'Space Cadet' is a 1948 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about Matt Dodson, who joins the Space Patrol to help preserve peace in the Solar System. The story translates the standard military academy story into outer space: a boy from Iowa goes to officer school, sees action and adventure, shoulders responsibilities far beyond his experience, and becomes a man. 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...
This is the seminal novel of a young man's education as a member of an elite, paternalistic nonmilitary organization of leaders dedicated to preserving human civilization, a provocative parallel to Heinlein's later military coming-of-age tale, Starship Troopers.
Only the best and brightest - the strongest and the most courageous - ever managed to become Space Cadets at the Space Academy. Young men such as Matt and Tex, from Terra; Oscar, from Venus; Pierre, from one of Jupiter's moons. They are in training to become part of the elite guard ot 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.
Aventura / Drama / Entretenimento / Ficção científica / Infantojuvenil / Jovem adulto / Literatura Estrangeira / Romance / Suspense e Mistério