Starman Jones Mass Market Paperback – 9 Oct 2012
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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."""" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Written in 1953, Starman Jones is a solid work of craftsmanship, of interest both to adults and children. It outlines a crowded Earth in which satisfying, interesting work is truly scarce, locked into a strict system of guilds. Faced with that barrier, what is an ambitious, talented boy like Max to do? The book deals in large part with the ethical dilemmas created by this situation, and by Max's subsequent forgery of documents enabling him to land a position aboard the starship Asgard. In the mysterious, wily old starship crewman, Sam, Heinlein creates a memorable, complex character, much in keeping with the Swope Park hobo/hero Heinlein mentions several times in speeches and writing (A good account of this story can be found in Expanded Universe). All in all, Starman Jones is a fast-moving, yet weighty read.
It's a pity that so many modern day authors are content to hide a meagre story line behind a protective padding of techno-fluff. This book packs more story in to 250 pages than many more recent novels posess in a 5000 page trilogy. Well worth a read.
Max Jones runs away from the farm that is being mismanaged by his mother and his stepfather with a set of old astrogation books that his uncle Chet had left him. Making his way to the local starport Max managed to meet up with the streetwise Sam. Together they blag their way onto a passenger starship as part of the crew. All is fine until things don't all go according to plan. A miscalculation in the astrogation sequence leaves the starship stranded in an unknown part of space.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as any of his early 'juvenile' books, and a good read at any age provided you accept it for what it is.Published on 5 Aug. 2014 by dave
I am very much into all of Robert Heinleins works since I started reading him many years ago..He never disapoints.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by Jack Smith
This book is another well thought-out storyline by Heinlein, on a par with Starship Troopers. Let's hope that if Hollywood make a film of this one they don't ruin it as well.Published on 15 Mar. 2001
Max Jones runs away from home to escape an abusive stepfather. He wants to join the Astrogators' Guild and go into space but there's one problem: The Guild's membership is... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 1998
I read this book for the first time more than thirty years ago. It is the one novel that got me hooked on Heinlein and Science Fiction in general. Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 1997