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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); 1st Edition edition (Nov. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399131035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399131035
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3.9 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A. Heinlein was the grand master of science fiction in the twentieth century. Over the course of his long career he won numerous awards and many of his novels have cemented their place in history as science fiction classics, including STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, and the beloved STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 16 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
At the very end of his career, Heinlein wrote a series of books, now known as the `World as Myth' set, that effectively managed to tie together just about all of his works through the idea that time has three dimensional axes, one of which is the set of universes produced by strong fabulists (writers), so that in some sense all possible realities are nothing more than the figments of some writer's imagination. This book is the second of this set, following The Number of the Beast.

The opening of this book is set in the universe that we first saw in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, about a hundred years after the Lunar revolution. And a dandy opening it is, with the hero, Colonel Colin Campbell, having an uninvited dinner guest murdered in front of eyes within five minutes of sitting down at his table, and marrying his other dinner guest, all in the first ten pages. The action continues rapidly, traversing various sections of the moon, with our heroes being attacked and chased by several sundry unknown bad guys, while Campbell's new wife continues to display unusual talents and apparently has something of a `past' (readers familiar with most of Heinlein's other work will figure out what that `past' is fairly quickly - and I do recommend that you read at least The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Methuselah's Children, Time Enough For Love, The Rolling Stones, and The Number of the Beast before tackling this book).

So for the first half of so of this book, what we have is a strong action/adventure/mystery story, with rather less of Heinlein's typical pontificating than many other late-period books.
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Format: Hardcover
If you go on any sci-fi website and mention this book, or any of the later Heinlein books, you'll get the tired old line that they just weren't very good. None of them.

This is wrong.

You've always gotta give Heinlein the time of day at least, even if he's writing the yellow pages, and this book is way beyond that. In a good way, I mean. The two main characters are straight out of 'His Girl Friday', in that they're both smooth and unruffled by violence, and they've always got a smart line for every scenario. It does grate a little at times as they don't seem like real people, but you get used to it, and the plot is so strong you end up not really caring at all.

The plot itself is a strange thing. It starts fast and plays as a caper for half the book then marks a sudden shift in subject matter[though there are markers throughout the first half that it's gonna turn that way] and time travel, or dimension travel comes into it. At this point, both the main male character and I got a headache. But in a good way.

Not as stylistically brilliant as 'The Moon is a harsh Mistress' but still recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G on 1 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
A great opening scene, some sparklingly witty dialogue mixed with Heinlein's own brand of proselytising ensures that this is more than a SF romp -- we meet old friends, make new ones and get to reflect there's always Time Enough for Heinlein. Not for someone new to his works, though.
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By GSV3MiaC on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Sorry fans, but I didn't enjoy this very much at all. Yes, it is readable, but it veers well away from the usual Heinlein science fiction standards, into the realms of metaphysics and fantasy. It drags in all the characters from almost all his earlier works, and puts them through the 'multiple universes' blender to try to tie them all together .. personally I liked them better separately.

It's certainly better than 'Number of the Beast', but I'm still in the camp that says if you want to read Heinlein, stop at 'Stranger in a Strange land'. I have to say his swansong is far from unique though - Asimov fans may recall a similar (flawed, IMHO) attempt to tie together Foundation/Robots/Caves of Steel worlds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am the type of person to use 1000 words to describe beauty and wonderment, but this time i won't i'll use just four, Heartwarming, thought provoking, unforgettable. Heilein never ceases to amaze me.
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