The second published of his Scribner’s juvenile works, this very early Heinlein displays his talent for telling a good, hard science fiction story. One cannot read this without noticing a ...more
The competition is fierce and only the best and the brightest get in; even the cadets are not guaranteed to get promoted to an officer rank.
We are talking early Heinlien's juveniles here, so I do not think I give a big spoiler when I say that not only Matt succeeded, but he also managed to s ...more
The MC, Matt Dodson, is enlisting to become a Space Cadet at the Space Academy. Space Cadets are contestants to become members of the famous Solar Patrol. This organization (apparently non-military) is an elite guard tasked with preserving humanity throughout the Solar System. Only the best and bri ...more
It's YA, folks. Moral, ethical, scientifically accurate adventure for BOYS. First, into what seems to be the military for space, our intrepid idiots, (I mean, promising young men,) get in over their heads after a prolonged training period and head to Venus. Where they get inveigled in cultural misunderstandings and get out by the skin of their teeth.
This is 40's youth claptrap, folk ...more
Other reviewers have given précis of the story so I won't go there, suffice to say it is a classic of Heinlein's early work.
Yes it is "simple" but never condescending, the plot as ever moving along at a rapid pace, dragging us through an alternate future history.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and for a couple of days was there with Matt, Tex and Oscar wondering what the ...more
I know what you're going to say. But many of Matt's classmates come from outside the US! Not only that, they even have a sign up on the wall saying Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
So that's alright then.
At first perusal, Robert Heinlein’s Space Cadet seems a strange novel. But, upon reflection . . .
October 29, 1929:
The United States Stock Market undergoes its final “crash.” Only a few months prior, a hopeful, young man, Robert A. Heinlein, 22-years-old, graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Engineering.
Five years later, in the midst of the Great Depression, Lieutenant Heinlein, 27-years-old, still a young man, spends weeks in a hospital—then to be di ...more
Military academy stories share many of the same beats and cadences of boarding school and wizard school stories: newcomer arrives at school, gains an antagonist, bu ...more
I actually enjoy Heinlein's juvenile fiction, and it's really neat to see the author display his scientific knowledge in these books. Another thing to think about is that this book came out two decades before man landed on the moon, old-school science fiction is super-fun like that as many of the things that ...more
2017: This one was another hit with the kids! ...more
Yes, it's clearly aimed at young teenage boys from several decades ago and there isn't a major female character in the ...more
This was a pleasure to re-read, 36 years after I first read it and 72 years after it was published. It suffers neither from the long and pointless dialogs of Heinlein’s later work, nor the weak writing issues of other earlier works (like Beyond This Horizon). The narrative moves quickly, the dialog feels natural (for the 1940s), and the exposition almost feels like it isn’t there because it’s fit in so naturally.
(I published a longer review on my website.)...more
Well not exactly, but close. Not a war going on...but good lessons on duty. Good teen read. (by the way, the meaning of the phrase that makes up the title has changed meaning quite a bit...LOL).
This is in some ways almost a companion piece to Starship Troopers, not that they actually tie together, but it gives you ...more
Predating Starship Troopers and The Forever War, it tells of a group of young men going through cadet training for the Space Patrol. Humor and ...more
Space Cadet was Heinlein’s second published novel, after Rocketship Galileo (reviewed here). It is seen as the second in Heinlein’s ‘juvenile novels’ that were written for a teenage and predominantly male readership.
These days the term Space Cadet is one of the most recognised in SF. The story is now easily summarised as ‘boy leaves home, goes into space, trains as a space cadet and becomes ...more
Other a ...more
When I say "boy's own adventure" I mean it, there are very few women characters in the whole book and the ones that appear such as the main character's mother an love interest, are portrayed as dumb, understanding nothing of science and incapable of relating to the main cha ...more
Robert Heinlein’s Space Cadet is where the subgenre of an academy for spacefarers begins. You can draw a direct line of influence from Heinlein’s Matt Dodson to Star Trek’s Wesley Crusher. Heinlein was optimistic about the development of nuclear-powered single-stage rockets and artificial gravity. His navigators and pilots fly their ships by hand, without the benefit of a computerized autopilot. No one at the time predicted the laptop. We have les ...more
I also remembered the Interplanatary Patrol's roll calls which always included the names of the four heroes, one of whom had blown u ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. SCI-Fi- some kind of future-earth space cadets testing, training and adventures in space. [s]||9||545||Apr 03, 2019 03:12PM|
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 ...more