The Star Beast

The Star Beast

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Compelling coming-of-age SF adventure from legendary SF master and multiple New York Times best-seller Robert A. Heinlein. A young boy and his friend run away from home to protect a cute (if rather large) alien pet that turns out to be much more than just a pet indeed. Afterword by Wen Spencer.

Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide and huge (and growing) size, Lummox is nobody’s idea of man’s best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbor’s car and begins to grow again, the Feds decide enough is enough. John isn’t about to let the authorities take his pet away, and with his best friend friend Betty, determines to save Lummox even if it takes leaving the life he’s known forever.

An all time science fiction coming-of-age classic from seven-time Hugo winner and Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein.

About Robert A. Heinlein:

“Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the great writer of such fiction in the world.”—Stephen King.

“One of the grand masters of science fiction.”—Wall Street Journal

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504676236
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the “Big Three” of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Heinlein’s juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). His worldwide bestsellers include Have Space Suit—Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

Table of Contents

Introduction1. L-Day2. The Department of Spatial Affairs3. "-An Improper Question"4. The Prisoner at the Bars5. A Matter of Viewpoint6. "Space Is Deep, Excellency"7. "Mother Knows Best"8. The Sensible Thing to Do9. Customs and an Ugly Duckling10. The Cygnus Decision11. "It's Too Late, Johnnie"12. Concerning Pidgie-Widgie13. "No, Mr. Secretary"14. "Destiny? Fiddlesticks!"15. Undiplomatic Relations16. "Sorry We Messed Things Up"17. Ninety-Seven Pickle DishesAfterword

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The Star Beast 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A first contact story (e.g. 'Rendevous with RAMA', 'FOOTFALL', 'The Mote in God's Eye' to list a few legendary ones.) are the ET's and Close Encounters of literature that deal with meeting an alien lifeform for the first time. While this one doesn't rank with the forgoing for it's ledgendary status, like it's RAH juvenile kin 'Have Spacesuit Will Travel' it's probably far more fun. Like many RAH tales, he exhibits a genius for alternating the point of narrative between differing protagonists of the story weaving it all into one whole. In this tale, a boy and gal are trying to save their friendly but rambunctious 'Space Puppy' (just a few tons-- he's grown some in three generations of John Thomases), a bequest from the Boys' space explorer grandfather and father from the well-intentioned but mis-guided local authorities who are determined to terminate the beast. Meanwhile, there is an unrelated interstellar crises involving an new but deadly interstellar power that is possibly threatening to blow the solar system to hell, mixed in a disproving and unsupported mother who has never approved of the 'Lummox', no matter how cute and cuddly he was as an armored space puppy. Sigh. The plot possibilities boggle the mind, and RAH does not fail to deliver a jaw dropping connection between the governments problems (Saving man kind) and helping the most recent John Thomas to save his friendly pet (with his fondness for eating the neighbors roses, the national guards tanks, and a few other humorous morsels here and there.) But without giving away the meat of the plot, that ought to be enough to wet your appetite. Don't miss the main course, or 'Have Space Suit, Will Travel' either. The list above are all five stars too! General Heinlein: Tom Clancy, David Webber, Spider Robinson, and Stephen King all credit Heinlein as thier mentor. More need not be said about the three decade all time Sci-Fi Grand Master, but this. If you haven't read Heinlein, you haven't yet lived. First Sci-Fi to Movie, The recent topical hit movie Star Ship Troopers (a novel's always better, and RAH's SST is no exception), a perennial collective Best Seller (30 Million in print ten years ago!) Never off the shelves in even the poorestly sci-fi stocked book store, you can't go wrong! Pohl Anderson, Larry Niven, Issaac Asimov, Anne McCafferty, and dozens of other GrandMasters and Masters of Fantasy and Sci-Fi all gave way willingly to the 'Dean of Science Fiction'; He is and was a legend of American Literature. Perhaps only Hemingway and Clancy can challange his overall popularity. Don't miss the experiences!
JeffV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before his "dirty old man" phase, Robert Heinlein went through a "kiddie lit" phase, of which the best-known book was the propagandist Starship Troopers. Star Beast, first published in 1954, is the stuff of "ABC After School Specials."The family pet of an adolescent boy happens to be an articulated, many-legged creature about the size of a bus. When a rottweiler annoys him (her?), he simply eats it. Originally brought home by Johnny's grandfather on an early interstellar expedition, Lummox is the only creature of it's kind on earth. The problem is, Lummox came down with a case of wanderlust, and left home for a neighbor excursion that caused all sorts of, well, minor destruction.The problem is, the neighborhood gets up in arms, and wants the creature declared a menace and destroyed. There is one little hitch that attracts the attention of a government xeno-relations agency -- Lummox can speak rudimentary English. However, at a trial that decides his fate, a teenage girl is allowed to represent him; an interest in law being her sole qualification.It turns out that Lummox is more than is realized, even by Johnny and his would-be attorney. Had the local buffoons had their way, Lummox would have been dead, followed shortly afterward by the rest of the planet. But of course, we are given a sappy happy ending.It made me pine for pervert Heinlein whose happy ending would have a totally different meaning.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author Bob gets all five stars for this delightful, humorous, thoughtful, and philosophically evocative review of political and social workings. His best book right up there with Stranger in a Strange Land. It seems all of humanity didn't "grok" Lummie and things were opposite of what they seemed. The way to read this story is slowly, very slowly, digesting each piece thoroughly.
JudithProctor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightful book that I've read again and again. The love between a boy and his pet that overcomes all obstacles.There's also details that I only notice now that I'm much older than when I first read it. In 1954 when this book was written, having an extremely competent black African in charge of international affairs would have seemed radical - nowadays, we, happily, take such things as normal.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a boy and his pet. His very big pet from outer space.
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