David Starr, Space Ranger (Lucky Starr #1) ★★★☆½

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Title: David Starr, Space Ranger
Series: Lucky Starr #1
Author: Isaac Asimov
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 144
Format: Digital Scan



David Starr, youngest member of the Galactic Science Council, has been sent to Mars to find out why people on Earth are being poisoned with Martian food. Going undercover as a farmboy, Starr meets various characters and comes across the idea that Mars might have native Martians living in caves underground.

Starr investigates, meets the Martians, who have moved beyond the physical and into the purely mental plane of existence and gets a special mask from them that disguises him, gives him a personal force field and allows him to create the personna, The Space Ranger.

Starr solves the mystery and the legend of the Space Ranger is born. The book ends with him picking up a sidekick and waiting for another adventure.


My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness. This was so much fun. Short and zippy and chockful of that 1950’s American Attitude. In Space!

These Lucky Starr books were originally written in the 50’s or 60’s and then re-released in the 70’s. Asimov wrote a new intro for the re-release where he apologizes for scientific inaccuracies since a lot more knowledge had been discovered between releases. One, it was funny to read about the advances made in 20 years from almost 50 years later and two, it did credit to Asimov that he was willing to admit his stories weren’t accurate. If more authors would be that humble, that would be good for all of us.

This was a mix of science fiction, mystery and western all rolled into one. It reminded me of the radio dramas that I’ve heard before. If this had been written today, I’d say this would fall into caricature or even satirization, but Asimov was fully serious. It works. It is written to entertain and it does that admirably.

I think the rest of the series I’ll be better able to judge if this is decent quality or not. This one has that “new but nostalgia” factor for sure.



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23 thoughts on “David Starr, Space Ranger (Lucky Starr #1) ★★★☆½

  1. I don’t claim to have exhaustive knowledge of Asimov, but I thought I was pretty familiar with what was out there to read. But I’ve never heard of these stories, something I’m gonna have to track down.

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    1. They were originally written under his pseudonym Paul French, but by the 70’s it had his name on it.
      I’m wondering if there are reasons why these never became as big as some of his other series. I guess I’ll be finding out 😉


  2. Nowadays this book might be labeled as YA, but with a very refreshing lack of teenager angst and (ewwwww!!!) love triangles: since my attempt to re-read the Foundation series, after a few decades, ended up badly because if felt stuffy and outdated, I’m not sure I would launch into an exploration of this one, but still you piqued my curiosity… 😉

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    1. Yes, this is what I would expect a teenager to read, and enjoy.
      If you had issues with a Foundation re-read then yeah, I think you’re making the correct choice to avoid these.
      You can just read my reviews and feel like you’ve already read them 😀

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    1. I’m desperately trying to think of something snarky to say about this and tie in The Eye of the World but sadly, outside of outright lies, I just can’t think of anything. I guess this is your lucky day 🙂

      The other thing I have to keep in mind is that I had just finished up that Gods of the Mountains when I started this, so it might be a case of “better by comparison”. One more reason to read the rest of the series I guess 😀

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  3. Oh, Asimov… it’s been some years, maybe it is time to go back 🙂 This one I’ve never read, but Foundation is one of my all-time favourites. From the classic s-f masters he is the one that aged best, in my opinion.

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    1. I should probably work in the Foundation trilogy into my tbr too. It’s been 10 years since I last read it and I only gave it 3stars back then. I’m wondering if I’d up that this time around. Being so much wiser and more well-read 😉

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    1. Or at least if authors nowadays didn’t write about fad-theory X as if it was fact, I’d settle for that.
      Our knowledge is growing so fast, that it doesn’t take 25 years anymore, a mere 5 and bam, everything has changed.

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