By Jerry Pournelle, Charles Sheffield

SF powerhouses collaborate on an exuberant kickoff to the publisher's Jupiter sequence, that's 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 burden of paperwork. but if Rick Luban, sixteen, is expelled for a college prank that will get out of hand, he's recruited by way of the asteroid-mining company Vantage Mining and Refining, which has its personal method of "higher education." in the course of the company's screenings and faculties on the earth and in house, Rick acquires not just formal studying yet a mature experience of accountability. eventually, he performs a necessary function in uncovering a deadly sabotage try out via certainly one of Vantage's company opponents. As should be anticipated from Sheffield (whose novelette "Georgia on My Mind" received either a 1994 Hugo and a 1993 Nebula) and Pournelle (Footfall, etc.), the medical and technological history is exceptional. 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 based on 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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