Lucky Starr series
Cover from the 2001 Science Fiction Book Club omnibus edition.
On 23 March 1951 Asimov met with his agent,
Eventually, Asimov used his own name in later editions. Some cover pages bear his name only, while others credit "Isaac Asimov writing as Paul French".
Although the hero's given name - used on the first book - was "David" (chosen in honor of his own son), Asimov decided this lacked vigor, so the titles of all the later books used his nickname "Lucky".
These novels have a long and varied publishing history. They came out in hardcover with Doubleday in the first edition. Bantam was the latest, in 1993, to bring out the series in 3 volumes, publishing pairs of titles together. In 2001 the
The British first editions of all six novels omit the prefix altogether, being titled Space Ranger, Oceans of Venus, etc. A later British paperback edition of the 1970s, published by NEL (in the New English Library series), restored the original titles – but in numbering them from 1 to 6, on the covers, in fact published them in the wrong order.
The first book was translated into French in 1954 under the title Sur la planète rouge ("On the Red Planet") with the original pseudonym, Paul French. It was published in the "
Three books were also published in Dutch. Titles were, in order of the original American series: