When I was a kid, I had this book about a group of people in a spaceship, looking for a material called "magnetite", as I recall. The cover had a generic sci-fi image of said vessel, which was obviously modeled after the USS Enterprise, flying through space.

At the back of the book was a complete computer program, written in BASIC, which the reader could copy into his computer to get a video game based on the story. The program code took up several pages. Apparently this book was one of a series, though I only ever saw the one volume.

Does anyone know what this might be?

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    Do you remember what flavour of BASIC it was or who the target market were? Was it aimed at ZX Spectrum owners or BBC Micro owners, for example?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 14:05
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    @Valorum - I vaguely remember a similar book, and while I don't know dialects, I know it worked on an Apple II variant
    – Radhil
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 14:16
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    Oh man, the feelz... I remember reading magazines/journals with printed code that you could hand type (spending hours correcting typos) to run the included programs. Now, you just clone a repo on GitHub and have insta-code...
    – FreeMan
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 15:05
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    This was definitely a paperback book, and not a magazine.
    – bmurrell30
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 15:37
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    @FreeMan: I remember being so thrilled when Rainbow magazine introduced a checksum program that let you quickly check the typed code and find which line you got wrong.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 17:53

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Could this be Micro Adventure (1984)?

Micro Adventure is the title of a series of books for young adult readers, published by Scholastic, Inc. during the 1980s. Created by Eileen Buckholtz and Ruth Glick, the YA series combined adventure stories with computer activities.

The books are noted for the inclusion of short BASIC type-in programs related to the plot of the story that the reader could type into their computers, and also for the use of second-person narration (rather like the Choose Your Own Adventure series, though unlike those, Micro Adventure storylines could not be influenced by the decisions of the reader).

  • No, this isn't it. These books have several small programs at the end, and the one I'm remembering definitely had one large one.
    – bmurrell30
    Commented Dec 19, 2023 at 15:39

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