The Rolling Stones
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One of Heinlein’s Best-Loved Works. By “One of the most influential writers in American literature.” —The New York Times Book Review.
The rollicking adventures of the Stone Family on a tour of the Solar System. It all statred when the twins, Castor and Pollux Stone, decided that life on the Lunar colony was too dull and decided to buy their own spaceship and go into business for themselves. Their father thought that was a fine, idea, except that he and Grandma Hazel bought the spaceship and the whole Stone Family were on their way out into the far reaches of the Solar System, with stops on Mars(where the twins got a lesson in the interplanetary economics of bicycles and the adorable little critters called flatcats who, it turned out, bred like rabbits; or perhaps, Tribbles....), out to the asteroids, where Mrs. Stone, an M.D., was needed to treat a dangerous outbreak of disease, even further out, to Titan and beyond.
Unforgettable Heinlein characters on an unforgettable adventure.
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world".
- Stephen King
Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.
a fuss over nothing. If it'll give you any satisfaction, we'll open it up again – but you'll simply see that we were right. If you had seen those gaskets, you would have passed them.' 'Probably. Almost certainly. But a skipper's orders as to how he wants his ship gotten ready for space are not subject to change by a dockyard mechanic – which is what you both rate at the moment. Understand me?' 'Okay, so we should have waited: Tomorrow we'll open her up, you'll see that we were right and
'The winnah and still champeen!' Castor said, 'Dad, that's final? No more maneuvers until you calculate your approach to Mars?' 'Of course not. No changes for six months at least. Why?' 'Then Pol and I respectfully request the Captain's permission to decompress the hold and go outside. We want to get to work on our bikes.' 'Never mind the fake military-vessel phraseology. But I have news for you.' He took a sheet of paper out of his belt pouch. 'Just a moment while I make a couple of
to play a wonderful game called, "What's for dinner?" Have fun, folks.' She headed aft, towing the infant against his opposition. Outside the bicycles looked considerably farther away. Cas glanced at the mass and said. 'Maybe I ought to go across on my suit jet, Dad? It would save time.' 'I strongly doubt it. Try the heaving line, Pol.' Pollux snapped the light messenger line to a padeye. Near the weighted end had been fastened a half a dozen large hooks fashioned of 6-gauge wire. His
time by taking a throat lozenge from her gun and popping it in through her mouth valve; she gave one to Lowell. Presently they saw Roger walk up the side of the ship to a view port. He stayed there quite a while, then walked down again. When he got back to them his face was stormy. Hazel said 'No go, I take it?' 'None at all. Oh, I saw Van and he rapped out some irrelevant insults. But he did let me see Edith – through the port' 'How did she look?' 'Wonderful, just wonderful! A little bit
'em. They must be the gaudiest sight in the System. I got to thinking right seriously about it when the air was getting a little stuffy back – well, back you-know-when. I said to myself; Hazel, you aren't getting any younger; you catch the next chance that comes your way. I missed one once, Roger, when you were three. A good chance, but they wouldn't take a child and well, never mind. So now I'm going.' She paused, then snapped, 'Don't look so much like a funeral! You don't need me now. What I