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Today I'm taking a trip back into vintage YA science fiction with the classic Tunnel in the Sky. Now, I know, you're saying "Wait, Rod was Black?!?"
Other than the Heinlein Society verifying it on the FAQs page, Heinlein left plenty of clues. The book was written in 1955, so once you consider the era the book was written in, there's plenty of hints that lead the reader to the correct answer.
"It was just a test . . .
"But something had gone wrong. Terribly wrong. What was to have been a standard ten-day survival test had suddenly become an indefinite life-or-death nightmare.
"Now they were stranded somewhere in the universe, beyond contact with Earth . . . at the other end of a tunnel in the sky. This small group of young men and women, divested of all civilized luxuries and laws, were being forced to forge a future of their own . . . a strange future in a strange land where sometimes not even the fittest could survive!"