Review: Space Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein

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Space Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein
1948, Ace

Review Summary: If nothing else, Space Cadet is interesting for its place in history – Heinlein’s treatment of Venus in 1948, as merely a swampy planet with a breathable atmosphere makes one realize just how little we really knew about the other planets even as little as 60 years ago.

Full Review:

I won’t spend a lot of time reviewing Heinlein’s Space Cadet, as he is such a well-known author and this being a short juvenile novel. What struck me most I suppose was how much of Space Cadet was later re-used for his Starship Troopers. As such, I don’t feel that Space Cadet really covered any new ground in comparison to that more fleshed-out novel of military training and duty.

If nothing else, Space Cadet is interesting for its place in history – Heinlein’s treatment of Venus in 1948, as merely a swampy planet with a breathable atmosphere makes one realize just how little we really knew about the other planets even as little as 60 years ago.

02/27/08 CSL

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