• Title: Citizen of the Galaxy
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Citizen of the Galaxy In the Far Future young Thorby is sold in a slave market to an old beggar who is than he seems to be and Thorby takes part in many adventures as he climbs the ladders of power and learns the truth of
    In the Far Future, young Thorby is sold in a slave market to an old beggar who is than he seems to be and Thorby takes part in many adventures as he climbs the ladders of power and learns the truth of his own identity A suspenseful tale of adventure, coming of age and interstellar conflict by science fiction s Grand Master Not only America s premier writer of specuIn the Far Future, young Thorby is sold in a slave market to an old beggar who is than he seems to be and Thorby takes part in many adventures as he climbs the ladders of power and learns the truth of his own identity A suspenseful tale of adventure, coming of age and interstellar conflict by science fiction s Grand Master Not only America s premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world Stephen King There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein Dean Koontz One of the most influential writers in American Literature The New York Times Book Review Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes The New York Times Heinlein has the ability to see technologies just around the bend That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time The Philadelphia Inquirer One of the grand masters of science fiction The Wall Street JournalRobert 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.

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    1. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A, Heinlein was first published in 1957 and is generally considered one of his juvenile novels as Scribner’s published it. An astute reader of Heinlein, though, may consider that this was published just a year before Have Space Suit—Will Travel, the last of the Scribner’s juveniles, in the same year as The Door Into Summer and only four years before Stranger in a Strange Land, so his transition from the more typical pure science bildungsroman of his earlier [...]

    2. Some of my all-time favorite sci-fi novels were written by Robert Heinlein. Some of the worst, stupidest, most incoherent, hipper-than-thou sci-fi novels were also written by Robert Heinlein. So every time I check out a Heinlein from the library, it is with great trepidation. I am happy to say that Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the first category – a good Heinlein. It is creative, likeable, possibly even inspiring. The hero, Thorby, is one of his better characters. A lot of things happen to [...]

    3. Somehow I had managed (over the decades) to miss this Heinlein novel. It like so many others is in many ways a masterpiece. We begin with a young boy who's a slave. His memories of who or what he was before his slavery are essentially nil. On the block he still shows some spirit, enough to get him cuffed. But he doesn't sell. Being young, small and scrawny no one seems willing to put in the time and money it would take to train him up into a useful slave No one buys him that is until a local beg [...]

    4. This book was incredibly jarring. I felt like Robert Heinlein had a good ideaen he had another oneen he had another one. And since he liked all three of them, he decided "What the Hell!" and combined them. The book features a boy named Thorby. At the beginning of the book, he is sold as a slave to a beggar man. The beggar man (surprise) turns out to be more then he appears. He trains up Thorby and turns him into a super smart and clever beggar.Then he is murdered. We don't know why. I'm serious. [...]

    5. Highly regarded as one of the best of Heinlein’s juvies, Citizen of the Galaxy is indeed, for the most part, worthy of the praise that has been heaped upon it. I do have one qualm with this novel; it seems to lack a nemesis, or antagonist. There is quite a bit that happens – but to what end? There are no “bad guys” so it’s a bit bland at times. The slavers, and slavery, are the closest the novel ever comes to real conflict, but that is handled in such a peripheral fashion that there is [...]

    6. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. My second favorite Heinlein novel after The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Good writing, excellent characters and an interesting plot. Recommended!!

    7. Originally published on my blog here in August 1999.At one stage of his career, Heinlein wrote a series of novels aimed at what is now termed the "young adult" market; Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the best of these. This is partly because it has something of a message yet is still entertaining escapism.The moral is hardly a revolutionary one; it has been pretty generally accepted throughout the twentieth century. It can be summed up as "slavery is evil", and though mainly concerned with slave [...]

    8. Citizen of the Galaxy is a throw back to the days when a complete story could be told in 250 pages or less. A nice 3 Star diversion to a simpler time in SciFi, when "atomics" were all the rage and everyone had them, strictly for defense you know. Heinlein tells a tale of a young lad, sold as a slave to an old beggar--who is not what he seems. The boy grows and has adventures as he goes on a mission for the old beggar that will journey through several different cultures. Heinlein paints 3 differe [...]

    9. It just took me fifty years to finish this book.Yes, it's true, I started this when I was about nine or ten. I had checked it out from the library and I was immediately immersed in the story of the young slave bought by a crippled beggar. But, the life of a ten year old got in the way. And, I had to play baseball, and I had to learn commerce, which I did by trading, marbles, baseball cards, stamps and comics and learned the painful but necessary lessons of childhood like never trade a puree for [...]

    10. I've read a LOT of Heinlein, and this book doesn't read as much like a "typical" Heinlein book as others I've read. The main character is very serious --yes, he was a slave, but usually Heinlein books involve a certain witty dialogue that this character lacked.That said, it was still an amazing book. We meet Thorby as he's being unloaded from a slave ship, and follow him through his life from there on. He's adopted by a begger/slave trade fighter in disguise, Baslim, who he calls Pop. From there [...]

    11. "Freedom is a hard habit to break." Geared more toward a YA audience (before there was such a distinct genre categorizing of said audience), Citizen of the Galaxy centers around the theme of slavery, cultural development, and the meaning of freedom. It follows a young boy named Thorby—an unbroken slave being sold on a distant planet—as he is purchased by an old beggar. This beggar is far more than he seems, and recognizes in Thorby not only his future potential, but the possibility that he [...]

    12. I liked this book less and less, the more I listened to it (be warned: the narrator's accents are occasionally awful) and after I finished it, the more I thought and read about it. There is a dusting of libertarian thought, not a philosophy I personally find very attractive - an anthropologist with a hideous southern accent - remember, I was listening to this - spouts some libertarian thought about mid-way through that made me scratch my head. There are some antiquated views on women (the spaces [...]

