• Farmer in the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (9 ratings)

Summary

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. 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".
©1955 Robert A. Heinlein (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray DiFazio on 13-11-16

Back to the future.

I first read Farmer in the Sky about sixty years ago. As I listened to it just now, I realized how much this book, originally published in 1950, and others like it, were instrumental in sparking my lifelong interest in science and space travel.

Robert Heinlein, along with others with names like Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and Sturgeon was among the writers from the so called "Golden Age." of Science Fiction.

Although much of the science in this book is now dated and obsolete, a lot of it was amazingly prescient. It is about a teenaged boy whose family left Earth to join a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter.

Farmer in the Sky was written for young people over a decade before Alan Shepherd was the first American to "blast off" to the edge of outer space.

I have little doubt that many of the scientists and engineers who made that possible were inspired by books like this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-05-16

YOU COULD HEAR YOUR HAIR GROW

GRAMMER SCHOOL CALCULUS
Entertaining, especially after they get to Ganymede. I love most of Heinlein's juvenile books. They are usually upbeat with a can do attitude and they often emphasis education. TRY IT ON YOUR SLIDE RULE

WOMEN HAVE THIER UPS AND DOWNS, YOU'LL GET USE TO IT.
Written in 1950, besides being dated it is a little politically incorrect. NO SORE HEADS, NO WEAK SISTERS.

SCIENTISTS CHANGE THIER THEORIES OFTEN
Wish we could get that through the head of those today, that always think a theory is the same as proven fact.

PIONEERS NEED GOOD NEIGHBORS
This is an adventure story into space. Imagine living on Ganymede and having most of the sky filled with Jupiter. Heinlein explains what the sky looks like, how they gave the planet an atmosphere and how to make the soil fertile. It might have a little too many science facts for some, but I can see how it would get young people excited enough to study science.

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