Double Star

Double Star

4.0 11
by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Many of Heinlein's fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author's strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his "most enjoyable novel."

Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of

Overview

Many of Heinlein's fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author's strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his "most enjoyable novel."

Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo.

The story revolves around Lawrence Smith-also known as "Lorenzo the Great"-a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars.

When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.

"Heinlein's novels of the 1940s and 50s shaped every single science fiction writer of my generation and everyone currently writing science fiction. Or making science fiction movies ... and Double Star is an excellent example of all the reasons why."-Connie Will

Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post Dispatch
"In this intricately plotted novel of interplanetary intrigue, Heinlein is at his best."
Galaxy Science-Fiction
"Pleasant and exciting reading."
Anthony Boucher
"Bears the Heinlein cache of credible authenticity."
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612422855
Publisher:
Arc Manor
Publication date:
10/20/2015
Pages:
170
Sales rank:
293,672
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages.

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Double Star 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tightly written and well plotted story of political intrigue and deception written against a futuristic background involving two different interplanetary races and political parties in an imaginary SciFi future. Heinlein's characters come alive off the page, with all the warmth, faults, flaws, and basic human decencies which make his protaganists, heroes, and villians all so classically unforgetable. A grand read for any real SciFi buff !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book! I really enjoyed reading it. And I enjoyed reading it the second and the third time! The book is basically about an actor who has to impersonate a public figure, in order to prevent a war with the aliens, but I won't go any further with the plot, or I'll spoil the fun. Anyhow, the story has lots of twists and turns, and is going to make you 'hod on to it' 'till the end.
writer-historyreader 4 months ago
This book is dangerous. It was one of the reasons I studied Political Science in college and became a Science Fiction writer in a mid life crisis! When I read the Prisoner of Zenda I figured it's writer had stolen from Heinlein. Only later did I learn it was the other way around. Still, Bob did a whole lot better job. This is just a great story with a whole lot of bang up fun in it, and it tells you a lot about how politics works.
NMSCIFI More than 1 year ago
This book follows Heilein style all the way, he hasn't lost his touch with the keyboard or his story lines. Great read for new and old readers. WJ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic Heinlein story which is, of course, dated. At 148 pages, it is not novel length and the cost was too high.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago