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Earth in 2500AD is no place for a young man with a dream of freedom. And Dard Nordisis worse off than most. His brother was killed for covert activities as a Free Scientist in a world where science is outlawed and blamed for all evils. Now Dard and his niece are hunted and trying to find his brother's friends before their enemies find them and execute them as well. The staEarth in 2500AD is no place for a young man with a dream of freedom. And Dard Nordisis worse off than most. His brother was killed for covert activities as a Free Scientist in a world where science is outlawed and blamed for all evils. Now Dard and his niece are hunted and trying to find his brother's friends before their enemies find them and execute them as well. The stakes are high-- he can be shot down and killed like his brother or escape to the stars in a spaceship that the Free Scientists have built in secret! Here is a powerful novel of the future in which the battle-cry is: THE STARS ARE OURS!...

Title : The Stars are Ours
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ISBN : 462396
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Number of Pages : 189 Pages
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The Stars are Ours Reviews

  • Alyssa
    2018-10-05 20:29

    On the outside it appears to be just a stock science fiction novel...but somehow it has always appealed to me, and become one of my all-time favorites.It would make an excellent movie.

  • Tim
    2018-10-17 20:12

    I first read this when I was eight or nine years old, and probably read it a couple of dozen times during my childhood. It was probably my favorite book. In general, early Andre Norton (she got wonky as she got older, and wrote crazy cat lady stuff) is the best there is in juvenile science fiction, along with Heinlein juveniles like Farmer in the Sky. Other early Andre Norton favorites were The Time Traders, The Defiant Agents, The Beast Master, Lord of Thunder, Star Guard, Star Man's Son, and Star Rangers.

  • Valerie
    2018-10-17 17:14

    This is sort of part of a series, although the second book (Star Born) is actually a 'next generation' sort of thing.This book is unaccountably dedicated to Harlan Ellison. I suppose if I'd thought of it, I'd've assumed that Norton and Ellison would've met--just seems odd, somehow.Because it involves a sleeper ship, the book is somewhat fragmented, and the part set on Earth is something like a prequel. The rest of the book is set on Astra. If I had to give a name to the series, I'd call it the Astra series: and although at the time of these two books, Astra is a world apart, unconnected to any interstellar union, the flora and fauna of Astra were apparently later exported to the rest of the Galaxy.Note that though this book begins with an explicit disavowal of racism, it ends by equally explicitly embracing racism, by means of the standard dodge 'they're not like us, and there's no way we can ever meet in peace'. In this case, the rejection is in absentia: the immigrants have never so much as MET 'Those Others', and yet they make prejudicial decisions about them based almost solely on a visceral response to their writings. It's important, however, that they respond that the abuses heaped on them by their fellow humans are understandable, if appalling: but 'Those Others' are damned out of hand, merely because they are alien, though the ills involved are very similar.

  • Julie Davis
    2018-10-04 23:12

    I'm finally getting around to listening to this book, as read by Uvula Audio. It's somewhat dated I suppose, but I'm finding it an exciting adventure thus far and am looking forward to hearing how the outlaw scientists do at trying to avoid the blasters of the anti-science authorities.FINALI enjoyed the adventure and the exploration of the alien planet. Just about the time when I was getting bored with the exploration, Norton amped up the action with ... well, I won't say with what so anyone else coming to this story will enjoy it also ... but it was exciting.

  • Skandia Recluse
    2018-09-28 18:41

    This was the first science fiction book I read, 'way back in grade school in the mid '50's. It changed my life, opening my mind to possible futures and a love of science.

  • the gift
    2018-10-04 19:18

    continuing my reading of woman-authored pulp/golden age sff: this is a weird book. part one is a familiar persecuted-scientist dystopian future. part two is 300 years later (miracle of freezing...) landing on an earth-type other world. there does not seem to be any organic connection. part one is basic chase adventure, part two is discovering/settling. easy read, fast, simple plot and characters. maybe i am reading into it but it seems almost comic and self-referential like philip k dick...

  • Joseph
    2018-09-28 01:25

    This is a science fiction novel written by the great science fiction author Andre Norton. I found it a real enjoyable read.(view spoiler)[Earth has come under the rule of religious theocracy in which all science is outlawed and scientists are hunted down and killed. A secret society of scientists is plotting an interstellar journey to freedom. The story recounts this groups escape from Earth and life on a new world where they may potentially come in conflict with a cruel and hostile intelligent species.Given the timing of this novel I have to winder if Norton was making a comment on McCarthyism.(hide spoiler)]

  • Bruce
    2018-10-04 00:29

    Overall quite good. A bit of a departure from Norton's norms but definitely display her great abilities.

  • Vincent
    2018-10-18 00:18

    Not a bad read for a 1950s sci-fi classic. Andre Norton (penname, Alice Mary Norton is her real name) is one of the most prolific female sci-fi writers of her time. I enjoy modern sci-fi but I also like to realize an appreciation for the writers who led the movement that gave us what we have today.

  • Mark
    2018-10-01 01:24

    Definitely a book of two halves. I really didn't like the "Boys Own" style of the first half of the book but loved the classic science fiction of the second. Stick with it and it pays off. My first "Norton" but definitely not my last!

