Have Space Suit - Will Travel

Have Space Suit Will Travel Kip from midwest Centerville USA works the summer before college as a pharmacy soda jerk and wins an authentic stripped down spacesuit in a soap contest He answers a distress radio call from Peewee

  • Title: Have Space Suit - Will Travel
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Kip from midwest Centerville USA works the summer before college as a pharmacy soda jerk, and wins an authentic stripped down spacesuit in a soap contest He answers a distress radio call from Peewee, scrawny rag doll clutching genius aged 11 With the comforting cop Mother Thing, three eyed tripod Wormfaces kidnap them to the Moon and Pluto.

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    1. My first Robert A. Heinlein work read and still one of my favorites.Heinlein produced his juvenile books for Charles Scribner's Sons mainly in the 1950s and these were what many consider to be some of his finest work. I’ve always thought that the period between 1957 and 1966 was his zenith, with good work before and after, but during this time was when he was at the height of his considerable powers.Have Space Suit Will Travel was first published by Scribner's in 1958 and so was a part of this [...]

    2. PUBLISHER: R.H we just got done reading your new book, and I have to say, bravo. This is your best one yet! The young boys of 1958 are going to love it. Heck, I love it. The whole setup was so clever, with the boy entering a jingle-writing contest for soap to win a trip to the moon? My wife really got a kick out of that -- i told her about it when she was washing dishes last night and she couldn't stop laughing! She sure does love soap commercials. And having the boy win a spacesuit instead of t [...]

    3. Adventure!Originally a serial, then published in '58, this well-beloved SF has been in the hearts and minds of many YA and adult readers pretty consistently since it came out. It's a toss-up whether people love it more for the good-science lodged right in rip-roaring adventure tale that includes being a space pirate or running on the moon in a space-suit of your own construction from bug-eyed-monsters (BEMs) or whether it's just because there's a delightfully well-written story with equally deli [...]

    4. Sooooo I've read my first Heinlein (actually, I've listened to it but whatever). Influenced by many people with many different tastes and what they had to say about Mr. Heinlein, I was VERY reluctant. But I thought that most of the negative sides I had heard about of this author couldn't possibly be included in one of his books for juveniles so I joined the group read.And wouldn't you know? No sexism in this one. There are two kids (a boy and a girl) and they go on an adventure. Quite a classic [...]

    5. This book stands out among Heinlein's juveniles - arguably the best of the batch.But it's more than just a great book. It's also a defining moment in an entire movement in SF towards realistic science. This doesn't mean that the characterization or plot needs to take on secondary or incidental importance. It just means that all efforts must be taken to ensure that the science works.So, it's the exact opposite type of novel from what A.E. van Vogt was writing. In his works (somewhat common for th [...]

    6. Sometimes you find a book at exactly the right point in your life. I was fortunate enough to read Have Space Suit - Will Travel when I was a geeky 12 year old boy, and I loved it. If YOU'RE a geeky 12 year old boy, there's a fair chance you'll love it too! He enters this cut-out-the-coupon-and-complete-the-slogan competition (a lot of description of how he intelligently maximizes his chances) and wins an old ex-NASA space suit. He fixes it up, and there are some great passages showing how much f [...]

    7. I am usually reluctant to read “juveniles”, or YA books because I am too cynical to fully appreciate them and they make me feel old as the hills. Still, the whole point of “usually” is that you do it some time to disqualify it from “almost never”.Have Space Suit—Will Travel is probably the most popular of the Heinlein’s Juveniles series—if ’Robert A. Heinlein profile page is to be believed. The last Heinlein book I read wasStarship Troopers, which surprisingly turned out to b [...]

    8. Is technological advancement social advancement?4 May 2014 I must say that when I read the first few pages of this book it had me in hysterics, particularly with the way Kip's father did his tax returns (by working it out in his head, then throwing a heap of money into an envelope and posting it off). Heinlein, in opening this story, created a rather eccentric family living in Centreville in what is known as small town USA. However, when I say eccentric, it is because Kip's father used to be a t [...]

