|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Tramp Royale|
|Followed by:||Tunnel in the Sky|
The Star Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The novel, somewhat abridged, was originally serialised in “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction” May, June, July issues of 1954, under title “Star Lummox,” and then published in hardcover as part of “Scribner’s” series of “Heinlein Juveniles.”
Lummox has been the pet of the Stuart family for generations. With eight legs, a thick hide and huge (and growing) size, Lummox is nobody’s idea of man’s best friend. Nevertheless, John Stuart XI, descendant of the starman who originally brought Lummox back to Earth, loves him. But when Lummox eats a neighbor’s car and begins to grow again, the Feds decide enough is enough. John isn’t about to let the authorities take his pet away, and with his best friend friend Betty, determines to save Lummox even if it takes leaving the life he’s known forever.