There was nothing surprising about the book itself, it was a simple moralistic YA story with a bit of science and food for the thought thrown in. I ended up enjoying it as the concept of Space Cadets and Space Patrol proved interesting enough and it kept my interest. In many ways this book reminded me of Spaceship Troopers, but it felt a bit more juvenile in tone. How would I describe this novel?
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The Heinlein juveniles Early work, —[ edit ] Heinlein began his career as a writer of stories for Astounding Science Fiction magazine, which was edited by John Campbell. The science fiction writer Frederik Pohl has described Heinlein as "that greatest of Campbell-era sf writers". They went on to say that "No one ever dominated the science fiction field as Bob did in the first few years of his career.
He says that "We find ourselves not only in a world other than our own, but identifying with a living, breathing individual who is operating within its context, and thinking and acting according to its terms.
The first novel that Heinlein wrote, For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs , did not see print during his lifetime, but Robert James tracked down the manuscript and it was published in The root of many themes found in his later stories can be found in this book. It also contained a large amount of material that could be considered background for his other novels.
He was also a nudist ;  nudism and body taboos are frequently discussed in his work. A chart of the future history was published in the May issue of Astounding.
Over time, Heinlein wrote many novels and short stories that deviated freely from the Future History on some points, while maintaining consistency in some other areas. The Future History was eventually overtaken by actual events. These discrepancies were explained, after a fashion, in his later World as Myth stories.
Many of these were first published in serial form under other titles, e. However, For Us, The Living explicitly discusses the political importance Heinlein attached to privacy as a matter of principle.
Many of the issues that he takes on in these books have to do with the kinds of problems that adolescents experience. His protagonists are usually intelligent teenagers who have to make their way in the adult society they see around them. On the surface, they are simple tales of adventure, achievement, and dealing with stupid teachers and jealous peers.
Heinlein was a vocal proponent of the notion that juvenile readers were far more sophisticated and able to handle more complex or difficult themes than most people realized. His juvenile stories often had a maturity to them that made them readable for adults. Heinlein seems to have known from the beginning, as if instinctively, technical lessons about fiction which other writers must learn the hard way or often enough, never learn.
He does not always operate the machinery to the best advantage, but he always seems to be aware of it. Eisenhower to stop nuclear testing in Later, in Expanded Universe , Heinlein said that it was his intention in the novel that service could include positions outside strictly military functions such as teachers, police officers, and other government positions.
This is presented in the novel as an outgrowth of the failure of unearned suffrage government and as a very successful arrangement. In addition, the franchise was only awarded after leaving the assigned service; thus those serving their terms—in the military, or any other service—were excluded from exercising any franchise.
Career military were completely disenfranchised until retirement. Verhoeven commented that he had tried to read the book after he had bought the rights to it, in order to add it to his existing movie. However he read only the first two chapters, finding it too boring to continue. From about Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love , Heinlein explored some of his most important themes, such as individualism , libertarianism , and free expression of physical and emotional love.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress tells of a war of independence waged by the Lunar penal colonies, with significant comments from a major character, Professor La Paz, regarding the threat posed by government to individual freedom. Although Heinlein had previously written a few short stories in the fantasy genre, during this period he wrote his first fantasy novel, Glory Road.
Critics William H. Patterson, Jr. Later work, —[ edit ] After a seven-year hiatus brought on by poor health, Heinlein produced five new novels in the period from The Number of the Beast to To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
These books have a thread of common characters and time and place. These novels are controversial among his readers and one critic, David Langford , has written about them very negatively. Most of the novels from this period are recognized by critics as forming an offshoot from the Future History series, and referred to by the term World as Myth. Off the Main Sequence , published in , includes three short stories never before collected in any Heinlein book Heinlein called them "stinkeroos".
