Between Planets (Heinlein Juveniles #5)
But setting out for Mars and getting there in good shape turned out to be a lot more complicated than Don ever would have guessed possible.
It was trouble enough being inexplicably ...more
One good part of this book is it basically talks about being a refugee. Don was born in space, quite rare even in this imaginary future. By law, he is a citzen of both Venus and Earth. So he ends up up Venus; because of the war, his Earth currency is not good. He has no m ...more
This was one of the first SF novels I ever read. (I started with Heinlein and van Vogt who are polar opposites in every way but both having been editor Campbell Jr. stable mates.)
Heinlein also looks to the past: the plot involves a battle of the planets with Earth invading its rebell ...more
1.) If you read every book that an author has written in chronological order;
2.) While working 12-16 hour days in a factory that makes swimming pool liners and covers;
3.) Indeed, most of that reading is accomplished during your breaks and lunches;
4.) And in addition, you are having daily discussions with your father who wants to know why a smart guy like you with a B.A. in English is working at a factory that won't even still be there in ten year ...more
Anyway, this book is about a young man who is going to school on earth. He i ...more
Our young hero is off on an adventure that crosses three planets. He becomes a soldier and a man, though not in the knowledge of a woman way, just the way of gutting enemy co ...more
After Farmer in the Sky Robert then published a decidedly more adult novel, The Puppet Masters. However, he was still with a Scribner’s contract to publish one juvenile novel a year, and so returned to the world of young adult SF with this novel.
Things in Heinlein’s own world had moved on a little since his last sojourn to his future Solar System, and this change is partly reflected in this novel. Though a juvenile novel, and one of a series d ...more
This book tells the story of Don, a boy borne between planets and therefore a citizen of all the inhabited planets (Earth, Venus, Mars) but also none of them. Heinlein delivers a well paced story with intrigue, imagination, and innovation that I was not expecting. The world in which the story is set has natural inhabitants of the ...more
Don Harvey è nato nello spazio, a bordo di un'astronave in caduta libera oltre l'orbita degli asteroidi, da padre terrestre e da madre di cittadinanza venusiana, si ritrova senza patria quando le colonie di Venere decidono di ribellarsi allo sfruttamento della Federazione Terrestre. È la storia della prima guerra cosmica, sullo sfondo di una grande trasformazione del sistema solare, in orbita intorno alla luna si sta costruendo il Cercatore di Orizzonti. La nave interstellare che porterà uomini...more
Between Planets is a short story which was entertaining all the way through, and kept my interest to find out what happened to the hero. Good story with some good ideas.
I would recommend this as a light read or first sci-fi read.
The Story: A young man must skip his graduation because of an urgent message from his parents on Mars, but war is brewing. Suspicion about his loyalties begin because his mother is a Venusian and it looks like war with Venus. Earth agents think he might be a spy.
Any problems with the book? Well... if it makes you nervous when young women look o ...more
Rumblings are in the air regarding a possible war for Venusian independenc ...more
Don is a citizen of the Interplanetary Federation - yet no single planet can claim him as its own. His mother was born on Venus and his father on Earth, and Don himself was born on a spaceship in trajectory between planets. And he fights for the rights of this curious citizenship in very curious ways. Heinlein reveals in a dashing fast-moving style what can happen when politics - on an interplanetary scale - disregard the liberty of the individual. In the end, only the remarkable scientist-drago...more
This boo ...more
It was written in 1951 and it certainly bears some of the hallmarks of that. Most notably in the fact that there is very little for the women in this novel to do. That said, the ma ...more
Ah, the golden age of science fiction. I always enjoy a work of fiction from Heinlein. His stories are adventurous and thoughtful if wistful as well.
This work, Between Planets, is no exception. It is, at its heart, a quest story. The protagonist, Don Harvey, has been sent a cryptic message to go back to Mars to his parents immediately. And as with any simple quest tale, this tale is far from simple.
Complications arise almost immediately. You see a war eru ...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