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Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  5,642 ratings  ·  151 reviews
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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
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Published September 12th 1981 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 1956)
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- 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
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
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
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)
Clay Kallam
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
Karen Mardahl
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of classic sci-fi, Heinlein fans
Shelves: first-edition, own-it
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
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

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
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.
My second Heinlein this year and another fun adventure that I would have really loved if I'd read this when I was in my teens. More young adults at the center of the story--this time a pair of twins who go on a mission of space exploration and use telepathic skills to communicate since telepathy is faster than the speed of light. At least according to Heinlein.
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
Kevin Ramirez
This was very easy for me to dive into. Time For The Stars is only the second novel I’ve read that involves space travel, and it really felt like a classic story. I thought it’s concept was constructed well. Mind reading twins ultimately alter the way physics is understood, which significantly influences the way other worlds are explored. And for 1956, I thought it was a great concept, but the language use (especially towards women) clearly dates itself. I’m glad however that this was my first H ...more
This used to be a five-star book for me, until the ending really hit me. In the face. With a two-by-four. I cannot believe the censors allowed it to get through in a juvenile novel. Did the censors justify it or explain it away because Tom and Vicky were distantly related? So his 'dirty old man' factor crept in sooner than I realized [i.e. - the comment in 'Citizens of the Galaxy' where a woman lived so long she married her grandson]. Despite the 'ick factor' at the end, I still really enjoyed t ...more
I picked this up by mere chance; I don't do that often these days. And very glad I am that I did. What an enjoyable story this was.

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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is one of Heinlein's "juveniles"--that is marketed towards teens, and published in 1956. So yes, it's dated in several respects, but still enjoyable. The premise is that the "Long Range Foundation" is trying to expand from an overcrowded earth to the stars, but without Faster-Than-Light (FTL) travel, communication is a challenge. Fortunately it's found that some humans, especially twin pairs are telepathic. So while Pat Barlett stays on earth, his twin Tom is on one of the starships traveli ...more
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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
Sean Meriwether
Heinlein’s work typically falls into two age groups: his early fiction is targeted for space-hungry boys and his later work is written for a mature (decidedly male) audience. “Time for the Stars” falls into the first category. The “gee whiz” optimism for space travel will grate on anyone older than 12, but I couldn’t dismiss this book as readily as others he wrote for this age group. Hijacking Einstein’s theory that a person travelling at the speed of light will not age at the same rate of speed ...more
Neil Fein
It seems odd I haven't read this one until now. I started this because I needed a book to take on tour, and didn't feel like carrying the heavy hardback I'm in the middle of reading.

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
Je connais assez peu l'écriture de Robert A. Heinlein. Je me rappelle ne pas avoir réussi à lire "Stranger in a Strange Land".

« 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
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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
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