Item description for Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein, Will McAuliffe & Full Cast Famly ...
When Kip Russell wins a used space suit, he has no idea it will lead to his abduction by aliens, much less that he will wind up crossing the galaxy with a pint-sized genius named Pee Wee and an empathetic alien creature called the "Mother Thing."It's agalaxy spanning adventure from the greatest science fiction writer of all time.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2003
Publisher Full Cast Audio
ISBN 1933322160 ISBN13 9781933322162
Availability 0 units.
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Space breaker Aug 4, 2008
Much like a polar bear, it's a great ice breaker to lead someone into the field of science fiction. This was the first Sci-Fi book I can remember reading by heinlein, and led me into the amazing field known as scientific fiction. The overall body of this book is incredible, with many facts broken down into understandable ideals even a first time reader could comprehend. also a great way to begin understanding true science fiction with many general facts thrown in.
Not Free SF Reader Dec 7, 2007
Contest win adventures.
A boy keen on the space travel thing enters a contest for just such a trip, complete with the right gear.
This leads to adventures, a kid sidekick, an alien mentor, gangsters, and getting to represent the human race and explain all their badness.
A pretty entertaining kid's romp.
3.5 out of 5
... And Travel He Does! Nov 27, 2007
This is one of my favorite SF novels from what are termed Heinlein's "juvenile" series of books: written in the late 1940's and 50's; as well as being the last book in that series. The works he was soon to write, such as Starship Troopers (1959) are much more mature in their subject matter and themes.
In this book, the male protagonist "Kip" is about 18 years old: ambitious, intelligent and well-educated in advanced scientific and mathematical subjects, which he achieves on his own in spite of what is clearly a very - for the time - leading edge, but totally unrealistic and inadequate educational system in his hometown: a diversion from the main plot, and primarily a platform for the Author's own strong views on this topic.
Kip's parents are your seemingly stereotypical 1950's eccentric scientist father and homebody mother, though Heinlein reveals couple of minor surprises on this score near the end of the book. It will be interesting for you to compare and contrast the representation of Kip's mother here in light of the other major mature female character in the story: the "Mother Thing".
An unusual twist (at least in Heinlein's "juvenile" novels, though often seen in his later books) is the addition of major female characters in the form of Peewee, a genius-level and very precocious preteen; and the already-mentioned "Mother-Thing", who is just the sort of alien you'd want to run-to when you are stranded far from your home planet and need a dose of mother's love; but, she is a whole lot less harmless and helpless than she seems!
The plot centers around Kip's determination to get to the moon, which he does, and then some. His initial effort - to win a contest to visit the moon - lands him a consolation prize in the form of a second hand spacesuit, which he restores to space-worthy condition, then names Oscar and with whom he has conversations throughout the book. (A fact that Kip acknowledges is a bit weird, and probably be great material for a psychoanalyst to chew on!)
Of course, things don't end there - and with a few well placed though unlikely coincidences, Kip, Oscar, Peewee and the Mother-Thing meet, then work together to destroy the bad guys, face down the galactic overlords, save the human race, and still get home in time for dinner. --- Not bad for a few days work!
As with most of Heinlein's other books from this period, you really get drawn into the story and characters: after the intro where Kip acquires and restores "Oscar", things really get rolling, and the action is nonstop. The interplay between Kip, Peewee and the Mother thing are what really help the story hold together and make it succeed.
As with all of his books, Heinlein pays great attention to scientific details and accuracy. Kip engages in several long discourses on scientific and engineering topics throughout the story. For example, one long discussion is on how long it will take a spacecraft to reach the Moon - or Pluto - at certain rates of acceleration. Similar monologues involve descriptions of the science and engineering behind "Oscar" and other devices and technologies we encounter in the story. The amount of detail in these descriptions is a bit smothering; but, given Heinlein's track record on this score in his other "juvenile" books, as well as this novel's intended audience of spacehappy teenage boys in the late 1950's, it is certainly no surprise.
All in all, a fun and well told story from "the Dean of Science Fiction Writers": 5 stars!
A Great Read for 14 and Up Oct 4, 2007
This is a good interduction to Robert A Heinlein for the younger set. Read this and you will become a fan and will want to read more. Enjoy this for what it is a good read.
Utterly perfect Sep 7, 2007
I recently gave this book to my ten-year-old to read and he pronounced it "the best book ever". (Yes, he has read Harry Potter, his previous favorite.) Having re-read it myself, for at least the tenth or twelfth time, I can't disagree. Like all great books, its themes are so universal, it would require only minimal editing to be published today.