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Farmer In The Sky is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a boy who emigrates to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed, and who creates a farm out of gravel. First published in "Boys' Life" magazine, in serial form (Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. 1950), under the title "Satellite Scout". 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and, at times, controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 70 kPa Hydrogen ~86% Helium ~14% Methane 0. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure trace Oxygen 100% Ganymede (IPA: , gan-i-meed, Greek Γανυμήδης) is Jupiters largest moon, and indeed the largest moon in the entire solar system; it is larger in diameter than Mercury but only about half its mass. ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in three stages of development. ... Bales of hay on a farm near Ames, Iowa A farm is the basic unit in agriculture. ... Boys Life could mean: Boys Life the Boy Scouts of America magazine. ...

In a future Earth where food is carefully rationed and teenagers fly helicopters, a widower takes his teenage son Bill, new bride and her daughter Peggy to a new colony and a new future. Bill saves his bunkmates from asphyxiation when a meteor punctures their compartment by improvising a patch. To combat the boredom of the long journey, the Boy Scouts in the group form troops and the children attend classes. Earth is the third planet in the Sol system. ... The Bell 206 of Canadian Helicopters Robinson Helicopter Company (USA) R44, a four seat development of the R22 A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors (propellers). ... Asphyxia is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body. ... For professional sport scouts, see Scout (sport). ...


When the newcomers arrive, an unpleasant surprise awaits them. The group is much larger than the colony can handle. The farms they were promised do not yet exist. In fact, the "soil" has to be created from scratch by pulverizing rocks and seeding the resulting dust with carefully prepared organic material. While some predictably whine about the injustice, Bill lands a job with an already-established farmer and his family to learn the ropes, while his father signs on as an engineer in town. Peggy is unable to adjust to the low pressure atmosphere and has to live inside. The air is being thickened by "matter converters", but process is slow, given the size of the moon. Eventually, the family gets its own homestead, including a pressurized room for Peggy.


One day, a rare alignment of Jupiter's moons causes an earthquake which depressurizes Peggy's room and knocks out the machines that maintain the colony's heat shield. The temperature drops rapidly and the family is lucky to make it to the safety of the town. Peggy dies, as do most of the colonists. The family considers returning to Earth, but in true pioneer spirit, decides to stay.


The colony gradually recovers and a mapping expedition is organized. Bill goes along as a cook. He and a friend discover the remnants of an alien civilization, including a working land vehicle that uses legs. This proves fortuitous as they are left behind when Bill's appendix bursts and they miss the rendezvous. They travel cross country to the next landing point and save Bill's life.


First appearance (in Heinlein's novels) of the concept of ecology bringing on a war. The word ecology is often used in common parlance as a synonym for the natural environment or environmentalism. ...


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The Novels of Robert A. Heinlein

For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (1939) | Beyond This Horizon (1942) | Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) | Space Cadet (1948) | Red Planet (1949) | Sixth Column (also known as: The Day After Tomorrow) (1949) | Farmer in the Sky (1950) | Between Planets (1951) | The Puppet Masters (1951) | The Rolling Stones (1952) | Starman Jones (1953) | The Star Beast (1954) | Tunnel in the Sky (1955) | Variable Star (1955) | Double Star (1956) | Time for the Stars (1956) | Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) | The Door into Summer (1957) | Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958) | Methuselah's Children (1958) | Starship Troopers (1959) | Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) | Podkayne of Mars (1963) | Glory Road (1963) | Farnham's Freehold (1965) | The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) | I Will Fear No Evil (1970) | Time Enough for Love (1973) | The Number of the Beast (1980) | Friday (1982) | Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) | The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) | To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987) Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and, at times, controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs is a 1939 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published for the first time on November 28, 2003. ... Beyond This Horizon is a 1942 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Rocket Ship Galileo is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein in which boys build a rocket ship in their backyard and take it to the moon. ... Space Cadet is a 1948 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about Matt Dodson, who joins the Space Patrol that keeps the peace in the solar system. ... Red Planet is a 1949 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about students at boarding school on Mars. ... Sixth Column, also published under the title The Day After Tomorrow, is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, set in a United States that has been conquered by a foreign invader. ... Between Planets is a 1951 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... In 1951, Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel, The Puppet Masters, in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. ... The Rolling Stones (also published under the name Space Family Stone in the United Kingdom) is a 1952 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein June 1, 1952, Atheneum, library binding, ISBN 0684923033 June 13, 1985, Del Rey, paperback reissue edition, 256 pages, ISBN 034532451X May 12, 1977, Del Rey, paperback... Starman Jones is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a farm boy with an eidetic memory. ... The Star Beast is a 1954 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a high school senior who discovers that his late fathers extra-terrestrial pet is more than it appears to be. ... Tunnel in the Sky is a science fiction book written by Robert Heinlein and published in 1955. ... In 2004, Spider Robinson pronounced himself overjoyed to begin working on a lengthy 1955 novel outline by the late Robert A. Heinlein in order to expand it into a novel, thus making it a collaborative effort. ... Double Star is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Time for the Stars is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1956. ... Citizen of the Galaxy is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1957. ... The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1957. ... title a rip off of have gun, will travel Have Space Suit—Will Travel is a juvenile science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1958. ... Methuselahs Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. ... Stranger in A Strange Land Cover Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Podkayne of Mars is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein published in 1963, about a teenage girl named Podkayne and her little brother, an antisocial genius, who leave their home on Mars to take a trip on a spaceliner to see Venus and Earth, accompanied by their uncle. ... Glory Road is a fantasy novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1963. ... Farnhams Freehold is a science fiction tale set in the near future by Robert Heinlein. ... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ... I Will Fear No Evil is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1970. ... Time Enough for Love is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1973. ... Book cover The Number of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980 (ISBN 0-44-913070-3). ... Friday is a 1982 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Job: A Comedy of Justice is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984. ... Book cover The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1985. ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ...


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Farmer in the Sky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (511 words)
Farmer In The Sky is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a boy who emigrates to Jupiter's moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed, and who creates a farm out of gravel.
In fact, the "soil" has to be created from scratch by pulverizing rocks and seeding the resulting dust with carefully prepared organic material.
While some predictably whine about the injustice, Bill lands a job with an already-established farmer and his family to learn the ropes, while his father signs on as an engineer in town.
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