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Have Space Suit - Will Travel (Heinlein's Juveniles Book 12)

Have Space Suit - Will Travel (Heinlein's Juveniles Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

Robert A. Heinlein
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Kip Russell wants nothing more than to go to the moon. But after entering a contest to help realize his dream, he is thrust into a space adventure he could never have imagined—with the most unlikely of friends and enemies. A favorite among Heinlein readers.

"Here is superior science fiction."
- The New York Times

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world."
- Stephen King

"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
- Dean Koontz

"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes."
- The New York Times

"Heinlein… has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"One of the grand masters of science fiction."
- The Wall Street Journal

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century.

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  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I first came across this in the library when I was young, later bought a paperback and have treasured it ever since.

When my daughters were at the right age it was one of the books they enjoyed the most as a bed-time story, each wanting it to be read again - this was the only book so honoured out of maybe a hundred read to each of them.

The story works on several levels: a simple adventure where an idealistic, and perhaps slightly reclusive, but intelligent and capable boy becomes a hero; improving relationships between different peoples (aliens and humans); a plea for better maths teaching in the schools (even more relevant today); an introduction to some of what might really go on in space; and a wonderful route into Science Fiction for the younger reader.

The other reviewers have summarised the story quite well, but none has mentioned the magic spell it can weave between father and daughter with just the bedside light on in the room, and both minds roaming amongst the stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:School & Library Binding
This was my very first foray into science fiction as an eight year old - it delighted me and catalysed my interest in the genre and in literature in general. Nearly 30 years later, I still hold a fondness for this story and for Heinlein's easy and smile-worthy eloquence, I would recommend it for adults or childrenm but especially for reluctant young readers who will likely find the author's style captivating and irresistable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a first time Heinlein reader 18 Nov 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many of the others here, I read this about the third grade. It was my first SF book and I've been hooked ever since. For the young person (or any age, I supose) it grandly illustrates the values of determination and preparedness. As one of the characters stated, "luck" is something that happens to people who prepare for it. Because Kip had a spacesuit, he was able to go to the moon, Pluto, and even another galaxy. I've seriously thought of getting my own space suit, to be ready for a similar opportunity!
Though written for the young reader, I enjoy this book as much at 40 as I did at 8. Highly recommended for any age, but especially for young folks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not technical 2 Aug 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's get this straight right off the bat. This is not one of Heinlein's most radical books, it is not brimming with abstract speculation on the human condition and how our current paths shall take us only to ruin and destruction. There is no future prediction, no hard science showcasing something new and possible. It is merely a science-fiction adventure novel.

It is also one of the best science-fiction novels ever written. While it may not have all that was stated above, it does have one thing: humor, a brisk sense of fun, and a rapid pace that makes this book fly all too quickly. This is one of those rare science-fiction tales that, like a good cartoon, can be easily read by a child, but there is enough to keep adults interested also.

Also, this book is probably one of the greatest of Heinlein's wish fulfillments ever. Kip might have to go through heck in this novel, but everything works out perfect in the end, and who wouldn't want a life like that? Ah, the temptations of fiction!

And, as a final aside, I think the last couple of pages is one of the most classic endings of any science-fiction novels, just on sheer wit alone. Heinlein outdid himself on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of Heinlein's storytelling prowess 28 Nov 2002
Have Space Suit--Will Travel represents Heinlein at his storytelling best. Free of the esoteric themes that would appear in his later writings, this book is pure science fiction seemingly written solely for the enjoyment of the reader. Originally published in 1958, the story stands up well even today and will surely be read and enjoyed by untold generations to come. I am sure that many a young person read this book and yearned to reach the moon in the decade before the Eagle finally landed.
This is generally classified as one of Heinlein's juvenile books, but Heinlein's writing is for all ages. I am sure the book appeals to many young people because its protagonists are themselves young people: Kip is a high school senior, and Peewee is a girl of about twelve. Kip develops an overpowering urge to go to the moon, and he is lucky enough to win a real space suit in a contest. Heinlein's description of the many different features of the suit is fascinating. Resigning himself to selling the suit for college tuition money, Kip goes for one last walk; somewhat playfully calling out on the radio, he is surprised to hear an answer to his call. He is amazed when a space ship soon lands in his backyard and a decidedly alien creature comes out and collapses. A second ship lands, an entity gets out and conks Kip on the head, and the next thing Kip knows he is trapped inside a space ship on his way to the moon, suddenly in the company of a little girl. His captors are "Wormfaces," a species of alien that has been in hiding on the moon, looking at the earth with evil intentions. Peewee introduces Kip to the "Mother thing," a Vegan entity (and interstellar policeman) who radiates love and warmth, effectively communicates with the pair in a bird song type of speech, and inspires undying love and devotion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great!
Best book to start one off into science fiction and fantasy! Highly recommended!
Published 12 days ago by april
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading Heinlein
Classic 'boy scout' Heinlein story strong on morals of hard work and dedication - well told yarn that most would enjoy
Published 4 months ago by Colin M Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book and timeless
I loved this book and so glad I purchased it, You learn alot from reading this book and it gave me a great insight into space travel.
Published 5 months ago by Jag Sandhu
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for adults too
I think this is aimed at teenagers/young adults, but I enjoyed it too and I'm neither ateenager nor a young adult.
Published 5 months ago by Barrie W Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great science fiction
The first Heinlein I ever read and I was hooked for life. Brilliant! All of his juvenile books are great.
Published 5 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Spacesuit Will Travel
First read in the 70's, reread 40 years on and still a joy to read, I think the advances made in space travel would astound this master of si fi, if only he were alive today to re... Read more
Published 5 months ago by William H
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic friend
Type warm fuzzy feeling you get on a cold winter morning.and you will not be disappointed with this read. A classic gold and the foundation of many books.
Published 10 months ago by peter duesbury
3.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi
This is another of Bob's early works, and as a result the story-line is weak, and the characters shallow and childish.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. E. Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction or Fact?
I have read this book before, many years ago, when I was Kip`s age, and it made me think then What if? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Growler
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes one think
A great story that could make one think. It is sci- fi but could be real life, who is to know for sure it is not.
Published 17 months ago by Simon Skinner
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