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Astounding Science Fiction October 1958. British Edition Includes " The Miracle-Workers" By Jack Vance Paperback – 1958
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Double Star was written when Virginia and Robert had moved to Colorado and Virginia had gotten the community theater bug. Without spoiling the rest of the story, Robert got interested as well as this was the push for this tight (only 100 pages or so), well written book when he was in his writing prime. His first Hugo winner. Many may have differing opinions about his other books but this one is universally loved and enjoyed. If you haven't read it in a while, read it again, it's worth it!
Heinlein spends little time on the Martian aliens except for their strange appearance and bizarre customs. Hypnosis along with extensive video assist in pulling off the deception. There is also a monarchy ruling over all of Earth with a political system similar to the United Kingdom. Heinlein also posits a sophisticated political apparatus that operates under the radar screen as well as a prominent fourth estate that is easily manipulated. While much of the sci-fi of this era was focused on space travel and aliens, Heinlein managed to create a story with political and societal relevance that remains timeless.
Worth reading, and a Kindle bargain.
The Great Lorenzo, an actor of moderate success is given the role of a lifetime - to impersonate and take on the persona of a kidnapped political leader. It's just a temporary job he's told....
Most of Heinlein’s shorter works are juvenalia and very similar. This one (like Citizen of the Galaxy) stands out. Like his best stories, it’s about introspection, philosophy, and what it means to be a good person.
The sole female characterization suffers from what I’d call “Bond Girl Syndrome.” It was progressive for the time but is dated now. Which is a shame; Heinlein was capable of writing women as well as he did men (Number of the Beast in particular) and Penny is not necessarily well-served by the narrative.
That aside, this is an incredibly entertaining and thoughtful novel about politics, humanity, doing the right thing, and how we can continue to get along with each other better.