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The Year of the Jackpot (The Galaxy Project) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Heinlein
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Book Description

This novelette appeared in the March 1952 issue of GALAXY and is the only work which Heinlein wrote specifically for Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY magazine. (Heinlein’s novel THE PUPPET MASTERS had been serialized in the September through November 1951 issues of GALAXY but Gold had merely acquired serial rights to a contract novel which had been written for Scribner’s.) Heinlein never again appeared in Gold’s GALAXY. This novelette, set in a near-future only subtly different from the McCarthyite and politically menacing present deals with social deterioration, cultural breakdown in a careful, documentary style which becomes terrifying. His romantically-linked leads are emotionally affecting but never sentimentalized, the background of chaos in which they enact their tragic, drowning love, is sparingly but furiously painted. Heinlein’s 1952 is clearly the apotheosis of those “Crazy Years” which he had noted in his famous chronological Future History, published a decade earlier in ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION as a precis of his intended career. Perhaps no story of this period limns its political and cultural dysfunction as accurately as this novelette. Overshadowed by Heinlein’s juveniles and his famous later novels, THE YEAR OF THE JACKPOT may be the purest version of his portfolio and his most memorable work of less than novel length. It is one of his most exemplary stories and perhaps his best.

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  • File Size: 156 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QQOA0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RAH story I'd never read! December 20, 2011
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Really? An unknown (to me) story? I'd just been browsing thru the Heinlein on Kindle trying to decide if I wanted to put some of my comfort books on my Kindle when this caught my eye. I downloaded it faster than 4G is possible.

The story is a simple one: The main character, a mathematician, is tracking all the bizarre happenings going on. Clearly this is The Crazy Years. He befriends a young woman and saves her from being arrested.

Written during the Cold War when the fear of Nuclear War was real. This is an end of the world story that just might leave you wondering if an editor or publisher made Heinlein change a date that he had figured out to one that was clearly "ridiculous".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Heinlein is by far my favorite true science fiction writer. For someone who graduated from college in 1929, who was raised and influenced by the Cold War, and whose social training is reflected in the story lines he presents, there is no other author (in my opinion) who has more accurately portrayed future events. In this short novel he casts a mathematician as his hero and opens with a pretty young woman getting naked at a bus stop. I challenge anyone to read the first six pages and not be hooked into the story.

For anyone who loves a good "end of world" story, fast paced dialog and amazing predicitions - check some of the fictional events in the book against today's headlines - keep in mind this was written in the 50's! You'll love the characters, relate to the events and the ending - well, read the book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Heinlein short story but... March 14, 2013
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Since most reviewers here sound like hard-core RAH fans, I'll mention that this story is also included in Heinlein's anthology The Menace From Earth.

You can get a used copy for $5, shipping included.

That anthology contains "The Year of the Jackpot" and seven other stories. All of them are fairly good; some are exceptional.

One of those seven is "By His Bootstraps," which I think is Heinlein's best short story.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heilein is the best. July 27, 2013
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i have loved Robert Heinlein since i was 9 yrs old i'm 70 now. i'm pretty sure i've read everything of his at least once. some 6 or so times. especially Time Enough for Love & I Will Fear No Evil & A Door Into Summer. i could go on and on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein is the best July 12, 2012
By jpo
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Robert Heinlein is my favorite author of all time and "Year of the jackpot" is my favorite of his short stories. Great price to have my favorite short story available at any time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a short story. June 28, 2013
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Another one of Heinlein's insightful observations of the human condition, comparing us to lemmings, blindly rushing to our fate. Sometimes he seems to be prophetic in his stories, written so long ago, of our condition we find ourselves in our present time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story, flatish characters April 12, 2013
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As a teenager, I read everything Heinlein wrote. Some of his stuff is just exhilerating, though probably not this: the premise (for me) wasn't completely convincing, and the characters didn't really draw me in. Somehow, though, I just liked it. I read it straight through and enjoyed myself the whole time. I'll be revisiting Heinlein soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monkeys, with a little poetry in them... January 2, 2013
By G. Page
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A statistician with a flair for the dramatic watches the end of the world. Math and a beautiful/capable woman also feature.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi, at least the paranormal, alien variety. I hadn't read Heinlein since high school, when I read Stranger In a Strange Land and loved it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by jonashville
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heilein Classic Short
This is an early Heinlein short, set in the "future" year of 1952. Even then, the author's anti-Christion bias conflicts with his extremely conservative ecenomic... Read more
Published 13 days ago by bear
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the master's very best
Heinlein writing at his best. Some of his later books, although still well worth reading, were somewhat padded and included some fairly boring bits. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Peter Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and vintage Heinlein
First, this is a short story, and it's a very quick read. It is prefaced with some interesting history about Galaxy Magazine, and about the early sci-fi magazine editors in... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Brent Butler
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BOOK
i did not enjoy all the stuff written ABOUT this short story, & it is NOT A BOOK. I WAS DISAPPOINTED. LOVED THE STORY, DIDN'T LIKE THE REST.
Published 1 month ago by Vickie Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars solid Heinlein
The dialog leaves something to be desired, but the plot is Heinlein's through and through. Certainly not Future History canon by necessity, but can be thought of as fitting very... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game Changer
Have not read this since i was a young 'un many years ago. The years have certainly changed my take on the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MacEgel
4.0 out of 5 stars Short d iterestng
While it is difficult to recommend purchasing this, it is Henlein's work! So do it and enjoy the short story.
Published 3 months ago by G. Shovar
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
Fast moving with good twists and turns. Speaks to what one can do when it's needed. Doesn't fit in the future history, except as a dead end timeline. However, supremely written.
Published 3 months ago by Mark J. Lutz
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
This fun story is not deep nor is it the best Heinlein work but I found it entertaining enough. If you're a Heinlein completist that couldn't find this story anywhere else or in a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bernard Dy
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