The Star Beast
The Star Beast is a 1954 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a high school senior who discovers that his extraterrestrial pet is more than it appears to be; the novel was serialised, somewhat abridged, in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as Star Lummox and published in hardcover as part of Scribner's series of Heinlein juveniles. The novel is set in the future. Earth has had interstellar spaceflight for centuries and has contact with numerous extraterrestrial species, handled by a department of the Earth government. John Thomas Stuart XI, the teenage protagonist, lives in a small Rocky Mountain town, caring for Lummox, an extraterrestrial beast which he inherited from his great-grandfather who brought it home from an interstellar voyage; the pet has learned how to speak, has grown from the size of a collie pup to a ridable behemoth—especially after consuming a used car. The childlike Lummox is perceived to be a neighborhood nuisance and, upon leaving the Stuart property one day, causes substantial property damage across the city of Westville.
John's widowed mother wants him to get rid of it, brings an action in the local court to have it destroyed. Desperate to save his pet, John Thomas considers selling Lummox to a zoo, he changes his mind and runs away from home, riding into the nearby wilderness on Lummox's back. His girlfriend Betty Sorenson joins him and suggests bringing the beast back into town and hiding it in a neighbor's greenhouse. However, it is not easy to conceal such a large creature; the court orders Lummox destroyed. In an amusing scene Westville's officials try several methods to kill Lummox but fail, as his alien physiology appears to be invulnerable to ordinary weapons or poisons, Lummox does not realize they are attempting to execute him. Meanwhile, at the Earth government Department of Spacial Affairs, Mr. Kiku, an experienced diplomat, is dealing with the Hroshii, a unknown alien race and powerful, which appear in the solar system and demand the return of their lost child, or they will destroy Earth. A friendly alien diplomat of a third species intimates.
No one associates Lummox with the newcomers, in part due to the size difference. Lummox is identified as important royalty of the Hroshii, as well as female, it turns out that the relationship between John Thomas and Lummox is the only thing that saves Earth from destruction. From her viewpoint, during her centuries on Earth the young but long-lived Lummox has been pursuing a hobby: the raising of John Thomases, she makes it clear to the other Hroshii. This gives Mr. Kiku, the chief negotiator, the leverage he needs to establish diplomatic relations with the aliens, who do not hold regular relations with other species. At the insistence of Lummox, the newly married John and Betty accompany her back to the Hroshii homeworld as part of the human diplomatic mission. Heinlein grew up in the era of racial segregation in the United States; this book was much ahead of its time both in its explicit rejection of racism and in its inclusion of non-white protagonists. It was published in 1954 before the triumph of the civil rights movement.
The mere existence of non-white characters was a remarkable novelty. In this juvenile, Mr. Kiku, the government official who negotiates with the Hroshii, is African. Heinlein explicitly says that Kiku is in a happy arranged marriage. More remarkably for its time, Mr. Kiku is outstandingly competent and dominates the plot. Damon Knight wrote: This is a novel that won't go bad on you. Many of science fiction's triumphs from as little as ten years ago, are unreadable today, but Heinlein is durable. I've read this story twice, so far – once in the Fantasy and Science Fiction serialized version, once in hard covers – and expect to read it again, sooner or for pleasure. I don't know any higher praise. Groff Conklin described the novel as "one of Heinlein's most enchanting tales." P. Schuyler Miller found The Star Beast to be "one of the best of 1954." All paperback editions and the Science Fiction Book Club hard cover edition omit page 148 of Chapter VIII, "The Sensible Thing to Do", in the Scribner's edition and the magazine serialization.
