- File Size: 3539 KB
- Print Length: 545 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CAEZIK SF & Fantasy (March 24, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082838YYY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Robert Anson Heinlein (19071988) took a variety of jobs before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. He became the dominant science fiction writer of the modern era, a writer whose influence on the field was immense. He won science fictions Hugo Award for best novel seven times, and several of his books were New York Times bestsellers. In 1975 he received the first Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"The Pursuit of the Pankera is old-school Heinlein: the writer we all loved taking us on one more great ride...This lost gem is a must."-- "Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author "
"This previously unpublished manuscript by Grand Master Heinlein will be in demand by his many fans and readers interested in the history of the genre."-- "Booklist" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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Bill Hodges TANSTAAFL.
Which was the problem. You can see where Heinlein finished, read what he had written...and realized that he had the characters created by other authors behaving in ways that did not ring true to the original works. And a finale that was...tepid. He COULD have published it, but instead did the professional thing - scrap most of it and do a massive rewrite. Use his own characters...and put a lot more emphasis on the internal fighting between his protagonists. (Who frankly needed a generous dose of the Singapore Slugger...and I think Heinlein wrote them that way deliberately)
It's an interesting book. Entertaining...IF you aren't a fan of the other classic works being used. But if you are - and I confess to being a big fan of the Lensman Series - you'll understand why Heinlein scrapped this version.
The Number of the Beast was a love song to all the characters Heinlein's fans loved. Some do not realize that he had come close to death not long before. Number of the Beast brought back not only Lazarus Long, but Valentine Michael Smith and other characters from Stranger in a Strange Land, and many other stories, plus real authors Heinlein knew in the story.
It was a way to wrap up dangling plot threads, but it was more a last chance to see old friends.
Fortunately, Heinlein lived to write more novels, but it was not at all clear that would happen.
Pursuit of the Pankera does something else.
While it starts from the same premise, and with very similar text for the first third of the book, Pankera is about reliving the wonder of the early fantasies fans in those days still remembered: the Galactic Lensman, Oz, Wonderland, Mars in the form of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom - not Heinlein's own characters. The tone is less that of the voices of widely diverging points of view of the main characters and more like the planning drama of a book like Friday. While each of the characters has a voice, they are telling the same story rather than digressing to make a relational or social point, as happened frequently in Beast.
Pankera is about survival in a dangerous multiverse, but also about the wonder of the universe. All of the characters are larger than life in a way only the Grand Master could do.
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Had he done so, it would make FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD look good.