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Pebble in the Sky

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7 - Conversation with Madmen?
8 - Convergence at Chica
9 - Conflict at Chica
10 - Interpretation of Events
11 - The Mind that Changed
12 - The Mind that Killed
13 - Spider Web at Washenn
14 - Second Meeting
15 - The Odds That Vanished
16 - Choose Your Side!
17 - Change Your Side!
18 - Duel!
19 - The Deadline That Approached
20 - The Deadline That Was Reached
21 - The Deadline That Passed
22 - The Best Is Yet to Be
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A series of novels by Isaac Asimov

1) Pebble in the Sky
2) The Stars, Like Dust
3) The Currents of Space
Copyright © 1950 and copyright renewed 1977 by Isaac Asimov
To my father,
who first introduced me to science fiction
Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz strolled along the pleasant streets of suburban Chicago quoting Browning to himself.
May contain spoilers
"The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made..."
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Added: 14-Dec-2019
Last Updated: 28-Apr-2022


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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.
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Isaac Asimov  
Birth: 02 Jan 1920 Petrovichi, Russia
Death: 06 Apr 1992 New York, USA

Contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a triple bypass heart surgery.


1951World Science Fiction SocietyHugo Award - Best Novel Nominee
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