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Citizen of the Galaxy. 1957 Citizen of the Galaxy
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1957
Charles Scribner's Sons
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Leonard Everett Fisher
302 pages
Price: $2.95

Citizen of the Galaxy, a Heinlein juvenile novel.

Published as a serial in Astounding Science-Fiction (September, October, November and December 1957 issues).

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1969 Victor Gollancz hardback edition, SBN 575002069. Cover illustration by Alan Breese.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
As the story begins you will find yourself in a slave market, very much like those in ancient times. Why? you ask yourself as you read. Why is Thorby being sold as a slave? Why does Baslim the Cripple buy him? Who is Thorby?

The book keeps its secret through Thorby’s exciting adventures on this particular planet and on the Free Trading star ship Sisu, where the Free Traders have worked out "possibly the oddest solution to the difficult problem of how to be human and survive of any society in history."

At the end the mystery of Thorby is solved, and all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place to make a truly dramatic ending, with a great decision for Thorby—citizen of the Galaxy.

Robert Heinlein is one of the outstanding science-fiction authors of today, and, as Times Literary Supplement called him, "the undisputed king of science fiction for young readers."

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