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Pebble in the Sky
Pebble in the Sky
Author Isaac Asimov
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher
Released 1950
Media Type Print ( )
ISBN ISBN

Pebble in the Sky - science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, published in 1950. Download high resolution version (400x681, 72 KB)Scan I made of the cover of Pebble in the Sky (Isaac Asimov) - fair use claimed This image is a book cover. ... Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Overview

This work is his first novel - parts of the Foundation series had appeared from 1942 onwards, in magazines, but Foundation was not published in book form until 1951. The original Foundation books are also a string of linked episodes, whereas this is a complete story involving a single group of characters. Second Foundation (1953), 1973 Panther paperback edition. ... Psychohistorian: Hari Seldon Foundation is the first book in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Trilogy (later expanded into The Foundation Series). ...


It begins with a retired tailor from the 20th century who is accidentally pitched into the far future. Earth is now radioactive and is a low-status part of a vast Galactic Empire. There is both a mystery and a power-struggle, and a lot of debate and human choices. The originality of the work is the choice of a very ordinary man to be the protagonist, rather than the more typical space-opera hero.


It was originally written in 1947 as Grow Old With Me, intended for a magazine called Startling Stories. As Asimov explains in The Early Asimov, this was intended as a quotation from Robert Browning's poem Rabbi Ben Ezra, which actually says Grow Old Along With Me. It never appeared in this form, though in 1986 it appeared in The Alternate Asimovs. In 1949 it was accepted as a book, to be expanded to 70,000 words. Asimov also retitled it Pebble in the Sky. Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke in Startling Stories Cover by Earle Bergey Startling Stories was a pulp science fiction magazine which also published a lot of science fantasy. ... The Early Asimov is a 1972 collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. ... Robert Browning Robert Browning (May 7, 1812 – December 12, 1889) was an English poet and playwright. ... Rabbi ben Ezra is a poem by Robert Browning about Abraham ibn Ezra (1092-1167), one of the great poets, mathematicians and scholars of the 12th Century. ... The Alternate Asimovs, Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov, 1986. ...


This book takes place in the same universe as the Foundation Series. Earth is part of the Empire of Trantor, later the setting for Hari Seldon's invention of psychohistory. Asimov returned to the radioactive Earth theme in The Stars Like Dust, The Currents of Space and Foundation and Earth. He would explore it most fully in Robots and Empire. Trantor is a fictional planet in Isaac Asimovs Foundation series and Empire series of science-fiction novels. ... Hari Seldon is the intellectual hero of Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ... Psychohistory is the name of a fictional science in Isaac Asimovs Foundation universe, which combined history, psychology and mathematical statistics to create a (nearly) exact science of the behavior of very large populations of people, such as the Galactic Empire. ... The Stars Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction book by writer Isaac Asimov. ... The Currents of Space is a 1952 novel by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. ... Foundation and Earth Foundation and Earth (1986) is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation Series and chronologically the last in the series. ... Robots and Empire is a 1985 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. ...


It has been grouped as the Empire series, along with The Stars, Like Dust and The Currents of Space. But they are only loosely connected, occurring between the era of the Spacers and the Foundation but not otherwise overlapping in time, location or theme. The Galactic Empire Series contains Isaac Asimovs three earliest novels and one short story: The Stars, Like Dust (1951) The Currents of Space (1952) Pebble in the Sky (1950), his first novel Blind Alley (1945), short story reprinted in The Early Asimov They are only loosely connected. ... The Stars, Like Dust is a book by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. ... The Currents of Space is a 1952 novel by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. ...


In this work, unlike The End of Eternity, time-travel is one way and uncontrolled. It might be an accidental use of the same technology - Asimov hints at a connection in Foundation's Edge but never definitely settled the point. We have to assume that it is a pure accident that the man from the past ends up at a particularly critical moment when he can make a big difference to history. The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel, with mystery and thriller elements, on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. ... Foundations Edge Foundations Edge is a novel by Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series. ...


