Have Space Suit, Will Travel

Paperback, 240 pages

English language

Published July 29, 2003 by Del Rey.

OCLC Number:

View on OpenLibrary

4 stars (4 reviews)

A science fiction novel for young readers by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (August, September, October 1958) and published by Scribner's in hardcover in 1958. It is the last of the Heinlein juveniles.

Plot summary: Clifford "Kip" Russell, enters an advertising jingle writing contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Moon. He instead gets a used space suit. Kip puts the suit (which he dubs "Oscar") back into working condition. Kip reluctantly decides to return his space suit for a cash prize to help pay for college, but puts it on for one last walk. As he idly broadcasts on his shortwave radio, someone identifying herself as "Peewee" answers and requests a homing signal. He is shocked when a flying saucer lands practically on top of him. A young girl (Peewee) and an alien being (the "Mother Thing") …

13 editions

YA space yay

4 stars

Friends said this was among the first sci-fi they read as kids. I was expecting dated 50s space booster meets Hardy Boys, and not too far off, but also much more considered and expansive than that, with practical realism and moral and empathetic choices with consequential acts and a scope that somewhat plausibly keeps ratcheting this to a memorable quality sci-fi.

avatar for Lasu

rated it

3 stars
avatar for moopet

rated it

4 stars
avatar for whami

rated it

3 stars


  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
  • Science Fiction - Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Fiction
  • Science Fiction