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Starman Jones (1953)

by Robert A. Heinlein (Author)

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A 1953, classic science fiction from the grand master Robert A. Heinlein is about a Ozark farm boy who travels to the stars when he is forced to run away from home. A not easy feat to accomplish because entering the trades is tightly controlled. You must pay large amounts of money and for an astrogator you must be recommended. Max Jones has learned from his uncle and his eidetic memory doesn’t hurt either. He becomes a stowaway on board a intergalactic spaceship. The pilot dies and the charts and tables destroyed. The survival of the ship will depend on Max. This series called, Heinlein juveniles series, is easy to read because it is written for young boys and the book reads as a stand alone book. The book may be written for youth but the author folds in an adult theme of labor unions. Max is triumphant because he has noble character even though he has misled to obtain a place on the ship, he later confesses. The computer is an important part of space travel but in the book still dependent on man to run them unlike computers we have now. The computer was just making is debut and it was big and chunky. There is also mathematics in this book with the explanation of congruence (like a folded scarf) as a way to go from one place to another that is many light years away. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
It's interesting how far off the mark some of the classic sci fi novels turn out to be.
In this, there's computers with no data storage. Computers with no ability to actually calculate - all formula have to be worked out by hand prior to entering them. Computers can't even work out logarithms; they have to be looked up in a table. In fact, the results to any formula and instructions to the computer have to be entered in binary!

It a good, lighthearted adventure story. A bit simple for my tastes, but it's a decent vacation read and luckily, vacation is exactly where I read it. ( )
  Melanti | Mar 30, 2013 |
Books read in the past:

I think of this as the exemplar of Heinlein's writing in this period. The hero is a sympathetic lad with special talents, the mentor is old but not a lecherous coot, the plot complications involve interpersonal tension as well as external problems, the problems are both technical and alien-mediated, and the solutions require the protagonist to shoulder responsibilities and become a man. This is a fine young adult novel and one of two science fiction novels (the other being [b:Farmer in the Sky|50851|Farmer in the Sky|Robert A. Heinlein|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170372013s/50851.jpg|2422376]) that my father and I both read in adolescence. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is one of Heinlein's "juveniles"--that is, what we now call young adult. I tend to prefer quite a few of those to his adult novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land. I wouldn't count this among his best in that category though--of which my favorite is Citizen of the Galaxy. I'd say it's only about average for Heinlein--which still means it's very good indeed. This is the coming of age tale of a boy who goes from dirt between the toes farm boy to the stars.

Yes, some aspects are dated--social aspects such as the relations between the sexes and the technology, especially computer tech seems...quaint. But hey, this was published in 1953, and I'm willing to make allowances--regardless it's still a very entertaining story. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 29, 2012 |
I enjoyed Starman Jones. It is a young adult science fiction novel that is quite out of date, from a technology standpoint. It was entertaining to read, and the lessons in it were bssic but still valid. Worthwhile reading for people of any age and enjoyable. More sophisticated young readers may be either amused or disdainful of the technology, but hopefully they enjoy the message. ( )
  Karlstar | Sep 19, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Heinlein, Robert A.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkey, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geary, CliffordCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosanblatt, LeeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sternback, RickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Where were they? In fact, when were they? and how could they get back?

It's easy to stow away on an intergalactic spaceship, if you're a smart lad like Max Jones. But it's quite another thing when the spaceship touches down on an unknown planet after passage through a time warp...perhaps an unknown century. Especially when the spaceship's pilot dies, and his charts and are destroyed. Now survival was up to Max...

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When his stepmother's remarriage drives him from home, Max and a hobo fake their way into the Space Stewards, Cooks, and Purser's Clerks brotherhood to get an opportunity for space travel in an age when only the wealthy are privileged.

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