Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)
Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable ...more
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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
- 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
Wikipedia tells us that the famous wrestler Virgil Riley Runnels jr changed his name to Dusty Rhodes at Gary Hart's suggestion based on Andy Griffith's character 'Lonesome Rhodes' in the movie 'A Face In The Crowd' from 1957. Is it a coincidence that in 1956 a character named 'Dusty Rhodes' appeared in Heinlein's novel, Time For The Stars? I think not. Gary was a scifi geek and didn't want anyone to know about it. And he picked a great book to steal from: predating both Tau Zero and The Forever ...more
For those not in the know, Heinlein wrote a lot, and his books can generally be divided into three periods (or maybe just two). First, he wrote an awful lot of juveniles, which would be considered young-adult today. They almost always feature young protagonists (still in school) and revolve around adventure and family. These books came out between 1947 and 1959.
The turning point for Heinlein was the (in)fa ...more
Another Heinlein juvenile. Have been trying to finish this run. Published in 1956, and certainly dated, although I find that not all of Heinlein's writings are.
The premise here is that spaceships are launched to search for habitable planets to colonize. Twins and triplets are found to possess telepathy between each other and a single one is a perfect passenger for these trips, so the book is centered on one set of twins. as one goes off and travels through space.
This book I wou ...more
What surprises me most here is how the book both echoes the books of the past and pre-empts many of his works of the future. Whilst the basic story outline is now seen as part of what I’m referring to as Heinlein’s juvenile template, (as in the previous novels we have th ...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
Anyhow, it's a pretty good story and if you liked any of RAH's juveniles you will enjoy this. As it was written in 1956 t ...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.
Time for the Stars is one of the twelve ‘Heinlein Juveniles’ series of books the author wrote between 1947 and 1958. Wikipedia states that “their intended readership was teenage boys”. They would probably fall under the YA category today. After a bit of research on the web, it would seem that these YA books by Heinlein are still rated and respected by a number of readers. But it should be remembered that these were written o ...more
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
Oh and the ending was really really awful. The author really Janeny'd up the ending.
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
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