For many of us, when our heart is broken, we want to put as much distance as possible between ourselves and the people who caused that pain. Taking that quite literally, young Joel Johnston chooses to go trillions of kilometers away so that nothing will remind him of his first love and the secret she kept from him. He enlists on the latest colony ship en route to a planet called Brasil Novo and heads for the stars, not realizing nor caring what will happen next. Variable Star is a fantastic tale first conceived by the late master of science fiction Robert Heinlein. Contemporary author Spider Robinson accepted the challenge of realizing that vision in a way that appeals both to long-time Heinlein fans and to those unfamiliar with the legacy. Filled with imaginative situations and intriguing characters, Variable Star succeeds admirably.