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Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein
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Nov 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Science fiction is perhaps at its best when it reflects on contemporary issues through the lens of the unknown: it presents a way of taking distance from oneself for a clearer view at what is right and wrong.

Referring back to the American Revolution, themes of freedom run throughout the novel, and they are as relevant today as they were in the 1950s. The biggest disappointment was — as often in older novels — the relative passivity of the women involved. This is perhaps most clearly demonstrated when the protagonist describes the primary female character as "the whither-thou-goest sort; she wouldn't hold him back."

All in all it's an enjoyable, fairly short story with decent enough characters and a strong ideological message. Perfect for a rainy day.
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