Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Time for the Stars” as Want to Read:
Time for the Stars
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,364 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1956)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Time for the Stars, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Corey This is definitely a young-persons science fiction novel, but I wonder if young science fiction readers in 1956 might have been a little more…moreThis is definitely a young-persons science fiction novel, but I wonder if young science fiction readers in 1956 might have been a little more sophisticated than current young readers. Of course, without knowing this particular eleven year old I can't say. This book is certainly fairly easy, and so far on page 70 there hasn't been anything disturbing, violent, sexual etc...It's actually pretty interesting because its so darn quaint at times the way it characterizes women and dating and so on.(less)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. HeinleinStarship Troopers by Robert A. HeinleinStranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. HeinleinTime Enough for Love by Robert A. HeinleinHave Space Suit—Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein
Your Favorite Heinlein Novel
29th out of 42 books — 242 voters
Grass by Sheri S. TepperParable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerThe Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry HarrisonThe Anubis Gates by Tim PowersThe Rookie by Scott Sigler
Most Under-rated Science Fiction
131st out of 1,151 books — 1,412 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Aug 01, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Corsican Brothers go to space.

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)
Sep 23, 2014 Manny rated it liked it

- Good afternoon, may I talk with Professor Einstein?

- Speaking.

- 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
Slowly but surely, my obsession with young adult space stories will knock every Heinlein juvenile book off my to-read list. A month or two ago, I read Podkayne of Mars and while I did enjoy the audio format and the underlying world-building, the characters grated on me. I'd read and heard from several sources that Heinlein's treatment of his female characters can be a huge turnoff and he's two for two on that note for me thus far. I'm not going to go over why I felt the way I did about Podkayne ...more
Kat  Hooper
Aug 19, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

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
Steve Cooper
Apr 10, 2016 Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing

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
Feb 22, 2015 Bahia rated it really liked it
This was my first Heinlein novel. It probably deserves only 3 stars, but I'm giving it 4 because this novel showed me why Heinlein is one of the fathers of science fiction. The world-building of the future is done so well, especially in the case of the science and the explanation of it in ways that allowed me to suspend disbelief. The motivations behind why the characters in the book were sent to space made logical sense, and the exploration of what happens to time when you are traveling at the ...more
Jeff Yoak
I had forgotten about this Heinlein juvenile completely thinking I was reading it for the first time, but part way in I realized that I had read it before. The human race has finally created a source of propulsion for ships that can offer constant boost and carry its fuel. That means it's "time for the stars." Population pressure and the sort of intrepid adventurousness Heinlein always so brilliantly portrays drives our heroes out in ships pushing the speed of light knowing that relativistic eff ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Nathaniel rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I actually find Heinlein's juveniles a lot more interesting than his later work these days.

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
Mark Hodder
This is probably the first science fiction book I ever read. Now, more than four decades later, I’ve revisited it and can fully understand why I so quickly formed a love for the genre. This tale of telepathic twins, one aboard a space vessel on an exploratory mission, the other left on Earth and rapidly ageing thanks to the laws of relativity, is tremendous. Heinlein was fast approaching his peak period when this was written—transitioning from juvenilia to more adult stories. This sort of spans ...more
No spoilers here.
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
Apr 02, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
And after the most personal of the re-reads last time (Tunnel in the Sky, over a year ago), I’m now onto a novel that is one of my least remembered, but one that clearly has connections to much of Heinlein’s past and future work.

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
Clay Kallam
Aug 30, 2016 Clay Kallam rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Pop culture is often dismissed as simply low culture – in contrast to the high art of opera or classical music or abstract expressionism. And there’s good reason: As long-ago scifi author Theodore Sturgeon once pointed out, “Ninety percent of everything is trash.”

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
Feb 27, 2016 James rated it liked it
Bought this book at a discount awhile ago. When I was a kid I read many RAH novels. I didn't realize until I was 3 chapters in that I HAD read this one when I was a kid. I usually bought these novels from B. Dalton or Walden Books at the mall. (I still have them.) I must have borrowed this from the library and read it as I don't have a copy of it. At least I don't think I do!

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
Karen Mardahl
Jul 25, 2015 Karen Mardahl rated it it was ok
There was a good story here involving communication via telepathy, but I confess that its age is showing. I couldn't ignore the male chauvinism in the tone. True, this is a "boys" book from the 50s, but it was just a bit much.

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
Mary JL
Mar 30, 2009 Mary JL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any science fiction fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: Familiar with author
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
The review above pretty much says it all. This books has been reprinted time and time again for over fifty years. It is one of Heinlein's better juveniles.

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.
Graham Cope
Mar 23, 2016 Graham Cope rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
“I don’t like to be around twins, they make me think I’m seeing double.”

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
The basic reason for writing this book seems to have been to introduce the idea of a 'long range foundation', which ignores the short term, and pumps resources into things that (probably) won't show results for decades or centuries. An interesting idea, but there don't seem to have been any takers.

