Monday, August 23, 2021

Micro Mention "Starman Jones"

Robert A Heinlein

“I sorta broke his neck,” is my favorite line in “Starman Jones,” which I then immediately thought, wait a minute, wasn’t this one of Robert Heinlein’s fictions for juveniles? Well, I guess that is tame for the guy who wrote “Starship Troopers.”

I'm kind of ashamed to say that "Starman Jones" is actually the only Heinlein novel I've ever read of his. I can't tell you how many interviews of sci-fi authors I've watched or read where they say at some point that Heinlein was a huge inspiration for them. I haven't even read "Starship Troopers," I've just seen the movie, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it's a tad different from the novel.

As for this novel, it's fine, not the most memorable book I've ever read. "Starman Jones" is enjoyable science fiction reading if you're in the mood for something a bit light. I'm not talking about tone in this regard—just that as a story, it isn't particularly challenging. It's almost like it was written for kids. No, I don't know what juvenile means. No, I won't learn. And, No, you can't make me. 

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