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Revolt in 2100 Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (September 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671655892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671655891
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Revolt in 2100 is the third volume in Heinlein's Future History series (preceded by The Man Who Sold the Moon and The Green Hills of Earth). The bulk of the book consists of the famous novella "If This Goes On--" and is rounded out with the short stories "Coventry" and "Misfit." America is a much different place in the year 2100. What was a thriving, democratic country reaching for the planets and beyond at the end of the second volume of the series is now a theocracy typified by brutal repression and backward-thinking. Heinlein provides some information about the three unwritten tales that would describe the rise to power of evangelist Nehemiah Scudder, the First Prophet who tore asunder the Constitution and set up a regime as repressive and backwards-thinking as anything from the Middle Ages. In 2100, Scudder is gone, but a First Prophet reigns in his name. There are virgins to "serve" the First Prophet, and there are "Angels of the Lord" (such as protagonist John Lyle) charged to protect his safety. Pariahs are frequently attacked and repressed by the government to further its dictatorial control, and history has been essentially deleted and replaced by a new version of America's story drilled into the heads of all youngsters. For those who dare resist, a modern Inquisition exists to punish and torture them-there is no bigger fear than of being subjected to The Question. Still, there are revolutionaries, even among the palace guard, and John Lyle finds himself joining their ranks after having fallen for a deaconess serving under the Prophet. The account of Lyle's soul-searching conversion from loyal soldier to doubting pariah is well told, as is the story of his admission to the cabal and attempt to escape the service of the Prophet.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd VINE VOICE on August 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This compilation of three of Heinlein's early Future History stories was originally published in 1953, but the stories actually date from much earlier.

"If This Goes On--" was first published as a 33,000 word novella in the Feb - Mar 1940 issues of Astounding, and was rewritten for this publication, where it weighs in a 57,000 words, thereby making it into the class of `short novel'. Heinlein's original working title for this work was "Vine and Fig Tree", which was a reference to George Washington's parting address to the nation: "he shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall make him afraid." The story's main plot and theme, of revolt against an oppressive theocracy in order to make men free to determine their own beliefs, ties well with his main character's development from a naïve young soldier in the service of the Prophet Incarnate to a fully-realized man, who knows at least some of what he wants in terms of profession, marriage, and religious beliefs. The basic background scenario, that of a United States that elected Nehemiah Scudder as President, and then acceded to changes in laws and Constitution that made the government that of an all-powerful theocracy, might seem a little far-fetched (especially so at the time of publication). But there has always been a strong strain of militant religiosity running through the fabric of American society, and at times it has taken some control over the law making process (such as Prohibition). Given this strain, and the modern media allowing for instant disbursement of an idea or allowing a charismatic individual to capture the hearts and imaginations of a great portion of the populace in a short time, the idea is not as far fetched as it might appear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Revolt in 2100 (1963) is the third collection in the Future History series, following The Green Hills of Earth. It contains three stories, an Introduction and a Postscript.

- The Innocent Eye: An Introduction by Henry Kuttner gives a writer's view of Heinlein's works.

- "If This Goes On" (Astounding, 1940) tells of the adventures of John Lyle during the revolt against the Prophet Incarnate.

- Coventry (Astounding, 1940) describes the changes in David MacKinnon after being remanded to Coventry.

- Misfit (Astounding, 1939) describes the discovery of an intuitive mathematician in the Cosmic Construction Corps.

- Concerning Stories Never Written: Postscript explains the reasons that the author did not write "The Sound of His Wings", "Eclipse" and "The Stone Pillow".

These stories are classics, yet "Coventry" is often overlooked. While the author is often declared a libertarian, he also believed in proper conduct and politeness. If he disagreed with anybody, Heinlein was much more likely to chew him out in plain English than use profanity. OTOH, he did believe that a man should fight against tyranny.

This collection covers the development of the Solar System. The next volume in the Future History series -- Methuselah's Children -- will see the start of starflight. Read and enjoy!

Highly recommended for Heinlein fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of religious coups, social engineering, and odd young men. For those who want more tales by Heinlein, these and many other stories are also included in The Past Through Tomorrow.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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