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THE STARS ARE OURS! [astra1]
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Very tight and square (possibly unread?) with moderate overall wear.
This "special edition" single was issued simultaneous with the Double-book with the same number (D-121, with Sam Merwin's 3 Faces of Time on the flipside) - but with only the longer Norton title. I hardly ever see these "special editions" - they are quite scarce.
Here's the first of Andre Norton's "Astra" books: The Stars Are Ours! (1954.) For some sort of plot summary/set-up, I once again rely on P. Schuyler Miller, and use excerpts from a review in Astounding (March 1955):
"This is the story of the end of the Twenty-fifth century, when anti-science has driven the Earth's scientists and their descendants into hiding. Dard Nordis is the hero: his biologist brother has found the secret of frozen sleep which makes escape to the stars possible for the last large community of Free Scientists. Lars is killed, but Dard escapes with his six-year-old niece, Dessie.
Dard's story is broken in two parts: his escape to the Free Scientists, his trip to the city of the Peacemen to use their great computer, the battle to get the starship away - then the awakening on another world and the adventure of discovering its creatures, its dangers, its history and its people. ...it's the kind of book that will win science fiction a lot of friends and maybe bring back some old ones." [P. Schuyler Miller]
There is a sequel set on Astra:
Star Born (1957.)