I just love Variable Star, And Spider Roberson is great. The story has a good plot. But there is a small problem. I do not believe Robert A. Heinlein every used four letter words in his other story, and if he had finished this one I do not think he would have used them in Variable Star. Beside that, I think it a great book.
I think that Spider Robinson should read all of his and Robert Heinlein's books to us! Not only is he a great writer but he reads with the passion of a true fan. And when he's reading his own works I can truly hear the characters come to life. Thank you Spider! Thank you!
Spider Robinson, ruined a story started by Heinlein. Don't waste your time, the spider is horrible.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This felt like real Heinlein. If you are a fan, it is a must read. It is also contemporary, which is nice, since much of Heinlein has aged awkwardly. I enjoyed the story. The science sucks...but otherwise this was interesting, enjoyable, and funny.
Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.
So, I couldv'e done without the very short political shots taken, but beyond that, this book is awesome. Spider's narration is melodic enough for you to think you'll doze off, but the story flows beautifully from his lips and you find yourself deeply involved in Joel's (Main Character)life. This book held my attention better than any other I have listened to.
At the most traumatic moment in this book It hit so hard that the blood drained from my face and a tear sprang to my eye. It was heart wrenching even though only fiction.
Although the basic story was R A Heinlein's, this was truly a great Spider Robinson Book.
If you listen to this as a Heinlein book (as I started doing) you'll likely be disappointed. If you listen to it as what it is, a Spider Robinson book based on Heinlein's notes, (as I ended up doing) you'll probably love it.
Spider Robinson and the Heinlein Foundation didn't intend this to be a Heinlein book, so don't blame either if you try to make it that - it's pure Spider Robinson; however, I think he captures the the spirit of Heinlein throughout.
And yeah, he sings a bit, but come on it's not THAT terrible. Suck it up and just deal with the minute or two and enjoy the overall story. And yeah, there are the terrible Spider Robinson puns, but the same goes for those.
I did find one lengthy and very out of context current cultural reference extremely annoying. Almost to the point I stopped listening (I love what it is based on, but if you recognize it, you'll know what I mean); however, upon finding out Spider is now a Canadian citizen, I forgave him as the item in question should be a Canadian national treasure.
Bottom line, keep in mind what it really is and it's a great book.
Spider does a wonderful job of building great a science fiction tale, very thought provoking, which brings me to the one flaw in the story. If you were going to send some people off on a 44+ year trip to colonize a far off planet, you would assure the success of the venture by excluding members that are solely homosexual as non-breeders. Spider gives in to political correctness by not doing so.
This book is terrible. When Heinlein is bad, he is tedius. As for the completion written by ... who cares, he just has to inject his leftwing, hate Bush, the West created terrorism, etc. What a jerk. The narrator is AWFUL, and his singing is ghastly. Save your money.