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ROCKET SHIP GALILEO [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Heinlein
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Aug. 12 1981
They called themselves the Galileo Club -- not a bad name for a group of space-minded young men who had high hopes of putting one of their homemade rocket ships in orbit.
But it wasn't until they teamed up with Doc Cargraves that their impossible dream became an incredible reality. Suddenly the three Earthbound youths and their mentor were hurtling through space, heading for the barren wasteland of the Moon. Or so they thought.
They were totally unaware that the dark crater shadows concealed a threat beyond their wildest imaginings . . . a threat from which only a mircale could save them!
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Like many people, I go way, way back with Heinlein. My very favorite book (and one that stands out in my mind--and with much affection--to this day) is Tunnel in the Sky. I really, really wanted to go off to explore new worlds with a covered wagon and horses, like the hero does at the very end of the book. But one of the nice things about Robert Heinlein is that he's got something for everyone. One of my best friends has a different favorite: Podkayne of Mars. Go figure.
                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but badly out-of-date Sept. 27 2000
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A daring young atomic scientist teams up with three high school seniors to attempt the first-ever rocket trip to the moon -- that's the premise of Heinlein's Rocket Ship Galileo. Readers who aren't immediately turned off by the story's wild improbabilities and dated subject matter may find this book an entertaining adventure. To begin with, Heinlein's story is well paced and solidly constructed for once, a pleasant change from the episodic hodgepodges he created in his later years. He skillfully introduces elements of conflict at an early stage of the story, (as sinister forces seem to be trying to prevent the voyage from taking place) and he even manages to build some suspense, an effect Heinlein is not usually noted for. His descriptions of the mechanics of the moon rocket and its voyage are both convincing and interesting, despite being badly dated. One real letdown is the characters, who are curiously undeveloped, even for science fiction. The three boys themselves are virtually interchangeable, and Doctor Cargraves isn't much more distinctive. If some attempt had been made to give these young men their own individual personalities, the readers might find them easier to identify with. As it is, it's hard to really care about these characters, even when something horrible happens to them. The really big problem, though, is that this book really hasn't aged very well. For example, Heinlein tries to show us how a moon rocket was outfitted and launched privately, by one scientist and his youthful helpers, working on a shoestring budget, after a few months of labor; when after all, any schoolchild knows that it took NASA and the U.S. government billions of dollars, working with hundreds of the finest minds on the planet for nearly a decade, to accomplish the real thing. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Local boys voyage to the Moon May 1 2000
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I first read this book many years ago, and I still reflect on it from time to time. It changed the way I looked at the world. Simple in content, and perhaps a story out-moded for the present adventures found in SF, it still has a particular value to the reader that will make it a favorite. This book was about unbridled ambition. A handful of young rocket enthusiasts and a instructor build a rocket ship and go to the moon utilizing their own wits and resources. Heinlein taps into the possibilities that could shape the future, and essentially poses the question 'How long will space exploration remain only a government exercise? Why couldn't private citizens take it upon themselves to explore the stars themselves?' This entire book may seem simple at first glance, but I consider it an important and thought provoking concept for any dreamer with a vision. At the time this was written, it was very much ahead of it's time.
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The descriptions of the technology and the Galileo sound amazingly modern. One would believe that this book was written recently...until the publication date was checked. _ROCKET SHIP GALILEO_ will convince skeptics that Heinlein was often ahead of his time with his ideas. _ROCKET SHIP GALILEO_ is a mystery as well. I will not divulge any of the plot here, however:) As a matter of fact, the plot and technology are the book, which is why I gave _RSG_ an eight. I wasn't as concerned about the characters as I was about the mystery and plot. If you're wanting an Heinlein book with strong characters, read one of the other novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rocketship Galileo March 27 2000
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This was the first SF book (or actually SF story of any type) that I ever read many many years ago when I was in (I think 8th grade). It hooked me! I know it's not what would (or is) considered a great piece of writing ... Bob Heinlein wrote it as a juvenile book ... but I was one when I first read it! Let's put it this way ... I started buying pulps when I could afford one and have been subscribing almost continuously to Analog (previously Astounding) since 1952. I would love to purchase a hard cover copy of the book if it is not out of sight price wise and in at least a decent shape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was cool May 14 1998
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I was presented this book while playing a computer game I was really excited when I got it. My mom got it from some friends of mine and it was a great book to read. I liked the way he wrote it. Easily readible and quite enjoyable. I liked his technical discription of the equiptment. It was cool on how they traveled to the moon. And it was quite interesting on the way they did things. Overall it was quite good.
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