- Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (1 Nov. 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399122427
- ISBN-13: 978-0399122422
- Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,101,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long Paperback – 1 Nov 1978
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"Heinlein knows more about blending provocative scientific thinking with strong human stories than any dozen other contemporary science fiction writers." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Fair warning: Very little of what you will read below happens to be "politically correct"
Copulation is either spiritual in essence-or merely friendly exercise. On second thought, strike out "merely." Copulation is not "merely"-even when it is just a happy pastime for two strangers. But copulation at its spiritual best is so much more than physical coupling that it is different in kind as well as in degree.
The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give
orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects.
All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly which can-and must-be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basis is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than"Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly-and no doubt will keep on trying.
Men are more sentimental than women, It blurs their thinking.
Bluntly put Lazarus is the product of genetic engineering. He is the fortunate owner of a special set of chromosomes which, with copious amounts of advanced medical help, enable him, at last count, to live to be over three-thousand years old. (Some have even speculated that he is immortal, though I do not hold that opinion. He could die if he so chose but has not done so yet.) With so many years of life experience Lazarus Long accumulated notebooks of observations on the human character and general life-"You live and learn. Or you don't live long."
All of the material of The Notebooks of Lazarus Long was first found in his collection of memoirs, __Time Enough for Love__. With the help of Justin Foote the 45th, Chief Archivist, Howard Foundation, and the sentient super-computer, Minerva, Lazarus documented many of his exploits from his birth in 1916 to the time of the book about 4272. By sharing his stories with the eager audience of his descendents and Minerva, a story emerges. As with any aged grandfather recalling his past, Long frequently remembers advice to the young and stored these maxims in a special section of Minerva's memory-his notebooks.
Graciously illuminated by D.F. Vassallo some years later (or is it earlier? Time travel does confuse me so!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The words of wisdom are timeless, but the book itself is too short. I would have liked to see references to the relevant books and maybe even the paragraph either side.Published 12 months ago by papersoupman
For those who don't know, this is not a story but a collection of quotes from Lazarus Long, short but sweet.Published 22 months ago by Andrew
not a patch on the original in quality but the words of bob Heinlein still ring true today--grand readPublished on 30 July 2014 by robert thompson
I was hoping this would be some previously unpublished material, but in fact it is just a bunch of quotes from some of Heinleins's other books. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by plato
Probably overdosed on Lazarus Long when i was 15, thought a re-read of some might be worth a go.
Prompt and fast delivery it was also at the right price to buy I have use them before and would use them againPublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by ian
I bought this book hoping to get an illustrated edition of the Lazarus Long memoirs. An all I got was an exercise in kaligraphy. Definitely NOT recommended to Heinlein fans,Published on 13 July 1998