But to where? And when? And how can he ever get back? With the ship's pilot dead and his charts and tables all destroyed, Max must call upon all of his untested knowledge and skills in order to survive.
©2003 The Robert A. & Victoria Heinlein Prize Trust; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This story was gem. I loved the character, the 'future' that was created in the story. My only problem was the story ended just as it was getting really interesting.
Well worth a listen.
I liked that his voice was stiff and formal as I picture the main character.
First read this when I was 14 or so. Several decades later it's still a good yarn. This one has more plausibility than star beast and others. More hard (fictional) science. Guess this sort of book got be to be a physicist!
Classic science fiction by a master storyteller, with Heinlein's vivid characters---I was surprised at how well the story held up, and how entertaining it was, even after all the years since it was written.
Fun to revisit the scene of my first love of science fiction at the feet of the Grand Master. Heinlein's "juvenile" science fiction still reads as well today as it did back in the day. This one was written long before the computer came into general use though and the concomitant need for reference books and hand programming of astronomic data to lay a course between the stars forms the nugget at the center of the story. Our hero's unique talent is that he never forgets anything he has read. Thus while the Astrogator's Guild fiercely guards their bound volumes of course data, the hero having once read them, had them readily available in his head. Anyway, it was a fun read as an 8 year old and its fun to hear it again. Narration is top notch and it is a fun way to pass an otherwise boring trip to and from work for awhile. I strongly recommend it both as a look back and as a way to interest other young minds in this wonderful literary field.
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
This is one of my favorite Heinlein young readers books. If you like Heinlein you will like this!
This story stuck with me from my first read 35 years ago. it was fun to listen to again from a much different perspective.
Good story of Heinlein's especially for younger readers and those like me who enjoy a good yarn with technology and science involved.
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