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Author: Robert Heinlein
ISBN: 0330020285
Language: English
Pages: 190 pages
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Pan Books; New Ed edition (1973)
Rating: 4.5
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One of those superb Heinlein stories which have excitement, urbanity, humanity, rationality, pace, understanding; and which are a joy to read. Here again is Heinlein at his best.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Robert A. Heinlein may have been the all-time most important writer of genre sf. ―The Science Fiction Encyclopedia. He made footsteps big enough for a whole country to follow We proceed down a path marked by his ideas. He showed us where the future is. ―Tom Clancy.

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The basic plot line is derived from a 1911 thought experiment in special relativity, commonly called the twin paradox, proposed by French physicist Paul Langevin. The Long Range Foundation (LRF) is a non-profit organization that funds expensive, long-term projects for the benefit of mankind.

You let the facts speak for themselves and give him time to figure out a logical reason for reversing himself. Pat looked unconvinced; Uncle Steve went on, "Believe me. Your pop is a reasonable man and, while your mother is not, she would rather be hurt herself than make anybody she loves unhappy. That contract is all in your favor and they can't refuse-provided you give them time to adjust to the idea. But if you tease and bulldoze and argue the way you usually do, you'll get them united against yo. "Huh?

Robert A. Heinlein was in his thirties when he first took up writing

Robert A. Heinlein was in his thirties when he first took up writing Читать весь отзыв. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Mr. Heinlein's latest book is set in the far distant future when even space ships have been outdated and man is travelling by torchship. Earth has a serious population problem, pinpointed by the.

Author: Robert Heinlein. I The long range FOUNDATION2. II The natural logarithm of TWO3. III Project LEBENSRAUM4. V The party of the second PART6. VI Torchship "Lewis and clark"7.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket.

Rarely has Heinlein pushed his imagination furthe. vivid, stirring experience  . Rarely has Heinlein pushed his imagination furthe. One of the superb Heinlein stories that has excitement, urbanity, humanity, rationality, pace, understanding, and is a joy to read. -The New York Times . With over-population stretching the resources of Earth, the need to find and colonize other Terra-type planets is becoming crucial to the survival of the human race.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America's first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement. Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years.

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Back in the dark ages, a man named Robert Heinlein started writing SF. I can still remember as a young adult, ordering his and Andre Norton books from the publisher and they would come in a brown paper wrapping. In those days, SF was looked down on. Why? I have no idea. Heinlein would write stories that were just like you were there and living this life. Time just flowed and you wished you were really with them. The ship life was real in his stories. No one was a hero on his own, but you did what you had to do to survive. In this book twins are recruited as communication specialist to mentally send information back to earth while looking for planets to live on. Things happen and life goes on. Other reviewers can tell you more of the story line, but after reading this again after 50 some years, it still is good writing, interesting, and still up to date. Enjoy
This is a decades old young adult novel but holds up tremendously well. It's about a set of identical twins who become involved in the search for habitable planets for colonization. They are telepathic with each other so one will remain on Earth while the other travels at near light speed (after months of acceleration) to other star systems. Their telepathy is instantaneous so the twins are used as living radios so that Earth receives information about their discoveries immediately without the many years of speed of light lag. Due to relativity the twins age at different rates. The book deals with the affects of this on the twins and there are adventures checking out the various planets. The physics of the story are accurate (with possible exception of the telepathy) in the way that was a Heinlein trademark. I have read this at least a dozen times and recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi.
In the early 1950's Heinlein wrote a series of twelve novels targeting a younger audience. Today these books would be classified as 'Young Adult' but at the time they were labeled 'Juveniles'. Even though these stories featured teens facing problems young people could easily relate to, these books are anything but childish or juvenile.

The novel is set in a time in the not too distant (from 1950) future. Earth is at the beginning of the space age, colonization of nearby planets is taking place but the booming population has stretched Earth's resources to the breaking point. Family size is limited by legislation, and those exceeding their licensed size are fined. The narrator of this story, Tom and his identical twin, are two of those extra children. From the time of their birth they have inconvenienced their family, been the cause of a yearly fine and the daily cause of a shortage of space and money for the entire family. When the twins are contacted by a powerful organization to participate in a research project. At first the pair only saw this as an easy way to get some much needed extra cash but eventually they realize that this might be their way to go to space without years of hard work. The twins have been unknowingly communicating with one another telepathically for years, and with some additional guidance have become quite proficient. As a result they are in high demand to join a long range space exploration project, one that will pay unbelievably well for years to come and that will take one of them off an incredible adventure while the other will be left at home and with their life strictly restricted and monitored. Both boys want to be the one headed to the stars but, Pat, the dominant twin had once again manipulated the situation to his advantage. Tom is increasingly resentful of the situation but when Pat is injured in an accident Tom finds himself being hastily prepared to make the journey.

As Tom embarks on his adventure he begins to go on an inner voyage of discovery as well, one that forces him to examine his entire life, particularly his relationship with his twin. As time passes though, slowly for Tom but much more quickly for Pat, Tom begins to build a new life for himself on board the ship and finds his bond to his twin weakening. More pressing matters though claim Tom's attention as he, and his fellow explorers, discover that the universe is a very dangerous place.

This is one of the first Heinlein stories that I ever read, and one that stayed with me in the intervening fifty plus years. For much of this time this novel has not been particularly easy to locate and so when I found this available on kindle, and for a reduced price I was delighted. I did briefly hesitate to order it though because some fondly remembered books from my youth have been disappointments when revisited as an adult. This one though was far from a disappointment! I began reading and soon found myself once again caught up in the story. Yes, there were aspects of the story that chafed a bit. Heinlein undoubtedly regarded himself as a feminist, and in the 1950's he probably was, but 60 years later the condescending way the female characters are treated and portrayed is aggravating. Overall though this is an excellent novel, a wonderful introduction to Heinlein's work and one well worth reading and re-reading.
This is another Robert Heinlein book for young people written during the 1950s. It mixes the excitement of space exploration with the closeness and competitiveness of identical twins. It fits into Heinlein's Future History series, but does not require familiarity with any of the other stories.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers who have always been close. In fact, they discover they have been communicating telepathically without realizing it since early childhood. This ability they share with some other pairs of identical twins turns out to be valuable to space exploration. Before long, Tom is headed for the stars in a torch ship while Pat remains behind. Their telepathic link allows real-time communication between Earth and explorers remote from our solar system.

After Tom and Pat part, the story develops along two lines. Tom reports on expeditionary life, with challenges ranging from petty shipboard disagreements to contacting new and dangerous alien species. Readers also follow the relationship between Tom and Pat, who is aging at a must faster rate due to the effects of relativity. Things become more interesting as Tom.develops a telepathic link and close relationship, with one of Pat's female descendants. These two story lines eventually converge.

Although written as a Heinlein juvenile, this story contains themes also interesting to adults. It is worth reading and adding to your collection. Enjoy!
This is one that I had missed in my youth, and after seeing it mentioned in Gleick's Time Travel: A History, I ordered it and read it the day after it arrived. The headline of this review is my remark to my spouse after I finished it. With only three exceptions, I could never get into Heinlein's books for "adults," which to me usually felt more adolescent than his much better novels aimed at adolescents. In addition to this one, I highly recommend Have Space Suit, Will Travel (still my personal favorite), Tunnel in the Sky, and Red Planet, but several of the others also are quite fun reads.