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(Original hardcover edition)
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(Bantam edition, second printing)
(Bantam edition, second printing)
(Bantam edition, second printing)
(Bantam edition, fourth printing)
(Bantam edition, fourth printing)
(Bantam edition, fourth printing)
(Bantam edition, fourth printing)
(Bantam version, retitled edition)
(British edition)
(British edition)

Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 7
Plot-It-Yourself Adventures in Space — no. 1
Alternate Titles: Exploration Infinity (British edition)
Message from Space (reissue)
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Box Set 2 (6-10) (Collection)
Translated Into: Jij in de ruimte (Dutch)
Planet ketiga dari Altair (Indonesian)
El tercer planeta de Altair (Spanish)
Il terzo pianeta da Altair (Italian)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Carter, Barbara (Original hardcover edition; British edition - interior)
Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don) (Bantam edition, first printing; Bantam edition, fourth printing; Bantam version, retitled edition; Bantam edition, second printing)
Hunt, Geoff (British edition - cover)
Dates: April, 1979 (Original hardcover edition)
November, 1980 (Bantam edition, first printing)
March, 1981 (Bantam edition, second printing)
1982 (British edition)
August, 1989 (Bantam version, retitled edition)
ISBNs: 0397318278 / 9780397318278 (Original hardcover edition)
0397318847 / 9780397318841 (Original hardcover edition - library binding)
0416244505 / 9780416244502 (British edition)
0553139789 / 9780553139785 (Bantam edition, second printing)
0553209809 / 9780553209808 (Bantam edition, fourth printing)
0553231855 / 9780553231854 (Bantam version, retitled edition)
Length: 117 pages (Bantam edition, first printing, Bantam edition, second printing, Bantam edition, fourth printing, Bantam version, retitled edition)
96 pages (British edition)
Number of Endings: 38
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: The reader, en route to the third planet from Altair to seek the source and meaning of extraterrestrial messages, is given choices to make determining the course of the spaceship and the survival of the crew.
User Summary: When alien signals are detected coming from a planet orbiting the distant star Altair, you are asked to travel into space to find their senders. On your journey you are accompanied by Captain Bud Stanton, Professor Henry Pickens, and Dr. Nera Vivaldi.
Demian's Thoughts:

This is an above average science fiction gamebook with an interesting story and excellent internal consistency. Before becoming part of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, it was released by Lippincott as a stand-alone hardback. The book was also retitled and released in England as the first and only volume in the Plot-It-Yourself Adventures in Space series.

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Good's Thoughts:

Great, but...
The alien take-over ruins it, and the mission is too easy! Really? Yeah.
1. Go to Altair.
2. Choose the water moon.
3. Take Bluenose
4. Then either leave Bluenose in the water, or take him out. I can't remember which.


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Stockton's Thoughts:

Overall, this is an above average entry in the series. Edward Packard does a very good job, but he doesn't outdo himself. Although the book is definitely worth reading, the quality of the illustrations still leaves something to be desired.

Like most CYOAs, this book covers a broad range of subject matter, ranging from electromagnetic storms in space to alien cities. It makes sense and avoids feeling random, and there is a defined goal to work towards. Because about a third of this book is just endings, the shorter length of each plot string makes the story move a little too quickly.

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Waluigi Freak 99's Thoughts:

There were several interesting and somewhat original science fiction plot paths here. Most of the adventures felt long enough to avoid being rushed, but too short to be exceptionally entertaining. This story is above average, however, there are a few other Choose Your Own Adventure books in this genre that are more memorable than it.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ken G. for the British cover scans.
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Known Editions

Original hardcover edition
Bantam edition, first printing
Bantam edition, second printing
Bantam edition, fourth printing
Bantam version, retitled edition
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