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~DOWNLOAD ♷ Space Cadet (Heinlein's Juveniles, #2) ☩ This is the seminal novel of a young man s education as a member of an elite, paternalistic non military organization of leaders dedicated to preserving human civilization, the Solar Patrol, a provocative parallel to Heinlein s famous later novel, Starship Troopers Only the best and brightest the strongest and the most courageous ever manage to become Space Cadets, at the Space Academy They are in training to be come part of the elite guard of the solar system, accepting missions others fear, taking risks no others dare, and upholding the peace of the solar system for the benefit of allBut before Matt Dodson can earn his rightful place in the ranks, his mettle is to be tested in the most severe and extraordinary ways ways that change him forever, from the midwestern American boy into a man of the Solar Patrol This is 48 Heinlein at his most usual for the time period I can t say I love it, but I can appreciate what it IS.It s YA, folks Moral, ethical, scientifically accurate adventure for BOYS First, into what seems to be the military for space, our intrepid idiots, I mean, promising young men, get in over their heads after a prolonged training period and head to Venus Where they get inveigled in cultural misunderstandings and get out by the skin of their teeth.This is 40 s youth claptrap, folk This is 48 Heinlein at his most usual for the time period I can t say I love it, but I can appreciate what it IS.It s YA, folks Moral, ethical, scientifically accurate adventure for BOYS First, into what seems to be the military for space, our intrepid idiots, I mean, promising young men, get in over their heads after a prolonged training period and head to Venus Where they get inveigled in cultural misunderstandings and get out by the skin of their teeth.This is 40 s youth claptrap, folks It has a sell by date on the cover It s not even courageous enough to let loose with Heinlein s real opinions, complex reductions, or moral ambiguities Let s face it He wrote this for a very particular kind of paycheck One with real money, playing off all his connections with the Boy s Life serials.I can, however, still praise the biggest contribution he made to SF at the time.Science Real science, even ACCURATE science And very decent writing.I can t really blame him for being dull in this particular novel It was written to spec lol This novel was exactly what I expected it to be and in that sense I certainly wasn t disappointed Space Cadet is not as complex as some of other Heinlein s works I read, but that is hardly surprising taken that it is basically a YA novel targeted at boys I didn t expect too much from Space Cadet, and the main reason why I picked it up was because it was written by Heinlein There was nothing surprising about the book itself, it was a simple moralistic YA story with a bit of science and food fo This novel was exactly what I expected it to be and in that sense I certainly wasn t disappointed Space Cadet is not as complex as some of other Heinlein s works I read, but that is hardly surprising taken that it is basically a YA novel targeted at boys I didn t expect too much from Space Cadet, and the main reason why I picked it up was because it was written by Heinlein There was nothing surprising about the book itself, it was a simple moralistic YA story with a bit of science and food for the thought thrown in I ended up enjoying it as the concept of Space Cadets and Space Patrol proved interesting enough and it kept my interest In many ways this book reminded me of Spaceship Troopers, but it felt a bitjuvenile in tone How would I describe this novel Space Cadet is a lovely vintage SF book that has aged well It is quite typical of Heinlein s writing of the time It follows the adventures of young Matt who decided to join a prestigious space organization that is military in organization but isa scientific peacemaking organization Matt didn t interest me too much as a protagonist neither did the other characters, I guess the whole story was too YA to keep me on my toes , but I was fascinated by the concepts of the above mentioned Space Patrol and I enjoyed reading about it This novel was written for a young audience, so it might be boring to some adults I didn t find it boring at all, but that is probably because I have grown up loving SF, so for me personally these kind of books are classics of a kind and make me feel nostalgic I would primarily recommend Space Cadet to fans of Heinlein and to younger readers of SF I ve promised to readclassical scifi authors this year and Heinlein is one of them This is the second juvenile story of his and the third of his books overall for me And it was OK, I guess.The MC, Matt Dodson, is enlisting to become a Space Cadet at the Space Academy Space Cadets are contestants to become members of the famous Solar Patrol This organization apparently non military is an elite guard tasked with preserving humanity throughout the Solar System Only the best and bri I ve promised to readclassical scifi authors this year and Heinlein is one of them This is the second juvenile story of his and the third of his books overall for me And it was OK, I guess.The MC, Matt Dodson, is enlisting to become a Space Cadet at the Space Academy Space Cadets are contestants to become members of the famous Solar Patrol This organization apparently non military is an elite guard tasked with preserving humanity throughout the Solar System Only the best and brightest, the strongest and most courageous ever become space cadets and only the best and brightest, the strongest and most courageous amongst those ever become officers Basically, they take boys and make them become men And yes, I know how that sounds lol Yes, there are one hell of a lot of parallels to Heinlein s later novel, Starship Troopers