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Initial post: Oct 9, 2011 2:04:15 PM PDT
Tom Spencer says:
Anyone recommend stories like those in Bradbury's R is for Rocket, like The Rocket Man, Here There be Tygers, etc.? Looking for old-school rocket ship, laser blaster stuff with that same kind of childlike naive futuristic wonder about space travel (if you've read it, you know what I'm talking about!). No big events, politics, or too much attention to realism. I've read some of Doc Smith's stuff, which is good, but Bradbury's is brilliant. Anything else like that out there?

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 2:48:25 PM PDT
Murray Leinster, Edmond Hamilton, John W. Campbell, Robert Silverberg, Eric Frank Russell, Jack Williamson--there's a bunch you can start with.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 2:50:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 19, 2011 1:17:38 PM PDT
EE Doc Smith's "Spacehounds of IPC
Heinlein's Star Man Jones, Have Space Suit Will Travel, The Rolling Stones, Farmer in the Sky, The Star Beast
Anne McCaffrey's Decision at Doona
The Tom Corbet series (there's several) by Carey Rockwell

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 6:46:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2011 6:47:27 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Tom Corbett Space Cadet! (7 books)

The Tom Swift Collection: 28 Novels in One Volume (Halcyon Classics)

The complete adventures of Lucky Starr (Lucky Starr series) Paul French/Isaac Asimov

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 7:12:25 AM PDT
@ K. Rowley
Ooh. I have the Tom Swift Collection on Kindle! The Rick Brant Collection is pretty good too, although not strictly science fiction. Still he gets up some pretty outlandish gadgetry.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 7:19:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2011 7:23:17 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
And there are the Dan Dare series of graphic / comic books...
(some examples)
Classic Dan Dare: Trip to Trouble (Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future)
Garth Ennis Dan Dare Omnibus Volume 1 SC US ED
Classic Dan Dare: The Man From Nowhere

And don't forget Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers In The 25th Century

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 10:09:11 AM PDT
K. Harris says:
Try Nathan Lowell's books , the first one is Quarter Share.
You can also get his audiobooks free at http://www.podiobooks.com/podiobooks/search.php?keyword=trader+tales

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 5:29:13 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Digging in some of my moldy boxes of old paperbacks - found a couple more suggestions that might have a few ray-guns... these are pretty much out-of-print, but there are used copies that are pretty cheap.

The Legion of Space by Jack Williamson

Through the Reality Warp by Donald J. Pfeil

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 5:39:39 AM PDT
Yay! more books to read. Thanks K. Rowley!

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 8:15:42 PM PDT
Armageddon 2419 by Philip Francis Nowlan combines the two novellas about the original Buck Rogers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 6:01:03 AM PDT
Mary Ellison says:
I found E "Doc" Smith's Lensman series in ebook form but I don't remember where I found it. I do remember that it was formated for a Micosoft ereader. I used Calibre to convert it for my Kindle.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 9:35:14 AM PDT
Mary,

Eight of the EE Smith novels are public domain and available on Project Gutenberg. Only Triplanetary of the Lensmen series is listed there, but a bunch of the Skylark ones are available. Here is the page which lets you download them in various formats->
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search.html/?default_prefix=author_id&sort_order=downloads&query=9515

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 9:35:46 PM PST
TheoGrouch says:
C. L. Moore, "Northwest Smith"
Alan Nourse, "Raiders From The Rings"
Cordwainer Smith, 'nuff said
Poul Anderson, Ben Bova, James Schmitz, Doris Piserchia, Ron Goulart, Theodore Sturgeon, Alan Akers (Dray Prescott) Lin Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, Fritz Leiber, and I'll stop right there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 8:04:19 AM PST
I think the problem you'll face is that there just isn't anyone "like" Bradbury. I'll have to re-read R is for Rocket, but I have never thought of Bradbury and "space opera" (with or without rayguns ;-) in the same breath, or even same paragraph.

For that "childlike naive futuristic wonder", probably your best bet is to read some other Bradbury from his classic period. Like The Martian Chronicles. Won't be so specific to raygun space travel, but will have the same flavor.

Other than that, you've got a lot of suggestions here. I don't think I've noticed James H. Schmitz among them. His Telzey Amberdon short novels, in particular, and Witches of Karres (in particular the original novela, which forms the first section of the much later novel) may have that sense of small tales set among a big world that you seem to be looking for. Isaac Asimov did some classic space opera that might have some of that personal story you seem to be looking for ... in particular the threesome that includes Pebble in the Sky.
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Posted on Mar 3, 2012 12:31:41 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 3, 2012 2:46:28 PM PST
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Robert Silverberg wrote great space operas in the 50's. Paizo Press is re-issuing his stuff from the Ace Doubles. Amazon has Hunt the Space Witch, The Planet Killers, and Chalice of Death. (13 novels and stories total!) When I re-read them I'm 12 years old again (I'm 63!)

This site has wonderful old stuff in books and e-readers formats:
http://shop.pageturnereditions.com/

This site also has lots of good stuff for e-readers and in book formats:
http://ereads.com/

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 6:00:00 PM PST
Planet of the Damned

Go to this link. Now look at the bar below that says "customers who bought this item also bought"

See all those books with the same cover? They are pretty much all classic space opera books that are now in the public domain and have been converted to ebook format by volunteers. Some of them like the Harry Harrison one I linked too aren't nearly as old as most public domain books. That's because some authors like Harry chose not to renew their copyright when it came up. They figured it was better to let new generations read their books for free rather than have the book exist only in used bookstores or some publishing house inventory.

Now go fill your kindle up and plunge into classic space opera.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 11:08:05 AM PST
Gilbert and T.J.,
Thanks for the good suggestions. Dang, a cheap kindle is looking better and better.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 3:00:18 PM PST
"First Admiral" - William J Benning. Epic space opera with huge battles. Story about downtrodden teenager who is a space admiral in his secret double life. New slant on space opera that still has that 50's retro feel.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 3:43:17 AM PST
This site has tons of the great old stuff--singles and doubles. I'm going to go happily poor this year. They're also available from Amazon.

http://www.armchairfiction.com/pages/doublenovels.htm
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