In this chapter, John Thomas rereads the entries in his great-grandfather's diary of how Lummox was found. Of significance on the omitted page is that: The diary skipped a couple of days. Stuart had been too busy to write. John Thomas knew why... the negotiations opened so with the dominant race had failed... no one knew why. The rest of the page summarizes John Thomas' grandfather's family history, discussing the first John Thomas Stuart, who had retired as a sea captain; the history, as reprinted in the paperback and Science Fiction Book Club editions resumes with John Thomas Stuart, Junior. Heinlein, Robert A; the Star Beast, Charles Schribner's Sons The Star Beast title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database The Star Beast on Open Library at the Internet Archive Star Lummox parts one and three on the Internet Archive
Starship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein. Written in a few weeks in reaction to the U. S. suspending nuclear tests, the story was first published as a two-part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as Starship Soldier, published as a book by G. P. Putnam's Sons in December 1959; the story is set in a future society ruled by a world government dominated by a military elite, referred to as the Terran Federation. The first-person narrative follows Juan "Johnny" Rico through his military service in the Mobile Infantry. Rico progresses from recruit to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between humans and an alien species known as "Arachnids" or "Bugs". Interspersed with the primary plot are classroom scenes in which Rico and others discuss philosophical and moral issues, including aspects of suffrage, civic virtue, juvenile delinquency, war. Starship Troopers has been identified with a tradition of militarism in U. S. science fiction, draws parallels between the conflict between humans and the Bugs, the Cold War.
A coming-of-age novel, Starship Troopers critiques U. S. society of the 1950s, argues that a lack of discipline had led to a moral decline, advocates corporal and capital punishment. Starship Troopers brought to an end Heinlein's series of juvenile novels, it became one of his best-selling books, is considered his most known work. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960, garnered praise from reviewers for its scenes of training and combat and its visualization of a future military, it became enormously controversial because of the political views it seemed to support. Reviewers were critical of the book's intentional glorification of the military, an aspect described as propaganda and likened to recruitment; the ideology of militarism and the fact that only military veterans had the right to vote in the novel's fictional society led to it being described as fascist. Others disagree, arguing that Heinlein was only exploring the idea of limiting the right to vote to a certain group of people.
Heinlein's depiction of gender has been questioned, while reviewers have said that the terms used to describe the aliens were akin to racial epithets. Despite the controversy, Starship Troopers had wide influence both within and outside science fiction. Ken MacLeod stated that "the political strand in can be described as a dialogue with Heinlein". Science fiction critic Darko Suvin wrote that Starship Troopers is the "ancestral text of U. S. science fiction militarism" and that it shaped the debate about the role of the military in society for many years. The novel has been credited with popularizing the idea of powered armor, which has since become a recurring feature in science fiction books and films, as well as an object of scientific research. Heinlein's depiction of a futuristic military was influential. Science fiction books such as Joe Haldeman's anti-war novel The Forever War have been described as reactions to Starship Troopers; the story has been adapted several times, including in a 1997 film version directed by Paul Verhoeven that sought to satirize what the director saw as the fascist aspects of the novel.
Robert Heinlein was among the best-selling science fiction authors of the 1940s and 1950s, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. S. science fiction. In contrast to the others, Heinlein endorsed the anti-communist sentiment of the Cold War era in his writing. Heinlein served in the U. S. Navy for five years after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1929, his experience in the military profoundly influenced his fiction. At some point between 1958 and 1959, Heinlein put aside the novel that would become Stranger in a Strange Land and wrote Starship Troopers, his motivation arose from his anger at U. S. President Dwight Eisenhower's decision to suspend U. S. nuclear tests, the Soviet tests that occurred soon afterward. Writing in his 1980 volume Expanded Universe, Heinlein would say that the publication of a newspaper advertisement placed by the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy on April 5, 1958, calling for a unilateral suspension of nuclear weapons testing by the United States sparked his desire to write Starship Troopers.
Heinlein and his wife Virginia created the "Patrick Henry League" in an attempt to create support for the U. S. nuclear testing program. Heinlein stated that he used the novel to clarify his political views; as was the case with many of Heinlein's books, Starship Troopers was completed in a few weeks. It was written as a juvenile novel for New York publishing house Scribner; the manuscript was rejected, prompting Heinlein to end his association with the publisher and resume writing books with adult themes. Scholars have suggested that Scribner's rejection was based on ideological objections to the content of the novel its treatment of military conflict; the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction first published Starship Troopers in October and November 1959 as a two-part serial titled Starship Soldier. A senior editor at Putnam's, Peter Israel, purchased the manuscript and approved revisions that made it more marketable to adults. Asked whether it was aimed at children or adults, he said at a sales conference "Let's let the readers decide who likes it."
