Starman Jones

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Baen Publishing Enterprises, Oct 1, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
The stars were closed to Max Jones. To get into space you either needed connections, a membership in the arcane Guild, or a whole lot more money than Max, the son of a widowed, poor mother, was ever going to have. What Max does have going for him are his uncle's prized astrogation manuals¾books on star navigation that Max literally commits to memory word for word, equation for equation. When Max's mother decides to remarry a bullying oaf, Max takes to the road, only to discover that his Uncle Chet's manuals, and Max's near complete memorization of them, is a ticket to the stars. But serving on a spaceship is no easy task. Duty is everything, and a mistake can mean you and all aboard are lost forever. Max loves every minute of his new life, and he steadily grows in the trust of his superior officers, and seems to be on course for a command track position. But then disaster strikes, and it's going to take every trick Max ever learned from his tough life and his uncle's manuals to save himself and the ship from a doom beyond extinction itself.

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User Review  - ikeman100 - LibraryThing

In my continuing survey of classic SF I'm finding many authors and books I missed when I was young. This is one of them. I like a many of Heinlein's novels but, as with some of his early juveniles I ... Read full review

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(Original Review, 1980-07-24) Random rumblings on our inability to predict the future. Pop-up display screens and visual aiming (guiding a missile by looking at the target) for fighter pilots is ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION by William H Patterson
THE TOMAHAWK
GOOD SAMARITAN
EARTHPORT
THE ASTROGATORS GUILD
YOUR MONEY AND MY KNOWHOW
SPACEMAN JONES
ELDRETH
TRANSITION
ANYWHERE
THIS ISNT A PICNIC
OVER A HUNDRED YEARS
CHARITY
CIVILIZATION
AFRIENDINNEED
A SHIP IS NOT JUST STEEL

THREE WAYS TO GET AHEAD
CHARTSMANJONES 10 GARSONS PLANET
THROUGH THE CARGO HATCH
HALCYON
THE CAPTAIN OF THE ASGARD
THE TOMAHAWK
AFTERWORD by Michael Z Williamson

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Vietnam veteran, former lawyer, former bus driver, and now bestselling author, David Drake tells a military story like no other. His readers recognize that he can take them where no one else can, with gut-wrenching description that puts them face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of the action right on the battlefield. He helped create the audience for mercenary military science fiction with his best-selling "Hammer's Slammers" books. Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His stint at Duke University Law School was interrupted for two years by the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Drake has a wife, a son, and various pets.

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