The Past Through Tomorrow (Future History or "Heinlein Timeline" #1-21)
* Introduction - Damon Knight
* The Roads Must Roll
* Blowups Happen
* The Man Who Sold the Moon
* Delilah and the Space-Rigger
* Sp ...more
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The paperback is as fat as one of Jordan's books & contains some novella length stories - two, "Revolt in 2100" & "Methuselah's Children" were published as novels. Others are title stories from other short story collections "The Green Hills of Earth" & ...more
Now, not only is this book just an incredible collection of plain good 'ole fashioned story-telling at it's best, but t ...more
Now for divergent thoughts not in this book but brought on by thinking about this book.
Speaking of inventors ...more
Searchlight (1962) 2.5/5 Stars
It was originally written as part of an advertisement which accounts for its brevity and lack of character. It presents some interesting concepts about how to find someone in space though.
The Menace from Earth (1957) 4/5 Stars
15 year old Holly is a moon guide who dreams of being a ship designer. One ...more
Since these were written in the early days (many in the 1940's and 50's) much of the "future" part is now past tense at least in terms of the year on the calendar. Also, most of these have that feeling to them I would describe as pulpy, which I think most people would consider fair, since they were actually first published (not all but many) in magazines.
You hear ...more
While much of the described situations will clearly not occur, as ...more
One day I want to own all of the books and to read them all in linear order.
Here in one monumental volume are all 21 of the stories, novellas and novels making up Heinlein's famous Future History—the rich, imaginative architecture of Man's destiny that many consider his greatest and most prophetic work.
Introduction - Damon Knight
The Roads Must Roll
The Man Who Sold the Moon
Delilah and the Space-Rigger
The Long Watch
Gentleman, Be Seated
The Black Pits of Luna
"It's Great to Be Back!"
"—We Also Walk Dogs"
RAH's wit and vision have been ably described elsewhere, so I won't review his writing or the universe in which these stories take place. I will only exhort the reader to pick ...more
Un ciclo che ogni amante della fantascienza dovrebbe aver letto: l'autore qui getta uno sguardo sull'immaginario e crea situazioni come quella di predire la morte di una persona, lo sfruttamento economico della Luna che dopo essere stata raggiunta viene colonizzata, l'invenzioni di strade che si muovono, ma soprattutto il senso di app ...more
As a writer, Heinlein was a uniquely 20th Century American phenomenon: A man who had trained for the military and as an engineer, but who also retained the storytelling ability of his fellow Missouri native, Mark Twain. His story were often "firsts" (the first to consider the implications of a particular sci-fi possibil ...more
I am loving it again and haven't even finished the prologue, because of quotes such as this:
“Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything - you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him."
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