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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. The story at first appears to be a fairly imaginative and remarkably detailed exercise in translating the standard military-academy story into outer space: a boy from Iowa goes to officer school, sees action, and becomes a man. The book, however, goes on to explore some surprisingly sophisticated ethical issues through adventures that are much less military than one would expect. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 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 controversial authors in science fiction. ... Presentation of the solar system (not to scale) The solar system comprises the Earths Sun and the retinue of celestial objects gravitationally bound to it. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 26th 145,743 km² 320 km 500 km 0. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ...


Adaptations

This juvenile novel inspired Joseph Lawrence Greene of Grosset and Dunlap to develop the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet comic books, television series, radio show, comic strip, and novels that were popular in the early 1950s. Greene had originally submitted a radio script for "Tom Ranger" and the "Space Cadets" on January 16, 1946, but it remained unperformed when Heinlein's novel was published. Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books, and View-master reels in the 1950s. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... // Events and No. ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


Editions

  • June 1948, Scribner, library binding, ISBN 0684124289. Later editions of the hardcover and all the paperback and SFBC editions have a glaring omission in Chapter 17
  • August 12, 1978, Del Rey, paperback, ISBN 0345260724
  • February 12, 1982, Del Rey, paperback, ISBN 0345306317
  • October 12, 1985, Del Rey, paperback, ISBN 0345333977
  • October 12, 1987, Del Rey, paperback reissue edition, ISBN 0345353110
  • June 1, 2003, Thorndike Press, hardcover largeprint, ISBN 078625484X
  • Four Frontiers, Science Fiction Book Club: June, 2005, ISBN 0-7394-5345-0 (four Heinlein juvenile novels, including Space Cadet)

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Summary and discussion

The Patrol is entrusted with a monopoly on nuclear weapons, and is expected to maintain a credible threat to drop them on Earth from orbit as a deterrent against breaking the peace. Matt, on a visit home, causes a family spat when his parents refuse to believe that the Patrol (and their son) would actually bomb Iowa. In the 1950s there was a great deal of discussion in the popular press of the idea that satellites in outer space could be used for bombing the surface of the earth, and this book was in fact on the leading edge of this speculative current. The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ... // Events and No. ...


While in fact no bomb-carrying sattelites were ever constructed, much of the politics involved in Matt's quarrel with his family are still highly relevant.


Space cadets are taught that they should renounce allegiance to their country of origin and replace it by a wider allegiance to humanity as a whole and even wider, to all of the sentinet species of the Solar System. They are offered four heroes/martyrs whom they should seek to emulate.


One of these, Rivera, had ordered the nuclear bombing of his own hometown (presumably the capital of an unnamed Latin American country) becuase the dictator in power there was doing something unspecified which posed a risk grave enough to justify such a drastic action. The bombing also claimed Rivera's own life, at his specific order. (Some may say that Rivera took the easy way out, and that it would be difficult for a sane person to go on living after having done such a thing).


The young, starry-eyed Matt feels that he should be able, if need arises, to emulate Rivera and destroy his own Iowa hometown with his family and friends in it. But his father tells him such a "need" would never arise, since the Patrol's cosmopolitan allegiance is little more than a sham and in fact it is controlled by the United States and serves its interests. Later, Matt's mentor in the Patrol more than half admits that it is indeed so.


Written almost a decade before the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and at a time when nonwhite characters were almost entirely absent from science fiction, the book also explores the theme of racism, both literally, in discussions of the cosmopolitan racial makeup of the Patrol, and metaphorically, in its description of conflict with the Venerians. The Venerians are at first thought to be primitive, but we later learn that they have a high level of technological sophistication, developed along radically different lines than that of humans. Matt and his friends avert possible war with the Venerians with some deft cultural maneuvering when a former schoolmate provokes the otherwise peace-loving matriarchical society of Venus. Martin Luther King is perhaps most famous for his I Have a Dream speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom The Civil Rights Movement refers to a set of noted events and reform movements aimed at abolishing public and... It has been suggested that Racism in Mass Media be merged into this article or section. ... Adjective Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean (*min temperature refers to cloud tops only) Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 9. ...


There is also a subplot revolving around the issue of what it means to be a good soldier. The Patrol is meant to be a kind of thinking person's military organization, as contrasted against the Marines, who are trained to believe in unquestioning loyalty and bravery as the highest ideals. Discouraged with the intellectual demands of his training for the Patrol, Matt requests a transfer to the Marines, but is dissuaded by his mentor.



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 (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 controversial authors in 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. ... 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. ... Farmer In The Sky is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a boy who emigrates to Jupiters moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed, and who creates a farm out of gravel. ... 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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Space Cadet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (750 words)
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.
In the 1950s there was a great deal of discussion in the popular press of the idea that satellites in outer space could be used for bombing the surface of the earth, and this book was in fact on the leading edge of this speculative current.
Space cadets are taught that they should renounce allegiance to their country of origin and replace it by a wider allegiance to humanity as a whole and even wider, to all of the sentinet species of the Solar System.
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