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by Frederik Pohl

  • ISBN: 0345319028
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Author: Frederik Pohl
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 12, 1986)
  • FB2 size: 1577 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 539
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Black Star Rising book. actually, it sortof petered out by the end & was a bit of a disappointment.

Black Star Rising has a noble start: & the late twenty-first century. This is the eleventh Pohl book I've read and it's the fifth book of his I've sold away (along with Man Plus, Years of the City, Beyond the Blue Horizon and Syzygy). The USA and USSR have destroyed each other in a catastrophic nuclear exchange, and China now rules the Americans. The reader is introduced to a Caucasian workforce in Alabama who are restricted to the farm in which they work. 2 people found this helpful.

Pohl's "The Martian Star-Gazers" (under his "Ernest Mason" pseudonym) was the cover story on the February 1962 Galaxy Science . The first book, The Space Merchants, listed under collaborations. Black Star Rising (1985).

Pohl's "The Martian Star-Gazers" (under his "Ernest Mason" pseudonym) was the cover story on the February 1962 Galaxy Science Fiction, while the Pohl-Kornbluth story "Critical Mass" was also cover-featured. Pohl's novelette "The Five Hells of Orion" was the cover story on the January 1963 issue of If. The Reefs of Space, which Pohl cowrote with Jack Williamson, was serialized in If in 1963. The Merchants' War (1984). The two novels were published together as: Venus, Inc. (1985) (SFBC omnibus).

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City and attended public schools in Brooklyn. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City and attended public schools in Brooklyn. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company. His first science fiction novels were published in the mid 1960's, some written in collaboration with other writers, others created alone. Since then he has produced a steady flow of novels.

The Erks are on our side. com User, March 13, 2006. In the dystopia of Black Star Rising, China and India stepped in to save a world ravaged by the nuclear war began by the Soviet Union and the US. While the survivors in the US feel resentment that their saviours occupied the land, the Chinese feel that the "Yankees" can no longer be trusted to hold power in the world.

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by Frederik Pohl (Author). Publisher: Plume Books (1986). Product Features: Binding: Paperback.

When an alien spaceship demands a conference with the President of the United States, the Chinese rulers of North and South America send them a rice grower from Mississippi instead
Reviews about Black Star Rising (6):
Qusserel
In the dystopia of Black Star Rising, China and India stepped in to save a world ravaged by the nuclear war began by the Soviet Union and the US. While the survivors in the US feel resentment that their saviours occupied the land, the Chinese feel that the "Yankees" can no longer be trusted to hold power in the world. It is against this backdrop that a mysterious spaceship appears in space, propelling a young ethnically American peasant into sudden prominence and a raft of difficult choices.

Pohl is one of the most prolific and long-producing authors in science fiction. Black Star Rising is not part of one of his larger series, but is an interesting digression which is informed by the favorite Pohl themes as well as by the concerns of 1985, in which it was written. It should satisfy his fans and appeal to readers new to his work.
one life
Often spoken of as a flop, it's still a decent story. However, if you're planning to scare someone away from the collective works of Pohl, this very well may be a decent jumping off point.

A book about war and peace, and more than that - it's a book about power. Power to conquer, and to survive; political power, medical power, cultural power, sexual power; real and imagined; effectual and important. In that same vain, the book makes points as to the absurdity of power and its pursuit: from the council of many to the solo conquests of the lone rebel. The book can best be summed up in one paragraph, nearl the end of the book:

'"But there's nothing to do now, Castor. We have tow hours of coasting before we make course corrections to rendezvous with the spaceway." But, of course, it was not the actual piloting that Castor wanted. What he wanted was the illusion of power. He wanted to form a picture of himself--captain of a great spacecraft on an urgent and perilous mission--that he could take out and look at, in his mind's eye, for the rest of his life.'
Grokinos
When a mysterious alien spacecraft approaches Earth and demands to speak with the President of the United States, then destroys a large Pacific island to demonstrate its strength and underscore its seriousness, you would expect the President to talk.

Problem is, in the late twenty-first century there is no President--not even a United States. In fact, in this world of the future, China rules the Americas; and, to most people, "USA" and "USSR" are just quaint abbreviations in historical dictionaries.

Then the aliens prove unreasonable about accepting substitutes...so one Anglo rice-cultivator from Heavenly Grain Collective Farm--near Biloxi, Mississippi--is forced to begin an adventure that will take him from peasant to President, from Pettyman to Spaceman.

Not a bad space yarn with good speculative aspects about what might happen if the two superpowers do themselves in. It kind of assumes the rest of the world could survive without too many problems, so it's a bit simplistic from that stand point. The conclusion is fairly predictable, although the interaction between the humans and the alien erks is an interesting analysis and worth while reading since the erks (although a real threat) are not your typical terrorist aliens from outer space. They come off as being comic opera characters with super weapons who have the ability to destroy planets. Definitely worth the read.
Whitegrove
Written between Pohl's Heechee Rendezvous (1984) and his widely known satirical Merchant's War (1986), one would expect Black Star Rising (1985) to retain some aspects of his former greatness, as in the popular Man Plus and Gateway. However, he seems to have led himself astray with this one-off novel like he did with another one-off novel in the 1980s- Syzygy. Both flopped.

Black Star Rising has a noble start: `It's the late twenty-first century. The USA and USSR have destroyed each other in a catastrophic nuclear exchange, and China now rules the Americans.' The reader is introduced to a Caucasian workforce in Alabama who are restricted to the farm in which they work. Castor has discovered a human head in the rice fields and is called to the city to deliver his testimony. He becomes embroiled with the Han-descended Police Inspector, the many-minded Professor and the affairs dealing with a mysterious object approaching Earth. The start is fairly good and lays a great foundation for a prospectively good novel...

... but inevitably the novel must continue. Behind this dignified steed of a novel's start there only follows a long trail of steaming horse apples. Once the `American Cabinet' arrives on alien soil (World), the plot quickly loses steam with many pages of doubletalk terminology and a bizarre, out-of-the-blue plot twist with its ridiculous self-contained history. What follows is a sexual romp for a small cast of characters parallel to the politicking of people from Earth and the people of World. There are no bombshells dropped in plot (steady as she goes), there is no character enrichment (like a placid lake of boredom) and even the ending receives a shrug of `whatever.' One more additional observance includes the annoying overuse of the word `fool' and the exclamation point in the internal bickering of the Professor.

This is the eleventh Pohl book I've read and it's the fifth book of his I've sold away (along with Man Plus, Years of the City, Beyond the Blue Horizon and Syzygy). Unless you really like Pohl's work, I'd suggest avoiding this one-off novel and sticking to his more serial works and, maybe, short stories.
Мох
This was one of the first sci-fi's I read as a child, and it whet my voracity for the genre. The scenario was plausible at the time of its writing (1980's), and depicts a post-apocalyptic world in which Communist China and India are the world powers. An unexpected plot twist juxtaposes an idealized remnant of American civilization with the reality of the post-war Earth.
Lamranilv
Boring book. Not one of Pohl's good ones. Best to skip...

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