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Space Cadet Paperback – October 31, 2006
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“The lively story of a group of boys--Matt and Tex, from Terra; Oscar, from Venus; Pierre, from one of Jupiter's moons; and others--who train to uphold the peace of the solar system. This account of their training and their subsequent adventures is good, colorful fiction by an author who can write it ably and entertainingly.” ―Chicago Tribune on Space Cadet
“Throughout the story there is a constant stream of Heinlein's noted wit and satire, superbly told . . . The Hugo Award committee need look no further.” ―San Francisco Chronicle on Glory Road
“Heinlein...wrote adventure stories grounded in credible scientific speculation. Even the wonderful stories collected here feature his trademark cool reasoning. . . .Superb stories - old friends, really - that are well worth the book's price.” ―Booklist on The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein
From the Publisher
Like many people, I go way, way back with Heinlein. My very favorite book (and one that stands out in my mind--and with much affection--to this day) is Tunnel in the Sky. I really, really wanted to go off to explore new worlds with a covered wagon and horses, like the hero does at the very end of the book. But one of the nice things about Robert Heinlein is that he's got something for everyone. One of my best friends has a different favorite: Podkayne of Mars. Go figure.
--Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You can't read this book without thinking of nearly anything in today's sci-fi universe: Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Babylon 5, Firefly, Halo, you name it there's hints everywhere that all come from Heinelin's seminal work.
I loved the story itself, it had great flow and a genuine sense of plotting. Enjoyable.
Space Cadet has a tight, engaging plot that begins with Matt Dodson joining the Space Cadets and ends with an adventure on Venus. Dodson is a strong character who would be especially appealing to teens--he's able to overcome self-doubt, gains maturity, and learns (while making use of a leave to visit his parents) that "you can't go home again." The only other character in the novel with any personality is Matt's fellow cadet Tex, who likes to repeat his Uncle Bodie's tall tales, adding some humor to the story. The aliens Heinlein envisions living on Venus are credible (at least by 1948 standards, and in any event more credible than most of the lizard-like aliens that dominate sf movies), and the novel has something useful to say about prejudice against those who are outwardly different.
Space Cadet hasn't lost much of its charm in the six-plus decades since its first publication. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if Amazon offered that option.
Though it was written in the 50s, it has lively dialog and a good plot and I love the fact that that RAH predicted individuals walking around talking on a pocket phone almost 50 years before they became common-place.
Great science fiction is not about predicting the future, but it is about a good mix of science, believable characters, good dialog and plot that keeps you interested all the way to the end.
To that end, Robert A. Heinlein delivers with this book and it is still a fun read years after it was written—a classic.