    9. A librarian friend of mine suggested this as my introduction to Heinlein and I was not disappointed. Apart from the delicious technical details of making a spacesuit work; faster than light travels to Pluto, to the Magellanic Cloud, and beyond; the horrors of being held hostage by an alien race that views other sentient beings as animals; another alien race with indefinable, changeable physical form and the ability to convey the kind of warmth, peace and comfort of being mothered feels like; thi [...]

    10. It's a corker. One of those juvenile books that adults will enjoy too and it would make a splendid movie. Theoretically there is one in the pipelines, but nothing's been heard of it for some years.Have Space Suit has no weak points. Entertaining (some great one-liners), the science sounds plausible - not saying it is, I wouldn't know - but one could imagine a young boy reading this and being inspired. I hope that last sentence is wrong and that girls read this too. The narrator is a teenage boy [...]

    11. I decided I needed to break it into two parts - one, the story itself and two, Heinlein’s tirade against society. Have Space Suit Will Travel is set in the 1950's and is one of his juvenile pieces of literature. Kip Russell dreams of going to the stars, and when Skyway Soap has a contest for best lingo with the prize being a trip to the Moon, Kip collects and submits 5000 entries. He doesn’t win the trip to the moon, but a space suit instead. If he returns the space suit to Goodyear by Septe [...]

    12. fourth read - 14 March 2011 - I remember reading Have Space Suit-Will Travel from the library as a kid, and bought my own copy in 1980 in order to re-read it. I see from my notes that I read it again in 1991. I read it this time probably the fourth time in my life. There is little doubt in my mind that it was books such as this one that led me to pursue the career I have, now in biomedical engineering. Heinlein even calls out specific engineering schools for praise - the one I went to actually s [...]

    13. I read this when I was seven and wanted to be Peewee so bad! But then I discovered Sophocles and decided I wanted to be Antigone instead. Looking back on it, I think Mom was happier with my Peewee phase.

    14. One of Heinlein's early juveniles, this one has all the elements seen throughout his juvenile series: a plucky boy hero who's always wanted to go to space, precocious girl heroine (who fortunately is too young to be mooning over boys), Father Knows Best who turns out to be a hidden genius and former Very Important Person in the government, and interesting 50ish aliens.The thing I like about Heinlein's juveniles is that they still hold up pretty well 50 years later, if you can ignore all the refe [...]

    15. Clifford "Kip" Russell, a teenager ,wants to go to the Moon.Set in the future, when Lunar bases have been established(this is a science fiction book). Centerville High Schooler, part time soda jerk, from a poor family, enters a soap company contest,literally sending thousands of slogans.First prize for best entry, is a trip to Luna .Mildly disappointed winning the second prize , an old Space Suit.His eccentric father DR. Russell, lets his son do anything he wishes ,as long as it doesn't cost the [...]

    16. Wow! Almost anything I read too soon after this will probably sound bad! This was my first Full Cast Audio, and I must say that the performances of the entire cast was so superb, I wouldn't have been able to imagine the characters any better had I read it. That Peewee character, especially, was just too cute. Even some of the bad guys were so comically well done that it makes me feel bad calling them bad guys!

    17. This story remembered me why I loved so much reading Heinlein's stories when I was a teenager. The main MCs are endearing. The story has suspense and is not without meaning. On the contrary, I could tell that a youth reading it would be introduced to another way of seeing his/her world. "I used to think of the human race as “lords of creation”-but things had happened to me since. I was not sure that this assemblage would think that humans had rights compared with wormfaces. Certainly the wor [...]

    18. Maybe I didn't want to believe that a book in a juvenile series will actually be juvenile. Oh well, not the best introduction for me for Heinlein's work.

    19. 3.5 out of 5Have Space Suit - Will Travel is an entertaining, humorous, and optimistic young adult science fiction adventure grounded in a satisfying combination of imagination, believable science, and some interesting social commentary. Liked the characters and loved the scientific explanation and the fact that they occupy such a central role in the story!

