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"One of the grand masters of science fiction." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Robert A. Heinlein was the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels have been translated into every literate language on the globe, with over 25 million Heinlein books in print in this country alone. His Hugo-winning novel Starship Troopers was the basis for the recent hit movie. In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record. He has repeatedly topped polls of science fiction readers for "best writer" and "favorite writer." To three generations of readers, Heinlein is science fiction.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743499158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743499156
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With great works of sci fi and old stories..
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I gave this book to a friend who had never read any science fiction and after reading it, she swore Heinlein was a time-traveler.
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Actually, this is a replacement copy of a book i have had for years.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John Nolley II VINE VOICE on March 13, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those readers of Heinlein who have limited themselves to his Future History stories, his Lazarus Long saga, or perhaps his early Juveniles, Expanded Universe presents an interesting alternate view of Heinlein's writing including many stories not featured in other anthologies and a number of his nonfiction pieces as well.
"Solution Unsatisfactory" tells of an alternate ending to World War II where the US develops an intensely radioactive dust with selective half-life rather than the atomic bomb; its use on Germany and its parallel discovery by the Soviet Union bring the world into a Cold War many times worse than what the world truly experienced. In short, the balance of terror doctrine was and will always be a "solution unsatisfactory."
"PRAVDA Means TRUTH" is a short nonfiction piece on the dangers of a state-run media and its influence on the lives of citizens, based on true-life experiences Heinlein and his wife had while traveling to Russia at the same time Francis Gary Powers' U2 was brought down. Similarly, "Inside Intourist" tells of the Heinlein's experiences with the Soviet tourism agency (through which all travel had to be arranged). Contrary to some reviewers' comments, Heinlein never condescends upon the people of Russia and its former republics; he merely explains the dangers the people face from their oppressive government. He in fact often discusses how nicely the actual people of Russia treated him and his wife on their trip.
Many other stories and nonfiction pieces (some dated by their survivalist Cold War era themes) are included; another of interest is "No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying," which tells the slightly fictionalized tale of courage and TB treatments (which Heinlein himself underwent) in the pre-WW2 Navy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Raymond D. Curry on May 8, 2000
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This is an superior collection of fiction and non-fiction. Two fiction and two non-fiction pieces deserve note.
"Solution Unsatisfactory" is probably the finest piece of prophecy in science fiction. The story, written in 1940, predicts the ending of WW II by the use of an atomic weapon and the start of a nuclear standoff shortly thereafter. He get the details wrong of course, the atomic weapon is radiated dust, the city Berlin, and the cold war is between Germany and the United States, but the foresight is uncanny.
"Blowups Happen", also written in 1940, shows the tension of working in a nuclear power plant and what happens when an accident happens. Any similarity between this story and three-mile island is purely coincidental.
I gave this book to a friend who had never read any science fiction and after reading it, she swore Heinlein was a time-traveler.
The two nonfiction pieces, "PRAVDA means TRUTH" and "Inside Intourist". Both pieces are taken from a trip Heinlein and his wife took to the Soviet Union in 1960. Heinlein's observations about life in the Soviet Union at that time are both entertaining and enlightening.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on February 7, 2001
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If you are a hard-core devotee of Robert A. Heinlein's literature (not a casual fan, or someone who thought that Stranger In A Strange Land was "pretty cool") then your bookshelf is essentially empty without this book. Out of the nearly 30 works collected in this volume, none are without merit. It starts out with Life-Line, as any RAH retrospective must, and also includes such early classics as Solution Unsatisfactory and Blowups Happen. However, the majority of the book are far lesser known works. Among these, those of note include a trio of non-fiction (and a couple of fictional) articles on the atomic bomb and it's consequences that Heinlein wrote after WWII. Other interesting stories include two chronicles of the Heinleins' trip to the USSR. Also of note are the predictions that RAH made for the future, and his rants on such subjects as education, politics, and religion. However, the part of the book that I enjoyed most were the forewards and afterwards that are strewn throughout the book. They often reveal a lot about the author's character (perhaps more than he intended) and occasionally show fascinating insights. Overall, I found the book to be very entertaining, funny (at times), and written in Heinlein's typical witty prose (even the non-fiction.) Absolutely essential for any major fan of the Dean's work.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
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When all is said and done, you can't help respecting Robert Heinlein. The man knew what he wanted to say, and by jiminy he went out there and said it... This book, along with "Grumbles from the Grave," probably cleaves closer to the heart of Heinlein's spirit than any three of his other books combined. It is a collection of short pieces: some nonfiction articles; others, slightly fictionalized accounts of very real political concerns. My favorite piece is "Solution Unsatisfactory," which was one of the earliest pieces in science fiction to deal so intelligently with the threat of nuclear war. Heinlein also includes a few accounts of trips that he and his wife made to the Soviet Union. They really tried hard to be open-eyed, open-minded observers of everything they saw. Things have changed in Russia since they were there, but it's worth reading just to sate one's appetite for Heinlein's distinctive voice. (For anyone interested in more up-to-date accounts of Russia, read anything by David Shipler.) Heinlein's time at Annapolis shows through in many of these pieces, as it does in virtually everything else he wrote. He seemed to have a very, very clear sense of America as a "country," or even as a "nation," as opposed to a "society." What I mean by this is that many of these pieces reflect a powerful understanding of the fundamental reality that America is a MILITARY entity, apart from being an economic juggernaut and a staunch promoter, on the international scene, of youth culture and our entertainment-based value system. Heinlein's military and political understanding is a disturbing one, but it is more securely grounded in serious, military realities than that of most authors writing today.Read more ›
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