Space Cadet (Heinlein Juveniles #2)
Only the best and brightest--the strongest and the most courageous--ever manage ...more
The competition is fierce and only the best and the brightest get in; even the cadets are not guaranteed to get promoted to an officer rank.
We are talking early Heinlien's juveniles here, so I do not think I give a big spoiler when I say that not only Matt succeeded, but he also managed to s ...more
The second published of his Scribner’s juvenile works, this very early Heinlein displays his talent for telling a good, hard science fiction story. One cannot read this without noticing a ...more
At first perusal, Robert Heinlein’s Space Cadet seems a strange novel. But, upon reflection . . .
October 29, 1929:
The United States Stock Market undergoes its final “crash.” Only a few months prior, a hopeful, young man, Robert A. Heinlein, 22-years-old, graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Engineering.
Five years later, in the midst of the Great Depression, Lieutenant Heinlein, 27-years-old, still a young man, spends weeks in a hospital—then to be di ...more
I know what you're going to say. But many of Matt's classmates come from outside the US! Not only that, they even have a sign up on the wall saying Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
So that's alright then.
Military academy stories share many of the same beats and cadences of boarding school and wizard school stories: newcomer arrives at school, gains an antagonist, bu ...more
Sto se samog dela tice mislim da je sjajno za osobe koje su u srednjoj skoli, ali ni ostali ne bi trebalo da se libe da ga procitaju. Prva polovina knjige podseca na Enderovu igru (Orson Skot Kard). Naucice vas pomalo o moralu i etici, sta je to tezak rad i kako on dovodi do uspeha. A u drugoj polovini videcete kako i zasto treba postovati razlicitosti. Sobzirom da je pisana 1948. odusevljavaju i pisceve zamisli kako bi tehnologija u ...more
Predating Starship Troopers and The Forever War, it tells of a group of young men going through cadet training for the Space Patrol. Humor and ...more
First published in 1948, Space Cadet follows the adventures of Matt Dodson as he works his way through the training necessary to become a member of the prestigious Space Patrol. Along the way Heinlein explores a number of themes, including r ...more
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Space Cadet was Heinlein’s second published novel, after Rocketship Galileo (reviewed here). It is seen as the second in Heinlein’s ‘juvenile novels’ that were written for a teenage and predominantly male readership.
These days the term Space Cadet is one of the most recognised in SF. The story is now easily summarised as ‘boy leaves home, goes into space, trains as a space cadet and becomes ...more
Well not exactly, but close. Not a war going on...but good lessons on duty. Good teen read. (by the way, the meaning of the phrase that makes up the title has changed meaning quite a bit...LOL).
This is in some ways almost a companion piece to Starship Troopers, not that they actually tie together, but it gives you ...more
Robert Heinlein's Space Cadet
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 7, 2015
Since I joined GoodReads in 2007 & decided to review every bk I read as a sort of intellectual exercise, I've had a rule to not let more of a backlog than 3 unreviewed bks accumulate. By the time I decided to read THIS I had that backlog of 3 & was already in the midst of reading something else. As such, I picked this as easy reading: something that wdn't drain my already endangered intellectual energ ...more
Boys between the ages of 10-14 will love this book, and the rest fo the family will like it, too.
It is an interesting story of the changing of a young civilian into a Patrolman. Later, in the book, there is an adventure on the planet Venus, with a peek at a fascinating Venusian culture.
Originally published in 1949, it has held up very well and still a very entertaning story. Highly recommended.
This is the seminal novel of a young man's education as a member of an elite, paternalistic non-military organization of leaders dedicated to preserving human civilization, the Solar Patrol, a provocative parallel to Heinlein's famous later novel, Starship Troopers (which is about the military).
Only the best and brightest--the strongest and the most courageous--ever manage to become Space Cadets, at the Space Academy. They are in training to be come part of the elite guard of the solar system, a
Heinlein wrote this book more than 50 years ago, so of course there are Martians and people living on it in the 1990's. Keeping that in mind, the interesting part of this work is the way two teens overcome the oppression of their Headmaster and uncover a plot concerning the colony.
I found the work ended abruptly, hence the three star rating, and I wanted more out of it.
The understanding that in the 1940's, when this came out, people had a very different vis ...more
This is one of his juvenile books where we follow the adventures of Matt Dodson, a teenager who joins the Space Academy in the hopes of joining the Solar Patrol.
Matt is a very straight laced kid who makes good friends along the way. The academy is not an easy place to learn and he is challenged continually.
I liked the book quite a lot but I found the ending bogged down and I did not enjoy it as much. W ...more
Only the best and brightest – the strongest and the most courageous – ever managed to become Space Cadets. They were the elite guard of the solar system, accepting missions others feared, taking risks no others dared, and upholding the peace of the star system for the benefit of all.
But before Matt could earn his rightful place in the ranks, his mettle would be tested in the most severe and extraordinary ways- ways that would ch ...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