Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3) by Isaac Asimov Online

Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3)
Title : Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3)
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ISBN : 9780345311962
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 231 pages

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, 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


Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3) Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    In Isaac Asimov s first published novel, Joseph Schwartz, a retired Jewish tailor, is instantly transported from 1949 Brooklyn to a time many thousands of years in the future, through an odd nuclear accident scientific unlikelihood, but we ll let it pass He finds himself on an Earth marred by high levels of radiation, presumably from past nuclear wars, that scientific impossibility apparently hasn t resulted in any physical ill effects to Earth s population, but has resulted in Earthmen b [...]

  • Alina

    3.5

  • Sandy

    In a now famous interview, sci fi legend Isaac Asimov once revealed how he avoided getting stuck with writer s block The hugely prodigious author would often be working at four or five books at the same time, with five typewriters arrayed side by side, and when he would get inextricably bogged down with one book, he d simply move to the neighboring typewriter, and recommence work on that one Thus, one can almost understand how it was possible for Asimov who claimed, in his later years, to do In [...]

  • Davyne DeSye

    Very enjoyable This is Asimov s first science fiction novel published in 1950 , and is a wonderful example of the science fiction of the era.This book has time travel, a galaxy wide human civilization, deadly viruses, hyperspace, blasters plenty of the traditional early sci fi necessities.It starts with time travel Schwartz, a 60 year old retired tailor, is enjoying his morning walk in downtown Chicago Because of an unexpected phenomenon at a nearby research facility, Schwartz, between one Very [...]

  • Sesana

    Greatly entertaining, though that s no surprise After a somewhat slow start, it turns wonderfully tense Although this is the most cartoonish villain I ve encountered in an Asimov book, the rest of the characters have the same realness that I ve come to expect from his casts Even though the Galactic Empire books don t really relate to each other on a plot or character level, it s been interesting to watch the Empire develop from one book to the next I don t know yet how it will relate to th Great [...]

  • Michael Battaglia

    Don t you just hate those days when you re walking down the street just minding your own business and then suddenly poof you re in another time completely That s how Joseph Schwartz s day starts, and it or less goes downhill from there Before too long he s volunteered for a scientific experiment because everyone assumes he s mentally damaged due to nobody being able to understand a word he s saying, and vice versa, thanks to a several thousand year language gap and that, hey, it can t Don t you [...]

  • Cheryl

    Wow Holds up very well Even to the point where it s the bad guys who diss the female I don t know how readers who have never read the old stuff will like it, but I was weaned on these kinds of stories, this kind of writing and I love it so much I can t fully explain why Very thoughtful, with great lines, plot, and ideas The future may not be futuristic enough but then, we are on a backwater, primitive planet or the politics complicated enough thank goodness, as I do not like intrigue , b Wow Hol [...]

  • Manny

    He steps through a wormhole in space and ends up in a future world where he has exotic Super Powers Like what, I hear you ask Right, listen to this He can obtain a deadly attack as White from the variation of the Spanish which starts 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 Nc3 Impressive, huh I know Alekhine showed it was possible a couple of times And then there was the game Spassky won against Beliavsky in 1988 If you can play through that and not conclude that Boris had Super Power He steps th [...]

  • Ryan

    Peple said the early books Asimov wrote on his galactic empire were a little raw and ultimately quite skippable I didn t want to believe it, mostly because I had yet to not love one of Asimov s works.This trilogy of books however haven t had the greatness I expect of Asimov They seem to lack the ambition of the Foundation and Robot series Concentrating on smaller stoires when a subject as big as a whole galactic empire beckoned to be explored.I found myself enjoying this one quite a bit in pl Pe [...]

  • Travis O.

    I m going to begin this review with a generalization every fan of science fiction should read at least one Isaac Asimov book in their life Whether or not they enjoy it in the end is superfluous it is the tax one pays to the arguably first patriarch of the genre as a concrete entity Pebble in the Sky, the book on my docket today, was Mr Asimov s first novel, though it had been published serially between January and June of 1933 I came upon the book years ago, after binging on the Foundati I m goi [...]

