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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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Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine boys' space opera adventure from 1952, long before there was such a category as YA. I was surprised to see that the author also wrote the Rick Brant adventures under a different pseudonym; they were favorites of mine back in the day. The cast of characters in this book is surprisingly culturally diverse for its time, though there are of course no female characters. The science is interesting, though they do seem to play pretty fast and loose with radiation. The way they calculate ...more
A rather enjoyable story, although I kept falling asleep and so missed a few things. Many thanks to the librivox narrator for a great read and help in nodding off.
Oct 20, 2011 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
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this story, humans have moved out to explore and establish colonies throughout the Solar System, although the rivalry between the two superpowers remains. The two sides are the Federation and the Connies and Rip Foster is a newly commissioned officer in the Planeteer corps, the elite interplanetary forces for the Federation.
Rip receives his commission and is about to depart for Earth on leave when he is suddenly ordered off the ship. His new orders are to take command of a detachment that i
Dave Wallace
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young adult SF from the 50's (which at that time would be only boys) and it's brilliant with better real science (physics and physics and physics) than you find in adult movies today. Lots of basic stuff is covered here, even instructions on nuclear weapon building as all young boys needed to know in the pre-paranoia days. But at it's heart it is the very definition of space opera, a real adventure story here with rocket ships and real bad dirty commies. So much better than todays ant-like terro ...more
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
Mar 31, 2011 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.
Aug 30, 2014 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.
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Oct 28, 2012 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.
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