Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein

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Hugh Hoyland must convince a starship civilization that can't remember or conceive of life outside the ship they inhabit that a universe does exist. With the help of the outcast mutants from the upper decks of the ship, Hugh sets out to expose the truth and thus change their civilization forever...

"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

"Robert A. Heinlein wears imagination as if it were his private suit of clothes." - The New York Times

About Robert A. Heinlein

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Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Mo. The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, Robert Heinlein had two older brothers, one younger brother, and three younger sisters. Moving to Kansas City, Mo., at a young age, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in 1924 and attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. Following in his older brother's footsteps, Heinlein entered the Navel Academy in 1925. After contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, of which he was later cured, Heinlein retired from the Navy and married Leslyn MacDonald. Heinlein was said to have held jobs in real estate and photography, before he began working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's EPIC News in 1938. Still needing money desperately, Heinlein entered a writing contest sponsored by the science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories. Heinlein wrote and submitted the story "Life-Line," which went on to win the contest. This guaranteed Heinlein a future in writing. Using his real name and the pen names Caleb Saunders, Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, and Simon York, Heinlein wrote numerous novels including For Us the Living, Methuselah's Children, and Starship Troopers, which was adapted into a big-budget film for Tri-Star Pictures in 1997. The Science Fiction Writers of America named Heinlein its first Grand Master in 1974, presented 1975. Officers and past presidents of the Association select a living writer for lifetime achievement. Also, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Heinlein in 1998. Heinlein died in 1988 from emphysema and other related health problems. Heinlein's remains were scattered from the stern of a Navy warship off the coast of California.
Published November 26, 2013 by Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.. 228 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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Pub Date: May 19th, 1964 ISBN: 0671318454 Page count: 2...

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(For example, the flap copy refers to "their annihilated former planet," an assertion that is contradicted by the very first page of Orphans of the Sky.) Still, it's a good edition of a seminal work of SF, and a story that deserves to be read by everyone who considers themselves fans of science f...

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