Ordeal in Space

Ordeal in Space
Publication date:1948.05
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Future History
Preceded by:Gentlemen, Be Seated!
Followed by:Red Planet
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“Ordeal in Space” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein, originally published in “Town & Country” May 1948.


A spaceship’s crewman is unable to continue his work as spaceman, and has a fear of heights after incident. After living in fear and sadness for a time, he must face his fear while rescuing a kitten stuck on the 35th‐floor ledge of a building.

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Ordeal in Space