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THE MAKESHIFT ROCKET
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Spine reinforced with 2" non-yellowing library tape. Extra stamp on top page block.
Poul Anderson's The Makeshift Rocket. Magazine appearance in Astounding November & December 1958 as "A Bicycle Built for Brew." The first book appearance of this short novel was as half of an Ace Double in 1962. If you want it "solo" - you have to try for a British hardcover (1969) or paperback (1978) - both rare.
Knud Axel Syrup, chief engineer of the spaceship Mercury Girl, sat and drank his favorite beer and thought about the war he was desperately anxious to avoid. The planetoid he was stranded on, Grendel, was occupied by a band of fiery Irish revolutionaries who weren't loading their guns with shamrocks. And once the Anglians found out about the invasion, they'd make the legendary Donnybrook seem like a harmless rugby match. When Herr Syrup shook up a bottle of brew and let the foam shoot out of the top, he knew what had to be done to get off Grendel. And so came about a marvelous spaceship, built of beer kegs, bound by gunk, upholstered with pretzel boxes and powered - for the first time in space travel history - by the mighty reaction forces of malted brew!