Tenderfoot in Space

Publication date:1958.05
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Boy Scout Stories
Preceded by:The Man Who Traveled in Elephants
Followed by:Have Space Suit—Will Travel
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“Tenderfoot in Space” is a short story by Robert A. Heinlein, serialized in “Boys’ Life” magazine in May, June, and July 1958. The original working title was “Tenderfoot on Venus” when it was written in 1956. It was extensively cut according to orders by the magazine editor for its published form.


A boy and his dog emigrate to Venus. The boy joins a local Scout troop, learning how to survive in the Venusian wilderness, with its various dangers.