but the edges are filed off to make itsuitable to the younger audience.Keeping in mind that this was indeed for young readers, I guess I still have a slight problem with the simplicity The characters are bland cardboard cut outs, the competition is always challenging but friendly, the Solar Patrol is this wonderful organization consisting only of good guys that embody every virtue humanity can come up with while having none of the dark sides.Maybe life really was simpler back then for young boys but I don t know There are other stories for young readers that go deeper, havecomplex characters and conflicts Not so here It s fun enough as a simple adventure in space and I liked that the author used the story to convey some scientific facts always good, especially for young readers , but other than that I first read this book over 35 years ago and recently came across a 2nd hand copy at a book sale so decided to delve into it again Other reviewers have given pr cis of the story so I won t go there, suffice to say it is a classic of Heinlein s early work Yes it is simple but never condescending, the plot as ever moving along at a rapid pace, dragging us through an alternate future history I thoroughly enjoyed it and for a couple of days was there with Matt, Tex and Oscar wondering what the I first read this book over 35 years ago and recently came across a 2nd hand copy at a book sale so decided to delve into it again Other reviewers have given pr cis of the story so I won t go there, suffice to say it is a classic of Heinlein s early work Yes it is simple but never condescending, the plot as ever moving along at a rapid pace, dragging us through an alternate future history I thoroughly enjoyed it and for a couple of days was there with Matt, Tex and Oscar wondering what the patrol was going to challenge them with next Having now read 4 of Heinlein s books in a row this book, Past through tomorrow, both volumes and the best of I remember why I used to have so many Heinlein s paperbacks in the early 70s where did they go So onto the next, now which shall it be Young Matt Dodson, an all American 18 year old from Iowa, joins the Space Academy Their key task is to ensure world peace by dropping nuclear weapons on anyone who tries to do anything bad.I know what you re going to say But many of Matt s classmates come from outside the US Not only that, they even have a sign up on the wall saying Quis custodiet ipsos custodesSo that s alright then. 4.0 stars.At first perusal, Robert Heinlein s Space Cadet seems a strange novel But, upon reflection.October 29, 1929 The United States Stock Market undergoes its final crash Only a few months prior, a hopeful, young man, Robert A Heinlein, 22 years old, graduates from the U.S Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Engineering.August 1934 Five years later, in the midst of the Great Depression, Lieutenant Heinlein, 27 years old, still a young man, spends weeks in a hospital then to be di 4.0 stars.At first perusal, Robert Heinlein s Space Cadet seems a strange novel But, upon reflection.October 29, 1929 The United States Stock Market undergoes its final crash Only a few months prior, a hopeful, young man, Robert A Heinlein, 22 years old, graduates from the U.S Naval Academy with a degree in Naval Engineering.August 1934 Five years later, in the midst of the Great Depression, Lieutenant Heinlein, 27 years old, still a young man, spends weeks in a hospital then to be discharged from military service due to tuberculosis.September 1, 1939 Mr Heinlein turns 32 years old and, across the Atlantic, Adolph Hitler s tanks cross over into Poland thereby starting officially World War II, the world s second total war December 7, 1941 Japan attacks the United States Naval Base, Pearl Harbor Robert Heinlein, then 34 years old, sees the installations of his previous military branch devastated and subsequently, his country enter the war.September 8, 1944 Germany puts into action the retribution or vengeance weapon and the V 2 rocket attacks begin Robert is then 37 years old.From his naval academy graduation and commissioning forward, from the beginning of his adult life to the dawn of his middle age, Robert A Heinlein, like his contemporaries, experienced an entire world s furious descent into total war and destruction.Amidst this, Robert Heinlein begins writing, his then fourth career And, as he turns 40 years old, two years after the war s end, his strange novel Space Cadet heads to the publisher, then appears.The novel s strangeness comes from the incongruity between its genre, science fiction adventure , its then intended audience, juveniles , and the serious and very mature ideas which the novel presents But then, this author writing of some fictional future world apparently decided to write for some real future people.And so, given the events that pervaded his entire adult life, Heinlein, in Space Cadet pens a possible future where Peace is the way Indeed, given the atomic arsenal described in the novel, Peace is the only way And, following this, his young characters, boys young men , thereby achieve excellence through selflessness, care , continual learning study, and right moral action.This main idea of peace, the author reinforces by exploring war, annihilation and peace, the many and the one, sacrifice , the self and the other, racism , and private interest and glory seeking opposed to the good, the noble, and the just And, underlying these, Heinlein obliquely lays a foundation of the outward contest aspect of males in relief against the domestic, familial, and caring aspect of females Additionally, this early novel seems, in some ways, to be a precursor to the worlds Heinlein later builds.Given the novel s various accompanying artwork, plot summary, and blurb, a reader may expect a fast paced adventure story with all the accompanying sci fi gadgets Unfortunately or