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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638912
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the "Big Three" of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Heinlein's juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). His worldwide bestsellers include "Have Space Suit--Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, " and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I once attended a panel discussion on what was the Golden Age of science fiction (the 50s being one of the periods offered). One of the panelist came up with the best answer; "The Golden Age of science fiction is 12." I know this to be true, for that is when I first encountered THE STAR BEAST.
I can't imagine a better book to introduce a young mind to science fiction. The characters have real motives and feelings. The plot hold up. The images engage the imagination without bogging it down. The humor makes it a delight to read.
If you know a twelve year old who is ready to enter their Golden Age, give them this book. Neither of you will regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 3 Sep 2003
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Lummox, The Star Beast, is the star of this book. A three-ton overgrown caterpillar who just loves to munch on the neighbor’s prize rose bushes, add a few pieces of tasty metal cars, and raise John Thomases. Of course, John Thomas doesn’t quite see things the same way as Lummox. When Lummox goes on a little trip through downtown, with the expectable result of absolute mayhem, John Thomas finds himself in trouble with his mother and the law with only his girlfriend to help him.
How John’s problems are resolved is an exposition in a teenager’s maturation along with a very different (for Heinlein) portrayal of a truly competent and efficient government bureaucrat (for a completely opposed view of civil servants see his Friday or Stranger in a Strange Land). Along the way, Heinlein makes points about child rearing, the sometimes ridiculous workings of the law (along with some hilarious courtroom proceedings), prejudice, advertising/political campaigns, the shortcomings of making unfounded assumptions, self-blinded egotists, and the right of self-determination, all buried inside a fun and very good adventure story.
Heinlein never wrote ‘down’ to his readers, one of the aspects that make his so-called juveniles so enjoyable for readers of all ages. Some younger readers may have a little trouble with the vocabulary he uses, though the meanings of his words choices are almost always inferable from the context. My 12 year old, who is currently reading this, runs into an unknown word about every two pages. While this is slowing him down a little, it is not detracting from his enjoyment of the story (and whether he knows it or not, he is learning a considerable amount from this book).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun 1999
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"The Star Beast" is the first science fiction book I read, when I was twelve years old...I even remember where I was sitting on a bench outside my building in New York while I was reading it. I recently bought it for my twelve-year old daughter, to "get her started," and on my way home from a business trip, I read it again myself. I am amazed to think I was able to read this book when I was a kid, and how much I must have missed. It is sophisticated, gently satirical, often very funny, and often wise; the usual warm characters and ear for speech that one expects from Heinlein, but with a no-nonsense intolerance for racial bigotry, and a feisty, competant teen-age girl who's got wit and courage. All told, to my considerable surprise, it's one of the better books I've read in the last few years! My highest recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun 2003
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The Star Beast is a short novel set on Earth in the future.
Lummox - a huge strange creature which has been on Earth for many generations becomes the centre of attention when he accidently tramples a large area of town. How much of a danger is he and where did he come from?
Sadly this is not a very good example of Heinlein's work, and so not for a first time reader in case you get the wrong impression! The book has not dated very well and the stoyline leaves something to be desired. However if you are looking for a distraction while sitting on the train then this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 1997
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The Star Beast is a delightful look at the different perspectives vastly different psychologies can have while telling a very entertaining story. While appropriate for children (and, indeed written for them in the Fifties), The Star Beast is sure to cause a wry chuckle in any adult. I recommend it.
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if you think that this is a children's book, then you have most likely lost your sense to enjoy a story that is, well, cute. Following Lummox, a cuddly unearthly dinosaur like star beast with a kiddie's mind on his adventures through "strange" earth society - you won't regret that reading. Sort of like "Stranger in a Strange Land", but without the cynicism.
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I love this story and originally read it years ago, but was pleased to get it now on Kindle. Although aimed at younger readers, the tale of stalwart young characters opposing 'sensible' but short-sighted officials to save an endearing 'beast' from another world is charming.
Somewhat science fictional, but with no annoying technical jargon.
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By book_joy on 14 July 2014
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Imaginative story from Heinlein. The 'Star Beast' of the title starts as a pet, and ends up at the conclusion as something very different - spoiler if I say too much, but I love what the 'Star Beast' turns out to be, with a very satisfying ending. It's a fairly light-hearted story, despite assorted points of danger, but it would classed as 'juvenile' so nothing very bad happens. Nevertheless as a 'young at heart' oldster I love this story. And just who is, or are, beasts, anyway?
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