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Time for the Stars (Heinlein Juveniles #10)

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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 January 17th 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published August 1st 1956)
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Corey This is definitely a young-persons science fiction novel, but I wonder if young science fiction readers in 1956 might have been a little more…moreThis is definitely a young-persons science fiction novel, but I wonder if young science fiction readers in 1956 might have been a little more sophisticated than current young readers. Of course, without knowing this particular eleven year old I can't say. This book is certainly fairly easy, and so far on page 70 there hasn't been anything disturbing, violent, sexual etc...It's actually pretty interesting because its so darn quaint at times the way it characterizes women and dating and so on.(less)
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Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)

- 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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Clay Kallam
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I actually find Heinlein's juveniles a lot more interesting than his later work these days.

For those not in the know, Heinlein wrote a lot, and his books can generally be divided into three periods (or maybe just two). First, he wrote an awful lot of juveniles, which would be considered young-adult today. They almost always feature young protagonists (still in school) and revolve around adventure and family. These books came out between 1947 and 1959.

The turning point for Heinlein was the (in)fa
John Bohnert
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This science-fiction novel was exactly what I was looking for at this time. It dealt with mankind's first exploration of planets outside our solar system. What I especially loved was the author did not burden the reader with tons of technical language. It was kept to a bare minimum. I'm so glad that I read TIME FOR THE STARS (1956) by Robert Heinlein.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
“I don’t like to be around twins, they make me think I’m seeing double.”

Time for the Stars is one of the twelve ‘Heinlein Juveniles’ series of books the author wrote between 1947 and 1958. Wikipedia states that “their intended readership was teenage boys”. They would probably fall under the YA category today. After a bit of research on the web, it would seem that these YA books by Heinlein are still rated and respected by a number of readers. But it should be remembered that these were written o
Brian Layman
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, read-2016
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." (Edit: There's nothing explicit in this book much beyond the noticing of bits and pieces and the desire they inspire.) It is a quick thorou ...more
Constance Burris
I really enjoyed Stranger in a Strangeland when I read it a couple of years ago. Time for Stars was on sale at Audible, so being a compulsive book buyer, I bought it. It was really good, and I am officially a big Heinlein fan now. I want more of his books!!! but I'm on a book-buying hiatus.

At the beginning, the book is about twins and telepathy, and then it branches into the realm of space travel (only lightly), finally it discusses what makes a planet habitable. Really great book. It wasn't ac
Mark Hodder
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is probably the first science fiction book I ever read. Now, more than four decades later, I’ve revisited it and can fully understand why I so quickly formed a love for the genre. This tale of telepathic twins, one aboard a space vessel on an exploratory mission, the other left on Earth and rapidly ageing thanks to the laws of relativity, is tremendous. Heinlein was fast approaching his peak period when this was written—transitioning from juvenilia to more adult stories. This sort of spans ...more
No spoilers here.
Another Heinlein juvenile. Have been trying to finish this run. Published in 1956, and certainly dated, although I find that not all of Heinlein's writings are.
The premise here is that spaceships are launched to search for habitable planets to colonize. Twins and triplets are found to possess telepathy between each other and a single one is a perfect passenger for these trips, so the book is centered on one set of twins. as one goes off and travels through space.
This book I wou
Mary JL
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
These days I suppose it would go YA. It was in the juvenile section when I was a kid. It likely isn't one of Heinlein's well known books. Actually, it is likely one of his less known works. Tom and Pat are twins, and telepathic. As a result of that discovery, they are to transmit info for the exploration Torch Ship "Lewis and Clark". Earth is overcrowded and they need new planets so that is their mission, to discover new planets for humanity. However, the ship encounters the issue of time going ...more
Jonathan S. Harbour
Marvelous early Heinlein published in the 50s but still highly readable and relevant today (with a few period-appropriate quips being the only downside). There are few sci-fi novels that can make such a claim. This is brilliant even today with the wit and humor of the master at his best.

This story is about Interstellar exploration and the relativity problems associated with that as people leave Earth, travel at near light speed, and time slows down, their families on Earth age dramatically. Ide
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
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
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this book at a discount awhile ago. When I was a kid I read many RAH novels. I didn't realize until I was 3 chapters in that I HAD read this one when I was a kid. I usually bought these novels from B. Dalton or Walden Books at the mall. (I still have them.) I must have borrowed this from the library and read it as I don't have a copy of it. At least I don't think I do!

Anyhow, it's a pretty good story and if you liked any of RAH's juveniles you will enjoy this. As it was written in 1956 t
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steve Cooper
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wikipedia tells us that the famous wrestler Virgil Riley Runnels jr changed his name to Dusty Rhodes at Gary Hart's suggestion based on Andy Griffith's character 'Lonesome Rhodes' in the movie 'A Face In The Crowd' from 1957. Is it a coincidence that in 1956 a character named 'Dusty Rhodes' appeared in Heinlein's novel, Time For The Stars? I think not. Gary was a scifi geek and didn't want anyone to know about it. And he picked a great book to steal from: predating both Tau Zero and The Forever
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
Kirsten **Be A Dragon**
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
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is that certain sets of twins were found to have telepathic abilities which could be used as a source of instantaneous communication with ships traveling light years away. As interesting as I found this premise to be, the story didn't hold up at all. The characters were not very likable and there was way too much jumping around. This book has not aged well.

Oh and the ending was really really awful. The author really Janeny'd up the ending.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And after the most personal of the re-reads last time (Tunnel in the Sky, over a year ago), I’m now onto a novel that is one of my least remembered, but one that clearly has connections to much of Heinlein’s past and future work.

What surprises me most here is how the book both echoes the books of the past and pre-empts many of his works of the future. Whilst the basic story outline is now seen as part of what I’m referring to as Heinlein’s juvenile template, (as in the previous novels we have th
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.0 out of 5 - Splendid 1956 Heinlein Juvenile (YA) Sci-Fi novel exploring family relationships, interstellar space travel, and time dilation.

For a novel written in the 1950's, Time for the Stars holds up quite well. The technology didn't come across as being especially dated (except for consulting the ship's research logs from the microfilm), which frees the reader to enjoy the story without distractions.

The book begins with a tone similar to The Rolling Stones: two wise-cracking twins connivin
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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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