eBook Starman Jones download

by Robert A. Heinlein

eBook Starman Jones download ISBN: 0345243544
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: Ballantine Del Rey (February 1975)
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Home Robert A. Heinlein Starman Jones. Robert A. Heinlein is probably more responsible than any other man for the curious development of modern science fiction.

Home Robert A. Heinlein is probably more responsible than any other man for the curious development of modern science fictio. e made his name as a science fiction writer with vigorous stories about the impact of futuristic technology on society. He speculated fearlessl. The New Yorker. By Robert A. Heinlein. Published by Ballantine Books. Citizen of the galaxy.

STARMAN JONES by Robert A. Published in the United States of America by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. For my friend Jim Smith.

It was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons as part of the Heinlein juveniles series. Max Jones works the family farm in the Ozark Mountains. With his father dead and his stepmother marrying again to a man he detests, Max runs away from home, taking his late uncle's astrogation manuals.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. From the First Golden Age of SF master Robert A. Heinlein, this is the so-called juvenile (written, Heinlein always claims.

Author: Robert Heinlein. Publisher: Ballantine Books. 1 THE TOMAHAWK Max liked this time of day, this time of year. With the crops in, he could finish his evening chores early and be lazy. When he had slopped the hogs and fed the chickens, instead of getting supper he followed a path to a rise west of the barn and lay down in the grass, unmindful of chiggers.

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/; July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and retired Naval officer.

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Starman Jones is a good example of Heinlein's skill as a juvenile writer Robert A. Heinlein is quite possibly one of the best American authors of the 20th century. His works are almost always interesting to most people.

Starman Jones is a good example of Heinlein's skill as a juvenile writer. The technical details, particularly the description of the ship's computers, seem hopelessly dated. The fact that this does not in any real way affect the book's readability is a testament to Heinlein's skill in depicting the social structure of the ship's passengers and crew.

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''there were things that were right and others that were wrong and it was not just a matter of where you were. He felt this with an inner conviction too deep to be influenced by Sam’s cheerful cynicism.'' This ''inner conviction'' places Heinlein's work apart. Morality can't be proved. We must be convinced.

This reflective, thoughtful, wondering threads it's way throughout. Who hasn't pondered - 'Is morality adjustable? Who says what is right? How can I know for sure? Should I forgive myself or punish myself?'

Presented so skillfully, so warmly, I have returned to Max several times in over five decades. I still tear up each visit.

Max is disclosing his deception -

“I was always explaining—in my mind of course, why I did it, justifying myself, pointing out that the system was at fault, not me. Now I don’t want to justify myself. Not that I regret it, not when I think what I would have missed. But I don’t want to duck out of paying for it, either.”

Walther nodded. “That sounds like a healthy attitude. Captain, no code is perfect. A man must conform with judgment and commonsense, not with blind obedience. I’ve broken rules; some violations I paid for, some I didn’t. This mistake you made could have turned you into a moralistic prig, a ‘Regulation Charlie’ determined to walk the straight and narrow and to see that everyone else obeyed the letter of the law. Or it could have made you a permanent infant who thinks rules are for everyone but him. It doesn’t seem to have had either effect; I think it has matured you.”

Keen insight.

Another theme is the proper use and abuse of authority. Government regulations -

''You don’t believe in anarchy, surely? Our whole society is founded on entrusting grave secrets only to those who are worthy.''

Government protects you -

When the idea soaked in, Max was shocked.
“But they put you in jail for that!”
“Where do you think you are now?”
“Well, I’m not in jail. And I don’t want to be.”
“This whole planet is one big jail, and a crowded one at that.''

Security vs Liberty, a question that all face and choose their answer.

And yet (this is what makes Heinlein fascinating) he is not defiant or disrespectful to authority. One explains why Max must agree to be Captain -

Mr. Samuels said quietly,
“I don’t agree with the Chief Engineer about the unimportance of legal aspects; most of these laws have wise reasons behind them. But I agree with what else he says. Mr. Jones, a ship is not just steel, it is a delicate political entity. Its laws and customs cannot be disregarded without inviting disaster. It will be far easier to maintain morale and discipline in this ship with a young captain—with all his officers behind him—than it would be to let passengers and crew suspect that the man who must make the crucial decisions, those life-and-death matters involving the handling of the ship, that this all-powerful man nevertheless can’t be trusted to command the ship. No, sir, such a situation would frighten me; that is how mutinies are born.”

This is deep trust in authority. However, this power is used to help others, not the captain. The respect is earned and willingly given. What a lesson!

Heinlein presents this growing and searching - to submit, defy, accept and use authority in this work. Wonderful!
I have to say...RAH's "juvenile" stories are some of the most enjoyable stories i have ever read. period. And i have only started reading Scifi and esspecially RAH within the last 3yrs. And i am 40 now. Starman Jones is a great , smoothe flowing story from start to end. I loved this book. you should definatley read this one. Personaly, my favorites out of some of my favorites are....Starman Jones, Glory Road, The Star Beast, and Tunnel in the Sky. But like i said , all his Juvenile's are really good, and should be given to your sons to read when they become a young adult. Hopefully , these will never be required reading in school, and continue to be amazing books you or your kids simply discover, and pass on , so the important lessons in them will not be lost on "homework".
I grew up reading Heinlein's "Juvenile series" (incl Space Cadet, Star Beast, Between Planets, etc...) but this one was always my favorite. Some of the tech described is still surprisingly valid like trains with magnetic levitation and starships using what is routinely described as a "jump' or 'foldspace' drive for interstellar travel. When you consider that Heinlein wrote these books for a teen audience in the 40's and 50's it's clear that these are really remarkable reading. The updated forward was a welcome surprise too.
My introduction to Heinlein was Star Beast. However any of the books in this group of his books targeting the young is good. For me his writing is timeless and still as philosophically relavent today as when I first read them when I was in my teens. The reader will find him or herself wrapped in the story and the challenges of the characters just as much as reading good writing aimed at a so called more mature audience. I can't recommend these books enough especially as an introduction to the entire genre of science fiction.
This is really a great example of Heinlein's genius. It's an adventure/coming of age story in a sci-fi package and it really worked for me. It's dated to a certain extent but less that some of his other YA books. The beginning of the book is a little strange that society and everyday tech has back slid to the 1920's while technologies like anti-gravity freight trucks/trains and space travel are prevalent. Once into the story you'll forget Heinlein's lack of imagination in future tech and be solidly cheering for Starman Jones.
I grew up on Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke. They posited a future with humans who ventured in new situations, wrestled with problems, confronted their fears, and found solutions. So it is with Jones following the footsteps of his uncle. The boy also has some amazing talents of his own, for which the book finds a need. Hired as ordinary spacer, he takes mundane assignments, stays humble, and does not try to romance the wealthy young debutante aboard his ship. Vintage 1950s SF.
Also vintage is chauvinism, primitive computer systems and nav methods. And the essayists rightly criticize for it. More importantly, it displays RAHs respect for dedication and hard work as a means of advancement into positions of responsibility. We all identify the continuing popularity of this old classic as another 'Horatio Alger' kind of guy, one out of vogue in this era of angst and tortured characters. 'And moral codes? That's so ancient!' Well, not here.
My only complaint is doing something dumb that nearly gets himself and someone in his charge killed. But, after a dramatic escape, it eventually resolves itself.
Buy this book for the Intro and Afterward: Patterson and Williamson have more good comments.