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Space Family Stone by Robert A Heinlein

Space Family Stone (original 1952; edition 1971)

by Robert A Heinlein

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Title:Space Family Stone
Authors:Robert A Heinlein
Info:New Eng. Lib. (1971), Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library, Science Fiction and Fantasy
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. While I have loved everything in Heinlein's "The Scribner's juveniles" series. But this one has been the best. Unlike "Rocket Ship Galleio" this one is actually believable. I really love this old time science-fiction. It is great to see what the author for the 1950s thought of, that we already have, and what he didn't think of, that we already have. For example there is a scene where Grandma Hazel is going out for the day so she can't stay home and play Chess with the 5 year old. They, however, indicate that they could play by phone. I thought it was great, Heinleni though of cell phones and playing games on then. However before the end of the chapter we learn that he had thought of cell phones, but not of playing games on them, instead she called in her moves to him and he made the moves on a physical chess board.

The story of the Martian Flat cat was so similar to the "Trouble With Tribbles" we would see 15 years later, I can't imagine that Roddenberry hadn't read The Rolling Stones.

I laughed a lot, I even cried a little when it appeared my favorite character had died. The "Full Cast Audio" is freaking amazing in "cinematography." I encourage you to follow on the foot steps of the Space family Stone and their journey from Luna to Mars and then to make their fortune mining the asteroids. There is real math, or at least what looks like real math, there is family dynamics, really I think this book is great and don't want to give away anymore than I already have. ( )
  fulner | Feb 13, 2017 |
blase, too much ‘technical figuring’ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Teenaged twins Castor and Pollux Stone cajole their father into buying a space ship, and the entire family goes on a trip around the galaxy. But Castor and Pollux repeatedly end up in trouble with their schemes to make a fortune on distant planets.

This is a hard book for me to review, so I'll keep it short. I've only read one other book by Heinlein, A Stranger in a Strange Land, and that was as a teenager, so I expected something a bit more serious and meaningful in this book. Is this what pulp is? I've only read one pulp-fiction book, A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, so I'm very inexperienced with the genre. It took me a while to get over the cheese. But I recognize that when you're reading a book that was written in a style foreign to you, it's better to view the book within its context rather than comparing it to your usual type. And after I approached the book from this perspective, I began to really enjoy the humor and even became emotionally invested in the characters. I wouldn't say I highly recommend this book, but I enjoyed my second pulp experience. ( )
  The_Hibernator | Jan 25, 2016 |
This was fun. The narrator was perfect for the part. He made it feel even more like I was reading about the smarter, more efficient and sciency Jetsons, in space. There was enough hard science for the hard sci-fi fans and enough witty banter for everyone else. Would love to see a movie or tv show adaptation of this. It definitely left me wonder if flat cats inspired tribbles or vice versa. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 27, 2015 |
This is a fun romp dealing with the space-faring family Stone, from sharp-tongued Grandma Hazel Stone, veteran of the Luna War, to the parents and four children. It's one of the better of Robert Heinlein's "juveniles" which I like better than many of his later novels which featured such eccentricities as polyamory. Yes, some social and technological detail is dated, this was written in 1952. Yes, there is sexism--right there in the banter and other content. Yet at the same time the mother of this bunch is a surgeon, unusual for that era to say the least. And yes, the Martian flat-cats do bear a great resemblance to Star Trek's Tribbles. The producers made sure Heinlein was fine with that--David Gerrold, the author of the script said he probably did unconsciously get the idea from here, even though he thought he was telling the Australian rabbit story. That aside the dialogue is witty, the story fast-paced, and the book very enjoyable. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 30, 2012 |
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When the Stone twins made up their minds to leave Lunar City in a secondhand spaceship, they hadn't planned on having their whole family accompany them. But the Stones were not your ordinary Lunar family -- no way! -- and their voyage through the solar system sure proved it.

What began as a simple business expedition to Mars soon mushroomed into a dangerous situation when Grandma Stone was lost in space. Then, just when everything seemed to be getting better, a Martian flatcat came aboard and fouled up the works.

But the real trouble didn't get underway until the Stones headed for the asteroid belt to take up a mining proposition they, somehow, couldn't refuse . . .

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Though it doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have 'Trouble' in that spot on their birth certificates. Anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel will know they came by it honestly.

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