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by Robert A. Heinlein,Nick Podehl

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Robert A. Heinlein,Nick Podehl
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Home Robert A. Heinlein Farmer in the Sk. Heinlein Farmer in the Sky. Home. Farmer in the sky, . 2. As he got closer I knew I had seen him before; he was on the Court of Honor, a Mr. Schultz. Dad waved to him and pretty soon he reached us. The first view I got of the Ganymede sky was a little after dawn next Sun phase. The heat trap made the sky a pale green-but Jupiter shone right through it, ruddy, orange, and big. Big and beautiful-I’ve never goffen tired of looking at Jupiter. It hangs there in the sky, never rising, never settin. nd you wonder what holds it up! Heinlein is more responsible for the development of modern science fiction than any other man! -The New Yorker. By Robert A. Heinlein. Published by Ballantine Books: BETWEEN PLANETS.

Written by Robert A. Heinlein, Audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl. Farmer In The Sky is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed

Written by Robert A. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November), under the title "Satellite Scout".

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Narrator: Nick Podehl. Heinlein about a teenage boy who emigrates with his family to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed

Narrator: Nick Podehl. Book Format: Audiobook. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in 1950 in Boys' Life magazine (August, September, October, November 1950), under the title "Satellite Scout". Farmer in the Sky - Audiobook. Digital Audio Formats.

  • Zorve
A classic view of the colonization of a moon of Jupiter, and a little about the problems that a space colonization effort in general would require as it goes from being a tightly controlled science outpost to more of a town. Relies a bit heavily on a not-very-plausible giant energy shield, which was kind of a sloppy assumption even when this book was written, but the plot is interesting anyway.

As with the other juvenile I reviewed recently ("The Rolling Stones") this one is interesting and maybe suited to younger SF readers even today, but it's not Heinlein's best work. If you want a better Heinlein young-protagonist book see "Tunnel In the Sky" or "Citizen Of the Galaxy".
  • Sironynyr
I enjoyed this story on audiobook more than “Methuselah’s Children” and “The Martian Chronicles” on audiobook, which I gave 3 stars. It’s also better than “The Door Into Summer” and “Rocket Ship Galileo” on audiobook, which I gave 4 stars.

“Farmer In The Sky” is a great 5 star sci-fi audiobook in a class with “Have Space Suit Will Travel” (both are Heinlein at his best), and “Tom Corbett Space Cadet: A Radio Dramatization,” which is a fun short story. They all have that great sense of awe, adventure, and excitement about space that existed back in the fifties and sixties.

If you want to immerse yourself in the fifties and sixties space race I recommend reading “Space” (1982) by James A. Michener, then watch the movie “The Right Stuff” (1983), and the TV shows “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998) and “The Astronaut Wives Club” (2015). Fun stuff.

And if you haven’t read “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein I recommend it. It’s not like the movie. It’s the story that motivated me to read everything I could get my hands on by Heinlein when I was in Junior High School. About Heinlein, I love the stories he wrote in the fifties and sixties, but after that his stories didn’t entertain me.
  • Zeus Wooden
"Farmer in the Sky" is another one of Heinlein's excellent novels. It is set in the "Heinlein solar system" which means Venus and Mars have life. It is about a family trying to be homesteaders on Ganymede as it orbits Jupiter. The descriptions of the sky from the surface of Ganymede are some of the best parts of this well written and engaging stories.

If you were ever a Boy Scout, there are some parts of this book which will be a delight to you as well.

Just a caution, when considering a Robert Heinlein book, check the original publishing date. His works from the 1950s are some of the very best. His later works, from the 1970s or 80s are often just not up to the standard he set in his better period.

I give Farmer in the Sky a grade of A-.
  • Mightdragon
LOVED this book, it's my favorite of Heinlein's juveniles. I bought a copy for my nephew as well for his birthday, and he claims it's the best book he's ever read. It's a fascinating story of a boy and his family moving to the moon Ganymede as colonists, and joining a farming community there. I'll spare you further details to avoid spoilers... but... this is forward looking, futuristic Science Fiction at it's very best, from the grand master himself.
  • ZEr0
First, I should say that, although Farmer in the Sky is one of Heinlein's "juvenile" works, I still enjoyed it a great deal as an adult reader. The plot was satisfying, the writing was succinct and the emphasis on personal responsibility is as helpful to an adult as to a teenager.

That being said, I do wish that I had read this when I was younger. Too much of the young adult literature that I remember was built around intrigue, destruction and escapism so that, while it may have been entertaining, it wasn't particularly useful. The self-improving example of Heinlein's protagonist is one that any young person could benefit from seeing in print.

Heinlein's protagonist provides a real example to younger readers and his focus on personal growth as well as tangible accomplishments struck me as very healthy and positive. It was simply nice to read a well-written book about an ordinary young person who creates something through sheer dint of personal effort rather than a protagonist who is only noteworthy through accident of birth or the freak acquisition of superpowers.

Also, kudos to Baen for including a very informative and understandable essay at the end of the book explaining the science involved.
  • Jeyn
Teenager Bill Lermer travels to Ganymede with his father, and his new step-mother and step-sister. Readers get a Bill's-eye view of a future resource-depleted Earth; life on board an interplanetary colony ship; dirt-level terraforming of Ganymede; and the challenges of adolescence. The latter include adjusting to his blended family, conflicts with others his age, and finding the right distance to maintain from girls.

This novel originally appeared as a serial in Boy's Life magazine. There is a strong Boy Scout influence in the story which blends well with the frontier setting and skills needed to survive in it. This is classic Robert Heinlein science fiction from the 1950s. The science is dated, but charmingly so. The adventure of space colonization nicely parallels the main character's coming of age.

One disappointed observation--the story could have gone on longer or easily supported a sequel. It's odd that a prolific writer like Heinlein did not follow up with one. Perhaps some detail of the licensing arrangement with Boy's Life explains this.
  • Livina
I read this book as a child, and recently bought yet another copy to give to a young reader. I like the book because it talks about ecology, and farming, and striving when the going gets tough. Do I think we are likely to colonize Ganymede? Not any time in the near future. That really doesn't matter. Heinlein encouraged a whole generation of young scientists and engineers to study harder as kids, and I'm hoping he'll encourage a few more generations in the same way. Heinlein's views on sex are somewhat strange, but they don't come into this book.