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Glory Road Paperback – March 21, 2006
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''A triumph.'' --Chicago Tribune
Praise for Robert A. Heinlein:
''[Heinlein is] not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world. He remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction.'' --Stephen King --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America's first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement.
Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. He started writing to help pay off his mortgage, and his first story was published in Astounding Science-Fiction magazine in 1939. In 1947, he published a story in The Saturday Evening Post, making him the first science-fiction writer to break into the mainstream market. Long involved in politics, Heinlein was deeply affected by events such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War, and his fiction tended to convey strong social and political messages. His many influential novels include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Time Enough for Love. At the time of his death in 1988, he was living in Carmel, California with his wife Virginia.
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I just finished re-reading this book for the first time since my freshman year in college. It has stood the test of time and is well worth reading not just by science fiction afficionados, but by anyone interested in the United States of the 1960's, as well as by sociologists, psychologists, and anyone else looking for an outstandingly good read, albeit an unusual one.
I recently also reread TUNNEL IN THE SKY, which was an excellent story because he did not try to push his politics and his characters did not engage adolescent-day-dream sex.
The basic concept is a study of different manners and moralities between cultures. It's rather interesting in that the primary protagonist is a Vietnam military veteran--although the novel was copyrighted in 1964, before most Americans had yet even heard of Vietnam (I first read it myself in 1969).
Like most Heinlein novels, it's more of a debate placed in a plot than a lot of action, and his characters are similar to his characters in several of his other novels. The author is making his point, but it's a good point interestingly related in the plot.
Toward the end, it begins to drag...but by the end you realize the "drag" is intentional...it's what the protagonist is feeling that leads to a satisfying ending.
Although sexuality is broadly referenced, it's not at all explicit (kind of racy for 1964, but barely PG-13 these days).
I agree, Heinlein editorializes throughout. What would he say about suicide bombers, roadrage, global warming or computer viruses?
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