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by Robert A. Heinlein,Will McAuliffe,Full Cast Family

eBook Have Space Suit, Will Travel: Library Edition download ISBN: 1602525609
Author: Robert A. Heinlein,Will McAuliffe,Full Cast Family
Publisher: Findaway World; Unabridged edition (June 2007)
Language: English
ePub: 1349 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Comments: (7)
I am 65 now (ugh!) & have been reading & occasionally rereading this book since the 70's. It is such a fun read!
Yes, it takes place in the 60's, before the advent of so much of technology, social media, etc. but it is just a great story
with great characters. Sort of like a "Catcher in the Rye" of Science Fiction but not as dark & sad. It is a bit snarky in its' humor, despite
disgusting aliens threatening Earth, only discovered by the teen-aged boy main character & I think relatable in spite of its
age & lack of cell phones. I say DO give it a try. I don't think you would regret it, & might love it. The story is the thing & this is a
good one.
One of Heinlein's best. Even though it was marketed as a "juvenile", all that means is "no sex". In every other way it is as adult as could possibly be imagined, up to and including the fate of all of Earth's inhabitants hanging in the balance.
Here is the penultimate Heinlein "juvenile", written right before the militaristic Starship Troopers caused so much controversy. This is a gentler, more expansive, and, I would say, better book. First thing to say, minus any spoilers, is boy, did this guy with a spacesuit travel. The title is a play on the popular TV series from the 50s "Have Gun Will Travel." In this novel, Heinlein goes to great length to describe the spacesuit our 18-year-old hero has won by dedicating himself to submitting thousands of entries to a soap-slogan contest. The analyses I've encountered indicate that technologically speaking the spacesuit specifications have held up pretty well. Our man goes to the moon. At first. Later to many places in space, showing a reach I don't recall in any other Heinlein I've read, more reminiscent of the vastness of space as described by A. E. Van Vogt, or Asimov in the Foundation trilogy.
One interesting aspect of this novel is the degree to which it is planted squarely in the late 1950s, when it was written. Here Heinlein makes no attempt at social speculation; the book deploys all the tropes of the 50s with only the added features that humans have rockets and have gone to the moon. So our hero Kip wins his spacesuit by submitting thousands of entries of slogans to a soap company that sponsors a TV show. He's a soda jerk plagued by a real-life jerk who constantly calls him a space cadet, in scenes reminiscent of "Back to the Future". (It's not first prize, which is a trip to the moon.) Here, before Heinlein decided in Starship Troopers to make his uncompromising statement in favor of military commitment and vitality, with a society organized to support that before anything else, we see a much more balanced universe, with brutal villains and gentle heroes, embodied by the "Mother thing", a female specimen of a versatile, empathetic cat-like species that saves Kip and PeeWee, the younger tomboy female protagonist, from a brutal race of aliens. Here we see sweet young adult/pubescent proto-courtship, as PeeWee matches or surpasses Kip for intelligence and bravery, with lots of competitive banter and (very) occasional flirtation. Ultimately Kip and PeeWee must present the case before a super-galactic court that the human species should not (at least yet) be wiped out as a potential threat to the civilized inhabitants of the known universe. Challenging work if you can get it.
The book is one more instance of how Heinlein can be as square as square can be (including a reference to Kip's high school winning a square dance championship), but also inspiringly all-American and ultimately transcendent as a statement that promotes improvisational bravery, independence, and decency. Pretty damn wonderful book.
"Have Space Suit- Will Travel" is among the greatest young reader adventures by one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. Join Kip (winner of a used space suit in an ad slogan contest), Peewee (precocious young super genius who snooped around where she didn't belong) and the Mother Thing (she's... um... the Mother Thing) as they try to save Earth from the dreaded Wormfaces! This book, one of my all-time favorites, first captivated me in about 4th grade, and I've introduced it to my own children. This book is suitable for skilled elementary school readers (grades 4+) and up. It doesn't get any better than this.
My 11 year old's first foray into true science fiction. This started as an assignment from his English teacher (read a SF book). I wanted him to read a real SF book and know what it really was versus the plethora of SF/Fantasy that has grayed the two genres. I bought the kindle version as it was much less expensive than trying to buy a paperback. It was our first kindle book too.

At first he found the detailed descriptions overwhelming but by the time he was 30 pages into it, he was loving the story. I was very happy to be able to introduce him to the world of real science fiction (for young people), and there are not many better than Heinlein and his SF writing for juveniles. This book has also been praised as one of his best juvenile SF books too.

My son stated that he still prefers the real thing (paperback/hardbound) books over ebooks for the feel and enjoyment of it, but he does not mind the kindle book.
35 years ago I didn't know this was a young adult novel. It is as well received by 20's 30's 40's unlimited ages. Undeniably still the best author ever. Rereading any of Robert A. Heinlein's books, will always satisfy your need for a science fiction immersion. Binging recommended. If you can find them. Amazon is still short on a few titles. There are enough to get started available now, though. So don't wait.
I first came across Have Space Suit, Will Travel as a hardback in the Brandon Florida library when I was 8 years old, back in the early 70s. I have read the book literally thousands of time since then, and I have read it a good ten times since downloading it onto the Kindle app for my Android phone. It is the quintessential science fiction novel in my experience, the perfect book to introduce the genre to my 8 year old self.
The action is on a huge scale, yet it is intensely personal to the narrator Kip. His sense of the danger and the awe and wonder are so well conveyed that I could feel it myself even as a child.
This is without a doubt Heinlein's greatest juvenile and still captures the sense of wonder and hope of the 1950s science fiction. I lament that this sense of wonder died in later decades and I wish every day that we could recapture it.