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The Billion-Dollar Boy" is somewhat a space-fiction "Captains Courageous. Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants

The Billion-Dollar Boy" is somewhat a space-fiction "Captains Courageous. Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants. In a move to get attention from the staff on his mother’s space liner, Shelby lands himself in an outbound ore carrier, on his way to a ship-bound society where a man’s name means less than his word (and where Shelby’s word has no value).

Charles Sheffield is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training. His doctoral work was on Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. The Billion-Dollar Boy" is somewhat a space-fiction "Captains Courageous

Charles Sheffield is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training. Currently Dr. Sheffield works as chief scientist for the Earth Satellite Corporation, a Washington, . based firm that specializes in the analysis of data gathered from space. The Billion-Dollar Boy" is somewhat a space-fiction "Captains Courageous.

The Billion Dollar Boy is a 1997 science fiction novel by Charles Sheffield. The story takes place centuries in the future where asteroid mining is a major industry. Earth's population is 14 billion, most live in poverty. The protagonist is Shelby Cheever, a spoiled, exceedingly rich teenager, who lords his wealth over everyone around him, while taking pride in being completely unproductive

The Billion Dollar Boy book. by Charles Sheffield, published in 1997. If you enjoy the young adult Heinlein novels then you are sure to like The Billion Dollar Boy by Sheffield.

The Billion Dollar Boy book. It is the second book in the Jupiter Novel series begun by Sheffield and Pournelle with Higher Education.

Twenty-second century. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

The Billion Dollar Boy. (1997) (The second book in the Jupiter series) A novel by Charles Sheffield. The second novel in the "Jupiter" series finds "The Billion Dollar Boy", young Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V, far from his fortune, learning how to survive in space while discovering the shape of his destiny. Genre: Young Adult Fantasy. Similar books by other authors.

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Book in the Jupiter Series). by Charles Sheffield. New York Public Library "Best Books for the Teen Age" selection Shelby Cheever V is a spoiled brat. He is also the richest kid in the country

Book in the Jupiter Series). He is also the richest kid in the country. Putting Up Roots. The Billion Dollar Boy (Jupiter).

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One of the richest young men of twenty-second-century Earth, Shelby Crawford Jerome Prescott Cheever V finds himself stranded on a mining ship twenty-seven light years from Earth, where he must learn to survive without all his vast wealth.
Iraraeal
This is one of the Tor Jupiter series, with four juvenile novels (Higher Education, The Billion-Dollar Boy, Putting Up Roots, The Cyborg from Earth) released between 1997 and 2003. All four books are enjoyable even for adults, but (and I have the word of my two children here) they are great fun for teens as well.

"The Billion-Dollar Boy" is somewhat a space-fiction "Captains Courageous." Shelby Cheever is the eponymous boy who decides that he can pout and tantrum his way to what he wants. In a move to get attention from the staff on his mother’s space liner, Shelby lands himself in an outbound ore carrier, on his way to a ship-bound society where a man’s name means less than his word (and where Shelby’s word has no value).

