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by Robert A. Heinlein

SLAVE: Brought to Sargon in chains as a child -- unwanted by all save a one-legged beggar -- Thorby learned well the wiles of the street people and the mysterious ways of his crippledmaster . . .OUTLAW: Hunted by the police for some unknown treasonous acts committed by his beloved owner, Thorby risked his life to deliver a dead man's message and found himself both guest and prisoner aboard an alien spaceship . . .CITIZEN: Unaware of his role in an ongoing intrigue, Thorby became one of the freest of the free in the entire galaxy as the adopted son of a noble space captain . . . until he became a captive in an interstellar prison that offered everything but the hope of escape!
Download Citizen of the Galaxy epub
ISBN: 0345289110
ISBN13: 978-0345289117
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey (1980)
ePUB size: 1720 kb
FB2 size: 1918 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 735
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Read this fifty years ago. Reread several times. Still special. I did not know why I was touched then, now I (maybe) understand.

The characters, like many of Heinlein's, have stayed with me. This work focuses on personal free will (as do most of Heinlein's books) and the contrast of group submission. Heinlein, like Dick Francis, writes from a moral, ethical base.

Book can be divided into three sections; Thorby as a slave begger, then adopted into a merchant family traveling in space, then found as heir of riches. Each situation reveals the challenge of combining individual freedom with group submission. Where does one stop and the other begin?

Baslim the cripple, buys Thorby in a slave market, on the first page. We learn this is to save him. Thorby feels free as a beggar and then a slave when he is a free trader on ship. Thereafter, as overwhelmingly wealthy, feels totally controlled. Fascinating!

As he released, Thorby is told. - ''There . . . congratulations and welcome to the ranks of free men. I’ve been free a parcel of years now and I predict that you will find it looser but not always more comfortable.” Precious.

This is so skillfully done the reader does not notice the message, just enjoys the story. Great!
I first ran across Heinlie's juvenile fiction in Boys Life Magazine oh 55 years ago or so. Can't tell you which one but it set me on the path of following the works of the Dean of Science Fiction.. I shamelessly stole his attitudes and philosophy and made them my own.

So much of his work resonated with the Boy Scouts teachings. To do what is right and stand your ground. This book takes you from the utter bottom of society to the upper stratosphere of the ultra rich. Along the way a respect for difference is brought about.

Don't let the juvenile liable scare you away.. At the end you will have to deal with the loss of what should have been the rest of the story. You will be wanting more!
This is a book about slavery and freedom, much more than just a "juvenile," though it is also a great adventure story for kids to enjoy. My son is fourteen, and I read this because it is such a favorite of his. I have read many other Heinleins, but just hadn't gotten around to this one yet. I didn't come across the juveniles as a kid, so I have encountered all of them (that I have read) as an adult, and the best of them, like Tunnel in the Sky or Starman Jones or The Rolling Stones, are among my favorites Heinleins, period. Citizen of the Galaxy belongs in that company, but it stands out for the profundity of its treatment of slavery as a stain on human culture that has been present since our beginnings and will likely continue to plague us--even if we as a species survive long enough to discover a future among the stars.
It is common to classify Heinlein's fiction into his "juvenile" phase, when he was writing space operas for teenagers and his "mature" phase. wi ould say that his book, along with Starship Troopers and Farnham's Freehold are transition novels that fit in both categories. All three of these novels reflect an aspect of Heinlein's political beliefs. To my mind (and probably to your's as well), this book is the most attractive of the three in political terms. Starship Troopers outlines a military culture (only ex-soldiers can vote) and Farnham's Freehold some of sort of survivalist creed combined with an interesting (given the time that he wrote the book) philosophy about race and racism. In contrast, Citizen of the Galaxy focuses on the struggle to break out of slavery and the inalienable right to be free.

The main character, Thorby, starts out as a slave in the cruel and decadent Nine Worlds, an empire far from Earth. He is adopted by a beggar, Baslim, who turns out to be much more than meets the eye. Baslim teaches Thorby and installs in him a desire to break the chains of slavery. Without going into the details, Thorby flees the Nine Worlds as a free man. He comes to learn that there are many other forms of "slavery" where a person gives up part of his personal freedom to a bigger it a clan, an oath, or a family. The book, with its unlikely twists and turns, makes you think. Although Heinlein preaches a lot, it is much more pleasant than in Starship Troopers. The preacher is quite direct, with lessons about linguistics, family relations, anthropology, and just about anything that strikes Heinlein's fancy. If the story were not so good, it would annoying. In this case, it adds to the story and gives the reader (at least this reader) a sense that they are learning something.

While the story is good, the book really moves around its interesting characters. Thorby is the only character that is in the book from the first page to the last page. Other characters enter and leave the story as necessary. They are all quite interesting and well done. It is also a science fiction, with lots of faster than light ships, futuristic technology (at least as imagined in the early sixties), and space pirates. As a juvenile, it is appropriate for any audience interested in science fiction. And I am sure that it would get even kids thinking about the big themes. I first read this book in 7th grade and I have returned to several times since, each time picking up something new. I have read both the paper version and listened to audiobook. Either way, you won't go wrong.
Four stars because it is a classic. It tells a good story and gives you something to ponder along the way.

One star lost because it feels like the author just got bored or gave up on the story and just let it run out at the end. (Or am I missing out on some incredibly cool sequel that picked right up and went racing off?)

Things have changed since this book was written. We have all evolved culturally since those days. If you try and jam it into today's world you can pick it apart in many ways. Step back and take it for what it is and if you can, fit it back into when it was written. It was great back then, and it can be today if you keep your mind open. (the same can easily be said of Asimov's 'Foundation and Empire'.)