Blast Off at Woomera
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|Blast Off at Woomera|
Blast Off at Woomera cover
|Cover artist||Leslie Wood|
|Series||Chris Godfrey of U.N.E.X.A|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Followed by||The Domes of Pico|
Blast Off at Woomera is a young adult science fiction novel, the first in Hugh Walters' Chris Godfrey of U.N.E.X.A. series. It was published in the UK by Faber in 1957, in the US by Criterion Books in 1958 under the title Blast Off at 0300 and in the Netherlands in 1960 by Prisma Juniores under the title Ruimtevaarder nummer één (Astronaut Number One)
The books are now quite collectable, changing hands for sums around £50-£100 or more on book trading sites.
Strange objects have been sighted on the moon near Mons Pico and suspecting a communist plot the British Government hurriedly plans a mission to photograph the domes from above closer range. The rocket is not large enough to send a man - enter Chris Godfrey, a 17-year old science whizz with an interest in rocketry and crucially less than 5 feet tall !
- Blast Off at Woomera page
- LiberalEngland nostalgic reminiscences on Jonathan Calder's blog
- Faber archive
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