Starman Jones

Starman Jones

by Robert A. Heinlein

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The stars were closed to Max Jones. To get into space you either needed connections, a membership in the arcane Guild, or a whole lot more money than Max, the son of a widowed, poor mother, was ever going to have. What Max does have going for him are his uncle's prized astrogation manuals--books on star navigation that Max literally commits to memory word for word, equation for equation. When Max's mother decides to remarry a bullying oaf, Max takes to the road, only to discover that his Uncle Chet's manuals, and Max's near complete memorization of them, is a ticket to the stars. But serving on a spaceship is no easy task. Duty is everything, and a mistake can mean you and all aboard are lost forever. Max loves every minute of his new life, and he steadily grows in the trust of his superior officers, and seems to be on course for a command track position. But then disaster strikes, and it's going to take every trick Max ever learned from his tough life and his uncle's manuals to save himself and the ship from a doom beyond extinction itself.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148488811
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 114,655
File size: 447 KB

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Some of his most popular works include Glory Road, as well as his controversial bestsellers Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and the short story All You Zombies. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback.

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

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Starman Jones 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Max Jones would prefer to emulate his late uncle the astrogator who flew to Beta Hydrae rather than his deceased father the Ozark farmer. Still he feels obligated to work the land to keep a roof over the head of his widow Maw; but any chance he has he reads and memorizes his uncle's astrogate texts. When Maw marries lazy Hillman Biff Montgomery, Max leaves the farm hoping to earn his way onto a space vessel though his chances are zero as that requires money or influential contacts with the Astrogators' Guild; he has neither. Max meets Sam who looks at the lad's astrogate books that he totes with him. Sam steals his books, but when they meet again near the Guild Hall, he helps both of them become crew on the Asgard starship. Due to his Uncle Chester, Max becomes an apprentice to the astrogator cell. The Astrogator head Dr. Hendrix suddenly dies; while another member of the cell Mr. Simes and the ship Captain Blaines blow the coordinates sending them into unknown space. Simes blames Max who had tried to intervene before the error. This engaging reprint of a 1953 young adult science fiction thriller is an exciting outer space thriller. The crew passes the test of time as Simes for instance failed to correct the captain out of fear for his job. Max is a terrific protagonist who holds the story line together whether he goes to Chicago, flies in space, tries to save the crew with a reverse calculation or meets Eldith. Although the on board computer is ancient history with its size and limitations, sub-genre fans will be flying in space with Starman Jones. Harriet Klausner
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another typical (great!) Heinlein YA novel about a farm boy who makes good. The main characters in this book aren't angels. They break the law - bad ones mostly - for reasons they think are sufficient (I always thought so) & reap the consequences afterward, but still come out ahead. Max is a hillbilly & has an impossible situation at home. He runs away, gets fake ID with the help of a rough, but kind stranger. He gets a job on a space ship cleaning pet cages. Menial, but honest work that he knows & does to the best of his ability. Then he gets a break & the adventure takes off.The moral message running through this book; do the right thing & do it as best you can. Think for yourself. Great book for middle school through adult.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another rollicking good read in the typical Heinllein style, this story follows the adventures of Jones, a young man with ambition to reach the stars. Light and frothy, this is a great relaxing book that won't unduly stress your brain.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been about twenty years since I last read this and I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered. It's not... it's better. Heinlein hits all the right notes in this thrilling space adventure and i believe it is the best of all his juvenile (if one can call it that) stories.
gbanville on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of Heinlein's juvenile novels. Though I think that many of them stack up well as reading material for adults. The cheif difference between these juveniles and Heinlein's adult novels is the lack of sex.One thing about this story that's rather funny is how he imagines the different rates of development of the regions of the US. He has space ports in apalatia before electricity extends to rural Arkansas. Having lived in Arkansas, I can understand how he came to that view. The themes presented here that recur in some of his other novels are:A similarity in the space voyages and encounters that seems similar to [Time for the Stars] and [Methuselah's Children]. A striking mental ability on the part of the protagonist similar to the protagonists in [The Number of the Beast] and some other later novels. (Though it might be mentioned that [The Number of the Beast] is a bit of a farce that is self-conciously using elements common to science fiction pulps and popular adventure stories. To demonstrate this note how the professor is described as pear shaped, an allusion to the type of character who needs to be rescued by the hero.)
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming farmboy-in-space adventure tale. On another level, worth reading for the historical (1953) scifi perspective on space travel (and the glaring, in retrospect, omission of computers).
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Thank you for finaly making this available as an e-book. I've been telling the publishers for almost three years to add this to the e-library.Thank you again! One of my five all time great reads!!!!!!!
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rwdavisjr More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent juvenile book. This is a book about a broken family and how the son copes with his situation when the mother remarries. It recounts his travels and tribulations and culminates in an action which launches the hero into acceptance in the adult world he has been moving towards since his first act of self-preservation on Earth.