Young Stowaways in SpaceApril 17, 2017
Young Stowaways in Space, by Richard M. Elam, is bad, and also very boring. It was published in 1960, but it’s set in a future where space travel is common and a robot maid is possible but you have to program it by hand.
The story concerns young space nerd Garry and his whiny friend Patch. One night they sneak out of the orphanage where they live in order to see a spaceship launch, and accidentally end up launching with it. A series of (boring) mishaps finds them floating aimlessly in space, until they’re picked up by the Carefree, home to an eccentric millionaire and his varied (but boring!) crew.
Then there’s, I don’t know, some more adventure stuff. No one dies, which is a spoiler. The only woman in the entire story is the robot that’s been programmed to do housework, and I never figured out why anyone would want to be friends with Patch.