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Ganny Knits A Spaceship [Kindle Edition]

David Gerrold
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Book Description

You’re out in the asteroid belt. You need a spaceship. All you have is a ball of yarn, a roll of plastic wrap and a knitting needle. What do you do? You knit yourself a spaceship. This marvelous short novel for young adults shows how the laws of physics and a little applied ingenuity can take you a very long way—all the way to Mars and back. Written by the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of "The Trouble With Tribbles," "The Man Who Folded Himself," and "The Martian Child."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DG Media (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RJ17FW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Yarn's a Real Purl January 4, 2013
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To be fair, the "ball of yarn, a roll of plastic wrap and a knitting needle" mentioned in the book description are high-tech futuristic equivalents of what you'd ordinarily think of. The knitting is considerably more complex than the simple "knit one, purl two" your Aunt Matilda used to make your mittens when you were five years old. But the basic idea that inspired Ganny is the same, just updated for a time when people are living on Luna, Mars and the asteroid belt.

If you like stories that explain how people might live in the future, how they might move goods around the Solar System and how spaceships and habitats are made, this is a story you'll like. If you like stories of what it's like to be a person living in future environments and how that changes, or doesn't change, the ways people interact with each other, you'll like this tale. If you like both, well, even better.

The story is told from the point of view of Starling, a brilliant teenager being raised on a whirligig, a space station in the asteroid belt that catches incoming payloads and sends them off to their ultimate destinations. She meets a young guy from Earth online and they share experiences. Advances in technology lead to big changes for the future of interplanetary commerce and her grandparents make big plans in response; plans they'd like to keep secret. As Starling learns more about the ways of humans, business and politics, she begins to wonder if her cyber-boyfriend is everything he says he is. Is he really a human, or is he a data-mining bot? Who can she trust?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story about perceptions May 15, 2011
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David Gerrold is well known for imaginative ideas, his hard fiction, and the depth of human interactions. This story is no exception. He delves into the science of space flight quite deeply, and on the surface that is the primary focus.

But it is also very much about relationships, and perceptions of those relationships. The heroine of this story has an internet relationship with a boy, along with a close personal relationship with her grandparents.

What she learns during this process is that people are not always who and what you think they are. Finding the truth brings many surprises -- not just with her internet crush, but also with her grandparents. I do not want to ruin the surprises for you. Buy the book and find out the details yourself.

The book also explores the cultural differences which would develop between "dirtside" and "starside" cultures. You can see the political and human background of the entire solar system poke through the discussion. There is a LOT to cover in so few words. I really hope David Gerrold comes out with a sequel -- or several of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK! March 25, 2011
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This is not a novel - it falls somewhere between a long short story and a novella - but it is a wonderful quick read full of the imaginative science and interesting future vision we've come to expect from David Gerrold. At the end of the story, David a*l*m*o*s*t promises us a sequel - I hope that happens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK read - wish there was more December 19, 2013
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My first exposure to Gerrold's short stories (I am ashamed to admit that I am so poorly read). It was a good start to a story and I do hope he decides to continue on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun. science. and puns! December 3, 2013
What more can you want? A good story is here, too! The author at his best, teaching and making you smile & turn pages!
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