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Between Planets. 1951 Between Planets
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1951
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Clifford Geary
Interior illustations by Clifford Geary

222 pages
Price: $2.50

Between Planets, a Heinlein juvenile novel.

First published in condensed form as a serial in Blue Book (September and October 1951 issues) under the title Planets in Combat.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1968 printing of the Victor Gollancz hardback edition. Cover illustration by Alan Breese.

Publisher’s Blurb – Jacket Flap
In this fast-moving science-fiction novel, Robert Heinlein shows us what it would feel like to be a citizen of an Interplanetary Federation, and shows us, too, what might happen under such an organisation if it should disregard the rights of the individual. Don, the nineteen-year-old hero of the story, is a citizen of the Federation but not of any planet. His mother was born on Venus, his father on Earth, and Don himself was born on a space ship in trajectory between planets. This curious citizenship makes difficulties for him when a rebellion starts on Venus and Don is caught travelling between Earth and Mars, where he is to join his parents.

Robert Heinlein is one of the outstanding science-fiction writers of today; he always introduces fascinating characters into his books. Early in this story Don meets "Sir Isaac Newton", a remarkable scientist-dragon from Venus, and one who plays an unexpectedly important part when Don finds himself personally embroiled in the rebellion. This is a novel that will do much to increase the author's reputation.

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