Adventures in reading

Richard Lawrence Cohen’s favorite childhood books were the Rick Brant Science Adventure series and Assignment in Space with Rip Foster, lieutenant in the Planeteers. Years later, he discovered the same author, Hal Goodwin, created Brant and Foster.

His commenters nominate their favorites. Personally, I was a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series.

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  1. I was a big fan of the Rick Brant stories, too. It’s kind of an itch that I can’t scratch that there was one last book in the series that got very limited publication and I never heard about it until it was out of print. My daughter likes these stories, too, but there is too much sexual stereotyping in the books for them to be favorites.

    I wrote a letter to the author when I was an adult, and he sent back a very nice reply. Apparently he was quite accustomed to getting these letters — it was the only series I ever saw for kids that was even remotely realistic about what it was like to be a scientist, which was a big part of the appeal to me. (Although I have never faced death in Tibet or chased spies through Washington, D.C., so the books weren’t that realistic.)

  2. My favorite kids’ reading were the Dig Allen Space Explorer series (Liliputians on Mercury, Menmen on Neptune) and the Winston Juveniles, especially Raymond F. Jones’s Son of the Stars and Planet of Light (at a recent Boston area SF con they were going for $75!) I really did not get into Tom Swift (either the 1950s or 1920s books) and I pretty quickly moved into adult SF (most of which, other than A. Bertram Chandler, was pretty ‘juvenile’ anyway.) Then I found the magazines with Murray Leinster and Poul Anderson’s paperbacks and I left my childhood behind (I think 🙂 is the right emoticon.)