Tunnel in the Sky

Tunnel in the Sky

by Robert A. Heinlein

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BN ID: 2940012044488
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 84,548
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America. www.virginiaedition.com,

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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Tunnel in the Sky 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is damaged. All the ends of each line are cut off. Entire sentences, paragraphs missing completely. Not sure who Spectrum publishers are, but they don't bother to proof at all. Do not buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HALF THE PAGE IS CUT OFF!!! HOW DO YOU PEOPLE EXPECT ME TO READ THIS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is improperly formatted and cannot be read properly. The entire right margin is cut off on every page resulting in the loss of several words on each line. After I ordered the book and found it to be unreadable, BN tech support did refund my money, however the same screwed up version remains for sale. Avoid this book until BN specifically states that the formatting problems have been corrected!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This digital copy was pretty much a waste of $8 because no one edited it to make sure it was correct. Words have been changed and whole sentences have been rearranged, and it makes it very difficult to read. Love the book - don't love the unedited digital copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The right margin cuts off the text, sadness i should have bought the kindle version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is now readable.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
Written partially as a rebutle to Lord of the Flies, Tunnel in the Sky is entertaing for a young reader, and not nearly as dark. That being said, Tunnel is not in any way in the league as Goldings masterwork, though the same storyline is present. Taken by itself, Tunnel is enjoyable, and could be looked upon as a primer for Starship Troopers, or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book its self is slightly confusing but pretty good! I'm reading this for school but not on my nook. Recommended to ages 10 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
E version still unreadable. B&N will do nothing to help you if you buy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The right side of the page is cut off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After 25 years of teaching Junior High School I still find it a much more realistic and optimistic view of what would happen if a group of adolescents were cut off from civilization than "Lord of the Rings".
mrtall on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Robert Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky is a delight. This story of a group of young people forced to deal with sudden isolation from society is in many ways the photographic negative of William Golding¿s Lord of the Flies. Tunnel in the Sky follows Rod Walker, our young protagonist, as he and a group of his classmates take a field trip through a matter transfer gate into an unknown, primordial planet where they are intended to undergo a survival course something like a high-stakes Outward Bound. As you might expect, there¿s a hitch in their transport, and it turns out this group of students is stranded on a new world, and find that they must survive on their own for far longer than they had expected. Much of the book recounts their efforts to organize, defend and provide for themselves.One particularly interesting aspect of Tunnel in the Sky is how Heinlein is so forward-looking in some ways, and yet so rooted in his own era¿s values in others. For example, several of the key events in the story involve the young students pairing off and marrying. This need to observe a cornerstone of traditional society draws firm boundaries around the new culture the class develops in its lost world, and it also adds shape and meaning to the story. This is in great contrast to similar novels that might be written today in which it would be taken for granted that healthy young people would pair off casually and switch sexual partners with impunity. Although Heinlein intended Tunnel in the Sky to be a young adult novel, I¿d recommended it to all science-fiction fans.
annbury on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Another entry from Heinlein's series of juveniles, and less impressive than some of the others. A group of young people are stranded on a distant planet where they must struggle to survive, against the dangers of the planet and against each other. Interesting story, but the characters are less fully developed than in some of the other juveniles, and the premise is limiting.
JessiAdams on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I was shocked after reading this book to learn that it was written in 1955. You can generally tell when science fiction was written a very long time ago, but this book is wonderfully written and timeless. The only hint that I got while reading was the strange interactions between men and women. The relationship between men and women in this book is pretty much the same as it would have been in the 1940's and 50's. I'm not sure if that's because the author lacked imagination to change it, or if he was making a statement of some sort. In any case, it didn't bother me as much as some readers. Before realizing when the book was written, I just found it an entertaining part of the setting that men and women would have regressed some in their roles, especially (as one character eludes to) in a world where there are so many more women than men. The basic story of the book is that a group of adolescents and young adults are sent to a distant planet as part of a survival test to graduate from a class they're taking. The test was supposed to last no more than 10 days. Due to some sort of mishap, they end up being there much, much longer. I enjoyed the book as a fun science fiction read. Although I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I'd never heard of Robert Heinlein before, I believe I will be reading more of his books soon.
Clueless on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This tale of a teenage survival course, in space, in the future is riveting. Everywhere you go there is going to be some big scary monster that you're going to have to contend with. Or a small vicious monster.
thomasJamo on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is another book written for a younger audience in mind. It's not a bad read. It's just not his best work. Again, worth a trip to the library for a Heinlein fan.
Zare on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Rod Walker is one of the many students that wants to see and explore outlands - wild and untamed planets not yet colonized by Terran Federation. But in order to achieve his goal [and become officially certified explorer] he must take and pass survival test, test taking place in unknown surroundings crawling with unexpected dangers.All starts fine (well, let us say there are gradations of fine, ok :)) but soon all test takers find themselves cut off from civilization and forced to group themselves in order to survive.Like all Heinlein's books this one also explores human nature and society, what works and what does not work, role of true leadership etc (readers may not agree with every point author makes but again that is not the goal - goal is to make readers think about "what-if" scenarios). Test-takers are not your average kids, they know a lot and they are ready to use that knowledge to survive but is that all that is required to survive in the unknown surroundings?Very interesting book. Recommended.
Meggo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This early Heinlein book is largely enjoyable, except where he gets all political and "Lord of the Flies" in the middle. And, as with some of the books, the ending feels tacked on. Frankly, I lost interest once the tension was resolved. Still, it's an enjoyable read, about students of a survival skills class who need to unexpectedly survive in the field much longer than originally intended. But am I the only one who thought that "stobor" was going to turn out to be "robots"? I was disappointed when it wasn't.
mfassold on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is my favorite book of all time. I read it for the first time when I was 13 and have read it every year since then at least once. I taught the book this year as a culmination of my civilization and government unit. One of my favorite activities was to have my students pick out all the errors on the cover. All my students missed the fact that Rod was black, not a 30 year old white guy.
Cubine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very Well Written story of students stranded on a deserted planet, light years from Earth. Heinlein's Themes on survival, politics and coming of age are nicely presented. The protagonist, Rod Walker, is a rarity for Heinlein's heroes; an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. No supermen here, just normal teens surviving by learning to live and work together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could tell from the start and certainly by the end this was some of the best of earlier science fiction writing. Cultural mores of an era passing us by, served the fledgling community well in a strange and challenging world. Quick, entertaining read, centered on the transformation of a boy to a man by experience and exposure, where the life desire becomes the life well lived.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome.
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I wanted to write this review because I saw all the bad reviews about the Nook version being damaged. I have this book in print, it was the first Heinlein book I read and still one of my favorites! I dont know if the Nook version is damaged, but the book itself is good.