Farmer in the Sky

Farmer in the Sky

by Robert A. Heinlein

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BN ID: 2940148466284
Publisher: Baen Books
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Heinlein's Juveniles , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 101,965
File size: 604 KB

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Some of his most popular works include Glory Road, as well as his controversial bestsellers Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and the short story All You Zombies. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Farmer in the Sky 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JudithProctor on LibraryThing 24 days ago
An early Heinlein, and one of his weakest. The characters lack the depth of his later novels, the science is still in foot-pounds and British Thermal Units rather than metric, there's nothing to give you any emotional attachment to anything.It's a novelty these days to read a book in which the scout movement plays a strong part, but even that failed to really catch my interest.The only scene that I recognised (ie. had been memorable) when coming back to this book after a couple of decades, was the minor detail of Farmer Schultz and his apple tree.
Meggo on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is another example of Heinlein's 'adolescent' fiction, in which the protagonist is a plucky teen wise beyond his years. Predictable to a point, this book was a little frustrating because the main character, far from being focused on being a farmer on Jupiter's moon Ganymede, waffled more than the Eggo plant in Tennessee. Will he colonize the moon? Yes. No. Actually yes. Will he stay? No. Yes. Probably. An early Heinlein work, and not as engaging as some of his later works. Not recommended unless you're a true Heinlein fan.
penguinpc on LibraryThing 29 days ago
First Heinlein book I ever read. Still a favorite.
RRHowell on LibraryThing 29 days ago
One of Heinlein's great jobs in terms of teaching mingled with a fairly good story. A lot of ecology worked into this one, and things that would make someone interested in learning about ecology.
TimothyBurke on LibraryThing 5 months ago
My least favorite of the Heinlein juveniles, except perhaps for Time for the Stars. I'm not quite sure why. Perhaps because it lacks a charismatic character, perhaps because of the tacked-on feeling of the discovery of alien artifacts in the last portion of the book. Or maybe it was just the heavy-handedness of the Boy Scout material in the book, given that I had had enough of the Boy Scouts as a Webelo. But like all the Heinlein juveniles, it's an entertaining read.
PaulFAustin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
No man will ever stand on Ganymede with a spade in his hand but FitS is a good juvenile
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
An early version of this novel was originally serialized in Boy’s Life magazine which required Heinlein to bring the Boy Scouts into each chapter of the book. (Boy’s Life is a magazine for Boy Scouts.) That requirement explains the somewhat torturous efforts Heinlein went to in order to make Boy Scout troops, uniforms and merit badges an important part of the story. (Nothing against the Boy Scouts, but Heinlein’s efforts often felt contrived.) If you remove that enduring subplot, this is a pretty good Heinlein juvenile novel about a young man homesteading on Ganymede. One of the scenes—when the power goes out and all the colonists are in danger of freezing to death—has stuck with me for years. Strangely, I had totally forgotten the big surprise at the end that brings the novel to its exciting conclusion. I guess I think that a potential humanitarian disaster was far more interesting than a treasure trove of alien technology. If you like Heinlein’s juveniles, there’s a lot to enjoy here, although you have to put up with a voluminous but weak subplot to finish it.
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I first read this book when i was about 9 years old. Found it in a dresser drawer at my grandparents house, the book belonged to my dad. The smell of an old pulp science fiction book from that era is unique and will forever bring back fond memories. This book opened my eyes to pure scifi, and made me want to go on an adventure. It is funny, exciting, and bright and shinny enough to make you feel hope again. It was originally written as a serial in boy scout magazines, which is a huge component of the story. I will read this story to my son when he is old enough to grasp it.
Chynadol More than 1 year ago
Hey Robert A. Heinlein fans, request these books to be released as digital copies!! The more of us that ask the more books will be available in digital format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in the typical Heinlein style of the 50's - an easy read on a cold night
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