Farmer in the Sky

Farmer in the Sky The Earth is crowded and food is rationed but a colony on Ganymede one of the moons of Jupiter offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family Back on Earth the move sounded like a grand
  • Title: Farmer in the Sky
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: 9780345243751
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Farmer in the Sky
    The Earth is crowded and food is rationed, but a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter, offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family Back on Earth, the move sounded like a grand adventure, but Bill soon realizes that life on the frontier is dangerous, and in an alien world with no safety nets, nature is cruelly unforgiving of even small mistakes BilThe Earth is crowded and food is rationed, but a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter, offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family Back on Earth, the move sounded like a grand adventure, but Bill soon realizes that life on the frontier is dangerous, and in an alien world with no safety nets, nature is cruelly unforgiving of even small mistakes Bill s new home is a world of unearthly wonders and heartbreaking tragedy He will face hardships, survive dangers, and grow up fast, meeting the challenge of opening up a new world for humanity and finding strengths within himself that he had never suspected existed.
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  • Robert A. Heinlein

    Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer Often called the dean of science fiction writers , he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre s standards of literary quality He was the first SF writer to break into mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, in the late 1940s He was also among the first authors of bestselling, novel length science fiction in the modern, mass market era.


  • The Earth of the future does not look nice It is overcrowded with severe food shortages By the way we might still have this problem, 67 years after the book was published but it is amusing that Heinlein was so wrong about the reason for thisAnyway a father and his son, George and Bill Lermer decided they were fed up with the situation oops, looks like I made a bad pun and jumped at the opportunity to go to a newly established colony on Ganymede one of the Jupiter s moons May I remind you that at [...]

  • This was one of the books that made me love space and take another, hard look at the world around me I can t think of a better one for kids, pre early teens Of course, it s great for an older crowd too, but early exposure is best As a kid, I never liked learning just for its own sake, but you can t help learning something about rockets, celestial mechanics, ecology as Bill, a young Eagle Scout, immigrates to Ganymede to start a new life as a farmer Bill is pretty cool, but far from perfect He ha [...]

  • I love me some good old classic science fiction This book was just wonderful, short and sweet, and the only thing that saddened me was the fact that it reminded me of Andy Weir s Martian, when it should have been the other way around The first step into my Hugo Awards odyssey was quite promising, can t wait for what s to come next

  • All I can remember about this book is a boy and his Dad and his sister travel as colonists to a different planet to settle They knock about a bit At the end they discover alien technology life but don t make any contact, for some reason that I can t recall The amusing thing for me is that this science fiction as a rerun of the American frontier but this time made perfect because no pesky indigenous peoples as apparently they are extinct and this time the settlers had nothing to do with it, and t [...]

  • Well gosh, Pop, wasn t that about the hokiest book you ever did read Why, yes indeedy, son Even with them newfangled rocket ships n all A few months ago I wrote in my review of Little Fuzzy that the far future characters seemed mired in the culture and s of the 1950 s I take it back Compared to Farmer in the Sky, Piper s work was visionary In Farmer we have microwave ovens, easy space travel, and mass to energy conversion technology, but we also have a teenager who plays accordion and cribbage, [...]

  • It is remarkably hard to hunt down some of the earliest books that were nominated for a Hugo at either of the libraries I have access to, but I assumed that one of Heinlein s juveniles would not particularly pose a challenge Turns out I was wrong Then again, it popped up at a local used bookstore, and so it was, in the end, not really an issue I was just surprised that it had been a problem at all, particularly since the one I picked up used was a recent re issue.Note The rest of this review has [...]

  • This is the first Heinlein Juvenile that I haven t really loved It was certainly well written and interesting, but not a lot happened It tells the story of some Earth colonists settling on Ganymede Unfortunately, it s long on the details of the process and short on action, mystery and intrigue Only at the very end is there a really interesting discovery Definitely my least favorite so far among the early Heinlein works.