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
Apr 10, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, an excellent book that doesn't suffer from Heinlein's usual problems with endings (although some might not be happy with it). While it might be considered a juvenile, it's probably better suited to teenagers given some of the things that happen in the novel.

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
Apr 16, 2013 Andreas rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A research institute discovers that some twins are able to communicate with telepathy between each other. It's not limited by the speed of light and offers a great chance for space exploration. One twin stays at home and the other is on board of a spaceship to explore new worlds.

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
Clark Hallman
Time for the Stars was written by Robert Heinlein for juvenile readers in the 1956. However, it has continued to remain in print for over 50 years and it is certainly being enjoyed by adults. This reader was totally captivated by its very interesting premise, and by Heinlein’s excellent writing and story-telling skills. The tale takes place in the future when Earthlings had traveled beyond our solar system attempting to find “Sol-type solar systems” with “Earth-type planets” suitable for coloniz ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Farid rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is that certain sets of twins were found to have telepathic abilities which could be used as a source of instantaneous communication with ships traveling light years away. As interesting as I found this premise to be, the story didn't hold up at all. The characters were not very likable and there was way too much jumping around. This book has not aged well.

Oh and the ending was really really awful. The author really Janeny'd up the ending.
Feb 23, 2014 spikeINflorida rated it it was ok
It's amazing how abruptly RAH switched gears when he wrote Starship Troopers. Most of the previous decade was spent writing young adult books. After reading reviews, Time For The Stars seemed to be the YA favorite. So I thought I would give it a read. Big mistake. Most of the book was endless banter/chatter between the young protagonist twins. And it was only a few short pages that described reptilian and amphibious aliens killing humans and destroying some equipment. Most of todays young adults ...more
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Read for the Science Fiction Book Club.

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
Feb 28, 2015 Kylie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Science Fiction
I am terribly fond of Robert A. Heinlein, since my father had a massive stash of his more adult science fiction novels in a old cardboard box and I waded my way through it when I nine. So whenever I head to second-hand bookshops, my favorite thing to do is hunt for old science fiction author's I know.
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
Max Ostrovsky
Apr 08, 2014 Max Ostrovsky rated it really liked it
Over a year ago, I read some pulp Heinlein that completely turned me off from his pulp - even when I have greatly enjoyed his vast oeuvre of pulp. It was that bad.
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
Apr 12, 2015 Kris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of classic sci-fi, Heinlein fans
Shelves: own-it, first-edition
This is juvenile science fiction book, from the 1950's (what we'd call Young Adult Fiction, today), so it must be read with that in mind. It is told in the first person, by Tom, one of a pair of identical twins. He and his brother, Pat, are chosen by a non-profit agency to participate in some tests, for an untold purpose. It becomes clear that the tests are to determine the ESP capability of twins. It is discovered that Tom and Pat have very good ESP capability between themselves, and it is fina ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Guru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the 1950s, the golden age of sci-fi, Heinlein's "Time for the stars" is about as awesome as classic sci-fi romance can get! The story is bizarrely interesting: Earth is choking with overpopulation and it is time that mankind finds new planets to inhabit. And although space exploration is not unknown and near light speed spacecrafts are common, there is a slight problem of communication. Communication over radios can never match the light speed of the crafts and hence it is not possibl ...more
Buck Ward
Time for the Stars is good old-fashioned science fiction. It's a space opera that features the themes of relativity and telepathy. In this book, telepathic messages travel instantaneously, unlike radio communication which travels at the speed of light. This phenomenon, simultaneity, is a theme in Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed, and ultimately led to the development of the ansible, a device which allows instantaneous communication over great distances. The ansible device is also used in the ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Aries rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-queue

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

Brian Layman
May 18, 2011 Brian Layman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
Heinlein at his very best! Though Spider Robinson may be "the new Robert A. Heinlein", there is no one like the original. This book is not quite completely in the juvenile Heinlein group and yet not in the adult Heinlein group. As one reviewer (Manny) put it: "an important novel, marking the transition from juvenile-Heinlein to proto-dirty-old-man-Heinlein." It is a quick thoroughly enjoyable read.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Similarities to Interstellar 2 17 Nov 29, 2014 01:21AM  
  • The Martian Way and Other Stories
  • They Shall Have Stars (Cities in Flight, #1)
  • Islands in the Sky
  • Destination: Universe!
  • Star Born (Pax/Astra, #2)
  • Little Fuzzy (Fuzzy Sapiens, #1)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! (Stainless Steel Rat, #7)
  • Neutron Star (Known Space)
  • Ensign Flandry (Flandry, #1)
  • Galactic Patrol (Lensman, #3)
  • The Callahan Chronicals (Callahan's Place Trilogy, #1-3) (Callahan's Series, #1-3)
  • The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld, #2)
Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".

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 about Robert A. Heinlein...

Other Books in the Series

Heinlein Juveniles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Rocket Ship Galileo
  • Space Cadet
  • Red Planet
  • Farmer in the Sky
  • Between Planets
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Starman Jones
  • The Star Beast
  • Tunnel in the Sky
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

Share This Book