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Old 27-03-2013, 01:45
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When I was a kid, my dad was a lecturer in our local teacher training college...and every few weeks I could use the childrens' section in the library there, the section that held books for students to take out on teaching practice and read to kids in class...

One I remember was a kids-oriented scifi novel, quite old I think, where the story was set in basically a lifeboat station in space; the heroes flew space capsules that went to the rescue of stranded ships. The "lifeboats" were actually armed, because the "guns" were used for rapid braking in the sense of "action-reaction" I.E. fire a projectile forward to brake the capsule!

Does anyone remember this basic plotline???
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Old 04-04-2013, 19:51
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Bump, anyone???
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Old 04-04-2013, 21:43
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I have given this some thought but there's no plot I know like that. I'd suggest finding out who were the most popular science fiction at the time and then looking at the book reviews on the likes of Amazon, etc. to see if any of the plots match up.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:34
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"...at the time..."

That's the problem - I was of primary school age...and the book was much older. Not much "new" scifi stock in that particular library!
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:48
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As we still don't know how old you are it makes it more difficult. When were you at primary school?
My first thought was E. C. Elliot's "Kemlo" books which began in 1954 and ended in 1963.
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Old 05-04-2013, 23:46
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LOL I hadn't thought of that! In my late 40s, this was in the 1970s...

But no, it wasn't any of the Kemlo books.
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Old 06-04-2013, 20:34
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There was a science fiction writer called Hugh Walters whose books I read in the late 60s early 70s. Doesn't remind me of the ones he wrote though.

Maybe one of Heinlein's juvenile books perhaps?
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Old 06-04-2013, 21:10
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How about Angus MacVicar or W. E. Johns?
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Old 07-04-2013, 16:08
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Sounds like 1940s/50s stuff. I used to read novels and short stories like that in the 70s. This doesn't ring any bells though. Were they space navy guys or space hospital based? Were they watching a remote part of space or were they in the heart of an empire/federation? Did they get into battles or was it all peaceful?
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Old 07-04-2013, 17:00
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Not a naval or hospital milieu - a rescue service, bit like the RNLI or U.S. Coastguard And strictly Solar Sytem based.
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Old 07-04-2013, 19:33
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When I was a kid, my dad was a lecturer in our local teacher training college...and every few weeks I could use the childrens' section in the library there, the section that held books for students to take out on teaching practice and read to kids in class...

One I remember was a kids-oriented scifi novel, quite old I think, where the story was set in basically a lifeboat station in space; the heroes flew space capsules that went to the rescue of stranded ships. The "lifeboats" were actually armed, because the "guns" were used for rapid braking in the sense of "action-reaction" I.E. fire a projectile forward to brake the capsule!

Does anyone remember this basic plotline???
Have a look at Wikipedia Alpha Centauri in fiction. There is quite a list of old syfy books with a little of what they are about.

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Old 07-04-2013, 22:27
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No go, Stanlem, none of those
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:06
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There was a science fiction writer called Hugh Walters whose books I read in the late 60s early 70s. Doesn't remind me of the ones he wrote though.

Maybe one of Heinlein's juvenile books perhaps?
Definitely not Heinlein, nearest would have been Space Cadet.

If it wasn't for the fact that I can't find any evidence that they were ever translated into English I would have said some of the books by Mark Brandis
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Old 08-04-2013, 23:41
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Well, it took a LOT of imaginative Googling....but I've a feeling it was THIS -

http://www.andmeisterbooks.co.uk/?pa...roduct_id=8735
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:47
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Well, it took a LOT of imaginative Googling....but I've a feeling it was THIS -

http://www.andmeisterbooks.co.uk/?pa...roduct_id=8735
This book is available from Amazone.

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Old 16-04-2013, 00:46
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Well, it took a LOT of imaginative Googling....but I've a feeling it was THIS -

http://www.andmeisterbooks.co.uk/?pa...roduct_id=8735
Ah, I see. I don't know that one. Sounds very boys own though!
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