Spider Robinson , a colleague, friend, and admirer of Heinlein,  wrote Variable Star , based on an outline and notes for a juvenile novel that Heinlein prepared in See the Complete Works section of Robert A. Heinlein bibliography for details. On February 1, , Phoenix Pick announced that through a collaboration with the Heinlein Prize Trust, a reconstruction of the full text of an unpublished Heinlein novel had been produced.
The reconstructed novel, tentatively entitled The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel about Parallel Universes, is an alternative version of The Number of the Beast, with the first one-third of The Pursuit of the Pankera mostly the same as the first one-third of The Number of the Beast but the remainder of The Pursuit of the Pankera deviating entirely from The Number of the Beast, with a completely different story-line.
The newly reconstructed novel pays homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and E. It is currently being edited by Patrick Lobrutto.
Kipling is the first known modern example of " indirect exposition ", a writing technique for which Heinlein later became famous. Heinlein described himself as also being influenced by George Bernard Shaw , having read most of his plays.
Views[ edit ] RAH c. Many were seen as radical or as ahead of their time in their social criticism. He has also been accused of contradicting himself on various philosophical questions. He says this vision is "at the heart of Heinlein, science fiction, libertarianism, and America. Heinlein imagined how everything about the human world, from our sexual mores to our religion to our automobiles to our government to our plans for cultural survival, might be flawed, even fatally so.
In it, Heinlein broke with the normal trends, stating that he believed in his neighbors some of whom he named and described , community, and towns across America that share the same sense of good will and intentions as his own, going on to apply this same philosophy to the US, and humanity in general.
I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime. Yet for every criminal, there are ten thousand honest, decent, kindly men. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up. Business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime. After Sinclair lost, Heinlein became an anti-Communist Democratic activist. He made an unsuccessful bid for a California State Assembly seat in It [now] seems to me that every time we manage to establish one freedom, they take another one away.
Maybe two. And that seems to me characteristic of a society as it gets older, and more crowded, and higher taxes, and more laws. After , he came to believe that a strong world government was the only way to avoid mutual nuclear annihilation. Heinlein ceased considering himself a Democrat in Heinlein opened his Colorado Springs newspaper on April 5, , he read a full-page ad demanding that the Eisenhower Administration stop testing nuclear weapons.
The science fiction author was flabbergasted. He called for the formation of the Patrick Henry League and spent the next several weeks writing and publishing his own polemic that lambasted "Communist-line goals concealed in idealistic-sounding nonsense" and urged Americans not to become "soft-headed".
It started with the famous Henry quotation: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!!
It then went on to admit that there was some risk to nuclear testing albeit less than the "willfully distorted" claims of the test ban advocates , and risk of nuclear war, but that "The alternative is surrender. We accept the risks. He explicitly made the case for using his fiction not only to predict the future but to educate his readers about the value of racial equality and the importance of racial tolerance.
In his novel Star Beast , the de facto foreign minister of the Terran government is an undersecretary, a Mr. Kiku, who is from Africa. In the novel Sixth Column.
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Space Cadet Robert A. First edition. The dark blue cloth binding, illustrated in light blue on the front cover and printed in light blue on the spine, is square, tight, and clean. Light wear is confined to the spine ends and corners, with just a hint of fraying at the spine ends. The contents remain respectably bright with no spotting or previous ownership marks. The page edges, including the untrimmed fore edge, are likewise clean apart from the slightest toning to the top edge.
Space Cadet (Heinlein's Juveniles, #2)
After a number of physical, mental, and ethical tests, he is accepted as a cadet. His first roommate is Girard Burke, the arrogant son of a wealthy spaceship builder. Burke eventually either resigns or is asked to leave, and goes into the merchant service, but the remainder do well enough to be assigned to working Patrol ships. Dodson, Jarman and Jensen ship out on the Aes Triplex. Their first real mission is to help search for a missing research vessel, the Pathfinder, in the Asteroid Belt. They find it, but all aboard are dead, the unlucky victims of a fast-moving asteroid that punctured the ship when the armored outer airlock door was open.
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