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Hugh had been taught that, according to the ancient sacred writings, the Ship was on a voyage to faraway Centaurus. But he also understood this was actually allegory for a voyage to spiritual perfection. Indeed, how could the Ship move, since its miles and miles of metal corridors were all there was of creation? Science knew that the Ship was all the Universe, and as long as the sacred Convertor was fed, the lights would continue to glow and the air would flow, and the Creator's...
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Hugh had been taught that, according to the ancient sacred writings, the Ship was on a voyage to faraway Centaurus. But he also understood this was actually allegory for a voyage to spiritual perfection. Indeed, how could the Ship move, since its miles and miles of metal corridors were all there was of creation? Science knew that the Ship was all the Universe, and as long as the sacred Convertor was fed, the lights would continue to glow and the air would flow, and the Creator's Plan would be fulfilled.

Of course, there were the muties, grotesquely deformed parodies of humans, who lurked in the upper reaches of the Ship where gravity was weaker. Were they evil incarnate, or merely a divine check on the population, keeping humanity from expanding past the capacity of the Ship to support?

Then Hugh was captured by the muties and met their leader (or leasders), Joe-Jim, with two heads on one body. And he learned the true nature of the Ship and its mission between the stars. But could he make his people believe him before it was to late? Could he make them believe that he must be allowed to fly the ship?

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Heinlein's 1951 novel offers a ship drifting through the currents of space as a microcosm of society, complete with class struggles, politics (including war between inhabitants of different decks), and love and family. Protagonist Hugh Hoyland fights to understand it all and to bring unity to the crew. Stealth titles are available directly at www.stealthpress.com. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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
"Robert A. Heinlein wears imagination as if it were his private suit of clothes."
Stephen King
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671318451
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Future History Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.60 (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 January 25, 2013

    Unreadable, don't waste your money.

    I never made it past the first page. The print is not aligned correctly and every other sentence is cut off. Inexcusable.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Bad

    Right side of the page is cut off, making this one unreadable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Love the book; hate this copy

    The far right side of the pages I read, before finally giving up,have basically been cut off. Changing text size did not help.

    Anyone who has read early Heinlein will immediately recognize the irony.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Broken: do not buy

    Worked when i first bought this book several months back, but it now has all text cut off halfway through each line. Same issue both on my nook simple touch and android nook app. This problem also cropped up with two other ebooks from Spectrum publishing.
    Disapointing, as this is one of my favorite stories from RAH

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Not my favorite by Heinlein

    I am a huge fan of Robert A Heinlein but I did not enjoy this book. While the plot was original and interesting the book seemed to drag... the dialogue seemed unwieldy, and I never felt any real interest or attachment with the characters. I am sure many sci-fans will enjoy it, but this one just did not snag me the way his other books have. If you are a first time reader of Heinlein's books, try Time Enough For Love or Starship Troopers! They really show the author's talents at his best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Live Heinlein; hate this copy due to previously mentioned bad fo

    Live Heinlein; hate this copy due to previously mentioned bad formatting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Great book

    Must have inspired Wall E!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    A New Perspective

    This book is one of my favorites. It really helps you take a new perspective on things that your are told to accept without question. I've noticed that most RAH books do this, but this one is most significant in doing that.

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