When I say this series has been haunting me for a couple of decades, it's an understatement. I remember loving this series, but I also remember it being a bit weird, and maybe even a bit science heavy for kids.

There were a number of books in it (I believe), and all I can remember is this young kid would go over to his neighbor's house, and the neighbor was an eccentric, old, scientist. I -feel- like they'd go to alternate dimensions and that sort of thing.

But the books themselves seemed old in 1986, so they might've been from the 70s?

  • There isn't a lot to go on here, can you not remember anything else that happens in it that you could edit in? This guide might be helpful to look at.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    May 26, 2020 at 14:36
  • With so little information, the only thing coming to mind would be the Mushroom Planet books, which are decidedly science-light.
    – Spencer
    May 26, 2020 at 14:45

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Aside from the living arrangement, this seems very much like the Danny Dunn books by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. They were published from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s.

Danny's mother was the (live-in, with separate quarters) housekeeper for Professor Bullfinch, and Danny (along with his friend Joe and sometimes another friend, a girl whose name I've forgotten) would always get involved with the Professor's inventions. The Professor had a frenemy (a term which hadn't been invented yet when the books were written), Professor Grimes. The two would sometimes make music together; Bullfinch (a large, portly man) played a piccolo, while Grimes, a skeletal fellow, played a "bull fiddle" (a bowed upright bass).

There were about a dozen books in the series, with Danny and friends dealing with a supercomputer, a cryogenic thermocouple device, a high powered laser, a submarine -- and other stuff I've forgotten.

  • Yeah, what you said...
    – LAK
    May 26, 2020 at 14:45
  • These were my favorite books when I was about ten... And apparently, they were still coming out.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    May 26, 2020 at 14:45
  • Only a couple of the titles seem familiar. My local library only had a couple of them, but a good number of Tom Swifts.
    – LAK
    May 26, 2020 at 14:49
  • That series was the first thing that popped into my head, too. Can't remember the last time I actually read one of those books . . .
    – Lorendiac
    May 26, 2020 at 20:09
  • Was it Danny Dunn who stayed home sick from school one day and decided to make things easy for himself in bed and started setting up all kinds of string/pulley things in his room so he could fetch books, turn the lights on and off, etc. etc. etc.? I'm pretty sure it was Danny Dunn.
    – davidbak
    May 27, 2020 at 1:37

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