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Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (1958)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: Heinlein Juveniles (12)

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A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest, takes a last walk wearing "Oscar" before cashing him in for college tuition, and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.
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    Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: Both are decent YA SF novels. I can remember reading and enjoying them both at about the same age, despite the significant difference in when they were written.

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Contains a couple of early in the book spoilers!!!

One of Heinlein's first YA SF works. Exudes 1950's optimism and values...not another dystopia of the future. Instead life just a little bit in the future but changed enough to be attention grabbing.
We have a moon base but not heading to the stars.
Our hero wants to go to the moon. His father says'"Sure...if you can come up with the money and means"
So our hero Kip, works as a soda jerk in a drugstore and finds out a soap company is giving away a trip to the moon as a grand prize for a new jingle. Kip becomes the salesman of the ages and the best con man to get the wrappers to send in. He wins....2nd prize along with a bunch of folks who submit the same jingle.
The company gives a "real live" Spacesuit from the base.
. Then they offer to buy them back after a publicity campaign. Kip being gifted in science and a knack for tinkering...decides to totally refurbish the suit before selling it back for college tuition money so he can start college.
He gets the suit in prime shape and decides to take one last walk in the suit. Suddenly there is an answer to his radio tag line and his life changes.
Lots of interesting changes, events and characters follow. Heinlein didn't write down to his audiences and threw in math and science, fully expecting the reader to "deal with it".
Great read for preteens, fun for us older kids at heart. ( )
  drjmallen | May 19, 2023 |
Kid's book, but definitely fun to read. Our hero wins a space suit in a jingle contest, a '50's type event in a book from the '50's, which suits him just fine. His post high school dream is to fly into outer space. His dream comes true in a most unexpected way and leads to more extraterrestrial adventure than he could ever have imagined. Let's face it, only Heinlein could dream this up. But for a quick, fun read this perfect. ( )
  thosgpetri | Jun 30, 2022 |
A juvenile novel starring one of the space suits from Starship Troopers. Meant for kids and I read it as a kid. It’s ok: there’s no long rants from a crypto militaristic libertarian POV. If you put a gun to my head and said I have to recommend a Heinlein novel to someone … or else … this would be it.
  hblanchard | May 8, 2022 |
Say what you will about Heinlein in his later years (misogynist, narcissistic, etc.) he did know how to write science fiction with punch. And he doesn't pull punches in this story, for all that it's aimed at teenagers, which is why it appeals to adults too, I think. People die, planets get rotated out of existence, Earth and its people are put on trial (a theme which has appeared in a number of SF stories over the years), kids are abducted from their homes and adventure happens. What else can I say?

Fun stuff and good for trips to and from work! Also, the Full Cast Audio folks deserve kudos for making the story all that much more fun! ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
this book was pretty damn good.

you can feel the years it has, you can feel the emotion and the fantasy and the will of exploration, the expectancy of a brighter better future, you can also feel the commentary on the feeble state of humankind, and how we can always be better.

This book had two, maybe 3 if we count Oscar the spacesuit, an 18 or so boy and an 11 or so girl, they get involved on a series of convoluted space piracy and intergalactic diplomacy.

It felt a lot like a children's book, cheery and fun.

I have to speak again favorably of Heinlein on his female character creation, Peewee, even taking her young age into consideration, its a really smart and resourceful individual that does whatever she needs to help both of them survive, she has her own quirks and is her own character on her own. This for the age of the book is remarkably nice.

All in all, a really good and fun story. ( )
  GridCube | Jan 17, 2022 |
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Heinlein, Robert A.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mézières, Jean-ClaudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savage, SteeleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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You see, I had this space suit.
The Mother Thing was the Mother Thing because she was. Around her you felt happy and safe and warm. You knew that if you skinned your knee and came bawling into the house, she would kiss it well and paint it with Merthiolate and everything would be all right.
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A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest, takes a last walk wearing "Oscar" before cashing him in for college tuition, and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.

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A high school senior wins a space suit in a soap jingle contest, takes a last walk wearing "Oscar" before cashing him in for college tuition, and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey.

Kip Russel's ambition was to go to the moon, and his unexpected traveling companion, Peeewee Reisfeld, a terrifying ten-year-old genius whose penchant for getting into trouble is at least equal to her IQ. When the two team up with a fuzzy creature of vast capabilities, called simply Mother Thing, against some ghastly intruders dubbed Wormfaces, the reader is propelled into a yeasty - and often sobering - fantasy.
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