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Methuselah's Children (Future History) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 1980
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In Methuselah's Children, Heinlein has crafted an exciting novel, a message, a screenplay and the movie script all at once. Descriptive passages, while compelling and very cleverly written are sparse and infrequent and the plot is almost exclusively driven by razor-sharp dialogue. Heinlein's method of conveying the story through his characters' mouths has got wit; it's got dialect; it's got humour and intelligence; it's got sensible science; it's got humanity and it's got credibility.Read more ›
The reader may conclude that Heinlein shows his philosophical side more than his science fiction side. Over fifty years, I have read everything I can lay my hands on that Heinlein wrote. I came to appreciate Heinlein's philosophical side. He helped me exercise my brain. I promise, there is more plot here than may seem apparent.
"Methuselah's Children" introduces us to the 'Howard families' and Lazarus Long, a character that appears in a number of Heinlein's later novels. It also introduces a neat 'roadable vehicle', two separate 'interstellar drives', and some unusual 'aliens'. (Question: If we travel to a planet with sapient beings, are they the aliens or are we the aliens? Answer: Good question! One's point of view is important!) When I first read this story, the ending seemed to be a bit of a letdown. However, four decades later, I realize that it does reveal something about the nature of human reality and about technological problems. I guess I can say that 'obvious' alternate solutions to technological problems can be non-obvious to someone who is too close to the challenge. One can have troubles seeing the forest when the trees keep getting in the way.
This is very good science fiction reading! I recommend this book.
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Many great perspectives, never letting you know exactly what to expect next! If you like Heinlein, you need to read this book, if you have never read Heinlein, pick a book and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SpacemanSpiff
It has been a number of years since I last read this book. It held my interest and I stayed up later than I planned several evenings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken
Not his worst, and since it's Heinlein, that means quite good.Published 2 months ago by Ricardo Vacilon
What mankind can achieve when the whole earth population is committed to the result.Published 2 months ago by seagravm
I have read Robert Heinlein's stories since I was about 12 years old, I am now 66.Published 3 months ago by Alfred99955
Ah, Heinlein, the grand master oif science fiction. This is RAH at his best. Philosophy, politics, and science fiction.Published 4 months ago by english teacher