Farmer In The Sky is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November), under the title "Satellite Scout".
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My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
GRAMMER SCHOOL CALCULUS
Entertaining, especially after they get to Ganymede. I love most of Heinlein's juvenile books. They are usually upbeat with a can do attitude and they often emphasis education. TRY IT ON YOUR SLIDE RULE
WOMEN HAVE THIER UPS AND DOWNS, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT.
Written in 1950, besides being dated it is a little politically incorrect. NO SORE HEADS, NO WEAK SISTERS.
SCIENTISTS CHANGE THIER THEORIES OFTEN
Wish we could get that through the head of those today, that always think a theory is the same as proven fact.
PIONEERS NEED GOOD NEIGHBORS
This is an adventure story into space. Imagine living on Ganymede and having most of the sky filled with Jupiter. Heinlein explains what the sky looks like, how they gave the planet an atmosphere and how to make the soil fertile. It might have a little too many science facts for some, but I can see how it would get young people excited enough to study science.
I likes the character development and it had a Hemingway - esque emphasis on self reliance and survival on one's own merit
Heinlein's approach to the characters is fresh and personal
detail of the story itself
Bill the main character
I first read Farmer in the Sky about sixty years ago. As I listened to it just now, I realized how much this book, originally published in 1950, and others like it, were instrumental in sparking my lifelong interest in science and space travel.
Robert Heinlein, along with others with names like Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and Sturgeon was among the writers from the so called "Golden Age." of Science Fiction.
Although much of the science in this book is now dated and obsolete, a lot of it was amazingly prescient. It is about a teenaged boy whose family left Earth to join a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter.
Farmer in the Sky was written for young people over a decade before Alan Shepherd was the first American to "blast off" to the edge of outer space.
I have little doubt that many of the scientists and engineers who made that possible were inspired by books like this one.
This is a book without an ending. There is no conclusion or explanation for anything.
It's a typical Heinlein Juvenille work.
Space Cadet also by Heinlein
Nick is a master of accents and voices. At one point, I was asking myself---is that the same guy?
The concept of terraforming and colonizing our solar system. I read this book when I was in my teens - a looong time ago in other words. In my heart I always hoped that these opportunities would be available in my lifetime. How sad that we have the runaway population growth and the hunger that goes along with it, but not the ability to expand our living space - into space.
This was written quite a while ago and in some respects has not aged well. But it was written for a Scouting magazine in the vernacular of the time. The concept is more timely than ever. If Heinlein were writing it now I'm sure he would revise some of the technical details but human nature hasn't changed and the motivations of the characters to be pioneers would be much the same, I think.
Not a thing. He sounds just like Bill should.
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3.5 stars. Originally posted at FanLit.
I used to be a fan of Robert A. Heinlein???s ???Juveniles??? when I was a kid. I give Heinlein much of the credit for turning me into a speculative fiction lover at a young age.
Farmer in the Sky took me back to my childhood ??? when I loved to think about riding in spaceships while most girls were thinking about riding horses. In this story, Earth is overcrowded and food is rationed, so 16 year old Bill and his father George decide to emigrate to Ganymede, one of Jupiter???s moons. There???s a new colony on Ganymede and they???re struggling to survive as Earth, to ease its population tensions, keeps sending spaceship-loads of new settlers. Terraforming Jupiter???s moons is a difficult and dangerous enterprise, but Bill is determined to succeed by making his own farm productive. The skills he learned in Boy Scouts prove to be helpful for this and other tasks he undertakes to help his new colony.
You can???t get much more exciting than taking a spaceship to Ganymede to build a new colony, so youngsters looking for speculative adventure will surely enjoy Farmer in the Sky. But I think the book is also appealing to kids who enjoy frontier stories such as Little House on the Prairie. In addition to homesteading skills, they???ll learn a bit of science, too.
Though Bill is having a life-changing experience, he???s still easy to relate to. He???s a normal kid with normal kid desires and problems ??? he???s concerned about his Boy Scout uniform and badges, he???s mourning the death of his mother and upset about his father???s new relationship, he doesn???t like girls, and he has to deal with bullies and a few stupid adults. During the course of the story, Bill experiences both triumph and tragedy, and the reader feels them, too.
Brilliance Audio???s version was read by Nick Podehl who does a great job reading stories with young men as protagonists (e.g., Patrick Rothfuss???s KINGKILLER CHRONICLE). When I see Nick Podehl???s name on the cover, I know it???s going to be a great audio production.
A shorter version of Farmer in the Sky was originally serialized in Boy???s Life magazine in the fall of 1950 under the title ???Satellite Scout,??? so that gives you a good sense of its target audience. However, I recommend Farmer in the Sky for both teens and adults who love a good wholesome SF adventure. Farmer in the Sky was published as a novel in 1953 and won the Retro Hugo award.
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