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Space Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein
Review by Colleen Cahill
Orb Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0765314517
Date: 31 October, 2006 List Price $12.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Not all classics of science fiction age well: what was high tech and daring fifty years ago today seems dated or even worse, a failed guess at the future. Others stand the test of time better and Robert Heinlein's Space Cadet can be counted in that number. With few exceptions, this story of young men with hopes of joining the Solar Patrol, the defenders of Earth's solar system, still holds the excitement of space and all its wonders.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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 (which is about the military). 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 all. But 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.

(Source: Orb Books)

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