Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2)

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  • Paperback
  • 238 pages
  • Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2)
  • Andre Norton
  • English
  • 28 June 2018
  • 0843959142

About the Author: Andre Norton

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Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2) When Raf Kurbi S Terran Spaceship Burst Into Unexplored Skies Of The Far Planet Astra And Was Immediately Made Welcome By The Natives Of A Once Mighty Metropolis, Kurbi Was Unaware Of Three Vital Things One Was That Astra Already Harbored An Earth Colony Descended From Refugees From The World Of The Previous CenturyTwo Was That These Men And Women Were Facing The Greatest Danger Of Their Existence From A New Outburst Of The Inhuman Fiends Who Had Once Tyrannized AstraThree Was That The Natives Who Were Buying Kurbi S Science Know How Were Those Very Fiends And Their Intentions Were Implacably Deadly For All Humans, Whether Earth Born Or Star Born

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10 thoughts on “Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2)

  1. Matt Sears says:

    From my little blog pulpaweek.blogspot.comRight from the start Star Born was an enjoyable read chapter one has space refugees, stoic merpeople, giant lizards, an ancient evil civilization, and telepathic bunnies Andre Norton is somewhat respected in Sci Fi circles, so I did a little research on him Well, it turns out Andre was actually Alice Norton s pen name, and then later she legally changed her name from Alice to Andre This lady wrote about 300 books, most which involved swords or la From my little blog pulpaweek.blogspot.comRight from the start Star Born was an enjoyable read chapter one has space refugees, stoic merpeople, giant lizards, an ancient evil civilization, and telepathic bunnies Andre Norton is somewhat respected in Sci Fi circles, so I did a little research on him Well, it turns out Andre was actually Alice Norton s pen name, and then later she legally changed her name from Alice to Andre This lady wrote about 300 books, most which involved swords or lasers or laser swords in some fashion I will definitely be picking up some other books by her.Star Born is a book about race relations and the follies and misunderstandings associated with them Kind of A human ship lands on a planet, home to three races mutated exiled humans who had come generation before to escape a dystopian style regime, the fur covered mermen who allied themselves with the exiles and predominantly communicate with their minds and an ancient race of slave masters who are pretty much evil to the bone The newcomers make contact with the slave masters first, and are sickened by the way the evil bastards are trying to exterminate any mermen they see, primarily with flame throwers and shit Once the slavers had ruled this planet, but a nuclear war had devastated their population, which is similar to what happened to the iron fisted regime on Earth The mermen live in peace on the string of islands, living in fear of their once malevolent masters and alongside the near human telepath mutants of Homeport.The chapters switch off between Delgard one of the exiles and a knife brother with one of the mermen, and Raf a pilot for the newcomer humans who develops sympathy for the mermen early on.The root of this story is about race, as the four races have different ideologies and cannot come to a peaceful agreement with one another This point is dulled by the slavemasters being an out and out evil race, but I suppose you can t expect a conflicted villain out of a pulp novel Towards the end the already shaky alliance between the space explorer newcomers and the ancient aliens is broken, as it is obvious they are stockpiling weapons to kill off the sentient merpeople There are some battles with spear throwing merpeople There are ray guns This is a pretty cool book for 1962.Some people will have trouble getting past the typographical and grammatical errors Star Born is chock full of sentences like He closed the hatch behind Them and typos including Warrier Personally, I found these errors to be a little charming, this isn t high brow literature after all I rarely wish a book to be longer, but at just 180 pages and a fun setting, Star Born could have used a bit of padding An enjoyable book for fans of the genre, but still not the classic I am searching for