The novel was published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Set 700 years from the present day, the human society in Starship Troopers is ruled by the Terran Federation, a form of world
Revolt in 2100
Revolt in 2100 is a 1953 science fiction collection by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, part of his Future History series; the contents are as follows: Foreword by Henry Kuttner, "The Innocent Eye" "If This Goes On—" "Coventry" "Misfit" Future History chart Afterword: "Concerning Stories Never Written"The short novel, "If This Goes On—", describes a rebellion against an American theocracy and thus served as the vehicle for Heinlein to criticise the authoritarian potential of Protestant Christian fundamentalism. The work is not an attack on religion in general, however, as he has a Mormon community take part in the anti-theocratic revolt. Heinlein rewrote the work for this appearance; the short stories, "Coventry" and "Misfit", describe the succeeding secular liberal society from the point of view of characters who reject it. Paperback editions have paired Revolt in 2100 with Methuselah's Children; the afterword describes three stories which describe the beginning of the theocracy and subsequent beginnings of rebellion against it.
"The Sound of His Wings" would have concerned a televangelist named Nehemiah Scudder who rides a populist, racist wave of support to the Presidency. "Eclipse" describes the subsequent collapse of American society with particular emphasis on the withdrawal from space travel by the new regime. "The Stone Pillow" offers the rise of the rebellion which the protagonists of "If This Goes On-" join. Internal evidence of the series conversations in Methuselah's Children and Time Enough For Love place the Scudder election in the year 2012; the character of Nehemiah Scudder, the "First Prophet" of the regime, appeared in Heinlein's first novel, For Us, The Living. He is used in Spider Robinson's Variable Star, a novel based on an outline of Heinlein's; the novel borrows liberally from Heinlein's Future History, although it does not follow its timeline. Reviewer Groff Conklin described the Shasta edition as "a classic" and the lead story as "a smashing tale of revolution in the United States." Boucher and McComas, described the collection as "mpressive in its time, important in the development of modern science fiction," but found it uneven, "with pages worthy of the mature 1954 Heinlein... followed by passages from the author's literary apprenticeship."
P. Schuyler Miller found Revolt in 2100 to be "a distinctly minor Heinlein contribution... way below the mark Heinlein has set himself in his recent teen-age books." Political ideas in science fiction Religious ideas in science fiction Chalker, Jack L.. The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 594. Revolt in 2100 title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Revolt in 2100 on Open Library at the Internet Archive
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, retired Naval officer. Called the "dean of science fiction writers", He was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, was thus a pioneer of the subgenre of hard science fiction, his work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, on modern culture more generally. Heinlein became one of the first American science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s, he was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, he, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke are considered the "Big Three" of English-language science fiction authors. Notable Heinlein works include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, his work sometimes had controversial aspects, such as plural marriage in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, militarism in Starship Troopers and technologically competent women characters that were strong and independent, yet stereotypically feminine – such as Friday.
A writer of numerous science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell at Astounding Science Fiction magazine, though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree. Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought, he speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974. Four of his novels won Hugo Awards. In addition, fifty years after publication, seven of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence. In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including "grok", "waldo", "speculative fiction", as well as popularizing existing terms like "TANSTAAFL", "pay it forward", "space marine".
He anticipated mechanical computer-aided design with "Drafting Dan" and described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel Beyond This Horizon, though he never patented nor built one. In the first chapter of the novel Space Cadet he anticipated the cell-phone, 35 years before Motorola invented the technology. Several of Heinlein's works have been adapted for television. Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Missouri, he was a 6th-generation German-American: a family tradition had it that Heinleins fought in every American war starting with the War of Independence. His childhood was spent in Missouri; the outlook and values of this time and place had a definite influence on his fiction his works, as he drew upon his childhood in establishing the setting and cultural atmosphere in works like Time Enough for Love and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Heinlein's experience in the U. S. Navy exerted a strong influence on his writing, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, with the class of 1929.
Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign by the U. S. Navy, he advanced to lieutenant, junior grade while serving aboard the new aircraft carrier USS Lexington in 1931, where he worked in radio communications in its earlier phases, with the carrier's aircraft. The captain of this carrier was Ernest J. King, who served as the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Fleet during World War II. Heinlein was interviewed during his years by military historians who asked him about Captain King and his service as the commander of the U. S. Navy's first modern aircraft carrier. Heinlein served as gunnery officer aboard the destroyer USS Roper in 1933 and 1934, reaching the rank of lieutenant, his brother, Lawrence Heinlein, served in the U. S. Army, the U. S. Air Force, the Missouri National Guard, reaching the rank of major general in the National Guard. In 1929, Heinlein married Elinor Curry of Kansas City. However, their marriage only lasted about a year, his second marriage in 1932 to Leslyn MacDonald lasted for 15 years.
MacDonald was, according to the testimony of Heinlein's Navy friend, Rear Admiral Cal Laning, "astonishingly intelligent read, liberal, though a registered Republican," while Isaac Asimov recalled that Heinlein was, at the time, "a flaming liberal". At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Heinlein met and befriended a chemical engineer named Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld. After the war, her engagement having fallen through, she moved to UCLA for doctoral studies in chemistry and made contact again; as his second wife's alcoholism spun out of control, Heinlein moved out and the couple filed for divorce. Heinlein's friendship with Virginia turned into a relationship and on October 21, 1948 — shortly after the decree nisi came through — they married in the town of Raton, New Mexico, shortly after setting up housekeeping in Colorado, they remained married until Heinlein's death. As Heinlein's increasing success as a writer resolved their initial financial woes, they had a house custom built with various innovative features described in an article in Popular Mechanics.
In 1965, after various chronic health problems of
Time for the Stars
Time for the Stars is a juvenile science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, published by Scribner's in 1956 as one of the Heinlein juveniles; the basic plot line is derived from a 1911 thought experiment in special relativity called the twin paradox, proposed by French physicist Paul Langevin. The Long Range Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds expensive, long-term projects for the benefit of mankind, it has built a dozen exploratory torchships to search for habitable planets to colonize. The vessels can continually accelerate, but cannot exceed the speed of light, so the voyages will last many years; each starship has a much larger crew than necessary to maintain a more stable, long-term shipboard society, as well as provide replacements for the inevitable deaths. It is found that some triplets can communicate with each other telepathically; the process seems to be instantaneous and unaffected by distance, making it the only practical means of communication for ships traveling many light years away from Earth.
Before announcing the discovery, the foundation first recruits as many of these people. Testing shows that teenagers Pat Bartlett have this talent and both sign up. Pat, the dominant twin, manipulates things so that he gets selected as the crew member, much to Tom's annoyance. However, Pat does not want to leave and his subconscious engineers a convenient accident so that Tom has to take his place at the last minute. On board, Tom is pleased to find that his uncle Steve, a military man, has arranged to get assigned to the same ship; the trip is fraught with problems as serious as mutiny. The ship visits several star systems, including Beta Hydri. Due to the nature of relativistic travel, the twin who remained behind ages faster and the affinity between them is weakened to the point that they can no longer communicate easily; some of the spacefaring twins, including the protagonist, are able to connect with descendants of the Earthbound twins. Tom works first with his niece his grandniece, his great-grandniece.
