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Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet

Harold L. Goodwin

Book Overview: 

"Foster, Lieutenant, R. I. P.," blared the voice horn, and five minutes later Rip Foster was off into space on an assignment more exciting than any he had ever imagined. He could hardly believe his ears. Could a green young Planeteer, just through his training, possibly carry out orders like these? Sunny space, what a trick it would be! From the moment Rip boards the space ship Scorpius there is a thrill a minute. He and his nine daring Planeteers must cope with the merciless hazing of the spacemen commanding the ship, and they must outwit the desperate Connies, who threaten to plunge all of space into war. There are a thousand dangers to be faced in high vacuum—and all of this while carrying out an assignment that will take every reader's breath away.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .minor planets were big enough to have an atmosphere or much gravity.

If only he could get a look into those cases! But the ship was still decelerating and he would have to wait. He put his head against the chair rest and settled down to wait as patiently as he could.

Brennschluss was a long time coming. When the deceleration finally stopped, Rip didn't wait for gravity. He hauled himself out of the chair and the squadroom and went down the corridor hand over hand. He headed straight for where the supplies were stacked, his Planeteers close behind him.

Commander O'Brine arrived at the same time. "We're starting to scan for the asteroid," he greeted Rip. "May be some time before we find it."

"Where are we, sir?" Rip asked.

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"Just above the asteroid belt near the outer edge. We're beyond the position where th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

1952 space opera which holds up surprisingly well decades later. The author must have had a physics background.

A delightful surprise was what they grey planet was... a chunk of naturally furtile thorium (!!!) which could power a solar system for several months or maybe a couple years. This fits in

I remember reading this in grade school (over 40 years ago!), and I still recall several incidents from the book. I had hoped that this would be a "lost" classic of juvenile SF, on par with Heinlein or Norton. Unfortunately, this is simply a solidly written book for young boys (not a single woman ap

An enjoyable older sci-fi read with a definite cold-war feel to it. The kind of story where you know the hero has to find his way through the challenges, but you're not at all sure how he's going to do it. The antagonism between the spacemen and planeteers (kind of like a Navy-Marine rivalry) made f

There's a story that goes with this story... I got this book at a school book fair some 48 years ago when I was 10. Many years later (~43) I was Nostalgically Re-reading some of my childhood books and tried to remember the title of this one, to no avail. I even posted in the Goodreads group What's t

Granted, I read this when I was teeny-tiny, and it was one of my first sci-fi's; so probably an extra star for nostalgia and not remembering it really well. But I definitely thoroughly enjoyed it back then.

In this story from 1952, Rip Foster graduates from the Space Academy, becoming a Planeteer lieutenant in the SOS (Space Operations Service) and getting an assignment that is has challenges that require experience well above his pay grade. He must overcome challenges of with the Spacers (the crew of

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 th

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

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