- Publisher: New American Library (1948)
- ASIN: B0041DQBU0
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,706,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond This Horizon By Robert Hienlein Paperback – 1948
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In this novel, Hamilton Felix visits his friend, Monroe-Alpha Clifford, to show off his new pistol, a .45 caliber automatic, and then invites him out for dinner. As they dine on the balcony, Monroe-Alpha fumbles a crab leg, which slips from his fingers and lands in a drink on a table below, splashing purple liquid onto a woman's lap. Monroe-Alpha is called to task for the accident and apologizes, admitting his fault. However, another man chides him for his clumsiness and Hamilton does the honors, but only wounds the man in the shoulder.
Unknown to Felix and his friend, the wounded man is an assassin for a group that believes that utopia lacks only one thing: a ruling class. The story goes on to detail the uncovering of this irrational plot and the eventual actions taken, including a shootout in the Genetics Clinic.
The author draws upon the old saying, "man cannot live by bread alone", to point out that a material utopia will not settle all human issues. Such problems include not only the ambitions and aggressions passed on through our genes, but our higher aspirations for ourselves, for our families, and for the whole human race.
This story is the author's first adult novel published in book form. He had been writing shorter works for the magazines for some time and two previous juvenile novels, but this was his masterwork, his proof that he could sell in the adult book market.Read more ›
This is a book of many and various ideas, both social and scientific, some of which may seem a little ludicrous, others of which are very valid and of great import to today's society. One of the most confounding ideas presented here is the idea that government should not be taxing people, but rather should be distributing money to all citizens so as to provide as much new money in circulation as there has been in new production of products. Next up is an idea that an openly armed citizen will command respect and demand polite behavior, while those who choose to go unarmed are to some degree second class citizens - an idea that probably was not very well thought out for all of its implications, unusual for Heinlein. But most prevalent is the idea of managing the human genome to produce a 'better' human, better in this case being defined as 'entity most able to survive under changing conditions'. The converse of this is also shown, of what happens when genetics are manipulated to produce particular types of supermen (or monsters, depending on your point of view).Read more ›
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There is nothing that I can say about Heinlein that has not been said. He never disappoints.Published 28 days ago by Susan Besteni
Classic Heinlein. Not one of his best stories, but not the worst either. It is the source of one of one of his most-quoted lines, regarding an 'armed society is a polite... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not your standard space opera, this novel is a great exploration of human nature with Heinlein doing his usual twists and turns to get you to the inevitable conclusion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Ziegenfuss
This is not Heinlein's finest, but then his work starts at a 5 and goes up from there.Published 8 months ago by RICHARD SPENGEL
It's not his best by far. But Heinlein always made you think...... which isn't the goal of todays authors, for the most part.Published 9 months ago by wfm