  • Farmer in the Sky was first published in a condensed serial format by Boy s Life Magazine under the title of Satellite Scout The copyright of this series is 1950 The full length novel I am reviewing was actually published in 1953 by Charles Scribner s Sons at a price of 3.31 It was well received by critics at the time, and rightly so The novel was awarded a Retro Hugo award in 2001.Set at an unspecified time in the future, the overcrowded Earth is establishing colonies throughout the solar syste [...]


  • I got this book the first time out of a box of books a teacher brought in to class which, given the school, would ve been when I was fifteen.Frankly, my interest in the adventures was minimal at best I was drawn from the start by the science the descriptions of what I didn t know at the time was called terraforming The social stuff frankly repulsed me, though I was interested in the idea of a blended family, then somewhat new to me.One point There s a sort of sneak introduction of a subtheme her [...]

  • Qu hermosa es la ciencia ficci n y qu feliz ser a yo de ser una granjera de las estrellas Esos mundos nuevos que se abren, aunque sean inh spitos, abren mi imaginaci n Yo podr a estar ah , rompiendo rocas para preparar tierra para sembrar alg n d a, amando cada lombriz importada que podr a hacer la diferencia entre tener xito y no A veces, estando dentro de un tierra tan f rtil, uno pierde la noci n de cu n preciosa y compleja y afortunada es la vida, y de cu n est ril y poco amable puede ser en [...]

  • The first thing that you should know about Robert Heinlein s Farmer in the Sky is that it was written on commission from the Boy Scouts of America they commissioned him to write a story about establishing a Boy Scout troop in space Between that and the publication date in the 1950s, you can pretty much get your expectations straight the book has a definitely sanitized feel and at times feels like it takes its diction directly out of an episode of Leave it to Beaver, and people who aren t tough o [...]

  • Farmer in the Sky is a Heinlein juvenile today we d call it Young Adult science fiction about a plucky boy who joins the colonization effort on Ganymede to escape Earth s overcrowding, food rationing, and the memory of his recently deceased mother I m sure lots of boys who read this in the fifties and sixties got hooked on SF and possibly signed up for the Boy Scouts For the present, I think this would be a good book to recommend to a young reader who s maybe not quite ready yet for something li [...]

  • I have not changed my opinion of the story, after all of these years I still really liked it It never really mattered to me if it was scientifically correct or not What are important are the characters and they are wonderful This is a great story to dream about, even now, 50 years later.Hard work and opportunity What could be better This is a story of a young man and his family who go to one of the moons of Jupiter to be farmers To have their own land, to raise their own food and make something [...]

  • I have been interested in the process of colonization for years In 1990 I published an article analyzing the survival pattern of the Mayflower colonists during the first year when half the colony died having relatives along on the voyage was a big help in staying alive I read this book to gain whatever insight brilliant author Heinlein might have had to the process I learned a bit about subjects I had not yet considered, for instance earth status vs space status on such a mundane but interesting [...]

  • This is probably my favourite feel good book among Heinlein s juveniles, maybe because I first read it as a kid borrowed from the university library shelf of pulp fiction ghettoised for academic analysis I recently got the Kindle edition and re read it It is depressingly clean and, in contrast to other Heinlein novels, nauseatingly full of American Family Values of the 1950s or so In that, as often with science fiction, it tells us about the time it was written in than the future it tries to de [...]

  • This is another Heinlein that has held up fairly well It is a good story Not much sexism or racism in this bookme hysterical entitled women, but there were also digs at bossy entitled guys who don t know what they are trying to boss The final adventure of the book seemed a bit tacked on since it didn t seem to flow logically from the prior event, the earthquake and conditions from that Recommended Not nearly as good as Time for the stars or Space Cadet, but worth a read if you like Heinlein or w [...]

  • 3.5 stars Originally posted at FanLit.As I mentioned in my recent review of The Number of the Beast, I used to be a fan of Robert A Heinlein s Juveniles when I was a kid I give Heinlein much of the credit for turning me into a speculative fiction lover at a young age, so I was really disappointed that The Number of the Beast was so dreadful To cleanse my palate, and to restore my trust in a man who was such an influence on me, I decided to read Farmer in the Sky, a Heinlein Juvenile which has re [...]

