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Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

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Freshly graduated and commissioned Planeteer (the space-going equivalent of a Marine) Lt. Rip Foster, already having to deal with inter-service rivalry with the Space Force (more equivalent to the Navy than to the Air Force) crewmen with whom he serves, is tasked with retrieving an ast
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Published November 9th 2010 by Spastic Cat Press (first published 1952)
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Alan
Aug 06, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
One of my favorite subgenres of science fiction is space/space opera. Probably because growing up I caught just about every Gemini and Apollo launch/spacewalk/moon landing/splashdown that I could (and I have now dated myself). I pulled this from the TBR pile, a book I picked up sometime back from the now closed Know New Books in Palo Alto.

Some facts. The book is aimed at a YA audience and published in 1952, and that does make it dated in some aspects (finding life on other planets in the solar s
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Jeff Miller
An enjoyable 1950 SF novel with cold war overtones. The science referenced is pretty accurate for the time, though the long range communicator with not time lag at planetary distances was not explained at all.

Even though this was certainly a cold war story with obvious references to the Communists it was interesting in that the enemy soldiers were not dehumanized and seen more as victims of their government.

The story keeps moving you along and there is not a boring moment in the whole book. Plus
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Joseph
Apr 03, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it
Classic 1950's boy's adventure space patrol fiction, with all that entails. It was awfully cavalier about the effects of radiation, and I don't think there was a single female character to be found in the entire book, but it was fast-paced, reasonably well-written, and on the whole an enjoyable diversion.
Ronnie
Oct 29, 2014 Ronnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love finding and reading old sci-fi novels. Reading the science "facts" of the time period and comparing them to the facts of today.
The science is definitely outdated, but that does not diminish the enjoyment you can get from reading this space opera.
Chris W
Nov 25, 2012 Chris W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ignoring the dated science concepts, I found the whole book quite charming. Even the science lingo used added a certain appeal and frame to the story.
Steve Smoot
science is terrible, characterization is Space opera special....
Nigel Baker
May 04, 2011 Nigel Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ignoring the way out-of-date science, it's a good pulp SciFi yarn.
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