By Jerry Pournelle, Charles Sheffield
SF powerhouses collaborate on an exuberant kickoff to the publisher's Jupiter sequence, that is devoted to novels patterned after Robert A. Heinlein's vintage inspirational stories for teenagers and adults. within the twenty first century, American public schooling is foundering below the load of paperwork. but if Rick Luban, sixteen, is expelled for a faculty prank that will get out of hand, he's recruited through the asteroid-mining company Vantage Mining and Refining, which has its personal method of "higher education." throughout the company's screenings and colleges in the world and in area, Rick acquires not just formal studying yet a mature feel of accountability. finally, he performs an essential position in uncovering a deadly sabotage test by means of one in all Vantage's company opponents. As may be anticipated from Sheffield (whose novelette "Georgia on My Mind" gained either a 1994 Hugo and a 1993 Nebula) and Pournelle (Footfall, etc.), the clinical and technological historical past is phenomenal. The portrait of society has a tendency towards the didactic, and credibility is stretched whilst Vantage bets its destiny on new expertise like Rick and his cohorts. yet in line with that guess, Rick matures, and in a plausible way?an crucial aspect in any SF coming-of-age novel, together with this high-spirited exemplar.
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