Citizen of the Galaxy

Citizen of the Galaxy

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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A classic novel from the mind of the storyteller who captures the imagination of readers from around the world, and across two generations
Science Fiction Grand Master
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY

In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But

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A classic novel from the mind of the storyteller who captures the imagination of readers from around the world, and across two generations
Science Fiction Grand Master
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY

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....

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416505525
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 7, 1907
Date of Death:
May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:
Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:
Carmel, California
Education:
Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Citizen of the Galaxy 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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I read this book in elementary school a long time ago and several times since as it is a very well written book and has some interesting concepts about power. Kind of parallels todays US plutocracy.
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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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RY12 More than 1 year ago
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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MDH1952 More than 1 year ago
IF YOU LIKE SCIENCE FICTION. YOU WILL LIKE THIS EBOOK.
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slan More than 1 year ago
heileins books are always different and hold your intrest need more of his books for book
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