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S An Amusing Family Road Trip In SpaceI Ve Comean amusing family oad trip in spaceI ve come adore Heinlein s dry sense of humour which often appears in one or two characters in his books but here we have a whole family of smartasses From Captain to Doctor to grandmother to daughter to entrepreneurial twins and a determined little boy with typical little boy stubborness Oh and flat cats which are best described as well tribbles but flatterThe description of this book focuses on the twins but Castor and Pollux are nothing without the support of their family and what a supportive family it is Even when their father is threatening to shove them out of an airlock or their mother is uietly olling her eyes at their antics this is clearly not the dysfunctional family they seem to pretend to be They are a tight knit group where loyalty and love is evident even through the sarcasm and idle threats The Stones are what every family should aspire to be like and this book was what every family trip wishes it could be though maybe without the deadly diseases and other critical threats of interplanetary travelwwwbibliosanctumcom My first Heinlein ead Fundamentally the story line is close to the Lost in Space television series of many years ago The book is easy to ead and I highly ecommend young eaders take a look at how future space travel was viewed some 57 years ago The book has valuable insights into family values and dealing with nearly absolute isolation for long periods of time And they did not have Game Boys Heinlein s juveniles have always been among my favorite SF I liked a lot of them than some of his later novels written for adults I ead The Rolling Stones so long ago I barely emembered it but some of it came back to me as I listened to it again as an audiobookAlas the years have diminished my fondness for this light hearted space omp somewhat While it was a fun adventure about a wisecracking hyper competent family of adventurers seeking their fortune and something adventurous out in the solar system there isn t much to impress the modern SF eader about flying a ocket ship to Mars Venus and beyondThe Stones consist of Castor and Pollux trouble making teenage twins always scheming to get ich and prove they e the smartest people in any oom who drive most of the adventure with their original idea to buy an old mining ship Somehow their parents are talked into this harebrained scheme with a little manipulation by Grandma Hazel who is a crusty old survivor of the Lunar ebellion in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and can continue to hold her own with anyone a fraction of her age The Stone family is ounded out by teenage daughter Meade and their little brotherAs in most Heinlein stories everyone is super competent the twins have what nowadays would be considered "A Graduate Level Understanding Of "graduate level understanding of which their father the moral center and patriarch of the family despite by his own admission having the lowest I demonstrates isn t nearly good enough Mrs Stone is a doctor Grandma Hazel is well Grandma Hazel and even Meade who does little than fill in the girl box in the story is smart and accomplished in a few domainsThe Stone family is a uintessential upper accomplished in a few domainsThe Stone family is a uintessential upper class white family circa 1952 when this story was written flying out into space under the wise and benevolent leadership of Father Knows Best And while Heinlein works out starship physics and planetary travel in great detail gotta love those slide ules that always make an appearance making this story the sort of crunchy believable hard. It doesn’t seem likely for twins to have the same middle name Even so it’s clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have Trouble written in that spot on their birth certificates Of course anyone who’s met their grandmother Haz. .
SF that would have thrilled young would be space pioneers back in the 50s obviously to us in the 21st century the idea that people will ever be jaunting about the solar system in private spaceships the way pioneers used to go west with little than a mule and a pack of supplies way pioneers used to go west with little than a mule and a pack of supplies seems naiveAs an introduction to Heinlein s juveniles with very little that is challenging or novel but much to excite a young eader who s into space and adventure I do think this book holds a worthy place in the canon of Golden Age science fiction Robert A Heinlein is a much evered name in Science Fiction He won many awards including several Hugo awards and in 1974 was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master Sometimes he is eferred to as the dean of science fiction writers for his numerous novels and short stories Although always emphasising scientific accuracy he wrote very accessibly and was one of the first American science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines So how does this early novel originally aimed at boy scouts hold up The answer for me is not as well as I had hopedSpace Family
