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Publisher's Summary

Nebula Award Winner, Novella, 1977

Shara Drummond was a gifted dancer and a brilliant choreographer, but she could not pursue her dream of dancing on Earth. So she went to space, creating a new art form in three dimensions. And when the aliens arrived, there was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. The only hope was Shara, with her stardance.

This novel is an expanded version of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Stardance novella, which pioneered the concept of zero gravity dance - and even sparked the interest of NASA.

Dancing with the stars: listen to the sequel, Starseed.
©1979 Spider and Jeanne Robinson (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A major work, not only as entertainment, but as a literary milestone." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Utterly ridiculous

This is the second book I tried by Spider Robinson,I will not give him another chance.I heard that his writing style was "like Robert Heinlein" but this HACK should never be compared to Heinlein.

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haha

This story caught NASA's attention? Really? Why, did they laugh out loud in front of the press? It's a pleasant idea, there's no great trauma or suffering in the book and it presents a very optimistic view of our awaiting future. But it's just too perfect, there was no significant effort, or sacrifice, and hence no depth to any of the characters. Carefree people usually grin like idiots and roll their thumbs, they do not come up with deep meaningful thoughts, they do not perform awe-striking deeds that leave you wanting more. That goes for this book too. It's mellow. It's like a children's tale. I only bought this book because it said it caught NASA's attention. I'm sorry now.

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Oh please.

I'm all for nostalgia, but this book was awful. Picture Johnathan Livingston Seagull meets Close Encounters meets River dance, meets Cheech and Chong. All rolled up in a silly tale that reeks of the failed (1965-1975) promise of free love and pot induced euphoric flower power. This might have been good as a novella but it feels stretched thin and full of holes as a stand alone work.

Where Heinlein's books may be dated, they still make you stop and think, this author just makes me giggle.

His reading of his own work was over the top and the voice so character laden that he failed to fade into a role of first person story telling and instead vied for the readers attention like a Greek chorus who steals the show.

I give it two stars for entertainment value, but I don't think it was a laugh that the author was going for.

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Extremely Dated

I normally enjoy Spider Robinson and was looking forward to this listen. Unfortunately, it is so mired in trite mid-20th century pop culture that the slang and cultural references used jarred me out of the story. References to 'Fibber McGee's Closet' in a sci fi novel? Really?!?

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Superb Spider Robinson!

For metaphysical instruction and sheer joy, read this treasure Terry Brussel-Rogers Hypnotherapist/ Spiritual Teacher

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great read

I wasn't sure where the story was going. It was worth sticking with it.

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"doesn't age well" is generous

Description and treatment of female characters is patronizing at best. Attitude towards reader feels patronizing too as it utterly fails to "show not tell"

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Dated story with an excellent reader

This is a classic SciFi written in 1977. While interesting in concept, I was constantly bothered by the errors in fact of space living (hadn't been done yet when written) and computers (story still assumes large, single location computers, and did not foresee anything remotely like the ubiquitous computers we now routinely carry on our wrists and in our pockets).

Beyond that, I guess I was bothered by the lack of believability of the basic premise -- that dance can be interpreted as accurately as human vocalizations. Entire conversations can be had, with point, counterpoint, query and response.

Well written, well read, but nothing I could get my teeth into, because of the many flaws of the story itself.

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a long-lost fav. I read this a loonnggg time ago.

finally, the paperback crumbled and got tossed. I'm so delighted to meet back up with this story and with this author. he tells the most improbable tales with such compassion. and I always love his characters.

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Unexpectedly great

Unlike the Callahan series, which on its own merits lends itself to introspection, this series requires active listening. At least, it did for me. It is not my usual spec fiction fare, but I am very glad to have enjoyed it to completion, and quite looking forward to the rest of the series.