The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

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One of Heinlein’s Best-Loved Works. By “One of the most influential writers in American literature.” —The New York Times Book Review.

The rollicking adventures of the Stone Family on a tour of the Solar System. It all statred when the twins, Castor and Pollux Stone, decided that life on the Lunar colony was too dull and decided to buy their own spaceship and go into business for themselves. Their father thought that was a fine, idea, except that he and Grandma Hazel bought the spaceship and the whole Stone Family were on their way out into the far reaches of the Solar System, with stops on Mars(where the twins got a lesson in the interplanetary economics of bicycles and the adorable little critters called flatcats who, it turned out, bred like rabbits; or perhaps, Tribbles....), out to the asteroids, where Mrs. Stone, an M.D., was needed to treat a dangerous outbreak of disease, even further out, to Titan and beyond.

Unforgettable Heinlein characters on an unforgettable adventure.

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world".

- Stephen King

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933322315
Publisher: Full Cast Audio
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein was greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels haveen translated into every literate language on the globe-over 25 million Heinlein books are in print in this country alone. For five decades, young readers of science fiction discovered Heinlein, then goneon to voraciously devour every Heinlein book they can get their hands on. His now-legendary Stranger in a Strange Land was the first hardcover bestseller by a science fiction writer. From 1975 on ,every new Heinlein novel made the New York Times best-sellers list and shipped a million copies, including The Number of the Beast, Friday, Job: A Comedy of Justice, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record for almost four decades. For the last three generations of readers, Heinlein is science fiction.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

Table of Contents

1. The Unheavenly Twins2. A Case for Dramatic License3. The Second-Hand Market4. Aspects of Domestic Engineering5. Bicycles and Blast-Off6. Ballistics and Buster7. In the Gravity Well8. The Mighty Room9. Assets Recoverable10. Phobos Port11. "Welcome to Mars!"12. Free Enterprise13. Caveat Vendor14. Flat Cats Factorial15. "Inter Jovem at Martem Planetam Interposui"16. Rock City17. Flat Cats Financial18. The Worm in the Mud19. The Endless Trail

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Rolling Stones 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Stone family of seven consists of a grandma, two parents, three sons and one daughter living on the moon. The middle kids, teen twins Castor and Pollux, are tired of their bossy older sister and their nosy younger brother. They decide to make money as independent space traders by buying a vessel and flying to the Asteroids. Dad says no insisting they go to an earth bound school and get an education; but Grandma Hazel supports their daring scheme with one annoying (at least to the twins) modification; the magnificent seven band together on this solar system venture.

The entire family leaves their moon based home for Mars and beyond. The septet continually argues and has spats, but come together when emergencies arise. For instance the twins almost fail to leave Mars as they break the law angering the Martians when they tried to skip out on the import tax after selling bikes; Grandma Hazel saves their respective butts. When they reach the Asteroid Belt, Grandmother Hazel and the youngest Lowell vanish. The remaining Stones in a frenzy search for the missing pair.

This exciting middle school science fiction focuses on the family who fly the solar system together stay together. The seven Stones are each fully developed with unique characteristics. Their escapdes at their lunar home, on Mars, and the Asteroid Belt make for a fun trip through space. Young adult fans will get plenty of satisfaction from the reprint of Robert A. Heinlein¿s ROLLING STONES.

Harriet Klausner
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lunar family decided to travel between planets for a change of scenery. The family consists of dad, mom, grandma, teenage twin sons, young adult daughter, and young son. Written in the 1950's it is family friendly but stereotypes women. Scientific terms abound. If you are a Star Trek fan you will see some where some of the ST episode ideas originated.
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sure liked this as a kid. The source of the Star Trek tribbles, IMHO. Nothing terribly deep, but good fun.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The family Stone goes Rolling across the solar system to see what they can see. Tough and wise Grandma Hazel, Captain and Doctor Stone, daughter Meade, irascible twins Castor and Pollux, and baby Lowell have all kinds of interesting adventures in space. Despite the excess of mathematics and ballistics, this is a very readable and exciting tale. Taking place a few decades after the revolt of Luna in ¿The Moon is a Harsh Mistress¿, we are able to infer how the Free State has matured, and also become a place where pioneering souls are anxious to strike out from. Except for Meade, who doesn¿t have much of a storyline, the family is full of interesting characters with strong personalities. Also, I really really want a Martian `Flat Cat.¿ (I recommend you read ¿The Moon is a Harsh Mistress¿ prior to this.)
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SparksSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the late 60's. Probably 5th or 6th grade. With the Apollo missions going on still I felt that by the time I graduated from High School we would be living on the moon and I would be an going to college in space. Of course that was not the case but this story reminds me of the dream and looks back at a time when people looked out for each other and enjoyed life to its fullest. Not as dated as I would have thought but the technology is nothing like we have today. Spooling voice and sending it to the radio drama network...very early 50's not even TV. I enjoyed reading this again. Similar to what John Varley has done with the Red planet makes you want to get up and go...into space.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a stingy old man that hates every thing. Also i have acne.