  • Jared Millet

    2013 Asimov Re Read, book 2 So when I decided to revisit Asimov this year, my battle plan was to do the original Foundation Trilogy interspersed with the three Galactic Empire novels in the order of publication I enjoyed Foundation as much as I did back in high school, but I remembered having a hard time with Pebble in the Sky I d hoped that I d appreciate it coming to it as an adult, but while it has plenty of interesting ideas, they don t quite fit together as a novel This was A [...]

  • Joan

    It has been a while since I read this, so I decided to listen to it as part of my listening homework It is an excellent, all too believable, story about a possible future earth that is radioactive with a much diminished population from the mid 1900s, which is when Joseph Schwartz is from Suddenly he finds himself many centuries in the future through a device that was probably the weakest part of the sci fi story a beam of radiation let loose and sent him into the future in the midst of taking It [...]

  • Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.In 1949 when he was writing his first novel, Isaac Asimov had already had some success with published short stories Pebble in the Sky shows both experience as a writer and inexperience in the longer form, as it tends to jump around rather too much for a continuous narrative to emerge The style is basically fully developed, and in his fictional writing did not change a great deal over the next forty years.In terms of the rest of Asimov s fi Ori [...]

  • John Park

    Two and a half stars Mainly curiosity value, but .This was Asimov s first published novel it preceded 1951 s Foundation by a year, though most of the contents of the latter were older, having appeared in magazines in the 1940s.Coming belatedly to Pebble after reading other Asimov novels was something of a revelation It has energy, variety, some sense of human complexity, and female characters who show occasional spirit Asimov s narrative voice tends to be garrulous and undiscipline [...]

  • Sakacaca

    El ultimo libro del Galactic Empire novels Muy parecido en disfrute a sus predecesores supuestamente me los le alberrez el primero de ultimo, pero la verdad esto no afecta en nada ya que las historias no est n relacionadas, se hace alusi n a algunos planetas pero nada mas por ejemplo Trantor Asimov es simplemente brillante, las historias son tan creativas, que es rajado pensar que fueron escritas hace tanto tiempo El mae hasta prof tico es en algunos tech gadgets y no me extra ar a El ultimo lib [...]

  • Mary JL

    As a long time fan of Isaac Asimov, I enjoy almost everything he wrote Certainly some books are a bit dated than others, and this is his first book Nevertheless, Asimov tells a good story The idea of Earth being hated by the Outer Worlds, instead of being the center of everything, was an unusual idea at the time this was written And I found some of the political in fighting interesting I also liked the idea of a man from our time going so far in the future that everything he knew was l As a lon [...]

  • Charlotte

    Such an interesting book I think that in a way this book should be read really close to 1q84 not only because they have a similar starting point, but also because they complete each other The story was fascinating and I have to admit, very close to the end I was so much into it that I almost screamed in anger when it seemed that there is no hope left for the Galaxy However, there is one thing that I couldn t swallow, and that is Bel and Pola s relationship, which at times felt forced and out Suc [...]

  • Kellyann

    my favorite type of sci fi time travel comparing pre present day to the far future In this future, Earth is the embarrassment of the galaxy, backward with outdated traditions and customs and a deep distrust of the rest of mankind , who than returns the sentiment Lots of talk about radiation written prior to our full understanding of radioactive weapons and centered on one poor guy who accidentally slips through time because of it A really fantastic book Asimov s reputation is well e my favorite [...]

  • Justin Rees

    This was my first Issac Asimov novel, and it made me an instant fan Any man who can think of a story like a simple tailor being lifted into the future over a crack in the sidewalk, and actually make it substanial and brilliant, is a genius in my books A must read for all science fiction lovers as this is where it all begins

  • Chaitanya krishnan

    One of my all time favourites by Asimov Have re read it several times over the years one of the central plots of the old, elderly being thrown aside like they don t matter, left deep impact on my mind when i read it as a school student It also has one of the most creative accidental modes of time travel i ve seen in scifi so far.

