Pebble in the Sky

Pebble in the Sky

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Hurtled through time from 1949 Chicago to an Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire, retired tailor Joseph Schwartz finds himself on a backwater, insignificant planet with much of its land ruined by radioactivity and so poor that its inhabitants are sentenced to death at the age of sixty--and Joseph is sixty-two--in a new edition of the author's first novel. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire.
Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty.
Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.
This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest.


Publisher: New York : TOR, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765319128
0765319128
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm

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susan_findlay
Nov 09, 2016

Despite Asimov's status as one of the pioneers of science fiction (and this book's future setting), this book doesn't really read like science fiction. It just reads like a novel that happens to be set in a science fiction setting. (This is different from the Foundation series - which felt *very* science fiction-y.) Enjoyable story and quick light read.

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RocketJH
Jul 17, 2015

The best part of an Asimov book is while though you know something is coming, (which you know because the author hints at it, at times blatantly), you still don't know HOW it will happen; it's still a surprise. This is one of those stories, well crafted and interesting. iRobot is possibly the best way to get into Asimov stories, this rates a very close second.

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jovanweismiller
Jul 12, 2011

As usual a good story by Asimov. The last of the Empire novels. Again, this novel proves that Asimov was uncomfortable writing about love/sex/romance. His descriptions dealng with them are the most stilted sections of the book.

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