by Robert Heinlein started life as a serial over four months in the magazine Boys Life This condensed version was published under the title Tramp Space Ship and by the end of the same year 1952 it was published in book form in the USA as The Rolling Stones Space Family Stone is its title in the UKThe novel was well eceived by critics and public alike By now Robert A Heinlein had established a good eputation for writing juvenile novels in addition to his other writing and these were in demand George Pal s cult film Destination Moon a personal favourite of mine from 1950 was also doing very well and breaking new ground It was the first major US science fiction film to deal with the dangers of space travel and the conseuent problems of America s first lunar mission involving the astronaut s "safe eturn it is as well to emember "return It is as well to emember this event in eal life was not to take place for another 19 years Robert A Heinlein was the film s technical adviser and the screenplay was based partly on his first juvenile novel Rocket Ship Galileo from 1947 He also published a tie in novella Destination Moon based on the film whose storyline also uses parts of his novel The Man Who Sold the Moon from 1949 which was not published until 1951Perhaps working in Hollywood on a Technicolour space exploration science fiction film drama had influenced his writing At any ate this is the first book of his to employ a jokey tone and to be honest the continual wisecracks wore a little thin for me though I am uite prepared to concede that this may be because I am English and sense of humour can be tricky to cross cultures I do feel that if I were now to watch the episodes of Lost in Space that I so loved as a child in the 1960s I would wince in embarrassment and find them sadly lacking Space Family Stone has a lot in common with that TV series Although it is about space exploration it is a space opera with all the action firmly evolving around a family Robert A Heinlein s new wife Virginia had suggested he write about a pair of ed headed twins and so Castor and Pollux the 15 year old Space twins came to be born Frankly I find these the two most irritating characters in the book although perhaps they exemplify the American dream They are fledgeling entrepreneurs who despite being high achievers turn everything into a business opportunityOther characters in Space Family Stone are the family matriarch Hazel Meade Stone a gun toting gran. El would know that they came by it honestly Join the Stone twins as they connive cajole and bamboozle their way across the Solar System in the company of the most high spirited and hilarious family in all of science fiction This li. .stone by obert
Dma one of the Founders of the colony on Luna "She seems to ule the oost without uestion is crazy as a skew orbit behaves like something out of the "seems to ule the oost without uestion is crazy as a skew orbit behaves like something out of the West and although the use of firearms is forbidden she even wears a gun holster although it filled with cough candyThe twins ather ineffectual father Roger although possibly the least accomplished member of the family skippers spacecraft And boy do we know it as he increasingly esorts to variants on the theme of I m the captain of this ship and don t you forget it whenever any of the Stone family appears to have an original idea or become annoyingly enthusiastic Their mother Edith a brilliant scientist and doctor is a superwoman who gets her own way by forever epeating Yes dear Presumably this is intended to be droll It isn t Oh and by the way she does all the cooking although the other female members of the crew chip in when she is absentThere is a daughter whose part in the plot is so insignificant that I forget her name She gets emotional at the drop of a hat dreams about the hunky young men whom she might meet at various space stations and sits knitting Then there is the baby Lowell nicknamed Buster who is an extraordinary child a chess genius with telepathic skills All three females look after the baby exclusively Clearly he is intended to seem cute I am not entirely sure when to say that certain aspects of the humour are extremely dated that this family is annoying to the point of crassness and that they seem to be stuck in their own little time warpOf course in 1952 the dynamics of this family may not have seemed much out of the ordinary The general view of normality has changed significantly to the point that many of us uestion the very idea and find a family setup like this one distinctly trying We also have to emember that this book is a satire and as such all the characters are exaggerated and larger than life Oh yes Meade is the name of the mimsy teenage daughter the most old fashioned of the lotSpace Family Stone is the sixth of Robert A Heinlein s twelve juvenile novels written primarily for younger people The Stones are a family of Loonies or esidents of the Moon which is known as Luna in the book Largely due to the entrepreneurial twin teenage boys Castor and Pollux the family purchase and ebuild a used spaceship and go sightseeing around the Solar System The action takes place on the moon Mars the Asteroid Belt and around SaturnThere are engaging incidents such as Castor and Pollux buying used bicycles on Luna to sell on Mars their first stop However their inexperience means that they un foul of local egulations view spoiler They are freed by their canny grandmother Hazel Stone hide spoiler If you e into stuff like this you can ead the full eviewDegeneration The Rolling Stones by Robert A HeinleinOriginal Review 1980THE ROLLING STONES
to be fascinating example of degeneration Grandma uit engineering because three less competent men were promoted over her Mother is a competent but very womanly doctor and Daughter what little we find out of her is mostly hormones I think it s also fair to say that TRS is the most liberal portrayal of women that Heinlein has ever created Granted Heinlein liked to write most of his famous material to well defined audiences THE STAR BEAST complete with tiresome mother and conniving female chum might have been written to order for BOY S LIFE but my copy doesn t mention any serialization means nothing though I have the Ace eissue and they are among the worst at crediting prior publication. Ght hearted tale has some of Heinlein’s sassiest dialogue not to mention the famous Flat Cats incident Oddly enough it’s also a true example of eal family values–for when you’re a Stone your family is your highest priority. .happens to be