phil Giunta
    2019-01-12 21:49

    One year after David Starr's adventure on Mars—where he encountered a benevolent race of energy beings living in isolation below the planet's surface while investigating a food poisoning scare—Starr sets off to eliminate a growing pirate threat originating from our solar system's asteroid belt.David "Lucky" Starr, a junior member of the Council of Science, proposes that an expendable, unmanned vessel, the Atlas, be sent to the asteroid belt with the intention of allowing the pirates to capture it and tow it back to their base—where explosives rigged in certain sections of the ship would detonate.Starr's mentors, Doctors Conway and Henree, endorse the plan but are shocked when they learn from Starr's sidekick, the diminutive but capable Bigman, that Starr had decided to board the Atlas in order to infiltrate the pirates.As planned, the ship is captured by a pirate vessel, commanded by one Captain Anton, who suspects that Starr, traveling under the alias Bill Williams, is a government man. After narrowly winning a duel to the death with Anton's first officer, a surly and stout pirate named Dingo, Starr is dropped off on a large asteroid, where he encounters a hermit named Hansen, who claims to help the pirates on occasion in exchange for his safety—as long as he remains on the asteroid.However, Hansen recognizes David Starr as the son of the late scientist Larry Starr. Further, Hansen has a small vessel that can take them off the asteroid and he pleads with Starr to help put him contact with the Council of Science base on Ceres.Once there, Hansen is not at all forthcoming with information about the pirates and he claims to have forgotten the coordinates of the asteroid he calls home.  However, Starr had taken notes on the way from Hansen's asteroid and decides to return in his own vessel, the Shooting Star along with Bigman. Eventually, they locate the asteroid, but Starr quickly finds himself ensnared in a trap set by the pirates led by Dingo. They capture him and take him below the surface, where Starr observes a manufacturing plant and main base of pirate activity.Will Lucky Starr escape the asteroid alive and make it back to the Shooting Star? Even if he does, will he and the Council of Science be able to stop a raid on Ceres by a fleet of pirate ships bent on recapturing Hansen? What's more, how will the Council of Science eliminate the pirate threat from the asteroid belt once and for all?Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids is the second volume in a six-book series. As with David Starr, Space Ranger, the story is an easy, fast-paced read. This time around, the plot twist was predictable, but that did not diminish the enjoyment of a vigorous, rip-roaring adventure.

  • Patrik Sahlstrøm
    2018-12-25 15:32

    OMG, I didn't think it was possible, but this book is even worse than the first one in the series. Stay away at all costs...

  • Kissu
    2018-12-29 21:41

    Me encanta cómo Lucky se desempeña en todos lados y su relación con Bigman.

  • Ivan
    2018-12-23 16:27

    A better one of the YA David "Lucky" Starr novels.

  • Bryan
    2019-01-14 17:21

    A good short story from Lucky Starr. Dont like the way the narrative talks down to the reader though.

  • Carlo
    2019-01-09 22:23

    La seconda indagine di Lucky Starr ingolosisce fin dal titolo, ma forse proprio per questo lascia alla fine più di una punta di delusione. Si tratta sì di intrattenimento leggero ma comunque di discreto livello grazie al ritmo narrativo asimoviano caratterizzato da un dialogo sempre brillante, ma a un certo punto l’autore privilegia la trama gialla all’avventura e l’efficacia diminuisce: il rallentamento fa risaltare nella vicenda qualche snodo abbastanza grossolano da far presto capire dove si sta andando a parare. Nella prima metà del volume, il protagonista si va a ficcare da solo nelle grinfie dei corsari che taglieggiano chiunque transiti nella fascia asteroidale, scoprendo che sono con ogni probabilità foraggiati dai siriani (che non sono gli sfortunati sudditi di Assad, ma gli abitanti del sistema di Sirio). Nel frattempo, è costretto a sfidare a singolar tenzone un pirata grosso e cattivo come da manuale per poi incontrare un enigmatico eremita dello spazio: insomma, una serie di situazioni tipiche del genere e che hanno più di un richiamo alle peripezie marinaresche. Il ritorno su Cerere genera però un eccesso di chiacchiere con i paternalistici membri del Consiglio e il rentro in scena di Bigman, il Sancho Panza marziano che sarà pure simpatico, ma come personaggio è superfluo (incluso il ruolo di spalla comica). Il gioco a rimpiattino con le navi nemiche non riesce davvero ad appassionare anche perché, insolito per un’opera del Dottore, si segue con una certa fatica: i capitoli conclusivi riportano la narrazione a una dimensione più consona, ma la soddisfazione complessiva resta lontana dal grado raggiunto nella puntata precedente.

  • Nonethousand Oberrhein
    2018-12-31 20:39

    Absolute Zero Cold War HeroDavid 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 series (moving with the author’s times, so to say). On a separate note, the saga bears the seeds of the universe explored in the Robots and Foundation series: an added value for any Asimov enthusiast!This adventure takes the tones of a Cold War spy story, as David and Bigman must counter a Sirian (human independent colony on the planets around the star Sirius) plot against the Terran government. It follows Space Ranger and takes place before Oceans of Venus.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2018-12-31 23:41

    In the second book of the Lucky Starr series, our hero must contend with pirates who plague the spaceways. Staging out of the asteroids, the pirates conduct raids, destroying other spacefaring vessels and stealing their goods. Lucky attempts to infiltrate the pirate organization but is discovered for who and what he is: a member of the Council of Science and thus an enforcer of the law. A series of harrowing adventures and narrow escapes ensues until Lucky finally brings the organization to justice.Originally written in the 1950's, this is a fast-paced adventure tale designed to be enjoyed by young people. As with the previous book, Starr must use his quick wits, his hardened muscles, his indomitable courage and above all, his knowledge of science to win the day. This novella holds up better than the previous one in my opinion, in large part because the science has not been as hopelessly outdated. Nor is there a ridiculous Deus ex Machina device that allows Starr to do his detective work.This is a quick read and an enjoyable diversion. The fact that Starr's parents were also killed by pirates years before adds a personal dimension to the story.

