Friday, July 30, 2010

You’re My Lucky Starr

The series continued with 5 more Lucky Starr books. They are Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids, Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus, Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury, Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter, and Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn.
All contain the same adventure type stories that appealed to me and I imagine many other young boys of the time. Bigman Jones was a loyal sidekick, the Sirians were clearly evil, and the Council of Science was wisely benevolent.
There were continuing problems with the changing and updating of the solar system as actual exploration continued, but I still can reread them for what they are. Good stories. If the background is outdated, well so is the background of every Agatha Christie novel, every spy novel about the Soviet Union, etc. If they are good stories you can still read John Le Carre and enjoy his novels even if the Soviet Union and the KGB don’t exist anymore. (Probably because in the case of the KGB renaming it doesn’t change it)
Isaac Asimov linked his Robot Stories, the Foundation Series, and the Spacer novels together. All inhabit, more or less, the same humans only universe of his creation. He did it deliberately in his later novels, and to me the connection was always visible. But, I think that these 6 novels inhabit the same universe. Maybe not as clearly, but if you dance around the time frames etc it is a humans only universe and there is antagonism between Earth and the colonies just as in the Spacer novels. He also introduced the positronic brain and robots in The Big Sun of Mercury along with the concept of the Sirians being a society of loners and elitests. Just like the spacers.
Well I think they are all great examples of juvenile SF and have enjoyed re-reading them more than once. Next post will be about another bunch of juveniles that I loved and still do.
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