History Literature / HaveSpacesuitWillTravel

7th Jan '16 8:25:30 AM ShorinBJ
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* RetiredBadAss: Kip's father puts "Retired Spy" on his tax forms as his occupation, mentions having done "cloak and dagger work" for the government, and he doesn't blink an eye at Kip's incredible story.
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* RetiredBadAss: RetiredBadass: Kip's father puts "Retired Spy" "Spy" on his tax forms as his occupation, occupation (when the IRS tries to get him to stop, he offers to mark it "Unemployed Spy"), mentions having done "cloak and dagger work" for the government, and he doesn't blink an eye at Kip's incredible story.story. It also turns out he knows the man who's like the president of Earth, and top scientists know him for his brilliant work as a "mathematical psychologist."
7th Jan '16 8:19:31 AM ShorinBJ
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** He also tests it at one point by taking a stroll through a lake.
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** He also tests it at one point by taking a stroll through a lake.creek.

* StarfishAliens: Pretty much all of the aliens Kip meets, though some ''appear'' human like.
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* StarfishAliens: Pretty much all of the aliens Kip meets, though some ''appear'' human like.humanlike.

* {{Zeerust}}: Navigating the stars... with a slide rule. As in many of Heinlein's juveniles, the setting is a strange (to modern readers) ultramodern version of the 1950s -- live prime time TV and soda fountains in drugstores coexist with orbital space stations and interplanetary flight. [[note]]Slide rules are practically Heinlein's calling card. It'd probably be faster to list the books of his that don't have "slide rule" or "slip stick" mentioned somewhere. He used the term "slipstick" so regularly, whole generations of his fans are growing up with the erroneous notion that people who used slide rules on a daily basis actually ''called'' them that.[[/note]]
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* {{Zeerust}}: Navigating the stars... with a slide rule. As in many of Heinlein's juveniles, the setting is a strange (to modern readers) ultramodern version of the 1950s -- live prime time primetime TV and soda fountains in drugstores coexist with orbital space stations and interplanetary flight. [[note]]Slide rules are practically Heinlein's calling card. It'd probably be faster to list the books of his that don't have "slide rule" or "slip stick" mentioned somewhere. He used the term "slipstick" so regularly, whole generations of his fans are growing up with the erroneous notion that people who used slide rules on a daily basis actually ''called'' them that.[[/note]]
9th Dec '15 5:17:01 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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14th May '15 2:30:43 PM Bense
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-->'''Kip:'''"Oh-"
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-->'''Kip:'''"Oh-"-->'''Kip:''' "Oh-"
14th May '15 12:47:21 PM Bense
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* SpaceIsCold: Averted. Kip points out that the main temperature problem in a spacesuit is getting rid of the wearer's body's heat. Pluto is really cold, though.
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* SpaceIsCold: Averted. Kip points out that the main temperature problem in a spacesuit is getting rid of the wearer's body's heat. Pluto is heat, not freezing to death. The surface of Pluto on the other hand ''is'' really cold, though.cold.
14th May '15 12:40:49 PM Bense
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* RetiredBadAss: Kip's father puts "Retired Spy" on his tax forms as his occupation, mentions having done "cloak and dagger work" for the government, and he doesn't blink an eye at Kip's incredible story.
14th May '15 12:36:58 PM Bense
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Added some context to the Zero Context Examples, a few corrections
Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (of 1958, that is), the plot centers around Kip Russell, a young man who wins a used space suit by writing a whole bunch of advertising jingles for Skyway Soap. (He was hoping to win a trip to the moon. The spacesuit was the consolation prize.) After spending a great deal of time and energy restoring it, Kip decides to sell the spacesuit to help pay for college. He takes it for a final drive first -- unfortunately, this results in him being kidnapped by a reptilian alien he ends up calling Wormface. The alien is also holding captive a little genius girl named Peewee and a strange, mink-like creature Kip calls the [[StarfishAliens "Mother Thing"]]. Kip, Peewee, and the Mother Thing find themselves in Wormface and his fellow aliens' secret base on the moon and manage to escape, albeit briefly. After the failed attempt, the wormfaces decide to move the prisoners to an even more remote base on Pluto. There, the Mother Thing atempts an escape by setting up a beacon to contact her people, but seems to be fatally injured before she can activate the beacon. Kip completes the task and ends up almost dead himself. It turns out she was fine -- her species can just shut itself down in a way that simulates death. Fortunately, they are rescued and treated by the Mother Thing's people. Unfortunately, the Mother Thing's people like to [[HumanityOnTrial judge new races]] to see if it's safe to let them join galactic society. Kip finds himself called upon to [[PleadingTheHumanCase defend humanity's right to exist]]... despite having just graduated from high school. In what may be the quintessential Heinlein ending, [[spoiler: mankind wins the right to live, everyone gets home safe ''with'' scientific proof of their adventure, and Kip turns out to be a mathematical genius.]]
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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (of 1958, that is), the plot centers around Kip Clifford "Kip" Russell, a young man who wins a used space suit by writing a whole bunch of advertising jingles for Skyway Soap. (He was hoping to win a trip to the moon. The spacesuit was the consolation prize.) After spending a great deal of time and energy restoring it, Kip decides to sell the spacesuit to help pay for college. He takes it for a final drive first -- unfortunately, this results in him being kidnapped by a reptilian voracious alien he ends up calling Wormface. The alien is also holding captive a little genius girl named Peewee and a strange, mink-like creature Kip calls the [[StarfishAliens "Mother Thing"]]. Kip, Peewee, and the Mother Thing find themselves in Wormface and his fellow aliens' secret base on the moon and manage to escape, albeit briefly. After the failed attempt, the wormfaces decide to move the prisoners to an even more remote base on Pluto. There, the Mother Thing atempts an escape by setting up a beacon to contact her people, but seems to be fatally injured before she can activate the beacon. Kip completes the task and ends up almost dead himself. It turns out she was fine -- her species can just shut itself down in a way that simulates death. isn't bothered at all by being frozen solid, other than the not being able to move part. Fortunately, they are rescued and treated Kip receives advanced medical treatment by the Mother Thing's people. Unfortunately, the Mother Thing's people like to [[HumanityOnTrial judge new races]] to see if it's safe to let them join galactic society. Kip finds himself called upon to [[PleadingTheHumanCase defend humanity's right to exist]]... despite having just graduated from high school. In what may be the quintessential Heinlein ending, [[spoiler: mankind wins the right to live, everyone gets home safe ''with'' scientific proof of their adventure, and Kip turns out gets a free ride to be a mathematical genius.MIT.]]

