I Will Fear No Evil
Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is immensely richand very old. His mind is still keen, so he has surgeons transplant his brain into a new bodythe body of his gorgeous, recently deceased secretary, Eunice. But Eunice hasn't completely vacated her body....more
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I think that line exists in I Will Fear No Evil, published in 1970. True, there was some creepiness prior to this (Stranger in a Strange Land) and there is also some fine writing after this (segments of Time Enough for Love – Job: A Comedy of Justice – and parts of The Cat Who Walks Through Wal ...more
what was this I don't even
I don't know where to begin.
Okay, I can forgive Heinlein a lot. I forgave him for Friday, in which the main character (another super-hot polysexual Heinleinian wet dream) (view spoiler)[marries her rapist (hide spoiler)]. By the end of his career, the Old Man was pretty much just churning out whatever wank he felt like. But he gave us Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Podkayne of Mars (I know, that last one rarely makes anyone's list ...more
Not, who's just acquired a new Lenovo ThinkPad, has spent the last hour getting familiar with the speech recognition capabilities. She's been reading out bits of text, looking at what comes up on the screen and editing the mistakes, all using nothing but voice commands. After a while, I realized why it seemed oddly familiar: there's a scene early on in this 1970 novel where the hero's sexy PA does exactly the same thing. The way she ...more
Having read the lauded Heinlein classic Stranger in a Strange Land about a year ago, and not enjoying it, I rea ...more
Sexism (Misogyny?): Reading Heinlein's books today, any of his books, it's hard not to wince at the things that just aren't acceptable by today's standards. His sexism is probably the most difficult, so reading a book where the main character, Johann Sebastian Bach Smith has his brain transplanted into the gorgeous and perfect Eunice Branca -- effectively becoming a woman -- is bound to be off-putting. And it is....more
The way that Heinlein saw women would make anyone taking a Women's Studie
Okay, first off, let's get this out of the way: This book was written in 1970, and it reads as horribly dated to a modern reader, especially with the gender and sexual politics. You're going to have a few moments where you look at it and just go "...I can't believe he just said that." This also isn't at all a good introduction to Heinlein (for that, try The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress or Tunnel In The Sky or even Strang ...more
Horny[(Heinlein(Wife*Author))+(Nonagenarian*Tart)] = Boredom. Yep, that about sums it up. Who said I'd never use ...more
Well Bob, at least no one can say it's your fault.
I read this book the first time when I was about 15 or 16, I think, and it really hasn't stood up to my growth as an adult. I remember being especially thrilled by the idea of bodypaint that couldn't be distinguished from clothing, but in these days of the internet, that's hardly the unique idea it was to a testosterone-flooded teenager of 25 years ago.
Today, this ...more
Although the work probably deserves only a 3 or 4, I gave this 5 stars for sentimental reasons.
I Will Fear No Evil was one of the first Robert A. Heinlein novels that I read as a young adult. I was forever "hooked." Continuing to read Heinlein's works, I soon realized it wasn't his best - possibly because he was quite ill while writing this book.
What tantalized me most about the plot was the co-existence of the two personalities, of opposite sex, in the ...more
Perhaps I am just not smart enough to understand Heinlein. Everyone else I know that reads him truly love ...more
This was originally serialized in Galaxy magazine according to Wikipedia. I suspect that the author felt that each episode had to have a lot of sex in it to sell each issue. When the complete story was put together into a book, the near constant titillation, along with the repetitive conversations -- of ...more
In general, people seem to choose one of two ways to handle Robert Heinlein’s I Will Fear No Evil: detest it in all its casually (and sometimes not so casually) misogynistic odiousness, or love it like an uncouth grandfather who “grew up in a different time.” As is often a case, I don’t think either extreme is quite right.
Full review at CurtisWeyant.com.
Feb. 14, 2015: This story will take awhile to process. There were ...more
The creatively named hero, Johann Sebastian Bach Smith, (yes, you read that right,) is a rich old man who isn't ready to give up on living yet. He makes arrangements to have his brain transplanted into a new body upon his death. Little did he know, the body his brain would be transplanted into would be that of his beautiful young secretary. To complicate matters further, though her brain was removed from the body upon her ...more
Hey what the heck, having a look around Goodreads reminds of some of the complete trash I once read. I Will Fear No Crap Book I Once Read.
The plot, such as it is: The billionaire Johann Schmidt, very old, on life support, arranges for the first brain transplant operation and ends up in the body of young, beautiful, nubile woman (Eunine), now named Joan Eunice). With barely a second thought, he/she embarks on a whirlwind of kissing, stripping, coquet ...more
It took me a while.
But, finally, I was feeling up to giving him another shot, and I thoug ...more
Interesting premise: the mind of an old man transplanted into th ...more
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