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Have Space Suit, Will Travel Paperback – Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034546107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345461070
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,315,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 15 Mar 2004
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 By A Customer on 18 Nov 1997
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 By A Customer on 2 Aug 1997
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
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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