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The Year of the Jackpot (The Galaxy Project Book 20) by [Heinlein, Robert]
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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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COOQOX2
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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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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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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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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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Excellent story for its time period.
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.
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I enjoyed this story. It's actually the first work I've ever read from Heinlein. I picked it up when it was the Deal of the Day and read it right away. The plot revolves around a statistician who records any bit of 'silly' business he can find. He calculates the ebbs and flow of civilization from peaceful and ordinary to chaotic and destructive. When he finds a woman stripped down naked at a bus stop for no apparent reason (even she isn't sure why), he knows the end is nigh! The story is broken into two segments. The first is essentially Heinlein's in depth explanation of his premise. It's almost entirely a conversation between the mathematician, Breen, and the stripping girl, Meade, full of exposition about predicting the future. It made me think of Isaac Asimov's psychohistory concept. Aside from the strange opening at the bust stop, the first segment isn't all that exciting, but it does present interesting ideas.

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.
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Characters: Potty and Meade, the leads, trust each other like an old married couple even though they have just met. Their dialogue is comfortable rather than sizzling.

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.
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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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