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The Year of the Jackpot (The Galaxy Project Book 20) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COOQOX2
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By MommaCat on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LadyLJ57 on March 1, 2012
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Crain on 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.

Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janna J. Maxwell on 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 By jpo on July 12, 2012
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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 By brudigia on July 14, 2013
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Well, a story out of the 50s. You cannot ask for more. Good description of the main actors of the story. An expert in statistics, who can almost predict the future, it seems. Reminds me of the psychohystory of Asimov.
A very simple story of a girl who suddenly feels the impulse to strip down (we are in the 50s, remember!!!) and Potiphare Breen explanation why.
Quick to read though,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Bors on 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 By Michael Monhollon on 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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