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ISBN13: 9780765351685
ISBN10: 0765351684
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A never-before-published masterpiece from science fiction's greatest writer, rediscovered after more than half a century.

When Joel Johnston first met Jinny Hamilton, it seemed like a dream come true. And when she finally agreed to marry him, he felt like the luckiest man in the universe.

 
There was just one small problem. He was broke. His only goal in life was to become a composer, and he knew it would take years before he was earning enough to support a family.

 
But Jinny wasn't willing to wait. And when Joel asked her what they were going to do for money, she gave him a most unexpected answer. She told him that her name wasn't really Jinny Hamilton---it was Jinny Conrad, and she was the granddaughter of Richard Conrad, the wealthiest man in the solar system.

And now that she was sure that Joel loved her for herself, not for her wealth, she revealed her family's plans for him---he would be groomed for a place in the vast Conrad empire and sire a dynasty to carry on the family business.

Most men would have jumped at the opportunity. But Joel Johnston wasn't most men. To Jinny's surprise, and even his own, he turned down her generous offer and then set off on the mother of all benders. And woke up on a colony ship heading out into space, torn between regret over his rash decision and his determination to forget Jinny and make a life for himself among the stars.

He was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.

Synopsis:

Determined to forget the love of his life and make a life for himself among the stars, Joel Johnson was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.

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Begun in 1955, "Variable Star" was set aside by Heinlein so he could focus on other novels--and was never completed. Now, almost two decades after Heinleins death, Nebula Award-winning author Robinson picks up Heinleins outline and expands it into a full-length novel, faithful in style and spirit to the Grand Masters original vision.

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein is universally acknowledged as modern science fiction's greatest author. At his death, in 1987, he left a legacy of books and stories that has profoundly influenced the course of the field for generations.

But one of Heinlein's most ambitious works was never finished. In 1955, he began work on a novel to be titled Variable Star, completing a detailed outline and making extensive notes for the book, only to set it aside to focus on other novels, including Tunnel in the Sky and the Hugo Award-winning Double Star. For more than half a century, the work lay forgotten among Heinlein's papers. Then, on its rediscovery a few years ago, the Robert A. Heinlein Trust selected an author to finish the work.

The author chosen for the project was, appropriately enough, a writer The New York Times has hailed as "the New Robert Heinlein"--Spider Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula Award--winning author of such modern SF classics as Stardance and "Melancholy Elephants." Faithful to the spirit of Heinlein's original vision, and laced with contemporary touches that will appeal to modern readers, Variable Star is a rare treat for the Grand Master's many fans.

Profits from the book will help fund the annual $500,000 Heinlein Prize for innovation in commercial manned spaceflight, a goal Mr. Heinlein considered crucial to humanity's long-term survival.

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MartyV, April 9, 2014 (view all comments by MartyV)
If you're craving a good old-fashioned science fiction novel, written with more substance than profanity; if you love to see characters slowly develop complexity; if you want to expand your understanding of people and question how we experience life on and off earth; this is the novel for you. Spider Robinson finished Robert Heinlein's outline and developed a superb story, combining the best of both writers.
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Sarabi, September 26, 2011 (view all comments by Sarabi)
Some books make me come back to them again and again over the years. "Variable Star," by Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson, stands among them. Combining the best from both authors, "Variable Star" follows a young man as he survives the death of his dreams, his family, and the comfortable assumption that humankind is alone in the universe.

At times thoughtful, at others laugh-out hilarious, "Variable Star" melds the far-seeing speculation of Heinlein with Robinson's spot-on narrative voice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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barbeehouse, September 8, 2010 (view all comments by barbeehouse)
I am a huge Heinlein fan and Spider Robinson not only did RH justice, but I loved the pieces I recognized as SR. Very good read, kept me in suspense, loved it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765351685
Author:
Heinlein, Robert A.
Publisher:
Forge
Author:
Robinson, Spider
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Tor Science Fiction
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.82x4.24x.93 in. .37 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Tor Books - English 9780765351685 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Determined to forget the love of his life and make a life for himself among the stars, Joel Johnson was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.
"Synopsis" by , Begun in 1955, "Variable Star" was set aside by Heinlein so he could focus on other novels--and was never completed. Now, almost two decades after Heinleins death, Nebula Award-winning author Robinson picks up Heinleins outline and expands it into a full-length novel, faithful in style and spirit to the Grand Masters original vision.
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