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For a telepathic twin on an exploratory space voyage only a few years pass, yet, when he returns to Earth his brother is ready to celebrate his ninetieth birthday.

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For a telepathic twin on an exploratory space voyage only a few years pass, yet, when he returns to Earth his brother is ready to celebrate his ninetieth birthday.

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There's a completely unwarranted stigma attached to science fiction and fantasy books that are labeled as "all-ages" reads. Some of the most influential books ever written in the genre have this tag: Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, etc. Arguably the most historically significant collection of "all-ages" science fiction novels are Robert A. Heinlein's 12 juvenile books written for Scribner's in the 1940s and '50s. While the intended readership was originally teenage boys, these adventure novels -- as thematically challenging as they were diverse -- have been just as appealing to adults over the decades and have collectively been the inspiration for hundreds of modern-day sci-fi novels.

One of the most popular "Heinlein juveniles" is Time for the Stars, a novel about two identical twin boys -- Patrick and Thomas Bartlett -- who become involved in a highly dangerous deep-space exploratory mission to seek out inhabitable planets to further humankind's colonization of the stars. The entire undertaking hinges on the ability of a very elite group of twins to communicate with one another instantaneously through telepathy. While one twin is stationed on Earth, the other is hurtling through space at almost the speed of light. But when thrill-seeking Pat is involved in a ski accident just days before the spaceship departs, Tom is called upon to leave everything behind and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Heinlein's Time for the Stars -- as well as other of his juvenile works, like Red Planet and Space Cadet -- are not only great reads for adult genre fans but also perfect novels to share with school-age children: not only to discuss the thought-provoking themes (population control, etc.) but to talk about how dramatically American culture has changed since these books have been written. For example, the portrayal of women in 1956 -- when Time for the Stars was written -- is more than a little shocking. An "all-ages" science fiction classic -- stigma not included. Paul Goat Allen
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Twins Tom and Pat are discovered to have a telepathic link making them suitable as communication links during interstellar explorations. Pat stays home, growing into his nineties with wealth and family, while Tom travels to the stars, staying years younger than his twin as he hurls through space at nearly the speed of light. His telepathic messages are instantaneous and useful. The book is a fictional memoir/adventure, with several passages of scientific explanation of relativity and ESP and its possibilities. It is as much about character and relationships as science, however. This book is a fun read, but it does not offer any real lessons or things to think about. Because it was written so long ago, today's readers will notice the lack of computers and math computations done by hand. The unattractive cover and dated look of the font will not help pull readers in.
The Chicago Tribune
"Rarely has Heinlein pushed his imagination further. . .a vivid, stirring experience."
The New York Times
"One of the superb Heinlein stories which have excitement, urbanity, humanity, rationality, pace, understanding, and which are a joy to read."
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"He rewrote US sf as a whole in his own image. Robert A. Heinlein may have been the all-time most important writer of genre sf."—The Science Fiction Encyclopedia

"He made footsteps big enough for a whole country to follow. And it was our country that did it...We proceed down a path marked by his ideas. He showed us where the future is."—Tom Clancy

"The word that comes to mind for him is essential. As a writer—eloquent, impassioned, technically innovative—he reshaped science fiction in a way that defined it for every writer who followed him. . . . He was the most significant science fiction writer since H. G. Wells."—Robert Silverberg

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684192116
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/1991
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 years

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction’s Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America’s first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement.

 

Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. He started writing to help pay off his mortgage, and his first story was published in Astounding Science-Fiction magazine in 1939. In 1947, he published a story in The Saturday Evening Post, making him the first science-fiction writer to break into the mainstream market. Long involved in politics, Heinlein was deeply affected by events such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War, and his fiction tended to convey strong social and political messages. His many influential novels include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Time Enough for Love. At the time of his death in 1988, he was living in Carmel, California with his wife Virginia.

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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