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Farmer in the Sky | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Farmer in the Sky

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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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".

©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-10-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "A Heinlein Juvenile"

    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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    Anika Page NSW Australia 01-31-14
    Anika Page NSW Australia 01-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent teen fiction"
    If you could sum up Farmer in the Sky in three words, what would they be?

    His finest work.


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest of Heinlenns junenile fiction, and quite possibly the best book he ever wrote. No annoying politics, just TANSTAAFL, ecology and the most excellent of people. I see it as examples of great role models for people to emulate. I have both read and listened to this countless times and it never gets old.

    The most essential book of the Heinlenn library.

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    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13
    Ma Hen Atlanta, GA 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sentimental journey"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a thing. He sounds just like Bill should.


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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 12-12-12
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "the reader must be new. looses the story"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Nick Podehl?

    Heinlein, Yes! Nick Podehl, NO!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Farmer in the Sky?

    the aftermath of the line up of the planets


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Podehl’s performances?

    No. not until he has more training


    Do you think Farmer in the Sky needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Heinlein is gon.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick performed this book outstandinly. He is one of the best. I have to be more careful about verifying readers from one foremat to another.

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    Pete Briarcliff Manor, NY 07-09-12
    Pete Briarcliff Manor, NY 07-09-12
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    "Growing up on Ganymede"
    Where does Farmer in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a great fan of Heinlein Juveniles so I rate this audio copy highly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Farmer in the Sky?

    Probably the 'moon quake' and its aftermath.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Bill, the lead. A typically competent (with guidance from convenient father figures, as usual, in H's juveniles) Heinlein YA character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though I didn't have the time to do so. It is a book I will listen to again and again, as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Heinlein juveniles (except for Podkayne of Mars) and while this books has structural 'problems' with the final sequence kind of seemingly tacked on (but interesting in itself). I had forgotten how good this particular Heinlein Juvenile was -- it's not at the very top of my list of the best of these books -- until I listened to it this time.

    Great stuff!

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    Doug halifax, NS, Canada 06-15-12
    Doug halifax, NS, Canada 06-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Competent telling of a good story."

    The story stands on its own merits; it is one of his better juveniles, but not his best. As usual, he has interesting characters and makes you think about the science and engineering of what is going on in a natural way, without detracting from the entertaining and compelling characters, and the solid plot. The narrator did a nice job, and let the story roll along without being melodramatic. He also did a nice job of giving the characters unique voices.

    I liked it, almost as much as I enjoyed the book.

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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2002

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "great book from RAH"

    great book but the performance version may be better for early listeners. This was one of RAH stories that were run as a serial in Boys Life in the 40s and 50s so is quite appropriate for young listeners. great listen!

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    Glj Monroe, WI, United States 05-24-12
    Glj Monroe, WI, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good blend of vision and facts"
    What made the experience of listening to Farmer in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    The exploration of various personality types and illustration that most don't want or can't participate in what it takes to 'farm'. Heinleins blend of common understanding of technique and fully exploring what it would take to get to square 1 of that common definition of farming was incite-full for all readers (at least thought provoking). Adding in the various personality types to the colony further emphasized how much talent was possessed by the successful farmer (in the colony)


    What other book might you compare Farmer in the Sky to and why?

    'Stranger in a Strange Land' - kind of a polar opposite of the themes presented. A fine pair to showcase Heinlein's range.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    A fine voice ranging from young to old and female voices were quite believable. Inflections changed as one personality moved to another. Good job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/a - I don't think this would be ,"Hollywood" material


    Any additional comments?

    "farmer..." wasn't my favorite Heinlein book, but that being said - still worth the read.

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    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 05-19-12
    Phillip St. Joseph, MI, United States 05-19-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "Yipee!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Farmer in the Sky to be better than the print version?

    I'm seriously glad they are doing more Heinlein! He's my favorite author from when I was a kid, now my kids love him too!


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    Terri B in ME United States 05-14-12
    Terri B in ME United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Terri B in ME

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    "Classic Heinlein all the way."

    If you like Heinlein, you'll enjoy this. I'm glad that the estate is releasing more and more of his stories on audio!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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