Nemesis

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In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies.  One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth:  a star named Nemesis.  Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis poses to Earth's people--but she is prevented from warning them.  Soon she will realize that Nemesis ...
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Overview

In the twenty-third century pioneers have escaped the crowded earth for life in self-sustaining orbital colonies.  One of the colonies, Rotor, has broken away from the solar system to create its own renegade utopia around an unknown red star two light-years from Earth:  a star named Nemesis.  Now a fifteen-year-old Rotorian girl has learned of the dire threat that nemesis poses to Earth's people--but she is prevented from warning them.  Soon she will realize that Nemesis endangers Rotor as well.  And so it will be up to her alone to save both Earth and Rotor as--drawn inexorably by Nemesis, the death star--they hurtle toward certain disaster.
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"A totally new and original work that stretches his talents to their fullest. . .welcome back, champ!"--The Detroit News
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Eugenia Insigna of the Settlement Rotor, an independent space station, discovers an unknown red dwarf star two light years from Earth, she names it Nemesis. Led by Dr. Janus Pitt, Rotor and its population travel to the star to build a new, morally pure society. Insigna's daughter Marlene, who can read body language like a telepath, learns that Nemesis is moving dangerously close to Earth's solar system. After trying to communicate her knowledge, Marlene discovers that a conspiracy is suppressing it. Told alternately from two points of view, Marlene's and in a different time frame her father's, the book is repetitive, talky and unengaging. Asimov is at his best when his characters discuss science and their schemes for saving Earth's people from destruction by Nemesis. Oct.
Library Journal
A man's search for a daughter he has never known, a young girl's affinity for the mysterious planet around which her space station home revolves, and a space colony commissioner's desire to isolate his renegade community form the delicate framework upon which rests Earth's future. Although the prolific Asimov's forte lies in his dedication to hard science as the basis for his stories, his latest novel features an intriguing mix of believable heroes and villains, a pair of convergent plots, and a nicely foreshadowed conclusion. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553286281
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 306,955
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genreā€™s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Good read

    This book was a good read for someone trying to decide if they really like Sci-Fi or not.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    Amazing - Asimov's Greates Achievement!!

    I have yet to read one Asimov novel that I was truly disappointed in. They are always entertaining, unsually thought-provoking, and astoundingly real. Yet Nemesis transcends even the greatest of the Foundation and Robot series. The story transpires in the era approximately one hundred years prior to the Robot series, when humans are progressing in their colonization of the nine planets (I guess there's eight now that they kicked Pluto out). One young girl, endowed with telepathic powers, realized the threat posed by the Nemesis, the nearest star. What ensues is a stunning journey through action, intrigue, suspense, and pure Asmiov science fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    Nemesis by Isaac Asimov, The first hyper-space flight.

    In this classic, Isaac Asimov places you in the future where the human race takes its first faltering steps to the stars. The solar system is full of space settlements and it¿s getting more crowded every year. When Eugenia Insigna of the settlement Rotor discovers a hidden red dwarf star only two light years away from the sun (which she names Nemesis), and her discovery coincides with the development of hyper-assistance Janus Pitt, the director of Rotor, decides to leave the solar system. Without warning to the rest of mankind, he takes the large space station and all of its inhabitants away to the secret star on mankind¿s first light-speed journey. The leaving of Rotor tears apart the marriage of Rotarian Eugenia Insigna and her Earth husband Crile Fisher. She takes her year old daughter Marlene with her to Nemesis while Crile returns to Earth. As the child grows, Marlene displays an exceptional ability to read body language and see through people¿s lies. It is this ability that leads her to discover that Nemesis is on a course that will destroy Earth. Back on Earth, authorities who desire the technology for hyper-assisted travel, become obsessed on finding out where Rotor has gone. On Rotor, Janus Pitt is equally obsessed on separating from humanity and remaining hidden. At Nemesis, the people of Rotor discover a large gas planet in a tight orbit and around that gas giant, and Earth sized world with an atmosphere containing oxygen. This empty planet with continents and oceans seems ready made for colonization but a mysterious plague prevents Rotor from establishing more than a tiny foot hold. This is a book with many themes all woven around believable science. The world of Nemesis is intriguing and a testament to Asimov¿s imagination. The desire to escape the chaos of the densely populated solar system and the need to survive the coming disaster drive the development of true hyper-space flight. While the science is strong, the characters are not, and no great conflict ever plays out. Only the characters of Janus Pitt and Marlene have much personality, the rest are either flat or clichés (the over protective mother for example). Events play out in an interesting and logical way right up to the end but then the reader must accept some very unlikely events, that the author makes only a passing attempt to justify. If you are an exploration and science enthusiast you will enjoy this book and I recommend it. If you are looking for memorable characters and a plausible plot all the way through you might not find it as interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    good book

    this book is excellent. some ppl dont like how asimov was very wordy at times, and i admit i got a little bored once or twice for a few mins, but this book is so good. i like how it talks about traveling faster than light, and how the story went back and forth between situations between the different main characters. it was a very good book, i read it in 3 days, and it was like 400 pages. i recommend this book to anyone that likes astrology and science fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    Great book, really in depth characters.

    Asimov has his most original book in a long time right here. Not a member of any of his well-known series (Foundation, Empire, Robot), it stands alone and, much like the original Foundation, exceeds all expectations. His focus on Marlene (that's mar-LAY-nuh ;) read it...) and development of both her and her father is extremely impressive and the end leaves the reader with a satisfying outcome with a twist, as usual. Worth the read, by far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Talk, talk, talk...

    This was my first Asimov novel and if it weren't for the urging of some friends, would have been my last. The science side of the novel is great, but the characters are weak and all they seem to do is talk. It's not even terribly interesting conversation, just idle chat. Asimov takes a long time to get to anything interesting and even then, it¿s all too expected. Definitely not the best Sci-fi I¿ve read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Book falls short

    The book starts of interesting and then seems to get stuck in an ovbious route to the ending. A little wordy at times. You really need to like science fiction

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Great book!

    Loved the book, greatest ever

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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