22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 1997
Have you ever wanted to go to Europe and just wander around? See what Europe really is? Have you ever gotten "accidentally" lost from the cheesy package tour of all the touristy sites and said, "Hey! I'm tired of looking at what someone else tells me to look at. I am tired of Captain- Happy-Your-Friendly-Tour-Guide! I am so SICK of trying to soak in this different culture and ending up in McDonald's for lunch! I am sick! Sick sick SICK!"
Have you ever done that and immediately regretted it?
"Hmmm..." you ponder, "perhaps there is a REASON for package tours."
If the above applies to you, do not buy this book, "Expanded Universe."
However, if you've been to Heinlein-ville many times and taken the package tours (Stranger In A Strange Land, Friday) and thought "What an interesting guy. Wonder what makes him go tick-tock?" then this book is the equivelent of "Europe On $5-a-Day."
Containing some of his earliest works, some works considered by publishers, "not fit for paper," and some personal papers with some fascinating insights, "Expanded Universe" is a must-have for anyone who has that common feeling that resembles personal acquaintance with the master of sci-fi. The writing style itself is not his best -- some is quite primitive (being early Heinlein). Some of the stuff, to be quite honest, I had to struggle through. But some of the stories were incredible, and in my opinion, too short.
A wonderful reference manual. If you truly LOVE Heinlein, then your collection is obviously not complete without it, and it makes a good bathroom reader (of which there are so few).
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 1998
Expanded Universe is a dynamite collection of some of the best Science Fiction stories ever. Heinlein really opens your eyes to the dangers of the world's present situation. Discover the dangers of Nuke's and war from the front lines. This book is packed with adrenalin.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 1998
Yet another work of art from Heinlein himself. I've read some other novels by him (Starship Troopers, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Red Planet) and this one is great! It's like driving through the brain of a mental patiant. With great works of sci fi and old stories.. It's fun to read over and over again.