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Heinlein in BOYS' LIFE: Freshly Scanned at Google Books 
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Google Books is accumulating scanned issues of Boys' Life, the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, and new ones have popped up almost every day this week.

Heinlein sold a lot of fiction there. Click this to look it over:
http://books.google.com/books?ei=pH3sS9HQNpKONsbhpYIE&cd=3&id=kdd9BW3SxAUC&q=%22robert+a+heinlein%22&as_coll2=+issn%3A0006-8608+

I like seeing these stories with their original illustrations. They can be captured if you know the trick of fishing a PNG out of your browser's cache.

Stories include "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon," "Tenderfoot in Space," "Satellite Scout" (Farmer in the Sky), "Tramp Space Ship" (The Rolling Stones), and more.

Me, I'm drooling over the March 1964 issue with Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sunjammer" and Robert McCall's illustrations of solar-sailing yachts. Photoshop can take the color out of that damned blue newsprint the story was printed on.

I've also discovered stories in "Donald Keith's" Time Machine series previously unknown to me.

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Stories include "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon," "Tenderfoot in Space," "Satellite Scout" (Farmer in the Sky), "Tramp Space Ship" (The Rolling Stones), and more.

I was in the Scouts 1957-67 and I *loved* finding Tenderfoot In Space in Boys' Life when it arrived in the mail. I don't remember seeing any other Heinlein there, so this is a great find! Thank you!

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beamjockey wrote:
Google Books is accumulating scanned issues of Boys' Life, the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, and new ones have popped up almost every day this week.

Heinlein sold a lot of fiction there. Click this to look it over:
http://books.google.com/books?ei=pH3sS9HQNpKONsbhpYIE&cd=3&id=kdd9BW3SxAUC&q=%22robert+a+heinlein%22&as_coll2=+issn%3A0006-8608+

I like seeing these stories with their original illustrations. They can be captured if you know the trick of fishing a PNG out of your browser's cache.

Stories include "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon," "Tenderfoot in Space," "Satellite Scout" (Farmer in the Sky), "Tramp Space Ship" (The Rolling Stones), and more.

Me, I'm drooling over the March 1964 issue with Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sunjammer" and Robert McCall's illustrations of solar-sailing yachts. Photoshop can take the color out of that damned blue newsprint the story was printed on.

I've also discovered stories in "Donald Keith's" Time Machine series previously unknown to me.

I wound up with the book he published of Time Machine stories. I ate those up as a pre-teen.


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I wound up with the book he published of Time Machine stories. I ate those up as a pre-teen.

Ditto. I doubt they'd bear rereading now, but I sure enjoyed them both in book form and the ones I caught in my BL reading years.

I learned my lesson on rereading childhood treasures when I laboriously (pre-eBay, pre-ABE) searched out a copy of a YA novel I'd positively loved. It was *awful*. Awful, awful, awful. I now leave precious childhood memories where they are.

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JamesGifford wrote:
BillPatterson wrote:
I wound up with the book he published of Time Machine stories. I ate those up as a pre-teen.

Ditto. I doubt they'd bear rereading now, but I sure enjoyed them both in book form and the ones I caught in my BL reading years.

Your mileage may vary, but I re-read the two fix-ups around 2002 and found that they held up pretty well for me. Not enduring classics, maybe, but not embarrassing either.

Hard to distance oneself from the glow of nostalgia and the hours of speculation about one could do if one owned such a very nice Time Machine as the one the Polaris Patrol found.

The Internet doesn't give this series enough love. I hope to blog about it, but in the meantime, I have stashed a list of the newly found stories here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Donald_Keith

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Jim, there can be disappointments, but there are also surprises. I re-read a number of childhood favorites with my kids, or when they were reading them so we could discuss them, and many stood up quite well, and/or revealed new pleasures. The greatest surprise was "The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" which I distinctly recalling reading more than once as a child -- but had no memory of the Michelangelo strand of the plot! I had fixated on hiding in the museum and living there.


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I started a new topic for the Time Machine stories:

http://www.heinleinnexus.org/NEXUSFORUM/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=682

Also, I wrote an account of them for my blog and rounded up links to the scanned versions:

http://beamjockey.livejournal.com/150027.html

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beamjockey wrote:
Also, I wrote an account of [the Time Machine stories] for my blog and rounded up links to the scanned versions:

http://beamjockey.livejournal.com/150027.html

I've added two more blog entries. One is about Clarke's 1964 solar-sailing story "The Sunjammer:"
http://beamjockey.livejournal.com/150531.html

The other is a collection of all the links I could find to Heinlein stories in Boys' Life:
http://beamjockey.livejournal.com/150833.html

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Thanks for posting this find. The Heinlein stories are great, of course, but I must admit the cover for "Sunjammer" is what I really remember from that time in Boy's Life.

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Post Re: Heinlein in BOYS' LIFE: Freshly Scanned at Google Books
In the late '70s (April 1978 to September 1979), Boys' Life did a comic serialization of Heinlein's "Between Planets" that I still remember.

Here's the direct links, so you can enjoy the story in full:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18


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