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This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as I recall, took place on an interstellar garbage scow (like the later TV show Quark). After being jettisoned with the trash our hero went on to a series of space adventures each one as rollicking as the last. At one time, I though this was Starman Jones, but it's not. I've been hunting for this book for 50 years with no luck.

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    – DavidW
    May 5, 2020 at 3:27
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    It's not Tom Corbett Space Cadet?, not so much bumbling as naive.
    – bob1
    May 5, 2020 at 7:27
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    It might possibly be Bill The Galactic Hero, 1965, by Harry Harrison, though the synopsis is different from wha tyousay. It might also be Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, 1973, though again the synopsis is different. May 5, 2020 at 15:20

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This is "Lancelot Biggs, Spaceman" a 'fix-up' novel of short stories that originally appeared from 1939-43, by Nelson Bond.

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    Most if not all of the Lancelot Biggs yarns can be read (in a slightly different form as they were revised for the fix-up novel) at the Internet Archive. The first one is here: archive.org/details/…
    – user14111
    Sep 22, 2020 at 0:38

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