Methuselah's Children (Future History or "Heinlein Timeline")
In 1958 it was published as a full-length novel, expanded somewhat by Heinlein. I don't know what was added or changed, but it can't have been that much, because it's still a very short novel, despite there being enough plot to fill a 1,000-page epic.
The story involves a group of "families" who en...more
I had grown weary of the same old trite - "You HAVE to read"s - that just didnt live up to the billing.
Having read a lot of Larry Niven, and now starting on the Heinlein series', I think it is safe to guess Niven grew up on Heinlein, as I see some pretty serious similarities between Lazarus and Louis Wu, but since I have loved the Niven, it follows I loved the Heinlein.
I may have been aided in this by expecting to be let down after slogging thru th...more
This book has been included in a couple of his collections as it is...more
Methuselah’s Children introduces us to Lazarus Long, a popular character in several of Robert A. Heinlein’s books. Lazarus, who wears a kilt (but there’s guns strapped to his thighs!) and can’t remember how old he is, is descended from one of several families who, long ago, were bred for their health and longevity. Lazarus and his extended clan live very long lives — so long that they must eventually fake their own deaths and take new identities so that others don’t g...more
Periodically I go b...more
In stories like Methuselah’s Children, a reader can read into the book as much as he/she wants to and still walk away from the story feeling good about the whole experience. The book will challenge readers in its ability to make them think critically about a society’s will to accept change, and accept differences. It takes a stab at political authority under mob rule, but it also shows how differences can be reconciled without hella (yes, I said hella) bl...more
Heinlein returns to writing for adults here with the expansion of a story originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1941.
The Howard Families are descended from a man who got rich during the California Gold Rush and left his money to be used for research into the prolongation of life. This goal was realized by his trustees providing financial encouragement to the grandchildren of long-lived persons to marry and have children. By the 22nd century, descendants have a life expectancy of...more
Questo libro mi è piaciuto a tratti.
Parla di questo gruppo di umani che ha una longevità a dir poco strabiliante grazie alla scoperta di alcuni soggetti con un dna particolare che accoppandosi hanno reso la vita dell'uomo mooolto più lunga, sui 200 anni e forse più. Sono nascosti tra la popolazione, hanno false idenità e ogni tot anni cambiano posto nome, cambiano vita.
Ad un certo punto decideno di venire allo scoperto pensando ch...more
Prodotti da un esperimento genetico, i "figli di Matusalemme" sono centenari e ultracentenari che nel 2125, dopo aver nascosto al resto del mondo la propria lunghissima vita, decidono di rivelarsi e di stabilire rapporti amichevoli con le persone "normali"; ma a chi è destinato statisticamente a non andare oltre l'ottantina, quei longevi non vanno giù. Per evitare arresti, torture e deportazioni i centomila arzilli vecchietti riescono a scappare fortunosamente con un'astronave abbastanza capient...more
Purtroppo la situazione delle pubblicazioni in Italia è tale che per leggere “Lazarus Long” ho dovuto dannarmi e procurarmelo su Ebay, mentre “I figli di Matusalemme” è stato appena ripubblicato in Italia da Mondadori.
Se non si fosse capito, questo romanzo è il primo che...more
The edition I read was printed in 1958, but apparently a shorter version had bee...more
Alien cultures encountered include pleasant religious fundies, who may or may not have been duped, as well as some Borg-like rabbits, who are also fairly pleasant.
Can definitely see the libertarian politics, with all of the commentary on individual rights and property.
Crux is the possession of e...more
Take the premise that it might be possible to breed a strain of humans that would live for a very long time. Heinlein was wise enough to know that natural selection does not play any role in such a choice because most species breed e...more
I give this a solid 3 stars. It would get 3 and 1/2, if I could.
Drawbacks are a mildly pulpy tone. Wiki notes this as one of Hienlein's first "serious" novels. An Amazon users complains about a chauvinistic tone in the work....more
|What's The Name o...: Solved - Longer life through selective breeding [s]||4||70||Jun 11, 2013 11:57AM|
He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre...more