    13. This is the first of Heinlein's books I've come across. An intriguing set up, but with far to little focus applied to the last 7 chapters. I felt as though I had an in depth experience with the first portion of the book, and suddenly was reading the sparknotes for the later half of the novel. The book was a jarring mass of implied plot lines and then unaddressed instances. At the end of the book the only conclusions I came away with were strictly based on my own guesses and speculation at how th [...]

    14. The story of a slave boy who becomes free and grows up, making his way through the Galaxy.This is a thoroughly enjoyable science fiction book.There isn't much character development, which is a little lame, because it is a story of a young man growing up.However, the Heinlein's galaxy provides an interesting allegory for many human institutions such as government, free trade, education, and slavery.The anti-slavery argument presented in this novel is more than just a condemnation of slavery as "r [...]

    15. With the latest juvenile in the series of rereads (after Time for the Stars) we’re back to that now-common Heinlein bildungsroman. Citizen is a tale that begins with a relatively uneducated young man and shows that with a suitable education, administered through an appropriate mentor, good can make a difference.The plot of the book is in three main parts. In the first, a boy we later know as Thorby is bought and brought up by a crippled beggar, Baslim. Despite Baslim’s disabilities, Thorby i [...]

    16. 'm trying to get someone to pay me to write about this so I'll just use this as a placeholder, but in case I forget to fill that place I didn't love it. There's a freshness to Heinlein which is characteristic of that era of sci-fi writers, where the territory is so uncharted that things don't feel cliché, but I thought ultimately its moral vision is likewise kind of infantile, and some of the writing is just not great, any way you look at it. Drop.

    17. This book starts out with a beggar buying a young slave boy for very little money and might set certain expectations in one's mind, but the beggar isn't all he seems to be and it's one of the best things that could happen to the boy.This is one of Heinlein's better juvenile novels. It really breaks down into three distinct parts. The first two are excellent, but the third (and final) part comes across as rushed and kind of thrown together. It's a problem with many of his novels, but most (includ [...]

    18. Robert A. Heinlein ought to be required reading. He thinks differently and through his imaginitive universes, plays out his lines of though into conceivable, possible futures. Here he is dealing with a humanity that is wide spread across the universe, interacting with alien species and creating and adapting to cultures far beyond the imaginations of most, but he doesn't spend time in the wild, huge, mind bending sci fi details, he focuses on the life of a young boy who is forced to adapt to seve [...]

    19. I have a friend who contends that this is the greatest sci-fi book for young adults ever published. While I certainly agree that this is a fine book for that (and all) ages, particularly as it may be a useful teaching tool for certain history, social studies, and civics classes, I still think "Ender's Game" takes the cake.The characters are well thought out and the plot is solid. I think there could be more galaxy gallivanting, maybe a few more episodes for young Thorby, but at the same time the [...]

    20. Citizen of the Galaxy was the first scifi I ever read. In elementary school I simply read everything available but in middle school the contents of the school library changed. Suddenly there were baby romances for girls and westerns and war novels for boys. The sexism didn't especially bother me -- eading books from the other side of the line was the least of things I got teased about -- none of the stories were particularly good. I could guess what was going to happen long before the end. Borin [...]

    21. 4.5 starsRobert A. Heinlein’s best books are those he wrote for kids, and Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the best of those. Originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1957, this is an anthropological adventure story with strong libertarian and anti-slavery themes.We first meet Thorby, a young belligerent orphaned slave boy, as he has just landed on an unfamiliar planet and is on the auction block. Nobody wants him — he’s too feisty — but he is eventually sold for a pittance [...]

    22. This is another of my favorite Heinlein novels. It has characteristics of the juveniles, centering on a young man coming of age, but has more of the plot structure typical of more mature novels.In another sense, it is a series of short stories following a (to start) young boy who is a slave, then a freedman beggar in the streets, then a spaceman free trader and finally one of the richest men in the galaxy. At each step he takes what he learns to be better in the roles to come. The progression is [...]

    23. Citizen of the Galaxy is one of my very favorite books of all time. It gets a reread at least once a year. Thorby starts out this book as a slave being auctioned. He is bought by the beggar, Baslim the Cripple. As the book progresses, we along with Thorby, realize that Baslim is not what he seems. This book explores what it means to be human, the inhumanity of slavery and the resilience of the human spirit. It's very well written, entertaining, with wonderful characters and worlds. While I have [...]

    24. Subjects covered: slavery, economics, business, the military and their relationship to the above, politics, romance, calculus and orbital mechanics, and some wierd but interesting theories of education.Note: At the time of writing, most people did not feel that slavery was an issue in their world; but it was. Just as it was in the book's world. Just as it is in ours.I read this as I read several great science fiction books: because our math class in 7th grade met in the room that was also the Jr [...]


    26. Published in 1957 by Charles Scribner’s sons and copyrighted that same year by Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy is the tenth of the Heinlein Juveniles and took place in a far distant future where humankind has spread widely through the Galaxy. Probably around age ten or twelve at the beginning of the story, Thorby, the main character, is a boy, who lives on a planet where despite being set far in the future, the social organization resembles that of ancient Babylon.The story opens at [...]

    27. Este libro nos muestra la historia de Thorby, un niño vendido en una subasta en el lejano (desde nuestro punto de vista) planeta de Jubbulpore. Es comprado por un mísero precio por Baslim, un mendigo que hace de Thorby un liberto, y lo trata como si fuese su hijo. A su vez, Baslim lucha como un espía con la intención de abolir la esclavitud y el tráfico de esclavos.No obstante, las autoridades de Jubbul encuentran el propósito de Baslim, y tras un final por todos previsible, Thorby se las [...]

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