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by David Gerrold

  • Author: David Gerrold
  • ISBN: 0812589742
  • ISBN13: 978-0812589740
  • ePub: 1938 kb | FB2: 1511 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 18, 2003)
  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Votes: 916
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Leaping To The Stars: Book Three in the Starsiders Trilogy ePub download

The last book in the trilogy, this one is quite a bit more didactic than the previous two. Which probably makes it more Heinleinian, but kills the action.

David Gerrold - a winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award - is the author of dozens of novels, including Jumping Off the Planet.

Thirty-five light years. There have been three exploratory missions and five colonization voyages. A beachhead has been established.

The first work in David Gerrold's Star Wolf trilogy, this tale pits the human members of the Star Wolf space vessel against the superhuman Morthan crew

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Having divorced his parents and escaped to the moon, Charles and his brothers find themselves faced with most difficult decision. Unable to return to Earth, where do they go? One option is the distant Earth colony Outbeyond. Complicating matters, he and HARLIE-a state of the art intelligence unit-have become valuable commodities in a Free Luna movement. A hijacking aboard ship, however, and suspicion's of HARLIE'S true motives could doom the brothers' bid for freedom . . . forever.
I’ve been reading Leaping to the Stars by David Gerrold , which is the end of the trilogy that began with Jumping Off the Planet and continued with Bouncing Off the Moon. I don’t care if it’s classified as a kids’ book. I loved it. Hardly anyone writes that kind of science fiction any more.

The story begins on a grossly overpopulated, drowning-in-credit earth, where every problem of adolescence is magnified by the all-over difficulties. It continues to the moon, which has its own society and economy and which is easily accessible via the “elevator.” There’s science (or pseudo science; I don’t think there’s anything real in those gravity lenses) and philosophy and interesting characters and coming of age... (Y’know, in some ways it’s better than Heinlein.) I hated for it to end.

David Gerrold has written other books, including a very amusing (yes, amusing!) chronicle of some terrifying monsters called chtorr. But among aficionados he is best know for having written “The Trouble With Tribbles” for Star Trek: The Original Series.
In the third novel in David Gerrold's YA series, begun in 2000's "Jumping Off The Planet" and continued in 2001's "Bouncing Off the Moon," teenager Charles "Chigger" Dingillian and his family are leaving the solar system behind, just a few of the hundreds of passengers and crew aboard the starship "Cascade," which is carrying colonists to several distant colony worlds.

The colonists have their own intramural conflicts. One colony is a conservative religious retreat, and the colonists bound to be dropped off there view the more secular communities bound for other worlds with suspicion.

As always, Gerrold explores science and technologies that don't yet exist with a firm and credible eye and impeccable research, and explains them to us in language that is clear and concise, easily understood by teenaged readers.

As with the first two parts of Gerrold's "Dingilliad" -- all three books are collected in "The Far Side of the Sky: Jumping off the Planet ; Bouncing off the Moon ; Leaping to the Stars" -- this novel comes to a satisfying conclusion, while still being open to future installments. I, for one, hope Gerrold will continue this story in future novels.
Thirteen-year-old Charles "Chigger" Dingillian and his reconciling family seek a new home. They debate whether to relocate to the Outbeyond, light years from earth. Ultimately they vote overwhelmingly for relocating to the somewhat unknown Outbeyond.

However, the trip across the stars turns dangerous because everyone seems to want Chigger's HARLIE unit, an artificial intelligence device placed inside a monkey. The government, revolutionaries, and revelationists want HARLIE for different reasons. The government believes the device is so superior it will enable them to strengthen their positions of power. The revolutionaries want the unit so they can overthrow the government and take over the positions of power. However, the greatest known peril to the Dingillian brood comes from the revelationists who consider HARLIE as evil and his owners as devils needing eradication. Then there is HARLIE growing in intelligence to the point that even Chigger fears where the AI gadget is going.

LEAPING TO THE STARS is a fantastic concluding tale to David Gerrold's wonderful trilogy starring Chigger and his family. The story line is faster than space travel and will hook fans of the two previous novels from the very first meeting between the Dingillians and Commander Boynton leader of the ship taking them to the Outbeyond. New readers either should try the first two books before this novel or stay patient while Chigger methodically fills in the gaps from events previously told. Science fiction fans will jump, bounce, and leap to the stars with the Dingillian clan trilogy.

Harriet Klausner
These are excellent books - Jumping Off the Planet, Bouncing Off the Moon, and Leaping to the Stars, especially for adolescents and teens. Having read SF for 50 years I found them to be well written, well plotted, believable and interesting - in some ways reminiscent of Heinlein's best juveniles but with more "human" characters (always Heinlein's weakness). With a 13 year old story teller/protagonist, the series touches on such topics as artificial intelligence, sentience, "who am I", good/evil, the purpose/role of government, and economics. It starts with a believable future Earth (nearing apocolyptic status) scenario, the science is believable and fairly well, if lightly, explained. Lots of adventures, dilemmas, rescues, and some romance. And interesting to see how an originally disfunctional family learns to become functional and a family. A "coming of age" tone for the protagonist as he discovers "who am I". Worth reading, and if you want to introduce an adolescent or teenager to SF, this is a good series to start with.
If you are a parent thinking about these books for your child, note that there is a homosexual relationship in the series. I don't find this a problem, but you might.
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