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Farmer in the Sky Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Farmer in the Sky is a novel about pioneers, about youth and age, and about the boundaries of the human spirit. It challenges the reader to consider the very real possibility that the human race will soon embark upon a new era of exploration. This time, the frontier is space.

Pioneers of the future will need the same emotional and spiritual resources as those of the past. However difficult it may be to imagine actually populating another world, humans will undoubtedly take their personalities with them—all the bad traits as well as the good. This fact alone will make society in space similar in many respects to society as we know it on Earth. The pressures of establishing human life on distant worlds will magnify the faults and demand more of the virtues.

Farmer in the Sky is told from the point of view of a teen-age boy. The move he makes from Earth to a distant planet parallels his movement from childhood to adulthood. When the unique demands of relocation fall upon the shoulders of a young person, they reveal the need for courage and self-reliance. Farmer in the Sky demonstrates that the triumph of humanity is rooted in the pioneer spirit.