The Galileo Club had just finished its latest backyard launch of a miniature rocket – with mixed results – when the uncle of one of the three club members arrives with a startling proposal: to join him in preparing his “cut-rate” rocket and making mankind’s first trip to the moon. Despite mysterious sabotage attempts and a restraining “court order”, Doctor Cargraves and the three – Art, Morrie and Ross – manage to blast off successfully. Reaching the moon proves even tougher than expected, and the moon has plenty of surprises in store. Leaving post-war America does not mean leaving all your enemies behind!
Careful and exciting science, witty, smart dialog, its lessons of responsibility and the transition from “boys” to “men” have made ROCKET SHIP GALILEO one of Heinlein’s most influential books since its first publication in 1947. The importance of this classic in attracting young people to careers in science and technology, as well as developing abiding interests among all its readers in spaceflight, has been widely noted.
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world … [Heinlein] remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction."
- Stephen King
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
- Dean Koontz
"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."
- The New York Times Book Review
"Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes."
- The New York Times
"Heinlein… has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"One of the grand masters of science fiction."
- The Wall Street Journal
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America. www.virginiaedition.com