Pebble in the Sky
by Isaac Asimov
Cover Artist: Photo: Digital Vision/Getty Images
Review by Paul Haggerty
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319128
Date: 08 January 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Pebble in the Sky is a reprint of a classic story from SF's golden years. It's the story of Joseph Schwartz, retired tailor and one man among billions in 1949 Chicago. Walking along the road one day, Joseph is the victim of an experiment gone horribly wrong at the nearby Institute of Nuclear Research. Take some crude uranium, a boringly normal experiment, and a young chemist not watching what he's doing, and Joesph's peaceful walk is shattered midstep when he suddenly steps thousands of years into the future and the First Galactic Empire. From official release/information:
From back of book: A classic SF novel from Isaac Asimov returns.
One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire.
Earth, he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with a great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two.
This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation books and novels. This is Golden Age-SF at its finest.