** Later in the trial, when things seem to be going badly, Kip angrily shouts that humans will ''make'' a new sun if the Earth is "Translated".
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** Later in the trial, when things seem to be going badly, Kip angrily shouts that humans will ''make'' a new sun if the Earth is "Translated"."rotated" [[note]]as in "rotated out of normal space-time"[[/note]].

* CompanionCube: Oscar, Madame Pompadour.
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* CompanionCube: Oscar, Kip names his suit Oscar and has conversations with it. Peewee has her rag doll Madame Pompadour.

* ExplosiveLeash: Jock tells Kip that the Wormfaces implanted remote control bombs in the heads of him and his partner so they couldn't escape. He's probably lying, though.
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* ExplosiveLeash: Jock tells Kip that the Wormfaces implanted remote control bombs in the heads of him and his partner so they couldn't escape. He's probably Kip thinks he may be lying, though.

* HumansAreSpecial: Averted. Humans are just another slightly troublesome race. Fortunately the Three Galaxies council decides to give them a chance rather than destroy them.
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* HumansAreSpecial: Averted. Humans are just another slightly troublesome race. Fortunately the Three Galaxies council decides to give them a chance rather than destroy them.

* ImAHumanitarian: The Wormfaces
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* ImAHumanitarian: The WormfacesWormfaces think everyone else are just food animals.

* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanetInsignificantLittleBluePlanet: The Three Galaxies certainly think Earth is one of these, though they're afraid we might become a threat later on.

* PleadingTheHumanCase
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* PleadingTheHumanCasePleadingTheHumanCase: Or our planet will be "rotated" out of space-time. Without bringing the sun along.

** The book's "stages" actually help convey the colossal scale of events. Kip is transported to the Moon, and he marvels. Then he's imprisoned in an underground base on Pluto, and he goggles. ''Then'' he's rescued and taken to a planet near Sirius for emergency surgery, and he's dumbfounded. And finally he's transported to a different ''galaxy'' to be a witness at the Wormfaces' trial, and he muses that he's run out of astonishment.
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** The book's "stages" actually help convey the colossal scale of events. Kip is transported to the Moon, and he marvels. Then he's imprisoned in an underground base on Pluto, and he goggles. ''Then'' he's rescued and taken to a planet near Sirius orbiting Vega for emergency surgery, and he's dumbfounded. And finally he's transported to a different ''galaxy'' to be a witness at the Wormfaces' trial, and he muses that he's run that, "there comes a time when the circuit breakers in your skull trip out of astonishment.from overload."

* SpaceIsCold: Averted.
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* SpaceIsCold: Averted. Kip points out that the main temperature problem in a spacesuit is getting rid of the wearer's body's heat. Pluto is really cold, though.

* StarfishAliens
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* StarfishAliensStarfishAliens: Pretty much all of the aliens Kip meets, though some ''appear'' human like.

* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Races that have troubled the Three Galaxies have their worlds "Translated" to another point in space. -->'''Kip:''' "That doesn't sound so bad." -->'''Mother Thing:''' "...they don't take their sun with them."
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* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Races that have troubled the Three Galaxies have their worlds "Translated" "rotated" to another point in space. dimension. -->'''Kip:''' "That doesn't sound so bad." (narrating) It struck me that the wormfaces were getting off easy. -->'''Mother Thing:''' "...they don't "You do not understand, dear gentle Kip-''they do not take their sun star with them."''" -->'''Kip:'''"Oh-"
28th Feb '15 1:36:45 AM Rday
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** Later in the trial, when things seem to be going badly, Kip angrily shouts that humans will ''make'' a new sun if the Earth is "Translated".

* FauxtasticVoyage * HumansAreSpecial
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* FauxtasticVoyage FauxtasticVoyage: After Kip sets the beacon on Pluto and they're rescued by Mother Thing's people, he wakes up in a replica of his own bedroom constructed according to his memories. * HumansAreSpecialHumansAreSpecial: Averted. Humans are just another slightly troublesome race. Fortunately the Three Galaxies council decides to give them a chance rather than destroy them.

* StarfishLanguage: The Mother Thing sings when she speaks, and only the person she is speaking to can understand what she's saying.
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* StarfishLanguage: The Mother Thing sings when she speaks, and only the person she is speaking to can understand what she's saying. saying. * WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: Races that have troubled the Three Galaxies have their worlds "Translated" to another point in space. -->'''Kip:''' "That doesn't sound so bad." -->'''Mother Thing:''' "...they don't take their sun with them."
27th Feb '15 10:14:02 AM LBHills
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* NoOSHACompliance: Averted with Kip's spacesuit, which is a marvel of safety engineering. Peewee's cheap tourist model suit on the other hand...
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* NoOSHACompliance: Averted with Kip's spacesuit, which spacesuit is a marvel of safety engineering. engineering, averting the trope. Peewee's cheap tourist model suit suit, on the other hand...hand, plays the trope straight - any child that got lost on the Lunar surface would be doomed pretty quickly. ''No emergency radio?''

* PsychicPowers: The Mother Thing communicates via telepathy.
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* PsychicPowers: The Mother Thing communicates via telepathy.partially by song, partially by empathic projection.
27th Feb '15 10:06:23 AM LBHills
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* AscendedFanboy
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* AscendedFanboyAscendedFanboy: Kip yearns to go to space. He gets more space than he ever expected.
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