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Sir, amongst others. Buddha and Sammy Davis Jr are orbiting the planet.Click for full image

Borkworm Bas Comments: This is a pretty early Heinlein cover which I quite like. Heinlein has fairly precise descriptions of the characters in the book including Oscar, the spacesuit. These descriptions are as faithfully depicted as possible by Steele Savage who obviously read the book or at least the descriptions. The plot is a bit strained but the relationship between a boy and his space suit is choice.
Published 1958

Gah! More floating heads!
Many thanks to Bookworm!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.62 out of 10)
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One Response to “Have Space Suit – Will Travel”

  1. Phil Says:

    Ah, those were the days, when the Earth was the colour of Mars and surrounded by green floaty heads.

  2. SI Says:

    “And we welcome you sir, to the Order of Weird Eyebrows. Now first on our agenda is the two members who in fact don’t have eyebrows. Start growing or you don’t get anymore free custard creams!”

  3. DeadRobot Says:

    I have to take myself out of the snark on this one. Had it as a kid. Love the cover.

  4. Simon Says:

    The alien floaty head with the blank white face and the very sketchiest of features – his nose (if that is what it is) could be a seven – is the scariest.

  5. James Lovegrove Says:

    What’s a “suit-will”?

    — Punctuation Pedant James

  6. Scott_T Says:

    $7!!! Thats outrageous!!

  7. TN Says:

    Simon – Nice. Took me a while.

  8. hampshireflyer Says:

    Furthest right: there’s really an albino soft-shelled turtle in Have Space Suit, Will Travel…?

  9. anon Says:

    Isn’t it a bit optimistic to wear a spacesuit with a brain pod that size?

  10. Mat T Says:

    Any Spaceman who can juggle 10 balls with his shoulderblades through a spacesuit is a heck of a Spaceman in my book.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When the Earth is invaded by colossal green heads, our only hope is to paint the planet orange-red, and they will mistake it for Mars!

  12. Nix Says:

    I’ve actually seen quite a lot of pre-spaceflight books that paint the Earth that colour. They didn’t know what Earth looked like from orbit, so they presumed it looked similar to other terrestrial worlds: often they painted it extremely cloud-covered, like Venus; often reddish, like Mars.

    Boy were they wrong.

  13. SI Says:

    Nix> Yea you can explain the colour of earth. Not the asteroid field around earth, the three moons and floating scary heads 😛

  14. Kathleen Says:

    I’ve actually seen quite a lot of pre-spaceflight books that paint the Earth that colour. They didn’t know what Earth looked like from orbit, so they presumed it looked similar to other terrestrial worlds

    that is very trippy to think about!

    Good show, Sir! come for the laughs, stay for the philosophy

  15. Ilya Chentsov Says:

    Some cover designers are worse than others at not making Heinlein’s name look like “Roberta”.

  16. e.lee Says:

    In the future, Thanksgiving Day parade balloons will become more ambitious in size.

  17. scifi-guy Says:

    The original Emsh cover from the hardback 1st is the best one.

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