Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.
Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds. When they are recruited by the Long Range Foundation, the twins find out that they can, indeed, peer into each other’s thoughts. Along with other telepathic duos, they are enlisted to be the human transmitters and receivers that will keep the ships in contact with Earth. But there’s a catch: one of the twins has to stay behind—and that one will grow old—while the other explores the depths of space and returns as a young man still.
©1956 ; 1983 by Robert A. Heinlein; 2003 by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“One of the superb Heinlein stories that has excitement, urbanity, humanity, rationality, pace, understanding, and is a joy to read.” (New York Times)
“Rarely has Heinlein pushed his imagination further…A vivid, stirring experience.” (Chicago Tribune)
“He showed us where the future is.” (Tom Clancy)
No, same. I just like when the perforer reads the book not performes the book.
The second planat were they lost a lot of the crew.
The main forgot his name, whoops.
No, to long for one sitting.
When I started reading this I had forgotten this was a book intended for younger readers (it was part of Robert Heinlein’s “Juveniles Series”). I can’t pretend to know whether kids these days would still like this sort of sci fi tale, but I’d imagine that they would.
The focus of the book is not interstellar action and derring do, although there is a bit of action towards the end. The book is partly about relationships, primarily twin sibling relationships. It's also about man’s efforts to explore and discover his world/universe.
The ending was somewhat more profound than I had expected it to be. Also interesting, the plot also brings the twin paradox to life.
I recommend this book if you are interested in vintage sci fi or, perhaps, the themes of discovery and sibling relationships.
[Spoiler alert: ] The book is a product of its time, and ends with the main character marrying his great-grandniece. That, I'd suggest, is a bit icky by today’s standards.
Avid listener, former reader. Especially enjoys Audiobooks on long road trips. They help us to stay alert and minimizes arguments.
Read the print copy when I was a teenager. I'm 70 now and enjoyed it as much as I did then. Heinlein has always been one of my favorite authors.
While some of his works may seem juvenile and dated now they instill fond memories of discovering science fiction for the first time that has stayed with me until the present.
Epic; Thoughtful; Immersive
In a very real way, there are only two characters that matter: Tom Bartlett and time. I think time was my favorite, and not in a bad way. Barret manages to be self-effacing enough that you can live the amazing trip through him.
Several, but they each manage to fade into the background. This is one of the few books I could re-read and be surprised again.
Old-style SF, where the plot is essentially an exploration of a facet of science: in this case, the Twin Paradox. Basic, subdue characters let the author concentrate on story over drama.
The text shows some age - always weird to hear of sarsparilla in space tales - but feels reasonable progressive for something written in 1956, which is often a sticking point.
a great story reminiscent of Tunnel in the Sky but more mature, and wonderfully well-read. I am glad these Classics remain available for the young and the young at heart.
Recently got into Heinlein's works. Stirred up some emotions in me. Good story that is kind of somber. Recommended must read/listen for sci-fi fans. But if you got onto this book, by this author... then you already know it's worth checking out.
This book was fast-paced and exciting. There were several twists I didn't see coming. There were some weird Heinlein quirks, but they were less noticeable until other reviewers pointed them out. I would re-read this. The narrator was good.
I first read this when I was 8 or 9. It is just as good now as it was, well, a long time ago. It holds up pretty well for fiction written 60 years ago. This is one you can share with kids, on a long car trip. Or, as a "reread" or good introduction to Heinlien's stories. My only trouble with the reader was his protagonists voice. I thought he made him sound too young. But, that is just the voice in my head! It may match four you. Well worth the listen.
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