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Paging through BOYS' LIFE, Part 3: Robert A. Heinlein's Scouts into Space

Robert Heinlein's contributions appeared in Boys' Life long before my own time as a Scout, so I know them from books. But once again, it's interesting to see the original illustrations. Reynold Brown did good interior illos for Satellite Scout in 1950, but the cover painting of the first installment is a torchship by none other than Chesley Bonestell.


"Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon" (April through May 1949)
Part 1, Part 2

Satellite Scout, better known as Farmer in the Sky (August through November 1950)
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Tramp Space Ship, better known as The Rolling Stones (September 1952 through December 1952)
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

"Tenderfoot in Space" (May through July 1958)
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Boys' Life was an important market at a time when Heinlein was working to establish himself as an author of childrens' fiction.   It put some of  his stories in the mailboxes of millions of boys, and into practically every library.

(Part 1 in this series is Donald Keith's Time Machine Stories. Part 2 is Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sunjammer."
Tags: books, boys life, farmer in the sky, google, heinlein, nothing ever happens on the moon, robert heinlein, rolling stones, science fiction, sf
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I don't think there's an equivalent market today, or I'd have been serializing GCA in it.
(Don't know why I didn't think to say this in 2010...)

Boys' Life is still being published. Might it be a market for your stuff?
Is Time for the Stars the title that cover makes me think of? The one about the twins being used for starship communication.
Yes, the same design of ship was used in that, and in Starman Jones.