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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (1 Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671722069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671722067
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the great writer of such fiction in the world." - Stephen King. "One of the grand masters of science fiction." - The Wall Street Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lawrence on 30 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is the early 1960's and the cold war is getting chillier. An American family,led by Hugh Farnham, and complete with black servant, retreat to their bomb shelter just as the 3 minute warning sounds. To cut a long story short the bomb zaps them far into the future, where black rulers treat their white slaves like cattle. Don't tell me how far fetched it sounds - it is science fiction after all. The main thing is that here Heinlein is making the uneasy transition from juvenile fiction to adult stories with a whole heap of social comment and homespun philosophy. The story is a vehicle for Heinlein's confused politics - right wing frontiersman attitudes bound up with an appeal for racial equality, although the dating of the book form 1964 causes chuckles to be raised by the dialogue that seems patronising now, such as: 'Joe is not a nigger - he's a negro'. Heinlien always did like to challenge boundaries, as he did with cannabilism and homosexuality in Stranger in a Strange Land. It all seems fair enough now but probably raised eyebrows at the time. The trouble is, he didn't know where to stop. Taboos against mixed marriages and gays were rightly challenged as the result of blind socially conditioned prejudice, but in this and later works he starts on making incest acceptable, finally going all the way (so to speak) 25 years later in To Sail Beyond the Sunset, disregarding the sound biological basis for this taboo. Heinlein seems both obsessed and uncomfortable with sex of any kind, as FF demonstrates, as if he feels trapped in the juvenile fiction genre, but in spit of all this FF is a good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2002
Format: Paperback
War is inevitable so a family and friend move into a fallout shelter for the duration. Due to some quirk they come out in another time after the war has finished off civilization, as we knew it. Now prepare for a different civilization.

This book is a classic example of Late Heinlein works as opposed to his early works i.e. "Past Through Tomorrow Future History Stories." However as in any discipline the early product is usually more structured and well inside the curve of accepted norms. You can only carry that so far. Then any artist that is to stand out must experiment and take chances beyond the norm. That is what made "Stranger in a Strange Land" (be sure to read the full length version) so great. What do you do after that? Die? No you ether stagnate or further define your point. I can not tell you which this book does. However it is definitely worth reading.

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i want the kindle version to read on the kindle can you do this please philip
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