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Higher Education [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Pournelle , Charles Sheffield
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Rick Luban's high school prank to impress his buddies gets him thrown out of school, a long-suffering teacher recommends he apply for a job with a mining company in space. So begins an exciting adventure, the kind that one day will be open to many young men and women.

"HIGHER EDUCATION starts out as a deliciously wicked satire on today's 'education' system. But it quickly grows up into something far more lasting: a gripping, genuine story of young people fighting their way to excellence in a dangerous environment. As always with the best of science fiction, you come away from the book knowing stuff that is not only cool, but true. Sheffield's and Pournelle's future, in which rival companies fight over rights to metal-rich asteroids, is far and away the most believable and interesting near-space milieu I've seen in years." - Orson Scott Card, author of the bestselling ENDER'S GAME

"Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world."
- Kim Stanley Robinson

"Charles Sheffield is one of those SF writers who make the rest of us think seriously about a career in retail sales. In fact, the only reason we allow him to live is that we are SF readers, too. He has the scientific grounding of Clarke, the storytelling kills of a Heinlein, the dry wit of a Pohl or Kornbluth, and the universe-building prowess of a Niven -- and he may have a better take on psychology of spaceborn humans than anyone in the field."
- Spider Robinson

"Sheffield's uncommon visions and storytelling skill will keep you on the edge of your seat."
- David Brin

"Jerry Pournelle is one of science fiction's greatest storytellers."
- Poul Anderson

"Jerry Pournelle's trademark is first-rate action against well-realized backgrounds of hard science and hardball politics."
- David Drake, author of HAMMER'S SLAMMERS

about the authors:
CHARLES SHEFFIELD: Charles Sheffield (1935-2002) received a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge, was a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and the American Astronautical Society and became an award-winning science fiction author. He was a popular speaker at conventions and was generally considered a “Renaissance Man” who could converse engagingly on just about any subject, from poetry and music to mathematical conundrums. He was married to the science fiction writer Nancy Kress.

JERRY POURNELLE: Jerry Pournelle is the author of the popular Janissaries and CoDominium series and co-author with Larry Niven of several bestselling science fiction novels, including INFERNO, FOOTFALL, LUCIFER'S HAMMER, OATH OF FEALTY, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, THE GRIPPING HAND, THE BURNING CITY, BURNING TOWER and ESCAPE FROM HELL. Dr. Pournelle has advanced degrees in engineering, political science, statistics and psychology, was an aerospace Systems Analyst, the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Science Editor for Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, and is a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Dr. Pournelle has been involved in the development of government policy on space enterprises and defense, and he is active on several committees for the advancement of science and space exploration.

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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 competition and dangers, which include sabotage and murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC2IG56
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Putting the Science in the Fiction 19 April 1997
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid story, why the language? 10 Sept. 1997
By A Customer
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Well-intentioned But Disappointing 14 Feb. 1999
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 29 May 1998
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Higher Education 16 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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