Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: GULF, In which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't quite decide what to do with the rest of us, and LOST LEGACY, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league -- or would be, if we but had eyes to see.... PLUS TWO GREAT STORIES: Two of the Master's finest: one on the nature of Being, the other on what it means to be a Man.
The message had seemed simple, yet it was more complex than Don could have imagined. He was being called from Earth to an alien world for reasons unknown--save only that his life depended on it. But setting out for Mars and getting there in good shape turned out to be a lot more complicated than Don ever would have guessed possible. It was trouble enough being inexplicably hounded by Earth's secret police. But when he was hijacked by Venusian rebels, Don suddenly realized that he was trapped in the center of a war between worlds that could change the fate of the Solar System forever.
Utopia has been achieved. Disease, hunger, poverty and war are found only in the history tapes, and applied genetics has brought a lifespan of over a century. But Hamilton Felix is bored. And he is the culmination of a star line; each of his last thirty ancestors chosen for superior genes. He is, as far as genetics can produce one, the ultimate man, yet sees no meaning in life. However, his life is about to become less boring. A secret cabal of revolutionaries plan to revolt and seize control. Knowing of Hamilton's disenchantment with the modern world, they want him to join their Glorious Revolution. Big mistake! The revolutionaries are about to find out that recruiting a superman was definitely not a good idea....
Heinlein has written some of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, including the beloved classic STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. Now, in THE CAT WHO WALKS THROUGH WALLS, he creates his most compelling character ever: Dr. Richard Ames, ex-military man, sometime writer and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity. When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown head first into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history "He is, if possible, a greater genius than ever before... this time by giving us a thinking man's HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY." --San Francisco Chronicle
SLAVE: Brought to Sargon in chains as a child -- unwanted by all save a one-legged beggar -- Thorby learned well the wiles of the street people and the mysterious ways of his crippled master . . . OUTLAW: Hunted by the police for some unknown treasonous acts committed by his beloved owner, Thorby risked his life to deliver a dead man's message and found himself both guest and prisoner aboard an alien spaceship . . . CITIZEN: Unaware of his role in an ongoing intrigue, Thorby became one of the freest of the free in the entire galaxy as the adopted son of a noble space captain . . . until he became a captive in an interstellar prison that offered everything but the hope of escape!
One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.<P><P> Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake -- failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. And Smythe's own life was on the line -- for if he wasn't assassinated, there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role forever!<P> Hugo Award winner.
Robert A. Heinlein is one of the masters of the golden age of science fiction. His later novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land helped transform the genre into new and interesting literary forms. This book is a collection of 30 short stories articles and travelogues by the grandmaster. Among the stories are 'Blowups Happen' and 'Solution Unsatisfactory' about the possibility of nuclear war and accidents. Amazingly these stories were written in 1940, before atomic weapons or power existed. There are also two chronicles of R.A.H.'s trips to the Soviet Union.
Robert A. Heinlein, the dean of American SF writers, also wrote fantasy fiction throughout his long career, but especially in the early 1940s. The Golden Age of SF was also a time of revolution in fantasy fiction, and Heinlein was at the forefront. His fantasies were convincingly set in the real world, particularly those published in the famous magazine Unknown Worlds, including such stories as "Magic, Inc.," "'They--,'" and "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag." Now all of Heinlein's best fantasy short stories, most of them long novellas, have been collected in one big volume for the first time.
Bill knew his destiny lay in the stars, but how was he to get there? George Lerner was shipping out for Ganymede to join the fledgling colony, and Bill wanted to go along. But his father would not hear of it -- far too dangerous a mission! Bill finally talked his way aboard the colony ship Mayflower -- and discovered his father was right! Hugo Award Winner.
This is a survivalist story describing the struggle of one man to survive in an alternate universe along with his family. Blasted into the alternate universe by a nuclear holocaust, Hugh Farnham attempts to rebuild. But in this reality, white people are treated as slaves working for dark-skinned masters. Having lived as a free man, Hugh does not adapt well to this reality and strives desperately to free himself and his family. Heinlein used this plot line to warn of nuclear war, to describe the foolishness of racism and to preach a little about the rights of free men.
From Grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein comes a long-lost first novel, written in 1939 and never before published, introducing ideas and themes that would shape his career and define the genre that is synonymous with his name. July 12, 1939 Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when suddenly another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.... When he wakes, the girl in green is a woman dressed in furs and the sun-drenched shore has transformed into snowcapped mountains. The woman, Diana, rescues Perry from the bitter cold and takes him inside her home to rest and recuperate. Later they debate the cause of the accident, for Diana is unfamiliar with the concept of a tire blowout and Perry cannot comprehend snowfall in mid-July. Then Diana shares with him a vital piece of information: The date is now January 7. The year...2086. When his shock subsides, Perry begins an exhaustive study of global evolution over the past 150 years. He learns, among other things, that a United Europe was formed and led by Edward, Duke of Windsor; former New York City mayor LaGuardia served two terms as president of the United States; the military draft was completely reconceived; banks became publicly owned and operated; and in the year 2003, two helicopters destroyed the island of Manhattan in a galvanizing act of war. This education in the ways of the modern world emboldens Perry to assimilate to life in the twenty-first century. But education brings with it inescapable truths -- the economic and legal systems, the government, and even the dynamic between men and women remain alien to Perry, the customs of the new day continually testing his mental and emotional resolve. Yet it is precisely his knowledge of a bygone era that will serve Perry best, as the man from 1939 seems destined to lead his newfound peers even further into the future than they could have imagined. A classic example of the future history that Robert Heinlein popularized during his career, For Us, The Living marks both the beginning and the end of an extraordinary arc of political, social, and literary crusading that comprises his legacy. Heinlein could not have known in 1939 how the world would change over the course of one and a half centuries, but we have our own true world history to compare with his brilliant imaginings, rendering For Us, The Living not merely a novel, but a time capsule view into our past, our present, and perhaps our future. The novel is presented here with an introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Spider Robinson and an afterword by Professor Robert James of the Heinlein Society.