Plot summary

While walking down the street in Chicago, Joseph Schwartz, a retired tailor, is the unwitting victim of a nearby nuclear laboratory accident, by means of which he is instantaneously transported tens of thousands of years into the future (50,000 years, by one character's estimate). He finds himself in a place he does not recognise, and due to apparent changes in spoken language, he is unable to communicate with anyone. He wanders into a farm, and is taken in by the couple who live there. They mistaken him for a mentally deficient person, and secretly offer him as a subject for an experimental procedure to increase his mental abilities. The procedure, which has killed several subjects, works in his case, and he finds that he can quickly learn to speak the current language. He also slowly realises that the procedure has given him limited telepathic abilities, including the ability to project his thoughts to the point of killing or injuring a person. These are similar, but much less developed, powers to those employed by The Mule many millennia later. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The Mule is a fictional character from Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series. ...


Earth, at this time, is seen by the rest of the Galactic Empire as a rebellious planet—it has, in fact, rebelled three times in the past — and the inhabitants are widely discriminated against. Earth also has several large radioactive areas, although the cause is never described. (The prequels elaborate on this point.) Because the radioactivity makes large areas of Earth uninhabitable, it is a very poor planet, and anyone who is unable to work is legally required to be killed. Earthpeople must also be executed when they reach the age of sixty, a procedure known as The Sixty, with very few exceptions, mainly for people who have made significant contributions to society. This is a problem for Schwartz, who is sixty-two years old. In Isaac Asimovs Robot/Empire/Foundation series of novels, the Galactic Empire is an empire consisting of planets settled by humans across the whole galaxy. ...


Although Earth is part of the Empire, with a resident Procurator (as in the Roman empire), with a military garrison, it is in practice ruled by a group of religious fanatics. They have created a supervirus which they plan to use to kill or subjugate the rest of the empire and revenge themselves for the way their planet has been treated by the Empire.


Schwartz, along with Affret Shekt, the scientist who developed the machine that Schwarz was treated with, his daughter Pola and a visiting historian Bel Arvardan, are captured, but escape with the help of Schwarz's new mental powers, and are narrowly able to stop the plan to release the virus. Bel Arvardan is a fictional character in Pebble in the Sky, a part of Isaac Asimovs Foundation Series of stories and novels. ...


Chronology

What follows is not a spoiler for this book, but gives away key points in various other novels.

It should be noted that the 50,000-year estimate is at odds with the chronology given in Asimov's later novels, in particular Foundation and Earth and The Caves of Steel. The latter novel indicates that the robot R. Daneel Olivaw was constructed some three thousand years after the founding of New York City. Foundation and Earth, in its concluding scene, establishes that Daneel survives into the Interregnum period, after the First Galactic Empire collapses. He gives his age as (roughly) twenty thousand years. The Galactic Era dating system, to which most of Asimov's Foundation Series adheres, places Foundation and Earth approximately twelve thousand years after the events of Pebble in the Sky. Adding up all the differences, Joseph Schwartz's time displacement ultimately transported him only some eleven millennia into the future. Foundation and Earth Foundation and Earth (1986) is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation Series and chronologically the last in the series. ... The Caves of Steel is a book by Isaac Asimov. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... R. Daneel Olivaw is a fictional robot created by Isaac Asimov. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World[1], Gotham [2], Metropolis Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... Hari Seldons holographic image, pictured on a paperback edition of Foundation, appears at various times in the First Foundations history, to guide it through the social and economic crises that befall it. ...


This sort of inconsistency occurs elsewhere in Asimov's fiction. It is probably to be expected, given that Asimov wrote the Foundation stories over several decades, and did not fully link the disparate historical eras until the last years of his life. Furthermore, his characters almost always act with incomplete information, frequently enriching their understanding of Galactic history as the plot unfolds. In this context, such inconsistencies are not only expected, but also — to an extent — necessary for realism.