fortunately, the reader learns that Heinlein weighs down both with extensive reinforcement of his ideas and technical explications.Yet, Heinlein s novel still captivates The dynamic between the Patrol s ideals and the self interest of the Federation s citizenry becomes not only timeless, but especially today, prescient The very deliberate creation of Venerian society as matriarchal and bisexual, in today s discourse, Heinlein s meaning translates to asexual , coupled with dialogue about race and recognition of a people, anticipates a changing United States, and hopefully, a better society and culture Lastly, Heinlein presents an indictment against human nature itself, describing man, human , kind as innately possessing a cussedness And, this surprising statement provides an even greater motivation to present and explain the Patrol s inspiring philosophy of excellence.Despite all the accomplishments, Space Cadet still has obstacles for the reader The author s obscuring of the cadets ages for over half the novel becomes a most frustrating experience, though finally, he does provides an anchoring clue.Though many readers may enjoy a novel in which the first two thirds of the narrative follow a character through a military course, some military or veteran readers may find this incredibly boring The author saves himself and the reader, though, by providing somewhat detailed explanations of the science behind the workable ships and gadgetry.Additionally, though a sci fi adventure novel, the author nevertheless stretches believability with a particular major event and the super trooper fix it abilities of some of the characters Lastly, Heinlein s cadet characters suffer from a lack of development Even a sentence or twofor each cadet could have further distinguished each from the other.Because he writes in layers, Heinlein saves his novel from its worn military coming of age plot structure by giving attention to actual science, creating a specific and prescient political landscape, and balancing the adventure with serious, and even dark, ideas And, through his world building, he suggests a positive future, one hopeful despite a history of such devastation.For such a little young adult, adventure narrative, Heinlein presents very big, fundamental, and pressing ideas What is civilization, for example And so, despite frustrations, Space Cadet makes quite an impression.And, given the recent popularity of Collins The Hunger Games series, Space Cadet could return to the bookshelves, then land into the hands of young people, once again Perhaps then, this novel will not seem so strange Out of a seemingly driving curiosity, I could not help but check on this novel s Lexile Level Unfortunately, those reviewers apparently have not yet scored it.Hmmm That is strange Books written about the future inevitably at some point become alternate histories First published in 1948, Space Cadet builds a post 2100 solar system where Venus is not only habitable, but inhabited, where Mars and Ganymede are colonisable, and spaceships are rocket shaped and can take a couple of years to travel between planets.Military academy stories share many of the same beats and cadences of boarding school and wizard school stories newcomer arrives at school, gains an antagonist, bu Books written about the future inevitably at some point become alternate histories First published in 1948, Space Cadet builds a post 2100 solar system where Venus is not only habitable, but inhabited, where Mars and Ganymede are colonisable, and spaceships are rocket shaped and can take a couple of years to travel between planets.Military academy stories share many of the same beats and cadences of boarding school and wizard school stories newcomer arrives at school, gains an antagonist, builds lifelong friendships, hovers between overwhelmed and over achiever, increases in competence and then usually encounters a challenge out of their pay scale , something which adults would normally deal with, but which circumstances mean that the student and his or her plucky band of friends must deal with themselves Space Cadet hits these notes without any really surprising turns Our plucky newcomer, Matt, is a sample of a fine and upstanding young man modest, enquiring, honest to a fault And that s fortunate indeed because he s trying to qualify for an organisation which emphasises intellectual exceptionalism as a means of creating people of higher moral fibre people who have the responsibility of keeping the peace in a post nuclear war world, and who are entrusted with the maintenance and control of a large number of nuclear weapons, ready to enforce that peace in a nuke the site from orbit fashion which fortunately hasn t been necessary for many years The science, the quest for knowledge and understanding while living up to a valorous tradition, is the meat of the story.There s a strong emphasis in the story on not being racist with careful displays of the multicultural nature of the Patrol, as well as a need to respect local customs, including the customs of the inhabitants of Venus, who become tangled in the end game of the story On the whole, for its time, Space Cadet is quite a forward thinking novel in its intentions At the same time, this is a multiculturalism filtered through a very American channel The values of the Patrol are extremely American, the academy is based in the US, the universal language Basic is a simplified variant of English.And then, of course, there are the women.The blurb of my edition of this book published in 1969 tells us The story is about the young men who are training to be officers in the Interplanetary Patrol and reaffirms the glorious interplanetary traditions of bravery, resourcefulness and revolutionary brotherhood There are no women in the Patrol None in the Academy Indeed, for a while I thought there d be no women in the book, beyond a couple of