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.
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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
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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
Having read the lauded Heinlein classic Stranger in a Strange Land about a year ago, and not enjoying it, I rea ...more
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
Well Bob, at least no one can say it's your fault.
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
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
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
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
Perhaps I am just not smart enough to understand Heinlein. Everyone else I know that reads him truly love ...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
It is a bit gimmicky as a story vehicle and gives Heinlein the opportu ...more
This time I was very struck by Heinlein's politics and economics, rather than the very front and centre gender and sexuality plot. The perceived ethics, morals and responsibility of all the characters in an almost anarchic society were quite different than those you might expect.
I do think the authour tried pretty blatantly to provoke strong reactions in his readers, an ...more
For those who know Heinlein l ...more
What can I say about Heinlein that I haven't already said? Other than that I'm starting to max out on him. There's only so much immortal life/free-sex commune/space colonization sci fi you can r ...more
I listene ...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