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In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But his new owner, Baslim, is not the disabled beggar he appears to be: adopting Thorby as his son, he fights relentlessly as an abolitionist spy. When the authorities close in on Baslim, Thorby must ride with the Free Traders - a league of merchant princes - throughout the many worlds of a hostile galaxy, finding the courage to live by his wits and fight his way from society's lowest rung. But Thorby's destiny will be forever changed when he discovers the truth about his own identity.

A youth who has known only the primitive life of a galaxy slave is purchased by a beggar who turns out to be a man with many extracurricular activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
First time on audio, Heinlein's exploration of slavery in the distant future. Read by Lloyd James. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Stephen King
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world."
Dean Koontz
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
The New York Times Book Review
"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Heinlein… has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."
The Wall Street Journal
"One of the grand masters of science fiction."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345342447
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Hudson River Editions
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 253
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein, four-time winner of the Hugo Award and recipient of three Retro Hugos, received the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers have been translated into 22 languages and include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. His long-lost first novel, For Us, the Living, was recently published by Scribner and Pocket Books.

Biography

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was retired, disabled, in 1934. He studied mathematics and physics at the graduate school of the University of California and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. In 1947 his first book of fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo, was published.

Heinlein was guest commentator for the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. In 1975 he received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anson MacDonald; Robert Anson Heinlein (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      Butler, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      May 8, 1988
    2. Place of Death:
      Carmel, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    One of Heinlein's Best!

    I've re-read this novel many times and I'm going to recommend it to my book review club. This would make an epic motion picture on the same scale with Star Wars. Maybe I can get a writer friend of mine to put together the screenplay.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Favorite

    Thorby is a frightened slave on the auction block when the auctioneer angers a patron which results in Thorby being sold to a one-eyed, one-legged beggar named Baslim. Only Baslim is not exactly as he seems. He wins Thorby's trust and respect and begins to teach him languages and mathematics. He also gives Thorby a message to pass on to a captain of one of five ships when they are in port if something happens to Baslim. And it does. Thorby goes on the run with The People, Free Traders. And Baslim has asked them in his message to get Thrby to a military vessel of the Hegemony and discover his identity. And Thorby ends up in more danger than he ever ghought.
    An exciting and thought provoking story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    One Of the Grand Master's Best

    Since first picking up a Heinlein novel at the tender age of ten, I have been unable to put any down since then. But this novel is a classic read. It details the innocence of a boy becoming a man, paralleling our own innocence of the 50's growing into the 60's. I have reread this novel umpteen times and still am excited by it each and every read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    One of heinlein's best

    R.A.H. The dean of science fiction, grand master of the future history. He was the best of the best. And no one will ever be better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Medcat den

    A large den with a pool for soaking herbs and a rooftop herb garden.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Medcats den

    Only up to three medcats and three apprentices.
    Thanks galaxystar

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    He's still great!

    I had read non-stop Heinlein growing up in the 50's and 60's and I was curious to see how the works help up over these many years. I'm pleased to report the the work holds up just fine and is still a delight to read. A bit naive at times but that is a function of the time he was writing. Still a wonderful read - he is indeed the "Dean" of science fiction writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Citizen of the Galaxy

    true Heinlein, excellent read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Starstreak a starclan cat.

    Im a she cat but im dead.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Clan territory

    Clan meeting place

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Spell Binding type ebook

    IF YOU LIKE SCIENCE FICTION. YOU WILL LIKE THIS EBOOK.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    great fun must read

    heileins books are always different and hold your intrest need more of his books for book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    Heinlein - Master story teller

    Citizen of the Galaxy ~ Robert A. Heinlein - A beautiful story, beautifully told, but not really for adult reading, where the 4 star, `The Trouble with Cephae¿ better satisfies the adult imaginative mind. Nevertheless Mr Heinlein tackles universal slavery with gusto and one cannot deny that it is a good read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    OK but not great

    This book was pretty good but at certain times in the book I just got totally lost. Other times in this book it got boring.I would not reccommend it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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