  • Shari Scott
    2018-09-17 01:21

    Great adventure! Even after all these years, Norton's still got it!

  • Pat
    2018-10-16 21:24

    Continuing my re-read of the Andre Norton books I loved as a kid. I didn't remember this one, and it doesn't hold up as well as some, but still enjoyable.

  • Tom Britz
    2018-09-23 23:14

    This is only my second or third Andre Norton title I've read. I really liked this one. After a major war Earth has gone anti science. In fact they hunted scientists down. A small enclave of free thinkers were struggling to survive and not be found out. Unknown to our main character, Dard, there is a secret group that is making plans on leaving Earth and finding a new planet where they could start anew. They had a star drive, but it wasn't faster than light, so it would take generations to arrive at another sun similar to our own where they were fairly confident they'd find a planet that was inhabitable. They just needed a formula for suspended animation, so they could sleep away the many years it would take to complete the trip.Our main character's brother, who is a cripple, has finally finished his formula. But before he can get it to the secret group Dard and his brother and his brother's young daughter are found out. Their farm is raided. In the escape the brother is killed, but Dard was told to memorize the formula using a child's rhyme game. After many adventures, Dard and his sister make it to the enclave and eventually after fighting it out with the despotic group that has been hunting them, the group blast off and sleep for no-one is sure how long. They make it to another planet where they learn there was a total war many hundreds, if not thousands of years earlier. They find nothing but wreckage.They have more adventures while discovering this and getting a lay of the land. They finally meet and make friends with an aquatic species that were the slaves of the now decimated population. They find that there is a small population still alive "across the sea", and after deciphering some of the color language, learn that they would never be able to make peace. But until they do meet, they will survive as best they can. It's a bit typical 50's Humanity is awesome fare. But it still is a fun read.

  • Debbie's Spurts (D.A.)
    2018-09-19 00:15

    EDITED this review space to remove a deleted review from me somehow still displaying.My ratings should be the only review of books from me showing on goodreads. They are my unincentivized, unconnected consumer product opinions. The star rating reflects solely my subjective reading experience and resulting opinion of the book according to the rating scale used by goodreads. It's not intended to destroy anyone's livelihood nor to churn out book promotions for them — just my opinion/reaction shared with other readers and a means to track my reading, provide book comparison data and aid in book recommendations feature.I rate here according to goodreads scale meaning that because goodreads determined most readers choose books they think they will enjoy, the goodreads average/okay rating on a 5-unit scale (2½) is rounded down to 2 stars where other sites like retailer Amazon round up to make 3 stars the average/okay read. [A briefer way to put that is that yes I rate books one star lower on goodreads than on Amazon without in any way considering that to be bullying anyone or restriction of trade—I just do look to see if a site's scale runs 1-5 or 5-1 then what each unit means in that site because that's how I was taught to use scales. I'm too durn old to be convinced otherwise, too durn ornery to believe that the only correct way to do anything is how it's done on site, and firmly remain convinced only people—not inanimate things like commercial products aka books—can suffer the psychological trauma of being bullied.]

  • Thom
    2018-09-20 23:16

    This adventure tale has a great premise and decent pace and an abrupt political ending.The world of this story is one where scientists are blamed for atomic weapons, and most other weapons of war. This plus a charismatic leader equals a fanatical purge of scientists. Only a few have escaped, hiding out.Living in this world are the remaining Nordis family - Lars (a chemist and scientist in hiding), Dessie his nature-loving daughter, and Lars' younger brother Dard. Through the eyes of this youth, an expert woodsman, the entire tale is told. Some of his adventures include escaping a manhunt, secret messages and finding an enclave of hidden scientists who are building a spaceship to escape this world. The second half of the book details Dard and the scientists adventures on a new world, far from Earth.This book was originally published 60 years ago, and some parts of it feel dated. The adventures keep the plot moving, and chapter breaks seem to be more on a whim than a change of scene or action. The ending is very abrupt and feels like a political statement against war. While somewhat fitting the world described in the beginning, it is a change of pace for the characters, who have been busy surviving and growing their new colony to this point. Andre Norton wrote a sequel to this book, and perhaps this ending was adjusted to tie them together.That sequel, "Star Born", was released just three years later. Later on, an omnibus edition titled "Star Flight" combined both this story and its sequel. Both of the original works are out of print but not difficult to find in used science fiction and fantasy sections.

  • Tony Santo
    2018-10-03 23:31

    This book plods along, detailing the struggles of an underground group of outlaw scientists who, in order to escape the tyranny and oppression of a despotic ruling class, escape in a rocket to an uncharted solar system. The main character, Dard Nordis, is described as a boy, althought the author never tells us his age. In this book, few of the characters have common names. Names like Kimber, Dessie, Sach, Hew, Lotta and others populate the book, probably trying to suggest that in the future we will be multicultural and interacial, but our prejudices are replaced by fanatic class divisions. Unfortunately, I never got the feeling any of these characters were real or that they mattered to me. The end seems to query if mankind has the ability to live a peaceful, prosperous life in a world where external threats from other cultures or races which may oppress them in the future. I found the end unsatisfying and ho-hum. If you like old sci-fi novels, you may like this for its generalized plot-driven structure. Just don't expect to be swept away to the stars.

  • Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
    2018-09-19 17:14

    This is the first of several Andre wrote on the travel of man to a new world, and their settlement on that world. Earth had been ravaged by war, and most of the population destroyed. The survivors blamed the scientists and learned individuals living for the war and resulting hardship of mankind. So they outlawed science, education, and knowledge of any kind. The remaining few individuals with knowledge banned together, and built a space ship. With the knowledge of frozen sleep, they boarded the ship and took off for a possible new home among the stars. After over 300 years they arrived almost out of fuel, and finding a planet that looked like it would support human life, set down and set up a community. They then explored the world, made friends with the remaining inhabitants, and found that the original owners had fought a war, destroying almost all of them, and were entirely hateful toward all life. This book ends with the discovery of the mermen, and a truce with them.

  • SFReader
    2018-09-28 01:19

    This is one of a series of review of old favorites of mine that started me on my path to being an author and of books that I believe can still charm and inspire.The Star are Ours is one of the first Norton books I read. It's set in a post apocalyptic world, where a terrorist incident has damaged the world in a number of ways. Scientists rather than politicians were blamed for the disaster and became hunted. This novel is set in what appears to be the northern middle states of the US near the Rocky Mountains. Here that lingering strain of anti-intellectualism has given rise to the pernicious philosophy of Pax. People are divided into Peacemen, peasantry and slaves (former scientists, teachers and anyone who disagrees with the Peacemen.)The Stars are Ours review at

  • Dean Sault
    2018-10-02 17:19

    This post apocalyptic story begins with a totalitarian government that is systematically hunting down and killing "free scientists." The main character, Dard Nordisis, and a select few escape the worldwide tyranny in an experimental spaceship, leading to a new life in an alien world.Andre Norton paints a vivid portrait of both the hostile world they escaped from and the hostile new world they discover. Contrasts abound between the danger from the human hatred they escaped and risks in this new world where strange creatures threaten them. Imagery and character development make The Stars are Ours a fast and fun read. It is simply written and easy to read.

  • Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
    2018-09-17 20:35

    Earth technology develops far enough to get humans to Mars and Venus, but then a weapon is turned on Earth that kills millions and convinces mankind to reject all knowledge as dangerous, especially science. A few brave scientists survive after the purges and builds the first galactic spacecraft. This is the story of how they escaped the oppressive hold of Earth and reached a whole new world. So far, this is one of my top 5 favorite Andre Norton novels. It has a lot of depth to its world-building, and actually it is still a possible future for mankind, even though this book is decades old.

  • Sandra Munger
    2018-09-30 17:13

    In a post apocalyptic Earth, a charismatic man becomes leader and when he is assassinated, the person who takes over leads a purge of all scientists and other educated persons. Dard's brother is a scientist and their living is very precarious. When Lars finds the answer, and then is killed, Dard and his niece must make their way to safety with other scientists who are planning to leave the planet. Lars had the answer to cold sleep. They make their way to a new planet and start new lives there.

  • Mike
    2018-09-22 20:30

    If you asked me what is golden age science fiction I would point you to The Stars Are Ours! This is a fast paced adventure novel. Not a lot of depth or character description, but then as long as you don't epect these its fine, in fact its more than fine, I found it enjoyable. The story is split into two half, the first consentrates on how a group of scientists, who are hunted by the government, escape and leave Earth. The second is set when they arrive on a new planet and some of the issues they encounter.Take the brain out, don't try to think about it too much and enjoy the ride.

  • Ronald Wilcox
    2018-10-14 20:18

    Very good science fiction classic written in the early 1950's. Dessie and Dard are siblings living on Earth after society has broken down and the current government bans science, hunting and killing Free Scientists. They are entrusted to bring some scientific information developed by Lars to a group of rebels. This group is developing a ship to leave the Earth and go to find another world. Very well written with a sympathetic protagonist and an interesting portrait of another planet.

  • Dave
    2018-10-02 20:12

    Good, old-fashioned Sci-Fi. Not tech-dependent, but more on the social side. It has been a while since I read a pulp-type sci-fi book, and I wonder why. This is not high-brow, heavy hitting literature, but it was a good, entertaining story, and a quick read.No wonder Andre Norton is/was such a popular writer.

  • Doris
    2018-10-18 01:18

    Although the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 match my copy, the cover photo does not. In tis story, there are several conflicts. Scientists against pacifists. Technology versus agriculture. Men against men.

  • Charles
    2018-09-16 21:18

    Somewhat weak.

  • Steven
    2018-10-07 00:30

    read this when it first came out 20 years ago

  • Keith
    2018-10-11 18:19

    A post-apocalyptic novel in which science is demonized. I good one I read in the 60's.

  • Chris
    2018-09-17 22:35

    this was not very exciting, but i love me some andre norton nonetheless.don't let that discourage you. read it and all of her dorky sci-fi yummies.

  • Howard
    2018-09-17 22:23