  • Conan Tigard
    2018-12-22 15:22

    I first read the Lucky Starr novels back in the late 1980's and early 1990's. These books have stayed in my mind for almost fifteen years as fun books to read. After all, if you don't enjoy a book thoroughly, you certainly don't remember it a decade and a half later. Lucky Starr is the James Bond of the stars. He takes chances, he is quick-witted, he can fight well, and he is interesting. Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids is a great read for people of all ages, as the violence is minimal and there is not bad language or sex (probably because the book was written so long ago). Isaac Asimov has written a slam-bang Science Fiction Adventure that should not be missed by any action or science fiction fan. I highly recommend the Lucky Starr Adventures Series and suggest that you try and find this book. I look forward to finding out what happens next in Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus.I rated this book an 8 out of 10.

  • Miles Gould
    2019-01-04 22:30

    I was surprised by how well I remembered this book, despite not having read it for years. The major plot twist came back to me as soon as I saw the setup, and I remembered the tiny detail that foreshadows it. I was less surprised to remember key scenes, like the push-gun duel and the explanation of polar coordinates (my first introduction to the idea).The technology described all feels weirdly analogue. As well as the book-films I mentioned in my previous review, their sub-ether encryption works using matched pairs of crystals, and the receiver must manually adjust a dial so the crystals align. That's when they send messages at all, rather than physically delivering locked messages like some sort of cave-man. It's weird to encounter the "why don't they just use cellphones?... oh" problem in a work of science fiction, even allowing for David Starr's weird fetish for keeping all his ideas to himself.

  • FranklinTV
    2018-12-30 18:29

    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 know the science knowledge is significantly out of date. Still, that doesn't stop me watching schlock sci-fi movies. I would suggest approaching the reading of this as you would a generic pulp western novel, and it can become a light entertaining read. Review applied to all six books in the series as I forget the specifics of each!

  • Gabriel Wallis
    2019-01-03 23:27

    I loved reading Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids, the second book in the Lucky Starr series. Isaac Asimov once again proves that he writes excellent science fiction. I have read many of his books over the years, and Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids just gets added to the long list of great books written by him. As you can tell by the title, this book takes place in the asteroid field within our own solar system. Lucky Starr's adventures takes him all over the solar system in the hopes of eliminating the pirates of the asteroids. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.

  • Jerry
    2019-01-06 23:49

    A Quickie ReviewThis second entry in the Lucky Starr series by "Paul French" (actually, Isaac Asimov) feels like an abridged version of previously published novel. Though the story is good, it's a bit rushed, and it seemed like some of the plot threads could have been expanded upon a bit. I have little doubt that Asimov fanatics will adore this; for those of us who are casual fans of the Grandmaster, you might want to wait until you've read all his other works before reading this one.Content Concerns: Some sci-fi action and peril.Score: 3/5

  • Ed
    2018-12-23 21:49

    #2 in the Lucky Starr series, written by Isaac Asimov as Paul French.A minor series about a Space Ranger to entertain young folks; it doesn't have 50 year staying power.Lucky Starr journeys to the asteroid belt to fight the pirates that may have killed his parents. Lucky appears to join the pirates as a trick to get them to reveal where the pirate base is hidden, but he does so without the knowledge of most of those who know him, so he appears to be a traitor. Can Lucky defeat the pirates!

  • Adrián Sánchez
    2018-12-16 23:41

    Esta saga a pesar de que apunta a una audiencia más juvenil es demasiado genial, al tratarse de una ciencia ficción algo más realista (al contrario de Fundación que se trata de un futuro demasiado lejano) las aventuras narradas también te enseñan sobre nuestro sistema solar, la trama es como una mezcla futurista de las historias de corsarios con un poco de misterio y Asimov lo hace bien, los personajes son divertidos, fácilmente se podría sacar una película de esto.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-25 16:32

    This is part of the Lucky Starr books published by Lightening in the late 80s and I will admit they were aimed at a younger audience - that said I really do enjoy the quick and care free reading of them - yes the stoylines seem simplistic, the language dated and the characters walking stereotypes - but boy its great fun reading - come on the world council run by scientists who have heavily armed space ships - I am 16 all over again.

  • Pere Sanmartí
    2019-01-09 22:35

    Les històries de David Starr son aventures apassionants i amb un toc especial made on Asimov que fa que les gaudeixi especialment. Si, estan escrites a mitjans segle passat i hi ha força incongruències científiques però es gaudeix igualment. Una sèrie que no decepciona fins al moment.

  • Devero
    2018-12-19 17:34

    Una lettura infantile, di certo una space opera molto diversa dai romanzi e racconti più maturi di Asimov. Purtroppo per me l'ho letta fuori tempo massimo, di certo a un preadolescente sarebbe piaciuta maggiormente.

  • Barak
    2019-01-16 23:28

    Despite the ending being pretty much foreshadowed early on in my estimation, the book was still quite enjoyable in its flowin'ess and ideas.

  • Brandon
    2019-01-14 21:24

    I would have really loved this at 12 or so!

  • José Manuel
    2018-12-28 20:31

    Continuamos con las aventuras