glimpses of attractive females not relevant to the story, and given the way early Heinlein talks about women I considered this not necessarily a bad thing The Patrol is not primarily a combat organisation there s Space Marines for that kind of ass kicking Qualifying for the Patrol requires smarts, nerve and morals, not physical strength When our young hero goes for a home visit, about a year into his training, we glimpse the women in this universe and perhaps understand why they aren t in the Patrol The purpose of the visit is the you can t go home because you are no longer the same message often encountered in bildungsromans with an emphasis on the intellectual and general superiority of people in the Patrol.Then we meet Matt s former not quite girlfriend, and learn that she appears to have moved on from him romantically, but Matt considers that no real loss because Marianne was the sort of girl who never would get clearly fixed in her mind the distinction between a planet and a star Indeed A girl who can t be brought to understand the difference between like the Earth and like the Sun is probably not life mate material One would wonder if she would even be able to tie her shoelaces.We then move on to Matt s mother, who is apparently incapable of understanding just what it is her son has gone off to join, let alone grasp the concept of orbit , and displays the nervous temperament and intellectual capacity of a flustered chicken Matt s brother and father fare only slightly better they are Earth bound and non exceptional There are better females to meet later, however The Venusians are a female dominated society with a highly advanced chemical based technology, and who become part of the book s message of honouring local customs and cultures Of course, they re also peace loving Little People who outwardly appear primitive, are incapable of understanding the concept of war, don t actually believe that stars exist because of the clouds on Venus, y know and are kind of nags they don t fight they just argue until somebody gives in They re still given considerablyrespect than any human female in the book, so it s not all bad in Lady Land In the fairly distant future a teen named Matt Dodson applied for an organization called Space Patrol the future versions of knights in shining armor that uphold peace and justice through the known space The competition is fierce and only the best and the brightest get in even the cadets are not guaranteed to get promoted to an officer rank We are talking early Heinlien s juveniles here, so I do not think I give a big spoiler when I say that not only Matt succeeded, but he also managed to s In the fairly distant future a teen named Matt Dodson applied for an organization called Space Patrol the future versions of knights in shining armor that uphold peace and justice through the known space The competition is fierce and only the best and the brightest get in even the cadets are not guaranteed to get promoted to an officer rank We are talking early Heinlien s juveniles here, so I do not think I give a big spoiler when I say that not only Matt succeeded, but he also managed to save a day together with his cadet friends Once again Space Patrol remained true to its principals When I was reading the book I could not help recalling Ender s Game Take this well known book, remove all edginess, bleak moments, social commentary and you end up with Space Cadet Please note I am not saying the book is bad it was supposed to be a mindless entertainment for young adults who do not care about romances much and as such it passes with flying colors The characters are two dimensional most of the time although I really like somewhat stereotypical Texan Tex bad pun is not mine and are black and white with minimal grey shades On the positive side the author manages to throw in some interesting scientific facts from physics mostly while making them fun to read about All in all this is a good read lacking any deep morals of thoughts, but fun at the same time My rating is 3 solid stars Another of Heinlein s classic juveniles, this book chronicles the adventures of a young man training to become a Space Cadet of the Space Patrol, a world wide force keeping peace in the solar system from arrival at the training facility forward, Heinlein presents many sophisticated ideas while never talking down to his readers Concepts like world government, a solution to the threat of nuclear war, as well as prognostications of technology such as cell phones Not the only author to do so bu Another of Heinlein s classic juveniles, this book chronicles the adventures of a young man training to become a Space Cadet of the Space Patrol, a world wide force keeping peace in the solar system from arrival at the training facility forward, Heinlein presents many sophisticated ideas while never talking down to his readers Concepts like world government, a solution to the threat of nuclear war, as well as prognostications of technology such as cell phones Not the only author to do so but in 1948 Surely one of the first Last but certainly not least, the actual science behind space travel and space operations is presented in an exciting and understandable manner In this book you will see the uncredited inspiration for Starfleet Command, in addition to a sprinkling of military psychology Further, as a Navy man, Heinlein had an intimate understanding of the ideal conduct of interactions between A ship s commander, officers and crew This is a subtle self correcting culture bad commanders generally kill themselves along with thier crews that has evolved over the centuries and is extremely difficult to depict correctly As a former Navy man myself, my opinion is that Heinlein captures this ideal perfectly There is a reason a number of Heinlein novels are on the required reading lists of the various United States uniformed services Read it