  2. Dean Sault says:

    This story is about the human descendants who left Earth in Andre Norton s prior story, The Stars Are Ours In the time since the refugee humans colonized Astra, tension has grown from the devolved natives of a once great empire that originally populated the planet.A space exploration ship from Earth arrives at Astra, unaware of the secret human colony or the growing antipathy toward all humans from the planet s original descendants The newly arrived humans provide valuable technology to the al This story is about the human descendants who left Earth in Andre Norton s prior story, The Stars Are Ours In the time since the refugee humans colonized Astra, tension has grown from the devolved natives of a once great empire that originally populated the planet.A space exploration ship from Earth arrives at Astra, unaware of the secret human colony or the growing antipathy toward all humans from the planet s original descendants The newly arrived humans provide valuable technology to the aliens, not knowing that the ultimate goal would be death for all humans, space born and Earth born.Another of Andre Norton s masterpieces, Star Born uses vivid imagery, strong characterization and a simple plot to weave a fast paced tale for the wildly creative mind One of my favorites from Ms Norton

  3. Flosi says:

    An author with an extraordinary mind to bring science fiction to the common man We are living in that world now, well not all of it I love re reading these novels of the 40s and 50s.

  4. Jennifer says:

    This was a really fun book Light reading and interesting plot I d love to read a sequel of both the main characters to see how the experiences of this book affect them in the next.

  5. Edward McKeown says:

    Star Born is the exciting sequel to The Star Are Ours After a nuclear was, a small band of Free Scientists breaks free of the Dark Age being imposed on the shattered Earth by Pax In a sleeper starship some fity humans escape across space to a world they name Astra to disappear from the pages of human history They find freedom, but not paradise, on a world that also has fallen from war The remnants of two native species, the peaceful mer folk, and the survivors of Those Others a xenophobic Star Born is the exciting sequel to The Star Are Ours After a nuclear was, a small band of Free Scientists breaks free of the Dark Age being imposed on the shattered Earth by Pax In a sleeper starship some fity humans escape across space to a world they name Astra to disappear from the pages of human history They find freedom, but not paradise, on a world that also has fallen from war The remnants of two native species, the peaceful mer folk, and the survivors of Those Others a xenophobic race with high technology sporadically battle on Astra The human colonists seek only to live in peace but of necessity align with the mer folk.Star Born begins with Dalgard, a descendant of Dard Norris, the protagonist of the first book He travels with Sssuri, his knife brother of the mer folk Dalgard is on his first journey of exploration, a rite of passage he must endure in order to become a full adult member of his tribe The Free Scientists retain their desire to explore Astra though their technology has disappeared in the four generations that the Terrans have lived on Astra Dalgard bears a knife and bow andresemblance to a Native American than to the original spacers Yet he carries the scientific method with him and while technology has been impossible to preserve knowledge has remained The Terrans are not regressing but developing in different ways The Mer people who appear to have been genetically engineered and developed by those others from an animal species are limited telepaths Each generation of humans has been better able to communicate with the mind touch, extending it to the animals of Astra as well Centuries pass and back on Earth Pax falls, and is replaced by a democratic government Hyperdrive is discovered and Earth launches its first starships One of these, the RS10 a rather unimaginative name I felt carries with it Raf Kurbi, young loner, the pilot of the flitter a small atmospheric craft for exploring whatever new world they find Dalgard having his ancestors wanderlust and curiosity is heading toward one of the deserted bases of Those Others while the humanoid Others are similar in appearance to humans, their minds are so alien that contemplations of their color coded communications have driven humans near mad The science of Those Others has been put aside by the colonists and ignored by the mer folk whose hatred of their former masters knows no limit.Dalgard and Sussurri head for the base only to find that it is deserted no longer Those Others have returned in a globe airship to loot their old labs for weapons and devices Over their heads comes the RS10 landing at this critical moment in Astra s history Against the odds, RS10 comes down on Astra but its landing is very different from the landing of the original Free Scientist Colony ship They land on the continent of Those Others, meeting them almost immediately The natives and the humans are wary of each other, noneso then Raf, whose distrust of the aliens is immediate and visceral Unfortunately it is perceived as mere prejudice by his captain, a sin in the new society that fought free of Pax, and he is initially disregarded.Those Others however cannot conceal, even it occurred to them to do so, their true nature, imperious, xenophobic and contemptuous of all life not their own While the humans travel with Those Others learning some of their astonishing technology and visiting their ruins, they are horrified to watch an attack by the globe ship on a group of furred mer folk The humans are unsure if the mer folk are animals or people but the chilling brutality begins to tell on them.Meanwhile Dalgard is stalking the expedition of Those Others and Sussurri has returned to warn the colony and the tribe Dalgard is captured by Those Others, who are alarmed and astonished to find a human in alliance with the mer folk While they are confused by his appearance, they are viscerally disgusted by his friendship with their slave race Dalgard is taken to the arena in the depleted city of Those Others to be thrown to dinosaur like beasts with a merman prisoner.Dalgard has been using his limited telepathic powers to call for help He is shocked when he contacts not a mer person or a colonist but Raf The young pilot, the embers of his distrust of Those Others now fanned to bright flame, intervenes to free the pair bringing an open break with the Starship and Those Others.Raf and Dalgard find a mer folk tribe nearby preparing for a hopeless attack But with Raf s weapons and explosives perhaps it is no longer so hopeless It all turns on Raf If the Globeship and its warehouse of weapons and recovered treasures are destroyed then it may be that the rise of Those Others, degenerate and few in number can be checked.Raf and Dalgard face to choices, to support each other in a way that the visiting starship had no wish to participate in And beyond that lies a greater choice, RS10 has not come to stay Dalgard fears that reestablishing a tie with Earth will end the evolution of the Terrans into Astrans Must they follow the same path of science and technology as the Earthmen or should they continue on the path that they are on Two young men, two choices and a world in the balance.Read it and find out.Pros, Andre Norton s clear writing and engaging characters, usually young people seeking to find their way in life, becoming the adults who will lead in their worlds Colorful descriptions even in the smaller details make the ruined cities and countryside of this new world very vivid.Cons The YA and Boy s Own quality gives the book a slightly dated feel as does Forbidden Planet s all while make crew of the C57D An update of this would make one of the leads female for ainteresting story The RS10 is probably the least developed part of the book and the starship crew sometimes seems both a bit cluless and underdeveloped For all its shortcomings there is really nothing wrong with the charming tale of otherworld and its unexpected friendship between these too littlethan boys

