Title: Space Ranger
Author: Isaac Asimov
Page Count/Review Word Count: 144
This is the first book in Asimov’s David Starr, Space Ranger series, which he wrote under the pseudonym Paul French. I’ve actually read The Rings of Saturn, which is the fifth book in the series, but it still worked in this order and it was nice to see how the Space Ranger moniker first came about.
Plus it’s just well-written sci-fi and a genuine pleasure to read. As for the story line, we follow Starr as he investigates a Martian farm to try to figure out why people are getting poisoned after eating the food that’s grown there. It’s an engaging story in its own right, but Asimov’s background in the sciences also added a lot to make it even more enjoyable. Excellent.