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Book Title: David Starr, Space Ranger|
The author of the book: Isaac Asimov
Edition: Del Rey
Date of issue: December 12th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780345315410
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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 Robot/Foundation novels from Asimov by this stage, and the Lens Men by E.E.Doc 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 but you 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 you have the right type of imagination, Asimov's beautiful writing style in its un-descriptive manner, will allow your mind to fill-in-the-blanks.
I truly wish I could find more 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 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.
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Read information about the authorIsaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy).
Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.
Most of Asimov's popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery.
Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described some members of that organization as "brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs" He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.
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