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Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

Rocket Ship Galileo (1947)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: Heinlein Juveniles (1)

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Not one of my favorite Heinlein juveniles, but not bad. I enjoy the nuts-and-bolts bits of building the rocket and figuring things out (and the rocket club, at the beginning); the intrigue aspects are...highly unlikely, and detract from the main story. The timing is too close (three months?) and how did they hear about the plan anyway? It looks like someone told him to punch it up, just going to the moon wasn't enough - and whoever it was (possibly Heinlein told himself...) was just plain wrong. It also leaves the questions of what they find on the Moon completely out of the picture. OK story, could have been much better. There were some amusing bits where things that were considerations during the actual moon landings (flags stiffened with wire to "fly", for instance) came up in the story. Note that this was written more than twenty years before the actual moon landings...not bad. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 16, 2019 |
I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read. ( )
  fuzzi | Jan 10, 2019 |
3 sterren voor dit boek. Twijfelde aan 2,5 maar aangezien dat niet mogelijk is bij Goodreads heb ik toch maar voor 3 gekozen.

Dit is een verhaal voor kinderen. Toch had ik wel wat meer verwacht van dit boek. Helaas viel dat tegen. Het begon aardig, maar zakte al snel in.

Dit verhaal gaat over 3 jongens die graag raketten bouwen en in contact komen met een oom van een van hen die toevallig wetenschapper is, en een raket wil bouwen om naar de maan te vliegen.
Eenmaal op de maan aangekomen wordt hun raket gebombardeerd door een ruimteschip. Dankzij slim denken komen ze in bezit van dit ruimteschip en komen er achter dat er een geheime basis is van .... de NAZI's.

De Tweede Wereldoorlog is voorbij, maar een kleine groep nazi's verblijven op de maan met een aantal atoom-bommen. De jongens moeten al hun kunnen gebruiken om te overleven en weer naar Aarde terug te keren.

Duidelijk een gedateerd verhaal (1947). ( )
  EdwinKort | Jul 4, 2018 |
Pretty entertaining little read for a Heinlein juvenile. Pacing was a bit uneven in the final stages of the novel, but overall it flowed well and had a pretty good heart. This was Heinlein's first juvenile fiction, written in 1947, and the experience of reading it seems greatly enhanced if you're able to put yourself in the mindset of a 16 year old boy fascinated with rocketry just after the culmination of WWII.

Of course the entire thing is wildly implausible and pure fantasy with an interesting amount of physics and rocketry (ca. 1947 of course) thrown in. But he fulfilled his goal in writing it. Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the NASA personnel who helped engineer the Apollo moon landing admitted in a 1970 survey that this book (as well as several other Heinlein juveniles) was strongly influential in their career choice.

I think this book may have been a bit too 'clean' and good-spirited for me to have fully enjoyed when I was 16, but I found it a very satisfying and uplifting little read at 40. ( )
1 vote Daninsky | Aug 19, 2017 |
This book has all the charms of early SF. Dialogue like, "Gee, am I glad to see you! This place was giving me the jim-jams!" Characters who build a rocket ship to the moon, atomic powered, out in the desert, while using slide rules and corded phones. They go to the moon and meet an unexpected welcoming committee . . . of sorts. ( )
  iBeth | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Een van Heinleins zwakste jeugd-SF romans die sterk de na-oorlogse atmosfeer uitademt waarin bij geschreven werd. Een atoomgeleerde, kandidaat Nobelprijs, bouwt samen met drie teenagers een ruimteschip en vliegt ermee naar de maan. Daar ontdekken ze een basis van boosaardige Nazis die een atoomoorlog met de VSA willen starten en daarna het Duitse Rijk heropbouwen. Na wat heen en weer geknok gaan de slechte Duitsers eraan of geven zich over. De reine Amerikaanse Jonge Helden keren glorierijk terug naar de VSA na de wereldbeschaving gered te hebben. Primitief (goedAmerikaans tegen slechtDuits), verouderd (uit 1947, en toen waren er al tientallen boeken over hetzelfde thema), vervelend (1/2-boekvoorbereiding tot de start) Zie ook a.i. 78-12-534.

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A fabulous book written in 1947....the dawn of the Atomic Age, SF was strictly boys own adventures.
Chuck together 3 redblooded American boys who basically build their own spaceship (yeah, right!) and zoom off in outer space (the local planetary system). Land on the Moon, squash the NAZI base for crying out loud, and home in time for mom's apple pie. Gorgeous and outrageous!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044101237X, Mass Market Paperback)

Three high school students formed the Galileo Club to share their interests in science and space exploration. But they never imagined they would team up with a nuclear physicist to construct and crew a rocket bound for the moon.

And they never expected to gain some powerful enemies in the process.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:20 -0400)

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Three teenagers and an older scientist develop their own atomic rocket, solve their own space problems and blast off for the moon in spite of mysterious setbacks.

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