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Starman Jones Mass Market Paperback – 9 Oct 2012

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638448
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,820 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."""" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Max Jones is blessed with an eidetic memory and dreams of becoming an "astrogator" (Heinlein's neologism for "starship navigator"). Every evening he watches the ballistic train streak by his property, bound for Earthport, the launching facility for the big ships, and wishes that he could go there. But Max is committed to supporting his father's widow by working their Ozark farm, and the requirements for getting into the Astrogators' Guild are strict; most slots are inherited from previous guild members. One evening, Max's stepmother comes home with a new husband, a shiftless, drunken lout who announces that he has sold the farm and threatens to beat Max up when he protests. Max has no recourse but to gather up his reference books on astrogation (left to him by his deceased uncle Chet, an astrogator), and flee for Earthport. But when he presents himself at the Astrogators' Guild hall, he is told that his uncle Chet never nominated Max to the guild before he died, and the reference books are confiscated to "protect trade secrets." Max is in a pickle.
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.
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i first read this book in my teens so i've been a heinlein fan for a long time, this book is a real favourite,it has all you need for a masterpiece high drama a poor boy makes good superb concepts on the technology front,hostile aliens and a bittersweet ending which is happy and sad in some ways,this went onto my kindle as soon as i got one and will always be a favourite.
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In the summer of 1968 I stayed with relatives and caught chicken pox. To help stave off boredom my aunt came home from work with a book for me that she had chosen at random. The book was 'Starman Jones'. I read and re-read it with a child's sense of wonder, then went home and hunted down every Heinlein I could find in the library. The thing is if I re-read it again the story captivates me in much the same way it did when I was eleven. A classic. Also an 'easy introduction to Heinlein so that you can then graduate to the 'adult' works such as Farnham's Freehold and 'Stranger in a Strange Land'. Heinlein was such a master of the story form that his strange politics and right wing hectoring can be forgiven.
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The typical hero of Heinlein's "juveniles" is a decent, modest--yet heroic--lad who overcomes challenges as he comes of age. Starman Jones, along with Space Cadet and Starship Toopers, is one of the best of these novels. Readers dismayed at Heinlein's at-times lecherous novels for adults should overcome their fears and buy this book for a youngster. Those dismayed to find Heinlein writings stories that *aren't* lecherous should read it anyway. ;)
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This enchanting novel is one of the first books I ever read. It was given to me by my brother when I was only twelve years old and our parents were going through their divorce. Through the miracle of Heinlein's writing I was able to escape the nasty stuff at home. Eventually I earned a degree in English because I learned to read from Heinlein. If you have a little brother who is a "dreamer," and you want to make sure he learns how to read rather than do drugs, this is the book for you!
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Unbelievable to think that this novel was written over 60 years ago. It holds up so well even today and proves that a good story will never age.

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.
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Remember reading this book when I became interested in Si Fi. still as good as I remember it.I liked the review it had relating it as to why it still sells
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Another old favourite from the 70's, though perhaps not as well known as some of Heinlein's other work. I'm reviewing the hardcover issue which is what I read at the time. I also have NEL paperback copy.

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.
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