Space Cadet

Space Cadet

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Overview

Matt Dodson reports to the Colorado base of the Interplanetary Patrol, a new cadet with a fierce desire to become a member of the Patrol, which for over a century has kept the peace throughout the Solar System. Matt and fellow cadets soon leave the Earth base for training on Terra Station, where they learn, among other things, astrogation, survival skills, alien languages and how to maneuver in outer space. Matt loves the Patrol and finds, upon returning for a visit to his family in Iowa, that his real "home" is no longer on Earth.

When a call for help comes from a ship stranded on Venus, Matt is among the cadets chosen to accompany the Patrol Captain on this rescue mission. What they discover after they land on Venus is not what they expected... The cadets and their captain are taken prisoner, and the "rescue" signal came from Matt's old nemesis. Matt and his fellow cadets must learn to negotiate with the Venusians after their Captain is seriously injured. What seemed like a short and exciting adventure to another planet becomes a grueling experience, and the cadets' diplomatic as well as engineering skills and ingenuity are sorely tested.

Robert A. Heinlein's wit and exuberance are on full display here. Published in 1948, long before other writers even imagined cellphones or hydraulic mattresses (waterbeds), readers can enjoy the lively dialog and inventiveness that are hallmarks of Heinlein's work.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151151412
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 87,457
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America. www.virginiaedition.com

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California

Education:

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

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Space Cadet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Follow young Matt Dodson as he enters the academy in hopes of becoming a Space Cadet. Matt makes friends with Tex, who always has amusing tales about his Uncle Bodie, and a few others, as lessons are learned ... usually the hard way. ................... Space Cadets are the elite guard of the solar system. They accept missions others fear, take risks no others dare, and uphold the peace of the solar system for the benefit of all. (Much like the Jedi Order!) This novel will take you from Earth, to Mars, to Venus, and beyond. Matt and his friends are tested in the most severe and extraordinary ways that will change them forever, but still not prepare them for the alien treacheries that await. ............. **** If you have never read a novel by Robert A. Heinlein, then please keep in mind that this was written in the year 1948. The author renewed the copyright in 1975. I stress this because even though the story begins in July 2075, there are a few references to events that supposably happened in OUR past, such as the notation of the person who created the Patrol's Tradition who lived 1969 - 1996. ............. The fact that Robert A. Heinlein's novels are still being published today clearly expresses how outstanding readers find his science fiction novels. Once you read this, or any other novel by Heinlein, you will have no doubt as to how the man came about being crowned 'The Master of Science Fiction'. ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has stood the test of time.
thomasJamo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one of Heinlein's juvenile books written for adolescent boys. I didn't much care for this book because it moves kinda slowly, but it's not awful. If you're a Heinlein fan it's worth checking out. I wouldn't buy it, but it's definitely worth a trip to the library if you are a hard core Heinlein fan. But this one goes near the bottom of my Heinlein list.
jsnrcrny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book today, I find it pleasurable because it reflects an optimistic worldview of the 1950s (although there is the underlying, overtly stated threat of nuclear annihilation). The main character is an intelligent young man who is patriotic and respects authority figures, as he is a member of a military organization, the patrol. Because of the cultural distance, I tend to experience the main character somewhat awkwardly because he marginalizes a lot of perspectives-that of women, in particular. After a few of his juveniles, you come to expect this kind of man-centered vision from Heinlein (like many of the hard-line SF writers--Asimov, Clarke, Campbell), but for some reason I'm not offended by it. Heinlein's other novels, Stranger in a Strange Land, particularly, remind me that Heinlein was a forward thinker. Despite his representation of the main's character's mother (she's portrayed as a non-scientific fool), it's an inspiring story with some stimulating hard science in it. I guess I can place his work in their time and enjoy them. The cohesion of his worldview in this novel calms my very literal mind.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
This is another of Heinlein’s young adult novels and far from his best. It is vaguely reminiscent of Starship Troopers in that our hero, Matt, is in military training—in this case in the Patrol. The Patrol has maintained the peace in the solar system for a hundred years by threatening to nuke the cities of nations who break the peace. This is classic Heinlein who was clearly a strong believer in the threat of punishment (and actual physical punishment) as a way of teaching proper behavior. The novel is about educating young men to take on honorable work to maintain the peace. I didn’t feel it was nearly as effective as others of his young adult books. The storyline was only modestly engaging and while most of his novels are extremely re-readable, I can’t see myself reading this one again. If I ever do, I’ll up the poor rank by one star.
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Mikee69 More than 1 year ago
I wish that Mr. Heinlien knew how much he did infulen the future, or maybe he did, for anuone who has not been yet exposed to one of the greast minds ever to ply pen to paper, you are in for a mind blowing experience. these books were concieved 80 years ago...
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