|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Double Star|
|Followed by:||The Door into Summer|
“Time for the Stars” is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein first time published by “Scribner’s” in August 1956 as one of the “Heinlein Juveniles.” The basic plot line is derived from a 1911 thought experiment in special relativity, commonly called the twin paradox, proposed by French physicist Paul Langevin.
Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower‐than‐light spaceships and home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely solution—human telepathy. Identical twins Tom and Pat are enlisted to be the human radios that will keep the ships in contact with Earth, but one of them has to stay behind while the other explores the depths of space. This is one of Heinlein’s triumphs.