Pebble in the Sky, Book 1

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Macmillan, 1978 - Fiction - 255 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

Science fiction novel from the 50’s, in fact from 1950 and a good one. Reading some science fiction from this era can feel a bit like wading through sexist, racist even misogynist, viewpoints with ... Read full review

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User Review  - scottcholstad - LibraryThing

Pebble in the Sky is Isaac Asimov’s first published novel, published in 1950, although from what I understand, it was first serialized in the early 1930s, so it had been around in one form or another ... Read full review

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Contents

Between One Footstep and the Next
11
The Disposal of a Stranger
22
One Worldor Many?
32
The Royal Road
46
The Involuntary Volunteer
57
Apprehension in the Night
71
Conversation with Madmen?
80
Convergence at Chica
91
Spider Web at Washenn
151
Second Meeting
163
The Odds That Vanished
175
Choose Your Side
186
Change Your Side
198
Duel
210
The Deadline That Approached
220
The Deadline That Was Reached 2 31
231

Conflict at Chica
103
Interpretation of Events
116
The Mind That Changed
126
The Mind That Killed
141
The Deadline That Passed
244
The Best Is Yet to Be
252
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Isaac Asimov was one of the great SF writers of the 20th century, and his hundreds of books introduced many thousands of readers to science fiction. Born in Brooklyn, he lived in Boston and in New York City for most of his life.

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