The last planet scouted proves to be deadly. Unexpectedly intelligent and hostile natives capture and kill a large portion of the remaining crew, including the captain and Tom's uncle; the reserve captain is unable to restore the morale of the devastated survivors. When he insists on continuing the mission rather than returning to Earth, members of the crew begin to consider mutiny. Shortly after he notifies Earth of the dire situation, they are surprised to hear a spaceship will rendezvous with them in less than a month and surmise it must be a more advanced LRF spaceship. Scientists on Earth have discovered faster-than-light travel, in part due to research into the nature of telepathy, are collecting the surviving crews of the LRF torchships; the explorers return to an Earth they no longer recognize, in most cases, no longer fit in. Tom, returns to marry his last telepathic partner, his own great-grandniece, reading his mind since she was a child. Galaxy reviewer Floyd C. Gale praised the novel as "an engrossing yarn", saying "The plot twists will take you by surprise and the characterizations delight you."
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Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves; the novel has been well received. It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 41 on the editor's list, 25 on the reader's list. In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on the BBC's The Big Read poll, in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding's first novel. Although it did not have great success after being released—selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during 1955 before going out of print—it soon went on to become a best-seller, it has been adapted to film twice in English, in 1963 by Peter Brook and 1990 by Harry Hook, once in Filipino by Lupita A. Concio; the book takes place in the midst of an unspecified war. Some of the marooned characters are ordinary students, while others arrive as a musical choir under an established leader.
With the exception of Sam and Eric and the choirboys, they appear never to have encountered each other before. The book portrays their descent into savagery. Golding wrote his book as a counterpoint to R. M. Ballantyne's youth novel The Coral Island, included specific references to it, such as the rescuing naval officer's description of the children's initial attempts at civilised cooperation as "a jolly good show, like the Coral Island". Golding's three central characters—Ralph and Jack—have been interpreted as caricatures of Ballantyne's Coral Island protagonists. In the midst of a wartime evacuation, a British aeroplane crashes on or near an isolated island in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean; the only survivors are boys in their middle preadolescence. Two boys—the fair-haired Ralph and an overweight, bespectacled boy nicknamed "Piggy"—find a conch, which Ralph uses as a horn to convene all the survivors to one area. Ralph is optimistic, believing that grown-ups will come to rescue them but Piggy realises the need to organise:.
Because Ralph appears responsible for bringing all the survivors together, he commands some authority over the other boys and is elected their "chief". He does not receive the votes of the members of a boys' choir, led by the red-headed Jack Merridew, although he allows the choir boys to form a separate clique of hunters. Ralph establishes three primary policies: to have fun, to survive, to maintain a smoke signal that could alert passing ships to their presence on the island and thus rescue them; the boys establish a form of democracy by declaring that whoever holds the conch shall be able to speak at their formal gatherings and receive the attentive silence of the larger group. Jack organises his choir into a hunting party responsible for discovering a food source. Ralph, a quiet, dreamy boy named Simon soon form a loose triumvirate of leaders with Ralph as the ultimate authority. Upon inspection of the island, the three determine; the boys use Piggy's glasses to create a fire. Although he is Ralph's only real confidant, Piggy is made into an outcast by his fellow "biguns" and becomes an unwilling source of laughs for the other children while being hated by Jack.
Simon, in addition to supervising the project of constructing shelters, feels an instinctive need to protect the "littluns". The semblance of order deteriorates as the majority of the boys turn idle; the central paranoia refers to a supposed monster they call the "beast", which they all begin to believe exists on the island. Ralph insists that no such beast exists, but Jack, who has started a power struggle with Ralph, gains a level of control over the group by boldly promising to kill the creature. At one point, Jack summons all of his hunters to hunt down a wild pig, drawing away those assigned to maintain the signal fire. A ship travels by the island, but without the boys' smoke signal to alert the ship's crew, the vessel continues without stopping. Ralph angrily confronts Jack about his failure to maintain the signal; the boys subsequently enjoy their first feast. Angered by the failure of the boys to attract potential rescuers, Ralph considers relinquishing his position as leader, but is persuaded not to do so by Piggy, who both understands Ralph's importance and fears what will become of him should Jack take total control.
