Green Hills of Earth
First published in 1951, this collection includes "Delilah and the Space-Rigger," "Space-Jockey," "The Long Watch," "Gentlemen Be Seated," "The Black Pits of Luna," "It's Great to Be Back," "We Also Walk Dogs," "Ordeal i...more
In the real world, manned space-flight reached its peak around 1970 with the Apollo landings and then stagnated. Reagan went into the bli...more
Some of the stories are a bit dated, such as "Delilah & the Space Rigger" - what happens when a girl shows up to work on a space project with an all boy crew? Heinlein exam...more
Heinlein's short stories are not as well known as his novels, but he is a good story teller whether writing novels or short stories.
Tome Weiner did a decent job of narrating the individual stories. Typically I avoid short story collections in audio fo...more
"It had surprised his ancestors that the transported criminals of Botany Bay should develop a high civilization in Australia. Not that Wingate found the phenomenon of Botany Bay surprising - that was history, and history is never surprising - after it happens."
It's strange, because, as in this collection of short stories, he can come across as making an attempt at feminism and forward thinking for his times. Yet in other stories (even some among these) he may have thought he was forward thinking, but it just comes across l...more
Without a copy to hand, I can't even hope to remember which were in this book. I'll just have to keep an eye out for a copy, because while I know I've read this anthology, I don't know which stories I first encountered in it.
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