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To The Stars; (4 in 1) Between Planets, The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones, The Star Beast Hardcover – 2004

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  • Hardcover: 722 pages
  • Publisher: SFBC; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739442600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739442609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GRIZZLY on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This new publication combines four of The Master's juveniles from his early career in an anthology that would make a great any-occasion present for that budding young scientist and/or space pioneer, or for a life long fan as myself. I've read each of these at least a dozen times in my fifty-odd years, and there seems like something new to be discovered with each reading!

1. "Between Planets": the story of the son of interplanetary explorers who is trapped in transit attempting to return to his parents at the onset of the First Interplanetary War and winds up on the wrong planet and how he survives the ensuing chaos.

2."The Rolling Stones": A pair of genius kids are intercepted in their plans to launch their own spaceship to become the first space pirates, and, instead, their parents, along with their (in)famous grandmother, take the entire family on a vacation tour of the Solar System in their own ship.

3."The Star Beast": The trials and tribulations of John Thomas Stuart XXV, dealing with his elephantine pet Lummox, an inheritence passed down to him from one generation to the next, starting from his great-great grandfather, who had brought the Star Beast home from an interstellar expedition to an uncharted area of the galaxy. A great tale with a real surprise ending!

4."Starman Jones": A REAL runaway tale, where the hero doesn't run away to join the circus, he, along with a mysterious companion he meets on the road, finagles his way onto an interstellar passenger liner for a trip to the stars, even though he is a crew member, his voyage leads him into incredible adventure.

Even though this collection is slightly time-worn for the older reader, its' four tales are as current for todays' readers as any books newly published, and, truthfully, still a great read for any fan of the Sci-Fi genre, no matter what age they may be!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on April 5, 2009
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To the Stars (2004) is an SF omnibus, containing Between Planets, The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones and The Star Beast. These classic novels are all within the Juvenile series, a subset of the Future History universe. They involve young men who are faced with responsibilities beyond their years. Even Castor and Pollux are required to take on some responsibilities.

These tales are in internal chronological order based on the technology and political status. Between Planets takes place at the end of the stage of interplanetary colonization. The Rolling Stones occurs a few decades later. Starman Jones happens during the age of interstellar colonization. The Star Beast seems to transpire somewhat later.

Between Planets (1951) is the fifth SF novel in this series. It takes place mostly on Venus, which is the home of an alien species and many disgruntled humans. There is talk of war between Earth and the colonial planets.

In this novel, Don Harvey is a boy of several worlds. His father was born on Earth and his mother was a Venusian colonist. His papers declare him a citizen of the Federation.

Don is attending school on a ranch in New Mexico. While out riding his pony Lazy, he gets a mobile call from the headmaster. He has received a radiogram from his mother, so he immediately returns to the ranch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norman Strojny on January 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"To the Stars" (2004) contains four of Robert A. Heinlein's Juveniles. Each of these stories is worth a four star rating.

"Between Planets" (1951): Don Harvey, a teenager going to school in New Mexico, gets a message from his parents, on Mars. They want him to come to Mars. This turns out to be difficult. Don gets to Venus first, in the middle of a war!

"The Rolling Stones" (1952): Castor and Pollux Stone are teenaged twins living on the moon. They want to buy a spaceship and head off to Mars and further. It turns out that their family; father, mother, sister, brother, and grandmother; decide to buy a spaceship and invite the twins to come along. And, things happen.

"Starman Jones" (1953): Max Jones is a fatherless teenager growing up on a farm. He would like to become a spaceman. His mother re-marries and he runs away from home. He meets a rather interesting tramp, who separates Max from some of his belongings. Max continues on and gets to the nearest spaceport, where things get interesting. Max finds himself on a starship and things get even more interesting.

"The Star Beast" (1954): Lummox is a creature from another star system, who was adopted, as a small pup, by John Stuart's grandfather. Now, Lummox is, roughly, the size of two large elephants, end-to-end. Lummox gets into trouble. John Stuart tries to save him. Life gets very, very, interesting and complicated.

All four of these stories are SF adventures. "The Star Beast" is usually cited as Heinlein's most humorous story. All four stories are excellent. All of these stories are suitable for young teen-agers, who should avoid Heinlein's "adult" stories until they are adults.
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