  • Gary

    I first read this book in 7th grade It was my first science fiction book, and it hooked me I think it is the reason I m always looking for fish out of water books Asimov did a great job in placing a late 1940 s Chicago tailor into a world that was so different as to be unrecognizable to the main character.

  • Leslie

    Maybe 3 stars This first novel of Asimov s was fun although the plot had some flaws Perhaps most interesting was seeing the appearance of certain ideas which show up in his later books as well Maybe 3 stars This first novel of Asimov s was fun although the plot had some flaws Perhaps most interesting was seeing the appearance of certain ideas which show up in his later books as well

  • Dragos Iosif

    There are far too many coincidences, almost no science and the is barely a plot Forgettable characters, no twist, nothing innovating.It really has absolutely no redeeming value.

  • Tom

    Interesting to see earlier Asimov, especially in the setting of the galactic empire But the romance here and overall sexism was ridiculous, as well as so much random and disorganized plot And the psychic powers are pretty weak, too I m also not sure what to make of his I find no fault in this man We clearly have a Pilate character as well as a Sanhedrin and so on, but the exact setting and characters don t map over exactly, so I m not sure fully what was intended Anyway, some good food Interesti [...]

  • sologdin

    Nutshell bucolic twerp ripvanwinkles into a galactic imperial crisis A s first novel, which displays an elevated rhetoric in comparison to later texts I likes.Protagonist had an indiscriminate voracity and a trick memory 9 so, similar to Heinlein s protagonist in Starman Jones, who also had a plot significant eidetic memory As readers of the Robot, Empire, and Foundation novels, we might chuckle at the irony in protagonist s na ve but well stated belief that Earth would n ever see th Nuts [...]

  • Simon

    The last Galactic Empire novel and the last book set on earth in the Foundation Universe although Earth does become the focus again, of course, in Foundation and Earth Although we know that Asimov didn t have the connected vision of our future history when he wrote this novel and I think it shows, especially with the ending that really doesn t gel with the rest of the series.Still it was an engaging enough read Interestingly, it is the only story I m aware of in which he tried to connect the The [...]

  • Yukino

    CHE LIBRO E gi , che libro letto in un batter d occhio. cosa ci posso fare lo ripeter fino alla nauseaAsimov lo adoro Mi ha catturato da subitolette solo due pagine e gi non volevo separarmi pi da libro Insomma non capita tutti i giorni di camminare e ritrovarsi in un altra era Letto ovunquelavoro in pausa treno, metro, mentre cucino, prima di andare a dormireinsomma era sempre con me Il libro ci introduce nella galassia precedente al ciclo delle fondazioni.Shwarz sarto di se CHE LIBRO E gi , ch [...]

  • Michael Nash

    I ve been pretty negative about Asimov s Galactic Empire Series, and Pebble in the Sky is no different The Foundation Series is great because it uses a structural view of history to deconstruct Space Opera, whereas the Galactic Empire is just Space Opera Pebble had a lot of flaws For a guy famous for hard science fiction, a lot of magic appears here, from an atomic particle somehow causing time travel to the same man gaining psychic powers from a device unironically called the sy [...]

  • Melanie

    This would make such a boring movie No explosions No evil alien attacks Not even a whole lot of fighting The climactic duel is fought first with mind control and then with words So yeah Boring movie, but fun book This was Asimov s first published novel His author voice must be very strong, because as I was listening to this book, I remembered two other books by him that I had read and completely forgotten He was a very smart man And I was so happy that he measures the galaxy in volumes This woul [...]

  • Thom

    This is Isaac Asimov s first novel, expanded from an unpublished novella titled Grow Old Along With Me at the request of Doubleday He had been writing short stories for than a decade, mostly for Astounding including most of what would become the Foundation novels.Like the Foundation stories, these have an allegory to the Roman Empire in this case, the Jewish revolt of 66 CE At one point, the main character Schwartz is described as a Zealot, and in another section where the Earth p This is Isaac [...]