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Misfit (Future History or "Heinlein Timeline" #21)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  290 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published November 1990 by Amereon (first published November 1939)
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Jeff Yoak
This is actually a fairly uninspiring story, but is close to my heart in that it is an origin story of sorts for Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby, a much beloved character from later Heinlein novels.
Sep 21, 2016 Frank rated it liked it
Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein feels like a short story that was written to flesh out a book. However it’s not. As I read it as a lead in to Methuselah's Children, it makes sense it was written to help that book. However it was written 19 years earlier.

The story focuses on Andrew Jackson Libby, a member of the Corps who is assigned to help build a space station around Earth. It’s a rather fun and inventive story, creating the idea of building space stations by recommissioning asteroids. But alas
Nov 11, 2012 Adam rated it it was ok
It was a really short story, classic old Heinlein: heavy into the ballistics math and military regimen. That was basically it, an excuse for talking about potential space flight to an asteroid and embellishing the details on the mathematical technicalities and how the whole thing might feel to someone who's never done it. It didn't really have too much of a plot of its own, though the main character does recur in later Heinlein stories. There's no really good reason to read it unless you're ...more
Ewok117 (Who has a cooler username than you)
Well, not the BEST of Heinlein, but pretty good! The characters werent as beliveable as other novels by the aformentioned author. The story, as well, was rather short. I could say that it has no future history, but it wouldnt be true. The amount is simply sparse, that's all. It's there, there isnt much, but it IS there. Read it if you like a good, short, sci-fi book every once in a while.
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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of "hard science fiction".

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
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