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Joel

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  • Pebble in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (199)

    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 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62.

    bonnie says: "Jewel of a book"
    "Interesting sci-fi take on an old topic"
    Overall

    Set in the same universe as Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, but set about 11,000 years earlier, this is an interesting treatment of vibrant, huge, growing Galactic Empire and a backwater planet called Earth.

    Earth is now slightly but definitely radioactive, which has some implications about the rate of mutation among the humans who live there (and is the subject of concern of the outworlders who are visiting). As a result, other planets shun Earth citizens...including an archaeologist who is determined to prove that Earth was the origin of humanity.

    It's well-written, but the plot seems to combine several elements that you've seen elsewhere; I'm not sure how original all of it was.

    Good not necessarily great.

    Robert Fass' narration is pretty good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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