Citizen of the Galaxy

Citizen of the Galaxy

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SLAVE: Brought to Sargon in chains as a child -- unwanted by all save a one-legged beggar -- Thorby learned well the wiles of the street people and the mysterious ways of his crippledmaster . . .OUTLAW: Hunted by the police for some unknown treasonous acts committed by his beloved owner, Thorby risked his life to deliver a dead man's message and found himself both guest and prisoner aboard an alien spaceship . . .CITIZEN: Unaware of his role in an ongoing intrigue, Thorby became one of the freest of the free in the entire galaxy as the adopted son of a noble space captain . . . until he became a captive in an interstellar prison that offered everything but the hope of escape!show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 155g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New impression
  • 0140057498
  • 9780140057492

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An inter-galactic waif, Thorby, was sold at a slave auction to Baslim the Cripple. Then, in accordance with his instructions the boy undertook a search for his ancestry on board the space ship Sisu. The mystery of his parentage tormented Thorby through all of the adventures he met in the free wheeling trading enterprises of the ship he called home. But final identification posed a dilemma. Thorby discovered that he was heir to the interstellar Rudbeck corporation. Since the disappearance of his parents control had fallen into the unscrupulous hands of a man engaged in slave trade. Sometimes satirical, probingly provocative, this is a characteristic Heinlein off-the-ground mirage, with the protagonist encountering the values of a free society, weighing the worth of the individual. Margaret Mader, the bustling lady anthropologist who proves a friend to Thorby (her resemblance to Margaret Mead seems more than coincidental) is a typical Heinlein touch in this synthesis of reality-unreality. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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