- Paperback: 223 pages
- Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (31 October 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780765314512
- ISBN-13: 978-0765314512
- ASIN: 0765314517
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 349 g
- Customer Reviews: 139 customer ratings
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First published in 1948, Space Cadet follows the adventures of Matt Dodson as he works his way through the training necessary to become a member of the prestigious Space Patrol. Along the way Heinlein explores a number of themes, including racism (the Patrol is made up of members from pretty much every nation and ethnicity imaginable) and national pride (cadets are expected to abandon their loyalty to their homelands and instead focus on loyalty to humanity), as well as providing a surprisingly accurate depiction of space travel over a decade before Yuri Gagarin made his first orbit of the Earth.
Despite the book's age it still manages to present us with a good story, and along the way shows off Heinlein's ability to educate as well as entertain; much of the science and technology presented in Space Cadet was cutting edge back in the late forties. There's even a throwaway line regarding the protagonist's mobile phone, a device we take for granted nowadays but which would have seemed almost miraculous to contemporary readers.
I really do think this is one of Heinlein's better books, and would heartily recommend it to anyone wanting to get a feel for what he was capable of, especially in the early years of his career. It presents us with an optimistic and somewhat rose-tinted view of the future, but doesn't suffer any because of that.
Written in 1949 and perhaps over-shadowed with the author's musings on the on-set of what became the "Cold War", this is an enthralling tale of a young man undergoing the unique and transformative experience of preparation for a life in space - and the development from adolescent to adult in the process. The vintage is such that the author includes aspects [such as exploring a lushly tropical Venus] that more modern, scientific work has rendered tellingly obsolete, but, for all that, loses nothing in impact - especially the way that he describes the Cadets of the story adjusting to cultures completely alien to the one they know. In that, Heinlein was oddly prescient - the tale feels very close to the present distinction between what we today call Western and Eastern views.
This tale is perfect for any youngster who would enjoy a riveting "space yarn", or, for that matter, any nostalgic parent or grand-parent who would like a reminder of why they love classic, traditional science fiction stories.
Here is a tale from one of the all time greats in science fiction, from a writer who inspired the likes of Peter Hamilton, Iain Banks and all those who were to follow. This is simply perfect bed-time story material, written in a way that has the potential to instill a sense of adventure and a love of reading that will last a life-time.