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Full title The Stars, Like Dust [permalink]
Language English
Author Isaac Asimov (author)
Publisher Orb Publications
Category Science fiction
Series Empire (1/3)
Publication year 2009
Original publication year 1951
ISBN 978-0-7653-1915-9 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 235
Synopsis

Biron Farrill wakes up in his dorm room in the University of Earth to discover a radiation bomb. He then has to quickly escape and figure out who the assassin is.

The title is taken from a (fictional, to my best knowledge) poem:

"The stars, like dust, encircle me
In living mists of light;
And all of space I seem to see
In one vast burst of sight."

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  • 1. The Bedroom Murmured
  • 2. The Net Across Space
  • 3. Chance and the Wrist Watch
  • 4. Free?
  • 5. Uneasy Lies the Head
  • 6. That Wears a Crown
  • 7. Musician of the Mind
  • 8. A Lady's Skirts
  • 9. And an Overlord's Trousers
  • 10. Maybe!
  • 11. And Maybe Not!
  • 12. The Autarch Comes
  • 13. The Autarch Remains
  • 14. The Autarch Leaves
  • 15. The Hole in Space
  • 16. Hounds!
  • 17. And Hares!
  • 18. Out of the Haws of Defeat!
  • 19. Defeat!
  • 20. Where?
  • 21. Here?
  • 22. There!
  • Afterword
  • About the Author
Full title Pebble in the Sky [permalink]
Language English
Author Isaac Asimov (author)
Publisher Grafton
Categories Novel and science fiction
Series Empire (3/3)
Publication year 1987
Original publication year 1950
Pages 226
Review

Asimov almost never disappoints, and this book is no exception. It's a well-paced and thrilling novel with interesting characters. In particular (as is common with Asimov's novels), the dialog is excellent and abundant.

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  • Chapter One: Between One Footstep and the Next
  • Chapter Two: The Disposal of a Stranger
  • Chapter Three: One World — Or Many?
  • Chapter Four: The Royal Road
  • Chapter Five: The Involuntary Volunteer
  • Chapter Six: Apprehension in the Night
  • Chapter Seven: Conversation With Madmen?
  • Chapter Eight: Convergence at Chica
  • Chapter Nine: Conflict at Chica
  • Chapter Ten: Interpretation of Events
  • Chapter Eleven: The Mind That Changed
  • Chapter Twelve: The Mind That Killed
  • Chapter Thirteen: Spider Web at Washenn
  • Chapter Fourteen: Second Meeting
  • Chapter Fifteen: The Odds That Vanished
  • Chapter Sixteen: Choose Your Side!
  • Chapter Seventeen: Change Your Side!
  • Chapter Eighteen: Duel!
  • Chapter Nineteen: The Deadline That Approached
  • Chapter Twenty: The Deadline That Was Reached
  • Chapter Twenty-One: The Deadline That Passed
  • Chapter Twenty-Two: The Best is Yet to Be
  • Afterword

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