Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This is one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is a repeat of Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn’s short story collection Soulmates). The novel was originally published in 1956 by Doubleday, and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
The story is set in the future of our solar system where the Moon and assorted planets have been colonized by differing government entities, and stars anunemployed actor hired to play a role with unexpectedly high stakes, with the fate of Mars potentially hanging in the balance.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through December as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.
Free for a limited time through December directly @ the publisher’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle available worldwide in return for your valid email address; follow the instructions on the page to reset the suggested cart price to $0.00 during checkout)
There are two Heinlein-related tie-in offers this month, for two more of his vintage classic novels, offered separately for $2.99 each, which is a nice touch, since like me, you might have already picked one or the other up from previous tie-in bundle offers. Anyway, they’re for two of his juveniles, Podkayne of Mars from 1963 and Time for the Stars from 1956, and if you don’t already have them, there’s a bundle discount to grab them both for $5.50.
Many of Heinlein’s fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author’s strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his “most enjoyable novel.”
Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo.
The story revolves around Lawrence Smith—also known as “Lorenzo the Great”—a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars.
When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.