|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Water Is for Washing|
|Followed by:||The Black Pits of Luna|
“Space Cadet” is a 1948 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein It was published as the second of the series of “Heinlein Juveniles” and inspired the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet media empire, including the 1950s television series and radio show which made “Space Cadet” a household phrase whose meaning later shifted in popular culture.
Only the best and brightest, the strongest and the most courageous ever manage to become Space Cadets, at the Space Academy. They are in training to be come part of the elite guard of the solar system, accepting missions others fear, taking risks no others dare, and upholding the peace of the solar system for the benefit of all. But before Matt Dodson can earn his rightful place in the ranks, his mettle is to be tested in the most severe and extraordinary ways, ways that change him forever, from the midwestern American boy into a man of the Solar Patrol.