As with the boy in "Captains Courageous," character growth proceeds along realistic lines: Shelby learns how to negotiate rather than lie, contribute instead of throwing tantrums, and appreciate the value of others’ efforts in his behalf—and with that appreciation comes an realistic idea of his own capabilities and worth.
Yggdi
for the price of the book and the quality its a good buy. haven't read it yet but i have read the cyborg from earth by the same author and absolutely love it. the only reason i cant give it a perfect rating is because i haven't read it all the way yet.
Katius
This is a good piece of science fiction with new and interesting ideas. The characters are well drawn and very likable.
caif
Very nice bit of juvenile SF from Sheffield. Essentially it's Kipling's Captains Courageous set in space, but well done and accessible to a modern kid.
Gerceytone
nice readable juvenile
Mr.Champions
Shelby Cheever is the kind of kid that everyone, at one point or another, has run into and wished they hadn't. Adapted from a story by Rudyard Kipling and now reprinted for a juvenile crowd by Starscape Books, "Billion-Dollar Boy" is solid if unamazing SF journey.
It's the future, when Earth is impoverished except for a tiny number of corporate big-shots. And Cheever heir Shelby has everything a boy could want and more: insane amounts of money, a staff to wait hand and foot on him, and a dimbulb mother who lacks the brains to tell him "no" sometimes. In short, he's spoiled rotten. And when he wants to take a space cruise, his mum says yes. Unfortunately, Shelby gets drunk on the voyage, and decides to take a small jaunt OUTSIDE the spaceship -- where he gets literally lost in space.
Fortunately, he's picked up by a mining vessel. Unfortunately (depending on your viewpoint) the family on board has never heard of the Cheevers, and they certainly don't believe that he's wealthier than all the miners put together. So for the first time, Shelby is forced to use his brain and his body, and pitch in on actual work. That would be fine -- until someone recognizes him, and plans a ransom demand to his father.
Like "Putting Up Roots," this book is not an amazing, groundbreaking piece of SF, but it's readable for both adults and kids. It has a pretty simple, straightforward plot: Go from A to B, where C will happen. And Sheffield does a good job of shifting Shelby from a bratty, overweight, obnoxious teenage boy to someone resourceful, skilled, and if not smart, then at least trying to be. The writing is fairly ordinary, with some good descriptions of life on a gritty mining ship.
This novel is far from flawless, though. One of the biggest problems is the technobabble that the characters launch into, or the idea that Shelby's smart "salt of the earth" dad would marry an idiot socialite and let his son run wild. Or, for that matter, how there could be a mere few hundred rich elite on Earth; why this is so is never explained, since that sort of scenario wouldn't last long.
Shelby is a pleasant oasis in a sea of kid characters who either know it all, or are just plain annoying. He's meant to be annoying, and the means by which he STOPS being annoying is what makes him interesting. Grace is a pretty good character, although I had trouble figuring out if she was a love interest or not. Most of the supporting characters are okay, not stellar, except for the dryly amusing Logan (a robot).
Despite the odd implausible points, "Billion-Dollar Boy" is a solid enough read, with a very flawed lead and a solid, action-filled story. Nice job.
Shistus
Set more than century later in the same universe as *Higher Education*, the first Jupiter Novel, *The Billion Dollar Boy* is the second installment in this series of tales patterned after the coming of age stories of Heinlein and his generation.

In *Higher Education*, "rejects" from the failing education system and the itinerant labor force known as the "pool" were recruited by an off-world mining concern that gave them a proper education and trained them to work at mining operations in the Asteroid Belt. Now, more than a hundred years later, mining has expanded - with a little help of the instantaneous transportation network known as the node - to the Kuiper Belt and to the Messina Dust Cloud more than 27 light years from our solar system.

Shelby Cheever, an overweight, spoiled, rich brat and teenage son of one of the wealthiest men on the planet, is bored. He is waited on hand and foot by a core of servants that hate him, but are grateful for the steady work outside of the pool. His mother dotes on him and he has everything he wants. But, he is still bored. So, he convinces his mother to take him on a space cruise to the Asteroid Belt.

Drunk on alcohol and his own sense of self-importance, Shelby impatiently forgoes the services of a trained guide and ventures into the node network alone expecting to be delivered to the Kuiper Belt for a proper tour of this far off sector of the solar system. Instead, after a gut-wrenching transition through non-normal space, the node network drops him into open space in the Messina Dust Cloud. Fortunately for Shelby, the Harvest Moon, a mining ship extracting rare, stable transuranic elements from the cloud, is nearby and he is rescued before he could drift off into the cloud.

Shelby of course demands to be returned to his cruise and his mother at once, but the crew of the Harvest Moon - an extended family of adults and teenagers - has no time to go back to the node as they are working the currents of the dust cloud and won't return until the hold is full. Left with no options, Shelby grudgingly tries to make himself useful as he is expected to do by the captain (and mother of the clan); thus begins Shelby's transformation into manhood.

In the spirit of the now classic coming of age adventure science fiction tales of Heinlein and his generation, *The Billion Dollar Boy* continues to explore the themes related to what is becoming of the human species in these loosely related stories of our coming future.

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A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
The Billion Dollar Boy (Jupiter) ebook
Author:
Charles Sheffield
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Tor Books; 1st edition (March 15, 1997)
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