  • I have often attributed my love of reading to my parents on two counts 1 They were always reading themselves and 2 They spent many, many hours reading to us kids before we were able to read on our own and continued the tradition even after we learned to read So I had asked my father to read this to me at a rather young age I remember to this day that there was some discussion of weight limits aboard the spaceship and thinking that this must be for older kids who knew about stuff like that For th [...]

  • I have always enjoyed Heinlein s tales for juveniles than his other writing Having been told many times that I should read this book, I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook for SFFaudio Bill is an Eagle Scout which comes in handy than once and which reminds listeners of the original audience In some ways this is like listening to the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder as Bill details homesteading on Ganymede Heinlein does a good job of transferring standard pioneer problems and [...]

  • A classic in the yesterday s vision of tomorrow genre Thoroughly written for adolescent boys in the 1950s I liked it anyway It s very much of its time loaded with delightful period slang I could practically hear the conversations as 50s school filmstrips and people are planet hopping but doing their calculations on slide rules Heinlein s also stuck working with the information on the solar system he had at the time, which even as recently as 1950 had major gaps DID YOU KNOW Until the 1960s astro [...]

  • De la poca de post adolescente en la cual, en papel, me le casi todo lo de Heinlein se me hab a escapado este t tulo.En aquella poca lejana posiblemente le hubiese puesto un sobresaliente Hoy, un 7 10, sobre todo porque a n se ve al MAESTRO de la narraci n y al que consegu a despertar en el lector ese sentido de la maravilla , ese asombro antes mundos y situaciones dominadas a puro golpe de fuerza de voluntad, conocimientos e ingenio.Otro de sus libros en el que el protagonista es un adolescente [...]

  • This is one of Heinlein s juveniles but still enjoyable to an adult The hero is a boy young man named Bill who emigrates to a fledgling colony on Ganymede along with his dad, and new step mother and sister I m not sure how realistic the science here is, but it isn t over the top It definitely works for the story.The major appeal is the development of Bill and co into successful colonists and survivors, and the way they meet and overcome these challenges It reads quickly and well The narrative ha [...]

  • Leer a Heinlein siempre es entretenido y divertido La novela fue publicada inicialmente en 1950 y no fue hasta el 2001 que recibi el premio Retro Hugo.Los Lermer deciden escapar de una Tierra superpoblada a tal punto que la comida es racionada Se alistan al proyecto J piter con la esperanza de convertirse en colonos de Gan medes y tratar de empezar una nueva vida.

  • I love Robert Heinlein I ve read several of his books and I appreciate his unique style, prodigious creative output and I can appreciate how the times in which he lived are reflected in his work With that in mind, here is the Heinlein bingo card I mentally filled out while reading Farmer in the Sky 1 Jack Armstrong, the All American Boy, as protagonist2 Membership in the Boy Scouts or some other para military military organization3 Parents are well intentioned, but a bit out of touch 4 The Commi [...]

  • I get a little unstable when lots of books are around I attend one or two big used book sales each year, and unless I stick to my list chaos ensues A few years back I bought a couple of science fiction novels at one of these sales I can t recall why I picked these titles and not others As a child I read lots of science fiction Indeed, my first attempts at writing were in that genre I loved it Now as an adult when I try to get back into it, the journey s difficult That s not the fault of Robert A [...]

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  • In my ongoing quest to read all the Heinlein juveniles I ve neglected, here s the latest Farmer in the Sky is the tale of Bill, a 17 year old Eagle Scout who decides to emigrate to Ganymede Now, it s not quite that simple, it never really is, is it, and there are a number of obstacles and interruptions as Bill and family dad, step mom and step sister try to adjust to what is basically a frontier lifestyle on one of the moons of an outer planet.It s not a bad book, but certainly not one of my fav [...]

  • 1976 grade B 1995 grade B2017 grade A It s funny how the book just read can affect the quality of the current book I read this for the 3rd time after reading 7 of the Privateer series and it has everything that series lacks That s why I rated this read an A The average grade though is B which I think is accurate The book is a hard SciFi story about the details and difficulties of terraforming a planet with minimal tech There is a lot of tech described but the primary tech assumtion is that energ [...]

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