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- ISBN: 978-0765319159
- Title: The Stars, Like Dust
- Author: Asimov, Isaac
- Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates LLC, New York
- Year: 1951
- Pages: 240
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The Stars, Like Dust, written by Isaac Asimov, takes place in the robot-foundation universe, in between Robots & Empire and The Currents of Space.
Earth is nearly inhospitable due to radioactivity, and has lost its significance as the cradle of humanity. Civilization has reached its tendrils to the surrounding galaxy, and has yet to be unified under one governing unit.
The Tyranni, a minor empire near the Horsehead Nebula, exert oppressive control over 50 planets. A subversive element prepares to overthrow the Tyranni, and maintain nearly perfect subterfuge in their planning.
Meanwhile, Lord Rancher of Widemos, a popular planetary leader, is executed by the Tyranni as a traitor. His son, Biron Farrill, is on planet Earth at the time, searching for an important document for his father. His mission is cut short when an attempt is made on his life.
He is forced to flee Earth with the assistance of Sandor Jonti. He is sent to Rhodia, where he soon discovers another trap laid for him. The resulting flight involves him in a search for the hidden revolutionary forces against the Tyranni, with the Tyranni in close pursuit.
Although part of the robot-foundation universe, the novel is more of an isolated snapshot of pre-Empire civilization. The plot is of its own. It’s an engaging story nonetheless and helps fill the gaps in between the time of the Spacer worlds and the Galactic Empire.