The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones
Publication date:1952.09
Genre:Science fiction novel
Series:Heinlein Juveniles
Preceded by:The Year of the Jackpot
Followed by:Starman Jones
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The Rolling Stones (also published under the name “Space Family Stone” in the United Kingdom) is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. A condensed version of the novel had been published earlier in “Boys’ Life” September, October, November, December issues of 1952, under the title “Tramp Space Ship.” It was published in hardcover that year by “Scribner’s” as part of the “Heinlein Juveniles.”


The Stones—a family of “Loonies,” purchase and rebuild a used spaceship, and go sightseeing around the solar system.
"…The Luna family is pleasantly daft along with being terribly intelligent: Mother is an M.D.; Father an engineer who doubles as a television script writer for Earth; the twin boys are mathematical whizzes; Sister is not far behind them; the four‐year old brother is a chess expert; and Granny is an engineer! The elements which make this an extraordinary book are the fascinating characterizations, the terrific dialogue, and an abundance of humor. The famous science‐fiction writer hits a new high with this one…"—New York World‐Telegram

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