  6. Lise says:

    Star Born was written in 1957 and is the second novel of the Astra series As such, you might expect it to be extremely dated That s the good thing about Andre Norton Her focus is on the characters not on technology Not that it would have mattered in the end, not really I found Star Born among my books and discovered that I hadn t read it Shocker, but a pleasant surprise.Our two main protagonists in Star Born are Raf Kurbi from Terra and Dalgard Nordis from Homeport Like so many of N Star Born was written in 1957 and is the second novel of the Astra series As such, you might expect it to be extremely dated That s the good thing about Andre Norton Her focus is on the characters not on technology Not that it would have mattered in the end, not really I found Star Born among my books and discovered that I hadn t read it Shocker, but a pleasant surprise.Our two main protagonists in Star Born are Raf Kurbi from Terra and Dalgard Nordis from Homeport Like so many of Norton s characters a rite of passage is what starts off the book.Dalgard is the descendant of Terran escapees Many generations ago they came to the planet Astra There they found a race of people who communicated through telepathy Telepathic communication is another of Norton s favorites These two groups learn to live next to each other in peace and with time the Terran stock evolve their telepathic abilities to the extent that they can communicate with the telepathic creatures on Astra Dalgard is traveling with Sssuri, a member of the Merfolk, and his knife brother Together they are on a journey of exploration rite of passage.One of the deserted bases of Those Others is the goal of the two travellers Those Others are the ancient enemies of the Merfolk and other creatures on Astra In olden times the Merfolk were enslaved by Those Others but through rebellion they managed to hit the Others hard Star Born switches between Dalgard s story and Raf s Raf has come from Terra along with a crew Four of them set out to investigate some ruins that they had seen during landing It turns out that they meet up with the Others Raf is uncomfortable about this meeting For some reason his guard is up When they go with the Others to explore one of the ruins, they come upon Dalgard Now the stories blend together and we get to see what happens when two young men hold the fate a world in their hands.The newcomers from Terra display all of the classic symptoms displayed in meeting with aliens Meeting as described in science fiction anyways as I do not know of any real life meetings with aliens Fear, prejudice, and violence go together it seems in such situations.Young adults are probably Norton s target group Most of her books are written for them That is clearly reflected in the language There is no swearing, graphic violence or sex scenes Quite refreshing in a sense While Star Born isn t one of my favorite Norton books, it was an easy read

  7. Sim says:

    Excellent and typical Andre Norton story If you enjoy her other stories, you ll enjoy this one.

