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Book Title: The Mysterious Planet|
The author of the book: Lester del Rey
Edition: Del Rey
Date of issue: May 12th 1982
ISBN 13: 9780345304186
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I did not realize I had read this when I was younger; apparently "Kenneth Wright" is the pen name [or, one of the pen names] of Lester del Rey. It was a fun read; it was most assuredly geared towards young adults! It follows the 'adventure' of three young men in outer space. It moves at a decent pace; it held my interest throughout the entire story. It was pretty mild, all things considered. Of course, there as a happy ending.
One of the young men [last name of Griffiths] is the son of a commander in the Space Navy who is leading a fleet to an outpost past Jupiter. He is a cadet in the Navy and looking forward to traveling with this father to explore this mysterious planet. He takes after his father; is very by-the-book yet willing to bend the rules if the end result is justifiable.
The son encounters a rich kid [Simon Jakes] who was kicked out of the Academy; Jakes is a natural pilot who flies by the 'seat of his pants' and has his own spacecraft he is going to fly out to Planet X in order to explore it. He ends up joining Griffiths and Griffiths father on Neptune. He is described in a neanderthalic fashion, yet has his heart 'in the right place'. The two end up becoming friends.
An unknown planet has been discovered heading for the Solar System, so the fleet goes out to investigate, leaving from Mars orbit to head to Neptune. It turns out the planet is under an alien intelligence's guidance, and they want to join the Solar System. After a series of misadventures and misunderstandings, peace prevails.
Earth is an undergo, on the one hand, as the alien's tech is so far and above humanity's technological abilities. It is pretty crazy! The discussions of the alien tech was interesting, as was the descriptions of the humanoids inhabiting the planet.
I thought it was interesting that humanity had managed to colonize Mars and Venus before nearly fighting a three-way planetary war; peace prevailed. Much of the book keeps talking about how intelligent races, how advanced races, always look for peaceful solutions to problems and that war is always the last resort [as it is seen as the first resort of barbarians and less-advanced beings]. Both the Thulians [the aliens on Planet X] and the humans keep talking peace while advancing toward war; it takes drastic efforts to prevent a war from breaking out. It is kind of comical, in a way, as both sides are so 'advanced' and yet so clumsy.
On a completely side note, I thought it was hilarious that Griffith's father was often described as smoking a pipe throughout the book. He was smoking a pipe in a pure oxygen environment? Really? It reminded me of the scene in the preview for the movie Thank you for Smoking where the characters are talking about the impossibility of smoking on a space station when one of them says, "All we have to do is insert a line saying 'Thank ___ for the blump device/procedure" which will allow smoking to take place in outer space." Every time I read about Griffith's father puffing away on his pipe made me laugh. It was too funny.
It was a fun book to read; it has been well night thirty years since I last read it [the original copy I read was apparently an updated paperback owned by one of my uncles].
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Read information about the authorLester del Rey was an American science fiction author and editor. Del Rey is especially famous for his juvenile novels such as those which are part of the Winston Science Fiction series, and for Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction branch of Ballantine Books edited by Lester del Rey and his fourth wife Judy-Lynn del Rey.
aka Philip St. John
aka Eric van Lihn
aka Erik van Lhin
aka Kenneth Wright
aka Edson McCann (with Frederik Pohl)
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