When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness. They must deal with hunger, deprivation, and strangely savage beasts. But the bigger question is, can they survive each other? This science fiction classic pits a savage world against the most untamable beast of all: the human animal. Chock full of high adventure, futuristic speculation, witty repartee, and profound philosophy, Tunnel in the Sky represents the greatest SF writer of all time at the peak of his powers.More
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Where it all started ...
Thirty-four years ago, a 16-year old boy set out on a 4-day bus trip to spend the summer with his uncle. Four hours into the trip, he was bored as bored can be. There were no smart phones or game boys to keep his interested, so when the bus stopped for a 15-minute break, the young boy went looking for a Mad magazine to read.
He didn't find one. What he did was a rotating metal rack with paperback novels in it. Quickly scanning the rack, he noticed the cover of one book and it somewhat grabbed his attention.
This surprise him, as he was never one to read a book and rebuffed his father's attempts to get him interested in reading.
Looking on the back, he quickly read what the novel was about. "It was a test. It was only a test." This grabbed his attention, so he bought the novel.
Thirty-four years later, he's a voracious reader of (mainly) Science Fiction and it all started with A Tunnel In The Sky.
Even at the age I am now, I love to read this novel every four or five years. It's truly a classic that grabs the imagination. It's more than science fiction - that's merely the backdrop to this novel. It's actually more a study of human behaviour ... it's akin to "Lord of the Flies".
Great read. Very well narrated by David Barker and the gang.
Not just for kids
- R. Laplante