SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. SIGNED by Robinson on the title page. Novel (an interstellar love story) started by Heinlein in 1955 and then put aside unfinished - Robinson was authorized by Heinlein's estate to complete the story based on Heinlein's outline and notes and did this with a great blend of Heinlein's and his own writing, faithful in style and spirit to Heinlein's original vision. Dust jacket praise from John Varley, among others. Author's afterword. 318 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket (a bit of crinkling to top edge of dj) LIMITED TIME SALE: All prices shown have been REDUCED by 25% for the ABEBOOKS SALE. Free wrapping on request. Dust jackets are protected with archival covers, and books are carefully packed for shipping. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A never-before-published masterpiece from science fiction's greatest writer, rediscovered after more than half a century.
When Joel Johnston first met Jinny Hamilton, it seemed like a dream come true. And when she finally agreed to marry him, he felt like the luckiest man in the universe.
There was just one small problem. He was broke. His only goal in life was to become a composer, and he knew it would take years before he was earning enough to support a family.
But Jinny wasn't willing to wait. And when Joel asked her what they were going to do for money, she gave him a most unexpected answer. She told him that her name wasn't really Jinny Hamilton---it was Jinny Conrad, and she was the granddaughter of Richard Conrad, the wealthiest man in the solar system.
And now that she was sure that Joel loved her for herself, not for her wealth, she revealed her family's plans for him---he would be groomed for a place in the vast Conrad empire and sire a dynasty to carry on the family business.
Most men would have jumped at the opportunity. But Joel Johnston wasn't most men. To Jinny's surprise, and even his own, he turned down her generous offer and then set off on the mother of all benders. And woke up on a colony ship heading out into space, torn between regret over his rash decision and his determination to forget Jinny and make a life for himself among the stars.
He was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.
About the Author:
Robert A. Heinlein is universally acknowledged as modern science fiction's greatest author. At his death, in 1987, he left a legacy of books and stories that has profoundly influenced the course of the field for generations.
But one of Heinlein's most ambitious works was never finished. In 1955, he began work on a novel to be titled Variable Star, completing a detailed outline and making extensive notes for the book, only to set it aside to focus on other novels, including Tunnel in the Sky and the Hugo Award-winning Double Star. For more than half a century, the work lay forgotten among Heinlein's papers. Then, on its rediscovery a few years ago, the Robert A. Heinlein Trust selected an author to finish the work.
The author chosen for the project was, appropriately enough, a writer The New York Times has hailed as "the New Robert Heinlein"--Spider Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula Award--winning author of such modern SF classics as Stardance and "Melancholy Elephants." Faithful to the spirit of Heinlein's original vision, and laced with contemporary touches that will appeal to modern readers, Variable Star is a rare treat for the Grand Master's many fans.
Profits from the book will help fund the annual $500,000 Heinlein Prize for innovation in commercial manned spaceflight, a goal Mr. Heinlein considered crucial to humanity's long-term survival.
Title: VARIABLE STAR.
Publisher: New York: TOR / Tom Doherty Associates, (2006.) dj
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