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The Cyborg From Earth (Jupiter #4)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Called "the new Arthur C. Clarke" by The Washington Post Book World and "a scientist with a fine literary sense" by The Denver Post, Charles Sheffield has crafted a an exciting adventure about a frustrated teen who just can't seem to do anything right.

Jeff Kopal is heir to a powerful military family. He's got everything going for him. Except one thing: Jeff is a total scre
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 17th 2003 by Starscape (first published 1998)
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All four of these are basically the same plot, with similar themes. They're engaging, but not awesome, imo. Probably best for teen boys. Possibly dated by now. The first is the grittiest. My favorite is Putting Up Roots. This is the most cliched. All are recommended if you happen to find them at your library or friend's house, none if you have to buy them.

They do *not* need to be read in order. The significant characters do not carry over, nor does the plot. The world that is being built is deve
Scott Shjefte
Good fast read, fairly standard plot. Brings in some nano and space themes, simplistic characters and not deep on topics.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I picked this book up a long time ago. I have read some of the others in the Jupiter Novels and have read other Charles Sheffield.

This overall fell flat. We have a rich scion who starts off with his father being dead. His mother severely hurt, and he just has to pass some stupid archaic horse jumping test to be sent off to the right branch of the navy. And when he fails and is sent off to the wrong branch, he just goes along.

He has had years to prepare for this, and does not question his misfort
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I really enjoyed the author's Heritage Universe series, so I thought I'd give this a try. Even though this was written in 1998, it reads like a 1950s YA novel. Although the scientific details are not outdated, nor are they tremendously exciting either. You can tell Charles Sheffield was into astronomy as he spends time on the color of a nebula and that he was a physicist as he explains ideas using graphs.
It doesn't liven up the book however, and as the story revolves around the characters they c
Rafael Ontivero
Otro YA de Sheffield que brilla por su mediocridad.

Aburrido, los personajes son completamente planos y el protagonista todavía más, y encima un poco tonto.

A todas las novelas de Sheffield que he leído les pasa lo mismo: sus personajes son completamente planos, y las historias bastante previsibles.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Another Sheffieldian adventure! This time a young adult novel that doesn't suffer a bit from the structures of that genre, a tale of a fish out of water who through the rigors of asventure discovers a bit more about himself. Fast placed and inventive.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Great book. Drags a little in parts, but what book doesn't?
Had to take off half a star for language and a few glaring typos such as "ssfaded."

For my clean readers:
Includes language and mild violence
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Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow starter but overall a good late night read,
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Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very obviously a riff on Heinlein's junior novels, but like its influences, a light, enjoyable read.
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting but short, and it ends too quickly.
I really liked the imagery of the Sounders, but I wanted to learn more about them.
Jeff was emo and not very likeable to me.
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Charles A. Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. He had been a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronomical Society.

His novel The Web Between the Worlds, featuring the construction of a space elevator, was published almost simultaneously with Arthur C. Clarke's novel
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