Star Trek writer adapting Heinlein's Have Spacesuit for a film

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

One of Robert A. Heinlein greatest novels, Have Space Suit—Will Travel—the last the author published specifically for a young audience—is being adapted for the big screen by Harry Kloor, who's written for Star Trek: Voyager and Earth: Final Conflict, Variety reported.

"I was inspired to become a scientist and science fiction writer in part by reading the works of Grand Master Robert Heinlein," said Kloor, who has also written the upcoming animated feature Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey.

Have Space Suit—Will Travel was originally serialized in 1958 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and published later that year in hardcover. The novel, set in 2040, tells the story of a teenager who loses a contest for a free trip to the moon but wins an obsolete spacesuit—which ends up leading him to humanity's first contact with aliens.

The project is apparently further along than any of us knew, because Kloor's production company, Jupiter 9, obtained the rights from the Heinlein estate only after showing them a completed script.