    20. There's considerable charm in the opening of this book, and it's likely to entertain kids and adults as the story follows small-town boy Kip on his quest to reach the moon. Kip has little money, few connections, and the odds seem against him, but his methodical determination sees him entering competitions, and then repairing a decommissioned space suit. This section of HSS-WT is, I think, the best part of the story. Who can't connect with the idea of having big dreams and scant chance to fulfil [...]

    21. “Many problems can be solved by a man not frightened by them.” I was planning to read this for a long time, after Andy Weir, author of The Martian, mentioned about the book in one of the Reddit threads.The book tells the story of Kip, a teenager who wins a spacesuit through a contest. His space exploration, although it was unexpected, starts there. He meets Peewee, another young girl, who is intelligent and determined like Kip. The story goes through their galactic/inter-galactic adventure a [...]

    22. Galloping Gorillas!!!, this book was a blast. I love Kip and Pee Wee. The narrator, Mark Turetsky, had that "Golly Gee" vibe to his performance that fit the book perfectly. Thanks to a shout out by Charlie Jane Anders in All the Birds in the Sky whose book was brought to my attention by the Sword and Laser podcast, I now have the perfect 8 hour drive listen.

    23. (sigh) Why don't they write them like this anymore? The witty repartee, the snarky wit, and the pop-cultural references (to the 1950s), all with a little bit of hard science thrown in, made this book great despite the somewhat cheesy plot. Kip's main goal in life is to go to the moon, so while he's working on one day becoming an engineer, he enters a jingle-writing contest whose first prize is a moon trip. Instead of the trip, he wins a space suit. And one day, as he's wearing his space suit, a [...]

    24. This is an enjoyable good book, I just happened to be too old. My previous experiences with Heinlein were completely time travel and hard sci fi, so naturally my expectations were pinned on that side. I even read the title as ‘Have Space Suit- Will time travel’ for quite a long time, till the point where I was pestered to question the occurrence of my motive.First 4 chapters were golden, nostalgic had me engulfed in the engineering of Space Suits and Science of gravity and heavenly bodies in [...]

    25. My first Heinlein! I liked it! This quote is perfect: A reverence for life does not require a man to respect nature's obvious mistakes. I love intelligent insults. AUDIOBOOK: I panicked when I realised it was a full cast. I almost called it quits because of that. (I blame my experience of Tamora Pierce's full cast audiobooks.) But I persevered, and I'm glad I did.

    26. Kind of an odd story where an engineering-prodigy kid is thrown into some exceptional circumstances. I loved that, when Kip disappointingly wins a used spacesuit intstead of an all-expense-paid trip to the Moon, he makes the best of it and learns how to recondition it into working shape. His friendship with Peewee is cute, and their bid for freedom trekking across the Moon's surface was my favorite part of the story.While there are youth-oriented Heinleins I would recommend more than this, it's [...]

    27. Also posted on my blog Got My Book.A Classic YA SF tale that won't be for everyone.Note: This version is not currently available on Audible, but physical copies can occasionally be foundOK DETAILS:Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert Heinlein, read & published by Full Cast Audio / Length: 8 hrs 3 minSERIES INFO: This book is standaloneMMARY:If you have read and disliked others of Heinlein's "Juveniles," you aren't likely to appreciate this one either. But it is one of my favorites. I like t [...]

    28. This is the first of Heinlein's juvenile series that I've read. It's obvious from the writing that this book was intended for children. It was quite enjoyable to this old geezer nevertheless. I've read a couple of other children's science fiction books that are highly regarded - A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver. Have Space Suit-Will Travel is far superior to both of them. Kip wins a used space suit in a contest and his refurbishing of it seems technologically authentic. When he walks out in the b [...]

    29. I am certain I read this when I was a teenager. I'm not certain I've read it since. It has a certain degree of retro-charm: our story opens with our hero peeved that a person can just put down money and go to the Moon, but Kip still uses a slide-rule.But he tries to win a contest where the grand prize is a trip to the Moon, and as a consolation prize, he gets a space suit, which he brings up to spec, dubbing it Oscar. The night before he goes to sell it back to the company for his first year of [...]

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