Space Platformby Murray Leinster
Space Platform tells of man's first step into outer space ... of the difficulties and dangers of reaching for the stars. It is also an exciting adventure. When young Joe Kenmore came to Bootstrap to install pilot gyros in the Platform he hadn't bargained for sabotage or murder or love. But Joe learned that ruthless agents were determined to wreck the project. He found that the beautiful girl he loved, and men like The Chief, a rugged Indian steelworker, and Mike, a midget who made up for his size by brains, would have to fight with their bare hands to make man's age old dream of space travel come true!
Show Excerpt rette. The ship flew with more steadiness than a railroad car rolls on rails. There was the oddly cushioned sound of the motors. It was all very matter-of-fact.
But Joe said angrily: "Look! Is any of what you said--well--kidding?"
"I wish it were, fella," said the co-pilot. "I can talk to you about it, but most of it's hushed up. I tell you----"
"Why can you talk to me?" demanded Joe suspiciously. "What makes it all right for you to talk to me?"
"You've got passage on this ship. That means something!"
"Does it?" asked Joe.
The pilot turned in his seat to glance at Joe.
"Do you think we carry passengers regularly?" he asked mildly.
Pilot and co-pilot looked at each other.
"Tell him," said the pilot.
"About five months ago," said the co-pilot, "there was an Army colonel wangled a ride to Bootstrap on a cargo plane. The plane took off. It flew all right until twenty miles from Bootstrap. Then it stopped checking. It dove stra
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A fun book for young adults. The "science" assumptions are really dated taking this book into the realm of science fantasy for current readers. A good example of "golden age" of science fiction. I read it when it was initially published and even then the technological approach seemed far-fetched although the math and orbital mechanics are still valid. As a trip into my past it was enjoyable.