Have Space Suit - Will Travel

Have Space Suit - Will Travel

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Kip Russell wants nothing more than to go to the moon. But after entering a contest to help realize his dream, he is thrust into a space adventure he could never have imagined--with the most unlikely of friends and enemies. A favorite among Heinlein readers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012337337
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 111,294
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Have Space Suit, Will Travel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found "Have SpaceSuit will travel" in my gradeschool library. The story of a young man who gets an old NASA spacesuit, and his resultant adventures. I remember this very fondly, and reccomend it highly.
Kpax More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 11 or 12 and now am 63 and read it again. I bought it for my 9 yo daughter. The current technology still has not caught up with the book and probably will not for many centuries. Heinlein is one of the greatest sci-fi authors IMO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in 1958, the story is surprisingly current in many respects. An eighteen-year old boy gets involved in inter-stellar adventure by being hard-working, intelligent, brave, and lucky. It is an inspiring and fun tale.
peacebeloved More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was nine and have read it several times since. It is a timeless classic that never grows old.
VicLmech More than 1 year ago
One of Heinlein's juvenile SF novels, this is one of my favorites from when I was a high school teen just getting into SF. Great read, and I still have it on my shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Heinlein's best. Not the best writing style. Not the best characters. Not the best plot. But very darn close!!! A great adventure book for kids, Have Spacsuit-Will Travel has both strong male and female characters. Dialouge is wonderful and seems very real, and the ending is one of those "feel-goods." A great read for any kid, or any adult for that matter!
dvf1976 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This seemed more like a "Heinlein for Teens" book than some of the others I've read/listened to.There was more "science" in this book than I've seen in his sci-fi. Talking about the distances between planets and other heavenly bodies can be pretty dry (although I kind of liked it).
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I ever read by Heinlein. It taught me the order of the planets, that "a pint's a pound the world around" (a fact I use rather frequently, almost 45 years later) and that you could study things your school was not teaching. The overall plot is dumb, but Heinlein's books are not about the plot. I'd still recommend this to someone beginning to read longer chapter books.
Meggo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A crisp, enjoyable read which is a must for any Heinlein fan.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, a caveat: I'm not a science fiction fan and read this classic Young Adult novel because it is part of the local library district's All Pikes Peak Reads program. Given that, this was a fun read. Kip, a boy in high school, wants to go to the moon, now a tourist destination, and so enters a soap contest for a trip. When he gets a used spacesuit, he makes it functional and practices moving in it. From there, his adventure begins. It includes a whirlwind of a young girl called PeeWee, the planet Vega, the Mother Thing, and wormfaces.Written more than 50 years ago, the story was entertaining. Part of it was dated and part not. I thought it was interesting how much Kip loves his slide rule, something most kids have never seen. (Unfortunately, I remember it well but not fondly.) I think this is a good read for fans of science fiction who would like to read the best of how it used to be.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this YA novel, published in 1958, absolutely delightful. I found the two young adventurers, Kip and Peewee, charming and believable and the alien who helps them is, in my limited experience, unique and fascinating. How could I not be enchanted by a being who is called ¿Mother Thing¿ and whose language is expressed in music notation? In some ways this is also a coming of age story about Kip who discovers a lot about himself. I did find it amusing that with the existence of spaceships and a lunar base and all the ¿advanced¿ science and math they talked about they were using slide rules to make calculations and Kip was always concerned about the decimal point. I remember those days! But even though aspects of the story are dated I think middle school children could still enjoy the book¿as long as someone could explain to them what a ¿slipstick¿ is and why the decimal point is a problem. :-) Recommended
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kip Russell is working in the soda shop hoping to earn some money for college. He enters the Skyway Soap contest that promises him a trip to the moon, a place he¿s always wanted to go. He calculates that he can increase his chances with more entries, so he enters a few thousand. His reward is not the grand prize, but a prize nevertheless, a used spacesuit. The spacesuit turns into Kip¿s summer before college hobby. He patches it up, uses the air compressor in the garage to pressurize it, adds a few improvements, and takes strolls though the back yard in the evening when the stars are out. It¿s not quite like being on the moon, but it¿s still fun, and he plans to sell the rebuilt suit back to the manufacturer for some tuition money in the fall. He even gives the suit a name, Oscar. One late summer evening Kip gets into Oscar for a last walk around the yard. Just for fun he flicks on the radio, tuned to the frequency used by astronauts and calls out. Imagine his surprise when he gets an answer. And not just an answer, the next thing he knows a spaceship crashes in his back yard and out of it stumbles a very unworldly creature. She (Kip later comes to know her as the MotherThing) promptly collapses. Kip rushes over to offer assistance to a fellow astronaut. As he does so another spacecraft lands and out jump two very different aliens. They grab Kip and the MotherThing and hustle them off into their flying saucer. They¿ve been abducted by the worst sort of aliens, gangster aliens led by the evil crime boss known as Wormface. The prisoners are joined by a third victim, PeeWee, a spoiled rich, pre-teen girl who, incidentally, is also a genius. Next stop: a frigid cave on Pluto, but it¿s not their last stop.
hyborianmike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminds me a bit of Sleator's Interstellar Pig, but good.
irapearson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have a love-hate relationship with Heinlein's work. Several of his novels, such as this one, are some of my all-time favorite books, but there are others, like Starship Troopers, which leave me cold. Have Spacesuit was one of the very first science fiction novels I read as a child and it holds a special place in my heart.It is the story of an average highschool age male named Kip who has come into possession of an old spacesuit and who dreams of being an astronaut. He makes contact with an intelligent young girl, Pee Wee, who has been kidnapped by thugs and they soon find themselves trapped on frozen Pluto with the kind, yet mysterious, Mother Thing. They escape only to find themselves on trial as representatives of the human species.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the first SciFi novels I read as a kid. Not overly complicated, the book gave a space happy kid hope that sometime we would meet other races in space. We would find the good as well as the bad. I could really empathize with Kip. If there was one drawback to the book it was that is was too short and the ending too abrupt. It really should be one of the first books kids interested in Sci-fi should read.
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