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
2015: I finally got around to reading this one with the kids. It really hooked t ...more
Back in the 1950s and 1960s I was a rabid reader of science fiction. I think part of the reason was that we were on the cusp a huge number of discoveries in the world of science that was addressed by SciFi writers. Heinlein, as I remember, was among the best of the lot, along with Asimov. They were able to introduce concepts soon to be stirred up by scientists into their plots and make them sound plausible. Going back today, however, poi ...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
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
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
Lo que nos cuenta. La muerte prematura del magnate Howard provocó hace más de dos siglos la creación de la Fundación que lleva su nombre, que a partir de los fondos y deseos del potentado investigó en el aumento de la esperanza de vida. En la actualidad, los aproximadamente 100.000 descendientes de ese proyecto, y que han ocultado su longevidad al resto de la humanidad durante mucho tiemp ...more
Unfortunately, like many of his other books, this one ran into many of my "Heinlein peeves". The two main ones are (1) his obsession with having clean solutions to problems (in terms of plot), and (2) his obsession with having a handful of capable/competent characters, and basically the rest of the human race is a bunch of whiny sheep. These two ...more
I found the philosophical considerations subtle and important. Evolution equipped us with a strong will to survive. Our big brains helped us figure out ways to make survival assured (for most of us), and continue to develop ...more
SciFi - The Howard Families, led by Lazarus Long, flee persecution from the belief that they hold a secret to long life. They steal a starship and visit two distant civilizations before deciding to return to Earth, where 75 years has passed. They are welcomed back because science has now found the secret to long life. Lazarus Long and Andy Libby ...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
|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