Citizen of the Galaxy
A classic novel from the mind of the storyteller who captures the imagination of readers from around the world, and across two generations Science Fiction Grand Master ROBERT A. HEINLEIN CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was... show more
A classic novel from the mind of the storyteller who captures the imagination of readers from around the world, and across two generations Science Fiction Grand Master ROBERT A. HEINLEIN CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Thorby was just another orphaned boy sold at auction. But his new owner, Baslim, is not the disabled beggar he appears to be: adopting Thorby as his son, he fights relentlessly as an abolitionist spy. When the authorities close in on Baslim, Thorby must ride with the Free Traders -- a league of merchant princes -- throughout the many worlds of a hostile galaxy, finding the courage to live by his wits and fight his way from society's lowest rung. But Thorby's destiny will be forever changed when he discovers the truth about his own identity....
Publish date: May 17th 2005
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
People often divide Heinlein's novels between his juveniles and his so-called adult books such as Stranger in a Strange Land. The truth is, not being much a fan of such themes as polyamory, "free love," nudism and the even more bizarre, I often find myself much preferring his juveniles--even if none...
Heinlein here has moved outward from Earth, to a full intergalactic dispersal of Earth's inhabitants among multiple political groupings - from an Earth 'hegemony' to a slave trading Empire. The story follows Thorby, captured by slavers at a very young age, mistreated continually until bought by a b...
Citizen of the Galaxy is a throw back to the days when a complete story could be told in 250 pages or less. A nice 3 Star diversion to a simpler time in SciFi, when "atomics" were all the rage and everyone had them, strictly for defense you know. Heinlein tells a tale of a young lad, sold as a slave...
I like Heinlein’s juvie fiction. Very interesting, likeable characters; engaging.
[These notes were made in 1984:]. A juvenile, but only in the sense that its hero is adolescent. This is quite a sophisticated fable about the uses of power; a nicely-structured progression from powerlessness and naiveté (Thorby as slave) through acceptance in a limited and self-sufficient society (...