Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)
There's a completely unwarranted stigma attached to science fiction and fantasy books that are labeled as "all-ages" reads. Some of the most influential books ever written in the genre have this tag: Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, etc. Arguably the most historically significant collection of "all-ag ...more
- Good afternoon, may I talk with Professor Einstein?
- Ah, I just wonder if I could have a few minutes of your time sir, this won't take long...
- And who are you, young man?
- Oh, I'm sorry, I should have said. My name's Bob Heinlein. You wouldn't have heard of me...
- On the contrary, I know exactly who you are. I bought a copy of your novel Space Cadet for my godson's eleventh birthday, and he was most complimentary. In fact, he said it was the best thing he'd ever read.
The rest of th ...more
Time for the Stars is one of my favorite Heinlein Juveniles, and I like his juveniles better than his books for adults, so I guess that makes Time of the Stars one of my favorite Heinlein works. It’s got everything that makes his stories so much fun to read, especially for kids. Likeable heroes, sweet relationships, real emotions, a touch of romance, a bit of physics, spaceship travel and exploration of distant planets. (And als ...more
Or at least one of them.
First published in 1956, Heinlein’s Time for the Stars is one of his Scribner’s juvenile books, and one of the better ones, somewhat similar to Starman Jones. The Grandmaster tells the story of the first survey ships going out into deep space to look for suitable planets for humanity to colonize due to overpopulation on Earth. Needing a simultaneous communications system, the powers that be hire on groups of telepathic twins (or triplets) ...more
A simple tour through the cable channels, or spin of the radio dial, will prove Sturgeon right, and in the mass of modern pop culture it’s much harder to filter out the signal from the noise. In classical music, for example, the bad sym ...more
I felt the story was a bit choppy, but it was an interesting enough tale, so I hung on. By choppy, I mean the usual, let's skip some years so I don't have to explain much in this scene. I felt it especially toward the end in some crucial scenes where there was suddenly gre ...more
I recommend Heinlein's "juveniles" for every sf reader--I personally feel they represent some of his best work. They can be read and enjoyed by adults; except for the age of the main characters, this books is as good as many adult novels published today.
The premise of the telepathic twins is interesting, but it's basically a McGuffin to allow Heinlein to send a juvenile (several, really) on a starfaring mission, Really, however, the mission is not re ...more
The book is the journal of a boy who has a telepathic link to his twin brother. He and a number of other telepaths (who can only telepathically talk to specific people, usually their twin) are signed on a spaceship as "special commun ...more
Characterization has never been Heinlein's strongest point and it shows here again but he is extremely good at writing believable adventure stories. I liked that the protagonist is no hero, he is selfish and still has to ...more
For the most part, I really liked this book. I think the premise was really interesting. The characters were fun. Only two major aspects detracted from it for me.
One, I got a little tired of the womenfolk had to stay on board ship during hazardous operations. Now, I realized it was written in 1956. But, when all the other aspects of society progressed, why would women stay the same?
Two, I felt that the last 1/3 of the novel was rushed. It seemed like it cou ...more
Heinlein is one of them.
I uncovered this gorgeous book on one of those little second-hand bookshops visits. I am SO happy I picked it up. Seriously. I sat down and read the whole thing in one sittin ...more
So a friend of a friend, a Whovian - so they have my attention, recommended this book and practically shoved his copy into my hands. I happened to have just finished a book recently so this made a great immediate next.
And I was surprised with how good it was. With each turn of the page, I was immersed more any more, and for unbelieva ...more
This is one of the classic titles originally know as the "Heinlein Juveniles," written in the 1950 and published for the young adult market. It has since been in print for 50 years in paperback, and now returns to hardcover for a new generation.
Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower-than-light spaceships and hom
This is about space exploration featuring a telepathic twin protagonist employed on a star ship in order to maintain communications with earth. As the ship nears light speed the twins begin to get separated by time and space as relativistic time dilation causes far more time to pass back on earth than it does on the ship.
The book is both light, easy reading while al ...more
narrated by Barrett Whitener
Robert A. Heinlein’s Time for the Stars is a true bit of science fiction history and, in a way, embodies all of the “cool” stuff that made me such a fan – a bit of physics, adventure, young people off to explore unseen worlds, and some newfangled technology.
Heinlein (1907-1988) first published Time for the Stars in 1956, during a time period when he had a contract with Scribner’s to produce books that were young people friendly. They were aimed at young a ...more
The Long Range Foundation funds unlikely ventures, one of which is space travel to distant stars. One issue with this is communication with ships light-years away, and they scramble a project to find telepairs - mostly identical twins - after the discovery that telepathy is instantaneous breaks quietly.
Tom and Pat ar ...more
« L'Âge des étoiles » m'a semblé plus intéressant. En bref, le récit présente l'impact de télépathes - surtout des jumeaux - sur les voyages interstellaires. L'idée de base du roman est intéressante : on prend des couples de jumeaux télépathes, on envoie la moitié des jumeaux dans l'espace et on garde l'autre moitié sur terre. La moitié qui voyage communique les informati ...more
Young twins Tom & Pat are called by an institute called the Long Range Foundation (LRF). Testing reveals that, like many twins, they are telepathic and are ths perfect candidates for the space program. One goes on board the ship, communicating their discoveries back to the one on earth in real-time.
When they get to the Tau Ceti system, which had a placid Earth-type planet on it they called Constance. They then went to Beta Hydri, where many dies from a plague. Then they went t ...more
He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre ...more