  8. Becky says:

    What of our children the second and third generations born on this new world They will have no memories of Terra s green hills and blue seas Will they be Terrans or something else Tas Kordov, Record of the First Years Starborn follows two young men, as their adventures cross paths in enemy territory The first young man, Dalgard, is of Terran origin, but islike a new species of human on another planet His coming of age quest becomes a fight to save his people and their allies way o What of our children the second and third generations born on this new world They will have no memories of Terra s green hills and blue seas Will they be Terrans or something else Tas Kordov, Record of the First Years Starborn follows two young men, as their adventures cross paths in enemy territory The first young man, Dalgard, is of Terran origin, but islike a new species of human on another planet His coming of age quest becomes a fight to save his people and their allies way of life Raf, a flitter pilot who was conscripted for deep space exploration, has come to this planet to seek other life, never expecting to find the old Terran colonists.Together and alternately they explore what it means to be human, what allegiances one has to a home planet, and what it means to be a free man Really this is one of my favorite Norton s from her earlier years It seemed to drag a bit in the beginning, and I felt as though there were some unresolved character issues like why Raff so intrinsically distrusted the rest of his crew eve after being on a ship for months with them , and ideas she could have expanded on how did Pax come apart back on Terra , but all those would have turned this into a much longer book, and it is what it is, which is pulp scifi The ending, which I enjoyed so much, really made up for any other issue I would have had with it I really enjoyed the characters of Dalgard and Sssuri,

  9. Thom Swennes says:

    This story reads like a 1950 s B rated movie This is probably caused from an absence of science and an excess of fiction, which was often the norm for that era Another eccentric trait of the times and this novel is that characters from the future seem to regress with weapons and clothes to an almost medieval time Although Andre Norton pseudonym for Alice Mary Norton is a prolific and renowned science fiction writer, in my opinion, this isn t her best work I found it one dimensional, unimag This story reads like a 1950 s B rated movie This is probably caused from an absence of science and an excess of fiction, which was often the norm for that era Another eccentric trait of the times and this novel is that characters from the future seem to regress with weapons and clothes to an almost medieval time Although Andre Norton pseudonym for Alice Mary Norton is a prolific and renowned science fiction writer, in my opinion, this isn t her best work I found it one dimensional, unimaginative and at times a little too much to swallow The planet Astra is a nidus for undesirable beings and leaves the reader with the thought of why bother The lack of romance or any other human quality doesn t help the story or characterizations, making it a pastiche of trite rhetoric With this all said, this and all works previous and contemporary create the base for all modern science fiction which would receive apositive mark from me Star Born by Andre Norton isn t for everyone but could probably be highly praised by a chosen few

  10. jersey9000 says:

    The second book in the Andre Norton collection I threw onto my Kindle, and I enjoyed this one muchthan the first On the surface a similar story about a young man going out on his own with on again, off again companions , but the story line in this one was farinteresting They had about four different species interacting in different ways, and a bit of intrigue tossed in for good measure who can Raf trust Who can the merman trust Who can anyone trust Oh God, is the Pax back This The second book in the Andre Norton collection I threw onto my Kindle, and I enjoyed this one muchthan the first On the surface a similar story about a young man going out on his own with on again, off again companions , but the story line in this one was farinteresting They had about four different species interacting in different ways, and a bit of intrigue tossed in for good measure who can Raf trust Who can the merman trust Who can anyone trust Oh God, is the Pax back This was good, old fashioned, scenery chewing Sci Fi I miss that kind of stuff, and this hit the spot for me Nothing revolutionary, but very enjoyable for fans of old school sci fi Now on to book 3