One night, an aerial battle occurs near the island while the boys sleep, during which a fighter pilot ejects from his plane and dies in the descent. His body drifts down to the island in his parachute. On, while Jack continues to scheme against Ralph, the twins Sam and Eric, now assigned to the maintenance of the signal fire, see the corpse of the fighter pilot and his parachute in the dark. Mistaking the corpse for the beast, they run to the cluster of shelters that Ralph and Simon have erected, to warn the others; this unexpected meeting again raises tensions between Ralph. Shortly thereafter, Jack decides to lead a party to the other side of the island, where a mountain of stones called Castle Rock, forms a place where he claims the beast resides. Only Ralph and a quiet suspicious boy, Jack's closest supporter, agree to g
Methuselah's Children is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in the July and September 1941 issues, it was expanded into a full-length novel in 1958. The novel is considered to be part of Heinlein's Future History series of stories, it introduces the Howard families, a fictional group of people who achieved long lifespans through selective breeding. The space ship in this novel, the New Frontiers, is described in the Future History timeline as a second generation ship, following the Vanguard, the vehicle for Heinlein's paired novellas "Universe" and "Common Sense". According to John W. Campbell, the novel was to be called While the Evil Days Come Not; this provisional title stems from a quotation from Ecclesiastes, used as a password on the second page of the story. The novel was the origin of the word "masquerade" as a term for a fictional trope of a hidden society within the real world. Starting off a grocer, Ira Howard became rich as a sutler wholesaler during the American War of the Secession, but died of old age at 48 or 49 years old.
The trustees of his will carried out his wishes to prolong human life, by financially encouraging those with long-lived grandparents to marry each other and have children. By the 22nd century the "Howard families" have a life expectancy exceeding 150 years and keep their existence secret with the "Masquerade", in which the members fake their deaths and obtain new identities; the Masquerade helped the Families survive the dictatorship of Nehemiah Scudder, but as an experiment some Howard members reveal themselves to The Covenant, hoping that the free society established after Scudder's defeat will be friendly. They are mistaken. Administrator Slayton Ford, leader of Earth, believes that the Families are telling the truth, but cannot prevent efforts to force Howard members to reveal their alleged rejuvenatory abilities. Lazarus Long, the eldest member of the Families, proposes that the Families hijack the colony starship New Frontiers to escape Earth. Using an inertialess drive invented by Howard member Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby, the Families leave the Solar System with the deposed Ford.
The first planet they discover has humanoid inhabitants domesticated by indescribable godlike natives. When Earthly humans prove incapable of similar domestication, they are expelled from the planet; the second planet is a lush environment with mild weather. Its inhabitants are part of a group mind, with the mental ability to manipulate the environment on the genetic and molecular level, but do not distinguish between individuals; this becomes evident when Mary Sperling, second oldest of the Families, joins the group mind to become immortal. The Families are further horrified when the group mind genetically modifies the first baby born on the planet into a new, alien form. A majority of the Families returns to Earth to demand their freedom; the Families return to the Solar System 74 years after their original departure because of time dilation, discover that Earth's scientists have artificially extended human lifespan indefinitely, replicating what they believe is the Families' secret. The Howard members are now welcomed for their discovery of travel faster than light.
Libby and Long decide to recruit other members of the Families, explore space with the new drive. Alva Rogers, in A Requiem for Astounding, wrote that Methuselah's Children was "Full of adventure, conflict and enough casually tossed-off ideas to serve as the basis for a half-dozen other stories." In Heinlein in Dimension, Alexei Panshin wrote. For one, its main theme, the problem of escaping death, is one that keeps cropping up in Heinlein stories, for another, an amazing number of brilliant ideas are tossed out along the way." Floyd C. Gale called the book "a classic". Lazarus Long first appears in this novel. Other Heinlein novels featuring Lazarus Long include Time Enough for Love, The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Andrew "Slipstick" Libby seen as a young adult in the short story "Misfit" features prominently in this novel. In Time Enough for Love, Libby is said to have become Lazarus Long's partner in space travel until his death. Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for "Best Classic Libertarian Sci-Fi Novel".
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