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Books; Orphans of the Sky by Robert A Heinlein (1963)

This book contains two of Robert Heinlein's stories which were first published in 1941. These stories are Universe, and it's sequel called Common Sense.

Universe starts with a curious farmer learning that the universe is not what he is told that it is. First he is recruited as a trainee scientist, then he gets into a set of adventures that proves that he is actually on a multi-generation ship travelling between the stars. This ship was refered to in the book Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle as a universe ship.

Common sense continues from the position of having convinced the ships chief engineer of this, and deals with trying to get the ship under a unified crew so that they can finish the original mission of colonisation.

Buy it in America or buy it in the UK or buy it in Canada

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