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By Robert A. Heinlein. Published by Ballantine Books: BETWEEN PLANETS. Tunnel in the sky. Waldo & magic, inc. Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized.

By Robert A. If this book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as unsold or destroyed and neither the author nor the publisher may have received payment for it. A Del Rey® Book. Published by Ballantine Publishing Group.

Tunnel in the Sky is a juvenile science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1955 by Scribner's as one of the Heinlein juveniles. The story describes a group of students sent on a survival test to an uninhabited planet, who soon realise they are stranded there. The themes of the work include the difficulties of growing up and the nature of man as a social animal.

Home Robert A. Heinlein Tunnel in the Sk. This was the new gate house he was in, the one opened for traffic in ’68; the original Emigrants’ Gap, now used for Terran traffic and trade with Luna, stood on the Jersey Flats a few kilometers east alongside the pile that powered it. Heinlein Tunnel in the Sky. Home. Tunnel in the sky, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24. Rod was beginning to get annoyed. The balcony faced the six gates. It could seat eighty-six hundred people but was half filled and crowded only in the center.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is widely recognized as one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time, a status confirmed in 1974 when the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gave him their first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.

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Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, M. This guaranteed Heinlein a future in writing. Tunnel in the Sky Charles Scribner's Sons books for young readers.

Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Mo. The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, Robert Heinlein had two older brothers, one younger brother, and three younger sisters.

Tunnel in the Sky is one of Heinlein's "juvenile" series books

Tunnel in the Sky is one of Heinlein's "juvenile" series books. You can tell it's written for a younger audience because it has that classic "Disney" feel - younglings, separated from adult influences, overcome challenges while learning about life and how to depend on their own resources. Heinlein has some strong opinions on the role of the military in society, national service, and government - and they're evident here.

Tunnel in the Sky has variations of the themes covered in "Lord of the Flies"

Tunnel in the Sky has variations of the themes covered in "Lord of the Flies". A group of youths are cut off from the world and must establish their own civilization. Heinlein has this theme in many of his books, of moving from bondage in an overly controled society(and includes well thought out reasons to how society progressed to that state), to freedom and anarchary, then finding equilibriam between the two in a free, but structured society(this is also a strong theme in 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'.

Tunnel In The Sky. 254 printed pages. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. Progress in physics is achieved by denying the obvious and accepting the impossible.

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This is one of Heinlein's best books. Written for teens (when my son read it about age 13 he thought it was one of the best books he'd ever read) but adult readers can enjoy the story very much. The story focuses on the usual Heinlein teenager, in this case Rod Walker, who is a callow, All-American youth who wants adventure and gets it. He and a group of students are sent through a wormhole portal to another world to complete their survival-school training. When they find themselves stranded and no way to get home, they have to build a community to overcome the dangers that the alien planet presents them with.
I love all Robert A Heinlein books, and this one is very enjoyable, as always, although I love some of his books even more, hence the four star rating. As Heinlein does with books in the juvenile series, sex isn't mentioned; people get "married" and have babies, with no mention of details. I love the twist on Lord of the Flies premise, with children of being lost in space because of a super nova and having to survive on an unknown planet, the culture shock at the end when the protagonist returns to "civilization"..a detail many might not of considered.
I am beginning to think that a selection of Robert Heinlein's juvenile science fiction books should be required reading in every Middle School class. Even though the science in these stories is outdated, in some cases badly so, and the social mores reflect the period in which they were published, the 1950's, although that may not actually be a bad thing, I think the young reader can still learn a lot from Heinlein's stories. They may not be able to learn much about science or space travel. Events have overtaken Mr. Heinlein in that respect. They will, however, learn quite a lot about virtues that will never go out of date. They will learn from Heinlein's heroes the importance of self-reliance, honor, courage and rational thinking. They will learn that doing the right thing, even at the risk of their lives is better in the long run. Reading Heinlein may even help young readers to resist the politically correct brain washing and mediocrity they are exposed to in our public schools. I can imagine one of Heinlein's older, wiser instructors telling a contemporary student that the universe does not care about his fragile self-esteem and that it does not hand out ribbons just for showing up.

Tunnel in the Sky, published in 1955, is typical of Heinlein's juveniles. It features a strong, intelligent young man, Rod Walker, as the protagonist. Rod wants to join the movement to colonize other planets, accessed through gateways that transport travelers instantly across the galaxy. In order to be a colonist, Rod must take and pass a class on survival taught by the famous explorer "Deacon" Matson. For the final exam, the class, along with similar classes from other schools, is to be dropped on an uninhabited planet for ten to fourteen days. Whoever manages to survive passes. Unfortunately, something disrupts the gate and the students are stranded. They must manage to survive for far longer than they had expected.

This may be Heinlein's response to Lord of the Flies published the previous year. Unlike the younger children in William Golding's tale, the high school and college age youths do not descend into savagery. They build a colony with a government. They attempt to recreate modern technology as much as possible and by the time they are rescued they have begun to smelt iron and to domesticate the native plants and animals. The young colonists do have trouble with students who refuse to do their share of the work and with dangerous animals, but they manage to overcome their difficulties. After their settlement is destroyed and their first mayor is killed by migrating animals, Rod becomes the new mayor. There is some talk of moving to a safer location that Rod had discovered earlier but he refuses to consider it, stating that they are men and they will not be moved by a bunch of dumb animals. Instead, they develop ways to defend their settlement by the time of the next migration.

I should say something about Heinlein's supposed racism in this book. At the beginning of the story, Rod visits a gateway to watch pioneers going out to colonize new planets. First, there is a long line of Asians, poverty-stricken refugees being forced by their authoritarian government to travel to a new world. They are followed by proud pioneers from North America. I do not believe that Heinlein intended to make any sort of statement about the relative merits of Asians and Americans but was extrapolating a likely future based on circumstances at the time of publication. In 1955, most of Asia was desperately poor and overcrowded and it seemed likely to remain so for generations. I should note that it is hinted throughout the book that Rod is African-American, though at the time of publication Heinlein was unable to say so outright.

I enjoyed reading Tunnel in the Sky when I was in fifth grade and enjoyed it no less rereading it as an adult. Robert Heinlein knew how to keep his readers interested.
Overall I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 rating and I would recommend this to any teen today. Why? Because it captures the awkwardness of being an older teen, you're not a child but you're not an adult (see this statement by the Deacon in the book). I caught only part of it the first time around, and more fully the second as I remembered this age more vividly. I also more clearly this time agreed with Heinlein that man is the most dangerous animal around having experienced first hand someone who for years was docile and then turned deadly.

Why the 4.5, well because...
I read this story back in the late 60's as a teen and remembered it as a trilling story. I've been waiting for it to come out on the kindle and bought it as soon as I saw it was available. The story is much as I remember it, but it was different than I remembered. There was less character development than I remembered, and this was disappointing. The other thing I didn't remember was the jump from the planet they were stranded on to end, it left me wandering what happened in between.
I guess back then the story flowed more smoothly because I filled in the gaps with what I expected Rod/me to do in the same situation, something now I see as not the only choice. Would I buy it again? You bet I love anything Heinlein, especially the early Heinleins because he hides his sermon behind a seemingly pretty picture. Some people say there is two Heinleins, the early one of the 40's and 50's and the late one of the 60's and 70's; I say they are one and the same it's the editors who are different and you just have to know what he said later to see it in the earlier books. I also agree with others that Heinlein's books are ageless, yes there are things that date it but if you take out the dates it all still applies to today, something that few books of that era can say.