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Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  5,085 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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 home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely solution--human telepathy.

Identical twins Tom and Pat are enlisted to b
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Published April 1st 2010 by Tor 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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
The science doesn't seem terribly dated. The pseudo-science is fun, as is the adventure. The politics are minimal; the sexism is horrible but clearly not malicious. I can't recommend it - but if you want to read it or remember it fondly, I support you.
This book was heartbreaking and so, so dated.
I think it's not supposed to be heartbreaking, but I'm a twin, and there is nothing sadder than the idea of being separated from my sister for the rest of my life or coming home to find her old.

And it's SO dated. There are just little bits of sexism thrown in for no reason. My favorite quote from the whole book was at the end when he comes back to earth after 70 years have gone by and says something like, "the things these women are wearing now! Goin
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
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 adu
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
Glenn Schmelzle
Plot summary:
Young twins Tom & Pat are called by an institute called the Long Range Foundation (LRF). Testing reveals that, like many twins, they are telepathic and are ths perfect candidates for the space program. One goes on board the ship, communicating their discoveries back to the one on earth in real-time.

When they get to the Tau Ceti system, which had a placid Earth-type planet on it they called Constance. They then went to Beta Hydri, where many dies from a plague. Then they went t
David Ivester

I have read Time for the Stars probably six times since I was twelve years old. This time I have read it more carefully than I have ever read it before, with a new eye for meanings missed in past readings, and I think I have seen more than I have seen before.

The book is Heinlein’s Time for the Stars, a story in which Einstein’s twin paradox plays a role as a major plot point. One issue that immediately presented itself which I of course recognized but never appreciated to a great dep
Tory Anderson
My books of choice as a young reader and then a teen reader were science fiction. I'm not talking fantasy here. I'm not talking science fiction/fantasy mix. I am talking about good old pure science fiction where it was all about the science, or should I say the "possible" science. The characters were never very complex and the plots never very deep. But the imagination toward the future burned as bright as the sun. I would go out at night and stare up into the sky and almost bring myself to tear ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans

Earth is over-populated, families are only allowed three children and the Long Range Foundation is a non-profit with the goal of finding planets that could support human life so some of Earth's population can be exported. The Bartlett family had decided to pay the tax for having an extra child but the fourth birth produced twins. With the tax and two extra mouths to feed, money was tight.

Pat and Tom, the twins, are smart, inseparable but competitive (they share a girlfriend but she likes Pat b
Dans un futur proche, l’exploration spatiale a été privatisée et dépend désormais d’une fondation à but non lucratif, l’Institut de Recherches Prospectives. Grâce à l’énergie nucléaire, les physiciens de l’Institut sont parvenus à concevoir des vaisseaux de navigation interplanétaire, et ont permis la création de colonies fleurissantes sur différentes planètes du système solaire. Mais l’avenir de l’humanité est dans les étoiles ! Aussi un nouveau programme, encore plus innovant, vise à envoyer d ...more
Fred D
Dec 16, 2007 Fred D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young sci-fi fans
Shelves: science-fiction
This was THE book that introduced me when I was young to the concept of Time Dilation, first discovered by Albert Einstein in his Theory of Relativity. That is, as an object accelerates to near-light speeds, time slows down in relation to other objects in the universe. Heinlein explored what the consequences of this would be for human relationships in the future when humanity starts engaging in interstellar travel. Tom & Pat were identical twins, and one stayed behind on Earth while the othe ...more
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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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