Her name is Marjorie Baldwin--or that's what most of her friends and all of her family think. Her real name is Friday, and she isn't your everyday human, she is an Artificial Person, a person created through in vitro fertilization and raised in a creche with a lot of other children just like her. Since Artificial Persons have less status than a good machine, she must make her living where and how she can.
When "Scar" Gordon reads a personals ad promising "very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger", with physical requirements, except for the part about being "handsome", that fit him to a T, he answers it... and finds a job escorting the lusty queen of an endangered star civilization through a faraway dimension filled with golems and horned ghosts, dragons and dangers galore.
With provocative blends of scientific fact and human frailty, Robert A. Heinlein's visionary stories have taken readers from the early days of space exploration to the inevitability of outward expansion. Now, experience the thrills and wonder of those frontier days for yourself with this collection of Heinlein's stories. Ten entertaining, passionate tales in all.
SKYJACKED! One minute Kip Russell is walking around his own backyard, testing out an old space suit and dreaming about going to the moon-the next he is the captive of a space pirate and on his way to the very place he had been dreaming of. At first, the events are so unreal he thinks he might be having a nightmare . . . but when he discovers other prisoners aboard the spaceship he knows the ordeal is all too real. Kip and his fellow abductees, the daughter of a world-renowned scientist and a beautiful creature from an alien planet, have been skyjacked by a monstrous extraterrestrial who is flying them to the moon-on a journey toward a fate worse than death. . . . Have Space Suit-Will Travelis the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in classic fantasy and science fiction for readers 12 and up.
A collection of three novels written by Robert A. Heinlein
Johann Sebastian Bach Smith was immensely rich -- and very old. Though his mind was still keen, his body was worn out. His solution was to have surgeons transplant his brain into a new body. The operation was a great success -- but the patient was no longer Johann Sebastian Bach Smith. He was now fused with the very vocal personality of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice -- with mind-blowing results! Together they must learn to share control of her body.
Alexander Hergensheimer is a godly man, about as godly as you can get. But when he takes a fire walk during a cruise where this native islander stunt is being exhibited, he is about to become as ungodly as he was godly before the walk. Waking up after his attempt and subsequent unconsciousness, he slowly discovers his world has done a 180 degree turn. Not only is he no longer the evangelical person he had been, but he is everything he despised and avoided--carnal, worldly, and sinful. He in no way reflects his previous ultra-religious ways. On top of losing his Christian moorings, he finds himself now carrying his old name but with a new life--and lover, Margrethe, a stewardess aboard the liner he's crusing on. She jumps from world to world to world with him, and they jointly keep picking up the smashed pieces of their lives and going forward. Let's follow them and see them squirm into and out of some really bizarre situations. Alec eventually becomes a modern Job, his existence being tested by God. Heinlein made this book with delicacy, it is humerous while making you question yourself and everything you believe in.
Killdozer! is the third volume of a series of the complete short stories from Theodore Sturgeon's career. It contains a few of his best and most famous short stories: "Medusa", "Killdozer!" and "Mewhu's Jet." The series editor Paul Williams has dug into the background of each story, and come up with a lot of interesting lore about Sturgeon. Especially of interest in this volume is the alternative original ending to "Mewhu's Jet."
a collection of short stories written by Robert A Heinlein with an introduction by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Eight short stories by a master of science fiction: The Year of the Jackpot, By His Bootstraps, Columbus Was a Dope, The Menace From Earth, Sky Lift, Goldfish Bowl, Project Nightmare, and Water is For Washing.
Robert A. Heinlein was the most influential science fiction writer of his era. He won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, a record that still stands. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the last of these Hugo-winning novels, and it is widely considered his finest work.<P><P> It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.<P> The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the high points of modern science fiction, a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation, and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom.<P> Winner of the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
When two male and two female supremely sensual, unspeakably cerebral humans find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies -- and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller coaster ride of adventure and danger, ecstasy and peril.
For Hugh Hoyland the Ship was the entire universe - all there was and all there ever would be. His intelligence caused his promotion to rank of scientist, raising him above the peasants who worked the crops on the lower decks. His adventurous spirit led him into dangerous encounters with the "muties" who inhabited the upper decks. But he never dreamed of the truths his brains and reckless behaviour would eventually lead him to discover.
A classic tale from the Grandmaster of Science Fiction. Podkayne Fries, born and raised on Mars, has just one ambition: to earn her wings as a starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. The opportunity to travel aboard the Tricorn- on an interstellar journey to Venus and Earth in the company of her diplomat uncle-is a dream come true. Poddy's idea of diplomacy is keeping the peace with her troublesome brother, Clark, but she's about to learn some things about war and peace. Because her uncle is the Ambassador from Mars to the Three Planets Conference, which makes him-and his niece and nephew-potential targets for any radicals looking to sabotage the negotiations between three worlds.
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