Farmer in the Sky

Farmer in the Sky
Publication date:1950.08
Genre:Science fiction novel
Series:Heinlein Juveniles
Preceded by:Cliff and the Calories
Followed by:Destination Moon
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“Farmer In The Sky” is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. A condensed version of the novel was published in serial form in “Boys’ Life” magazine August, September, October, November issues of 1950, under the title “Satellite Scout.” The novel was awarded a “Retro Hugo” in 2001.

Passing references by the lead character to the song “The Green Hills of Earth” and to its author, Rhysling, have caused some to consider it part of Heinlein’s “Future History” series.


The Earth is crowded and food is rationed, but a colony on Ganymede, one of the moons of Jupiter, offers an escape for teenager Bill Lermer and his family. Back on Earth, the move sounded like a grand adventure, but Bill soon realizes that life on the frontier is dangerous, and in an alien world with no safety nets, nature is cruelly unforgiving of even small mistakes. Bill’s new home is a world of unearthly wonders and heartbreaking tragedy. He will face hardships, survive dangers, and grow up fast, meeting the challenge of opening up a new world for humanity and finding strengths within himself that he had never suspected existed.

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