- File Size: 219 KB
- Print Length: 49 pages
- Publisher: RosettaBooks (October 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00COOQOX2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Year of the Jackpot (The Galaxy Project Book 20) Kindle Edition
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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".
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!
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.
Actually, I vaguely recall reading it many years ago during my youth.
Robert Heinlein has always been a favorite author in SiFi genre.
His stories always make one see the humanity in his characters. Too bad he could not have lived to see 2016 and the technology of today.
But, even though he wrote for his time period, his ideas of "what if?" are timeless.
The second segment is far more interesting and develops a much stronger connection between Breen and Meade rather than just simple curiosities. They are a bit sassy with each other, which is fun. And then everything just keeps getting crazier. I won't say any more than that. No spoilers here. I really enjoyed this segment for the character development, the plot, and a rather unexpected event with Meade that still seemed believable enough. I felt the ending to be a bit abrupt, spinning out of some last minute exposition and what seems an impossible event. I wish the story had stopped before the last couple of pages.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, particular the second segment, and will gladly read more of Heinlein's work.
Plot: it starts out as "wacky idea", a classic 1950s SF story with a clever 2-word title and a twist at the end. But there's no saving twist, and the story ends considerably dark. (Heinlein wrote several dark stories around this time, including "Water is for Washing" and "Goldfish Bowl").
Along the way, Heinlein packs in a bunch of Heinleinesque observations: normal is fragile; competence and self-reliance are good; follow the numbers; and we're all monkeys, but sometimes we manage to go out in style.
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,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had never heard of this short story before. Heinlein's writing greatly influenced my teenage years. I think all voters should read him.Published 6 months ago by Mark Busby
An unnervingly prescient and perceptive end-of-the-world story with some interesting ruminations on statistical cycles and causality. Offbeat, charming characters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amusing and dark all at once. Heinlein yanks the rug out from under his characters and his readers in the last paragraphPublished 8 months ago by JonO
I enjoyed reading a Heinlein story that I don't remember having read before. I had hoped that I was purchasing the entire issue of Galaxy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by bruce
An excellent short story by the master of science fiction about how mathematics predicts the end of the world.Published 11 months ago by Gerry Mc
it was quite lovely reading a "new" Heinlein. Growing up he was my favorite author.Published 12 months ago by BEVERLY RYNG
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