In Foundation, the Galactic Empire has existed for 12,000 years. Nuclear power is believed to have existed for 50,000 years, even though this is long after the era of Pebble in the Sky. Yet in Foundation and Empire, General Bel Riose says, "[Contrast] the two millennia of peace under the Spaceship-and-Sun of the Empire with the two millennia of interstellar anarchy that preceded it." ("The Dead Hand"). Look up Foundation on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Foundation may refer to: A type of makeup. ... Foundation and Empire Foundation and Empire is a novel written by Isaac Asimov in 1952. ... In Isaac Asimovs Foundation series, the fictional character Bel Riose was the last strong General of the Galactic Empire, Commander of the legendary Twentieth Fleet, who eventually came to be known as the Last of the Imperials, and earned this title well. ...

The novels of Isaac Asimov

Robot Series: The Caves of Steel | The Naked Sun | The Robots of Dawn | Robots and Empire

Empire Series: The Stars Like Dust | The Currents of Space | Pebble in the Sky

Foundation Series: Prelude to Foundation | Forward the Foundation
The trilogy: Foundation | Foundation and Empire | Second Foundation
Foundation's Edge | Foundation and Earth

Other science fiction novels: The End of Eternity | Fantastic Voyage | The Gods Themselves | Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain | Nemesis | Nightfall | The Ugly Little Boy | The Positronic Man

Mystery novels: The Death Dealers | Murder at the ABA Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... Isaac Asimovs Robot Series is a series of books by Isaac Asimov, both collections of short stories and novels. ... The Caves of Steel is a book by Isaac Asimov. ... The Naked Sun is the second novel in Isaac Asimovs Robot series. ... The Robots of Dawn is a whodunit science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1983. ... Robots and Empire is a 1985 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. ... The Galactic Empire Series contains Isaac Asimovs three earliest novels and one short story: The Stars, Like Dust (1951) The Currents of Space (1952) Pebble in the Sky (1950), his first novel Blind Alley (1945), short story reprinted in The Early Asimov They are only loosely connected. ... The Stars Like Dust is a 1951 science fiction book by writer Isaac Asimov. ... The Currents of Space is a 1952 novel by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. ... Hari Seldons holographic image, pictured on a paperback edition of Foundation, appears at various times in the First Foundations history, to guide it through the social and economic crises that befall it. ... Prelude to Foundation Prelude to Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. ... Forward the Foundation Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov. ... Psychohistorian: Hari Seldon Foundation is the first book in Isaac Asimovs Foundation Trilogy (later expanded into The Foundation Series). ... Foundation and Empire Foundation and Empire is a novel written by Isaac Asimov in 1952. ... Second Foundation Second Foundation is the third novel of the Foundation series written in 1970. ... Foundations Edge Foundations Edge is a novel by Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation Series. ... Foundation and Earth Foundation and Earth (1986) is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation Series and chronologically the last in the series. ... The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction novel, with mystery and thriller elements, on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. ... Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film written by Harry Kleiner. ... The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov (ISBN 1061500534). ... Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain is a 1987 science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov about a group of scientists that shrink down to microscopic size in order to operate on a brain tumor. ... Nemesis is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. ... Nightfall (1990), a novel which Robert Silverberg produced by expanding and updating Asimovs original story. ... The Ugly Little Boy is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. ... The Bicentennial Man is a novella by Isaac Asimov. ... The Death Dealers is a mystery novel by Isaac Asimov published in 1958 (later republished as A Whiff of Death). ... Murder at the ABA (1976) is a mystery novel by Isaac Asimov, following the adventures of a writer and amateur detective named Darius Just (whom Asimov modeled on his friend Harlan Ellison). ...

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We know that this is all paranoid hogwash (Schwartz was simply taken to the Synapsifier because he couldn't understand any of the language or customs of his new, alien surroundings, and the farm family that took him in assumed he was merely an idiot), but it's a story element that makes the plot wonderfully layered.
Pebble in the Sky cannot help but show its age at many points.
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