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Star Beast (original 1954; edition 1987)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:Star Beast
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Del Rey (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
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Tags:Fiction, Science-fiction

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A young man inherits an alien 'pet' from his father and grandfather before him, but this pet is big and near indestructible. Lots of trouble ensues. This was written in 1954 and the technology gap between now and then is huge. No PC's, no cell phones (there's just 1 reference to a 'body phone'), no internet - but on the other hand, everyone flies around on personal helicopters/flying suits! ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 13, 2015 |
One could call The Star Beast a run of the mill story about a boy and his pet. Think Lassie and you have the classic relationship I'm referring to. If you don't delve into the details John Thomas Stuart XI is an average teen with a typical attachment to the family pet. However, give the story a science fiction spin and all bets are off. Instead of an obedient and almost too intelligent collie this pet defies logic. Lummox or Lummy, as John calls him, is a 100 year old extraterrestrial (was once his grandfather's pet), has eight legs, a sentry eye that stays awake when the beast sleeps, has a high pitched girly voice and he triples in size when he eats metal. And he's always hungry. The trouble starts when Lummy goes wandering in the night and ends up eating some roses and destroying public property. John and Lummy are put on trial and Lummy is sentenced to death...only the authorities aren't exactly sure how to kill him. Throw in a wannabe lawyer girlfriend and another planet that is convinced Lummy belongs to them and you have a story that appeals to kids and adults alike. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 18, 2013 |
I'm one of those who feels that--with a few exceptions such as The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress--that Heinlein's "juveniles" written for teen boys are if not better novels, then better "reads" than his post-Stranger in a Strange Land books. And this is among the strongest--and funniest--of his juveniles. Lummox, the "Star Beast" of the title is the Stuart family pet--he's not... er small, but he does talk. John Thomas, the requisite boy teen and his pet get into a serious scrape, then an even more serious one of interstellar proportions. This one is a classic--I saw an allusion to it recently in a short story by Vernor Vinge. Very entertaining and a fast read. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 31, 2012 |
One of my favorite Heinlein stories.
  TheBarge13 | Mar 19, 2012 |
The first Heinlein I read, many years ago. I don't recall much except I did like it.
  fuzzi | Dec 2, 2011 |
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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.

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A young boy believes he and his ancestors have been raising an extra-terrestrial pet for several generations, when actually the beast has been raising them. When the beast must be returned to his native planet, he insists on taking his human "pet" with him.… (more)

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