Lost in Space: The New Journeys Book 5
Written by J.J. Gardner
(Page numbers come from the 1st printing, January
On a barren planet, the Robinsons meet a
boy determined to prove his mettle as a warrior.
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Notes from the Lost in Space chronology
Passages in this book suggest that the Robot is no longer on treads
and has legs instead. This may place the book some time after
The Vault, in which Will has replaced the
Robot's treads with
Lost in Space: The New Journeys was a series of six
books for young readers, published by Scholastic.
On page 1, Will reflects on a sage statement made by Dr. Smith:
"Life in space is dull...it's one percent adventure and ninety-nine
percent computer maintenance."
Page 2 describes that the Robinsons are mining deutronium for fuel
for the ship. Deutronium was named as the Jupiter 2's fuel
source in the original TV series episode "Attack of the Monster
Plants". In fact, the planet in this novel also features
Page 2 reveals that John is being cautious about bumping into aliens
due to the many hostile ones they've already met on their space
travels so far.
Page 4 reveals that the Jupiter 2 left Quadrant X just a couple
months previous (see The
Perils of Quadrant X).
Page 9 reveals that there is at least one stun gun on the ship,
the only weapon John is willing to lend to Dr. Smith for
protection in his task of setting up a signal conductor three miles from the
Page 11 suggests that the ship has a laser machete for use by crew
members in cutting through thick jungle growth on a planet's
Page 17 reveals that Dr. Smith spent seven years in the millennium
Somehow, Movitar seems to speak English throughout the book.
On page 35, John is astounded to hear that Movitar's body is being
saturated with 200 megawatts of electricity, exclaiming, "...that's
enough to power a whole city..." This estimate of a city's power
consumption is roughly true in our age.
On page 36, Judy goes out of her way to heal the burns on Don's
hands incurred from the electrical mass surrounding Movitar's body.
But nothing is said or done about the burns Will suffered to both
face and hands from the dragon he and Dr. Smith encountered before
On page 44, Penny says, "Smile! You're on Candid Camera!"
Candid Camera was a hidden camera/practical joke
TV program that ran in various incarnations from 1948-2004. If she's
still using the phrase many decades after this, it may be that the
show was brought back in a new version when she was still on Earth
On page 55, Will tells Movitar about rescuing his family from a
planet run by robots and being trapped in an asteroid with Penny in
Quadrant X. These are references to the events of
The Perils of
Quadrant X, respectively.
As the planet begins to warm up, Will feels as if he's in the middle
of a hot Arabian desert. Of course, this is a reference to the
Arabian peninsula of Earth.