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Higher Education (A Jupiter novel) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Australia; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812538900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812538908
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,176,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kicked out of school after a misfired practical joke, Rick Luban takes a job mining asteroids and is surprised by the industry's fierce competion and dangers, which include sabotage and murder.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are a large number of science fiction authors who write entertaining fiction. There are a small handful of science fiction authors who write believable science. A depressingly small cross-section of authors can do both at the same time.

It is a rare treat to come across a "hard SF" novel as well-researched and entertaining as "Higher Education". There are no great technological leaps of faith here; everything is clearly explained and plausible. In many "hard SF" novels the tech is so obtrusive it ought to be a character in its own right. "Higher Education" leaves the science comfortably in the background while never losing sight of its importance to the story. Things are explained as needed, accepted as background when not.

Yet the most well-researched and plausible SF novel would read like a college textbook without people to identify with, characters who live in this world and show it to you through their eyes. Sheffield and Pournelle do a terrific job here and make this a great afternoon read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sep 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked the book and was drawn by the title and
'Booklist's' review comparing it to Heinlein's coming of age books. Wish the crude language was toned down tho. Coming at this as a teacher and fan of 'coming of age' books to use with my students, I really liked the jabs at the education system, the idea of taking learning and education in your own hands and growing up. Looking forward to the next one....but my hope is that you realize the book can stand on its own without that kind of language. It seems to be stuck in there 'because its a book for teens'. It will be fine without it.
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By A Customer on 14 Feb 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this novel because it has been compared to Heinleins juvenile stories, which I rather liked. The books feeling, in fact, is right, but apart from that it suffers from an oversimplified plot, rather wooden characters and a hard-to-believe background setting. The science seems correct, but that does not make this book "hard SF". I do not know about Sheffield, but if you want to read a good Pournelle, stick to "Prince of Mercenaries" or other books of his.
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By A Customer on 29 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
The hard sf stuff is neat, the characters are fine, if unremarkable. This is the book you'd expect Pournelle to write (Sheffield I don't know from Adam) But it was a dark, dark day when I read the flap blurb from Orson Scott Card. There are some things you should never learn about an author you love, like the fact that he uses the word "excellence."
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Old, but still very, very readable.
A good well written sci-fi adventure by one of the best in the field. Most people tend to think of the big technically awesome
stories when you think of Jerry Pournelle, especially those written with other authors such as Larry Nivem etc but I prefer his shorter more character driven books with almost traditional story lines & heroes. Janissaries has always been a favourite of mine, a great
pity they stopped after three books without any conclusion to the series.
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