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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: 6.6 x 3.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 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 General Pete VINE VOICE on March 7, 2005
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The first story depicts some important decisions in the life of one particular member of the phropets own bodyguard the Angles of the Lord. It follows him through his recruitment by the underground organization until the eventual liberation of the United States of America.

The story, the first in the collection is great it is a pretty powerful testament to what is happening today in America to a certain existent. It is also practically unique in the works of Robert H. because it features (almost) no incest of any kind.

The second story is more odd. It starts off strong and continues quite briskly until the end where it sort of contradicts itself. I've noticed that this is a pattern in some Heinlein stories. See "Citizen of the Galaxy" for a good example.

The third story gets even stranger the basic plot goes something like this: A ship of workers/exiles set up shop on an asteroid then they figure out that they brought there own prejudices with them from earth. I'm sure they did something but I put the story down after 20 pages or so because it wasn't making an sense.

Overall-Even with the slow plodding parts of it the first 2 stories are worth reading. Check them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on January 30, 2001
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This was Robert Heinlein's very first published novel (actually a novella... but hey) and it still stands up well in the wake of all that he has published since. It has a somewhat cliched beginning, but it quickly gets past that and into a well-written story. Like a lot of early RAH, it is told in first-person, and it serves this story well. It's a pretty gripping book, and it'll keep you reading. Reccommended.
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