Me and ‘My Shadow’

A reader rediscovers the books that shaped him

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Melinda Beck for The Chronicle Review

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Melinda Beck for The Chronicle Review

On a second honeymoon in Montreal, in 1986, my wife and I visited a flea market along the river in the old part of the city. In a booth that sold collectibles from the 1950s, I rediscovered a book that would set me on a course of study that has persisted for almost 30 years.

The boy adventure story was titled Assignment in Space and featured a young space cadet named Rip Foster, who rocketed around the solar system in search of asteroids