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Citizen of the Galaxy MP3 CD – Dec 1 2004

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Dec 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786184639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786184637
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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From the Publisher

Like many people, I go way, way back with Heinlein. My very favorite book (and one that stands out in my mind--and with much affection--to this day) is Tunnel in the Sky. I really, really wanted to go off to explore new worlds with a covered wagon and horses, like the hero does at the very end of the book. But one of the nice things about Robert Heinlein is that he's got something for everyone. One of my best friends has a different favorite: Podkayne of Mars. Go figure.
                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

An outstanding science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein was a four-times Hugo award winner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is undoubtedly one of Heinlein's finest 'juvenile' novels (and anyone who thinks there were no female characters in it must not have read more than 10% of it).
I usually list _Tunnel in the Sky_ as my favorite of Heinlein's young-adult novels of the 1950s, and I still think it belongs at the top of the list. But this one is very close.
As I'm sure you know already, it's the tale of a young fellow named Thorby, a slave on the planet Sargon who comes under the protection of one Baslim the Cripple. A sort of outer-space version of Kipling's _Kim_, the novel traces Thorby's life and development through several changes of venue -- and ends on Earth, where Thorby finds out who he really is and takes on some heavy, adult-sized responsibilities.
It's a very well handled coming-of-age novel, and it expresses Heinlein's own remarkable take on maturity very nearly as well as _Tunnel_ (in some ways arguably better). And like _Tunnel_, it devotes _just a little_ space, toward the end, to preaching against straw men. (Here, it's a couple of custard-headed pacifists whose sole literary function is to mouth inane slogans that Heinlein wants to show up as irresponsible nonsense. There was _loads_ of such stuff in _Starship Troopers_ but in this one it's kept to a minimum.)
It also shares part of its 'skeleton' with _Stranger in a Strange Land_ (on which Heinlein was also working at about the same time, still under its provisional title 'A Martian Named Smith'). Why, there's even a climactic courtroom battle, with Thorby represented by a crusty lawyer not terribly unlike Jubal Harshaw. (In general lawyers don't come off well in Heinlein's novels; in the final analysis the sharklike Garsch is no exception, although Harshaw fares somewhat better.
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Readers follow Thorby through several distinct phases of his young life. We first encounter him being sold as a slave on the planet Sargon. He is bought by an old beggar, Baslim, who feeds, protects, and educates him. It soon becomes clear that Baslim is an intelligence agent, tracking the movements of the interplanetary slave trade. When Baslim’s activities are discovered, Thorby barely escapes from Sargon with his life.

Thorby next finds a home on the Free Trader ship Sisu, where he learns the skills of spaceship life and lives by the unusual customs of Free Trader families. There are interesting comparisons made between life as a slave and the obligations and structured roles of the Free Traders. Thorby soon transfers to a military ship of the Earth-based Hegemonic Empire. On the way to Earth, Thorby adjust to a new culture, learning the customs and constrains of military shipboard service. Investigations finally reveal Thorby’s true identity and family connections. He takes up the reigns of a new set of obligations on Earth. Ultimately he must make some decisions about what kind of life he wants to live.

This book is yet another book of successful Robert Heinlein “juvenile” science fiction. Written in an age of technology focus, this work points the way to a sociological emphasis more typical of late 60’s and early 70’s genre writing. Not only does Thorby encounter and compare several distinct cultures, but even has the help of an anthropologist at one point to guide his growth in perspective. Heinlein has written something far beyond the clichéd space opera typical of his time.

This is classic, old-school science fiction by one of the Grand Masters. Definitely worth reading.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In yet another rags to riches tale, we follow the fortunes of Thorby, a young slave who is purchased by a beneficent beggar who calls himself Baslim, the Cripple. But as longtime Heinlein readers must already suspect, Baslim has capabilities that far outweigh his physical infirmities. While teaching Thorby his own profession, he sets a plan in motion to find Thorby's real family. After a thrilling escape from the slave planet, Thorby finds a new family in a merchant trader ship, where the duties and customs are unlike anything he has ever seen. Next he joins the Guards, where still further efforts are made to find Thorby's origins. When he is finally restored to his nearest relatives, Thorby finds himself facing still more challenges, as things are not what they seem at the Rudbek household. Will Thorby ever find happiness? And is it possible to ever be truly free?
Heinlein's extensive firsthand knowledge of military science and shipboard routine serves him in good stead once again in this fascinating juvenile. He is somewhat less entertaining when trying to discuss big business dealings in the second half of the novel, but there is still a sufficiently subversive element to keep us interested in Thorby's fate. And while Thorby grows up quite a bit during the course of the story, this is still a boys' book. Numerous girls get thrown in Thorby's path at various stages, but he remains wholly oblivious, focused as he is own his own problems. And as is typical of Heinlein, these young women are not just hapless victims - some of them exercise real power within their respective realms. So young women interested in social sci-fi may find this book entertaining as well.
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