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As the old guard of SF ages, we are getting more novels of nostalgia. Heinlein is less sentimental than many of his generation but his new book resembles both the latest Bradbury, in making the author the protagonist, and the latest Asimov, in returning to a popular series from early in his career (Future History). Like Heinlein, Richard Ames is an ex-military man turned writer who fancies himself a pundit. An assassination attempt precipitates his marriage to Gwen Novak and sends the newlyweds scurrying to the Moon and then to the planet Tertius, headquarters of the Time Corps. The action, though, is largely beside the point in a novel that is predominantly a dialogue between the protagonists. Their foredoomed attempt to become the Nick and Nora Charles of space (with a bonsai standing in for Asta) is sabotaged less by Heinlein's endless elbow-in-the-ribs wisecracks and more by his inability to convincingly portray a sexual relationship. Given the increasing popularity of his recent, similar work, it is unlikely that the book's short-comings will limit its potentially large audience. November 11
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Robert A. Heinlein was one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century and won the coveted Hugo Award for FRIDAY and STARSHIP TROOPERS as well as several others. He died in 1989. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Great author, Not for those who are sexually repressed or abhor violence.Published 1 month ago by Paul
I love this book! WHY IS IT NOT A AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK? Also the classic, The Moon's a Harsh Mistress, NO E-BOOK! Nobody mentions this, there is no discussion about it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leslie K.
The only reason I give it 2 stars instead of 1 is because it held my interest, which is the first thing a book has to do. The writing is extremely poor. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LF
Great shape, No weird smells, arrived in a reasonable time framePublished 11 months ago by Isabelle
Good Read great addition for fans of Heinleins future history series.Published 11 months ago by Michael Weber
book is in great shape, I must admit I really was very happy to get it so quickly.Published 12 months ago by Mari
The story and characters stand alone. But one can't help but admit it's a great sequel to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.Published 12 months ago by el jefe
Definitely not his best work. In fact, I would almost call it lazy. Poor ending, uninteresting plot, then tried to save it by tying it into a popular series. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John