The Star Beast

The Star Beast

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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Lummox had been the Stuart family pet for years. Though far from cuddly and rather large, it had always been obedient and docile. Except, that is, for the time it had eaten the secondhand Buick . . .
But now, all of a sudden and without explanation, Lummox had begun chomping down on a variety of things — not least, a very mean dog and a cage of virtually

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Lummox had been the Stuart family pet for years. Though far from cuddly and rather large, it had always been obedient and docile. Except, that is, for the time it had eaten the secondhand Buick . . .
But now, all of a sudden and without explanation, Lummox had begun chomping down on a variety of things — not least, a very mean dog and a cage of virtually indestructible steel. Incredible!
John Thomas and Lummox were soon in awfully hot water, and they didn't know how to get out. And neither one really understood just how bad things were — or how bad the situation could get — until some space voyagers appeared and turned a far-from-ordinary family problem into an extraordinary confrontation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345350596
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/1987
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time, a status confirmed in 1974 when the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gave him their first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. A four-time Hugo Award winner, Heinlein is best known for works including Starship Troopers, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and the sensational bestseller Stranger in a Strange Land.

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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The Star Beast 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A first contact story (e.g. 'Rendevous with RAMA', 'FOOTFALL', 'The Mote in God's Eye' to list a few legendary ones.) are the ET's and Close Encounters of literature that deal with meeting an alien lifeform for the first time. While this one doesn't rank with the forgoing for it's ledgendary status, like it's RAH juvenile kin 'Have Spacesuit Will Travel' it's probably far more fun. Like many RAH tales, he exhibits a genius for alternating the point of narrative between differing protagonists of the story weaving it all into one whole. In this tale, a boy and gal are trying to save their friendly but rambunctious 'Space Puppy' (just a few tons-- he's grown some in three generations of John Thomases), a bequest from the Boys' space explorer grandfather and father from the well-intentioned but mis-guided local authorities who are determined to terminate the beast. Meanwhile, there is an unrelated interstellar crises involving an new but deadly interstellar power that is possibly threatening to blow the solar system to hell, mixed in a disproving and unsupported mother who has never approved of the 'Lummox', no matter how cute and cuddly he was as an armored space puppy. Sigh. The plot possibilities boggle the mind, and RAH does not fail to deliver a jaw dropping connection between the governments problems (Saving man kind) and helping the most recent John Thomas to save his friendly pet (with his fondness for eating the neighbors roses, the national guards tanks, and a few other humorous morsels here and there.) But without giving away the meat of the plot, that ought to be enough to wet your appetite. Don't miss the main course, or 'Have Space Suit, Will Travel' either. The list above are all five stars too! General Heinlein: Tom Clancy, David Webber, Spider Robinson, and Stephen King all credit Heinlein as thier mentor. More need not be said about the three decade all time Sci-Fi Grand Master, but this. If you haven't read Heinlein, you haven't yet lived. First Sci-Fi to Movie, The recent topical hit movie Star Ship Troopers (a novel's always better, and RAH's SST is no exception), a perennial collective Best Seller (30 Million in print ten years ago!) Never off the shelves in even the poorestly sci-fi stocked book store, you can't go wrong! Pohl Anderson, Larry Niven, Issaac Asimov, Anne McCafferty, and dozens of other GrandMasters and Masters of Fantasy and Sci-Fi all gave way willingly to the 'Dean of Science Fiction'; He is and was a legend of American Literature. Perhaps only Hemingway and Clancy can challange his overall popularity. Don't miss the experiences!
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