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The Green Hills of Earth (Future History or "Heinlein Timeline" #16)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  7,011 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Heinlein's "Future History" Epic: On the Moon, Mars and Space Station One, it's pure Heinlein all the way in a stunning vision of adventure and courage set against a masterfully realized future.
Paperback, Signet t3193; 7th-16th printing, 176 pages
Published 1967 by New American Library (first published January 1st 1951)
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May 04, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dated. Campy. Corny. Sexist – and wonderfully, absolutely Heinlein.

His 1951 collection of “Future History” short stories, all written in the 1940s, represents some of his earlier works. Fans of his juveniles will especially like this publication.

Modern readers will point to stories like "Delilah and the Space Rigger" and "Space Jockey" and will scream that Heinlein was a male chauvinist pig; but progressive for his time Heinlein was carrying Rosie the Riveter into space and expanding her importa
May 29, 2009 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In Robert Heinlein's short story collection, we get to read about a future history that never happened, where the Solar System is colonized by a bunch of ambitious, optimistic, happy-go-lucky space entrepreneurs. They cut corners, break the rules, and quite often get themselves killed. But it works. The American dream reaches the stars, or at least the planets.

In the real world, manned space-flight reached its peak around 1970 with the Apollo landings and then stagnated. Reagan went into the bli
Jan 04, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the title, Earth is mostly in the background in this wonderful collection of short stories. It's mostly concerned with everyday life off the planet. Heinlein has taken a lot of mundane situations & put them a head a century or three. People are still people, although they've traded in their cars for spaceships.

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
This had been one of the books that Heinlein was known for, in one version or another. Heinlein's strength I think was in novel length books, not short stories, which this is. The book is dated both scientifically (which likely Heinlein would be among the first to acknowledge) and sociology. The stories were written throughout the 1940s, for magazines. One example was how in the last story: "Logic of Empire", he uses the N word deliberately as a synonym for slave. I don't believe he meant it in ...more
Buck Ward
This is an early collection of stories by Heinlein. As a Heinlein fan, I found some of them corny and dated, but others were not bad. They seemed to improve as I progressed through the book.
Jun 05, 2013 Gendou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is classic Heinlein. That is to say, sexism, chauvinism, rocketry without computers, a bit of magic, and heaps of bravery. The later is the most fun.

I find the rockets without computers quaint; it reminds me, not surprisingly, of the Apollo Program. It's seldom boring, because Heinlein so often insists on teaching the reader something.

Sometimes, though, the bad guys go out of their way too much to be bad. Like the guy who wouldn't let girls on the space station,
Yep ... I love the stories of Robert A. Heinlein. Got a problem with that?

The Green Hills of Earth, the titular short, and Logic of Empire are particularly excellent.
Angela Blount
May 28, 2017 Angela Blount rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-story
Suggested Alternate Title: SPACE BARD--PORT TO PORT

"I pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave me birth;
Let me rest my eyes in the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth."

This "Future History" short story is essentially an account of the life and death of a renowned minstrel named Rhysling--a man who'd worked haphazardly on many a space mission until a radiation accident left him blind and he continued making his way by playing his accordion, writing songs, and hitch-hiking his wa
Mary JL
Nov 26, 2008 Mary JL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any science fiction fan
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This a another of the very few Robert Heinlein short story collections. They ten stories are all quite good. Speical favorties of mine among the then stories are "The Green Hills of Earth" and "Ordeal in Space".

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.
Jeff Yoak
This is a fantastic short story. I came to love "Noisy" from his appearances as a minor character in other Heinlein stories, but this this short piece describing his history and heroic end always gets me right here.
John Mccullough
Jul 03, 2015 John Mccullough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction lovers
The Green Hills …. is a sci-fi classic by a justly-famous author. With 10 short stories Heinlein tells tales filled with problems that are common to those in a complex society, especially those that might deal with complex technologies. It begins with a story highlighting the unnecessary and counter-productive discrimination against women in the workplace - here it is construction of a space station. This is still a bone of contention; was it a reflexion of what was happening t the time Heinlein ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 26, 2010 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heinlein fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I was born with almost perfect teeth--except for one canine which was a bit bent out of line. To treat this Dr. Rice gave me a retainer to wear to bed. It worked well enough to allow the resulting cavity at the root to fill with fluids and become infected, leading to a tremendous fever which hit during the last week of junior high. Other than some interesting hallucinations the most memorable part of that period was the day Dad's mother, Lajla, came by to fill in for my working parents. The swif ...more
Bob Wolniak
Aug 14, 2015 Bob Wolniak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A series of short stories connected to Heinlein's future history and all mentioning or taking place in Luna City (Moon colony) at some point. I liked the last novella, The Logic of Empire, the most. It tells a story how slavery seems inevitable in colonization of planets. There is a wide array of types of tales here, some about adjusting to the moon, the technological challenges of meetings from people from different gravitational constants, marriage issues, overcoming agoraphobia, etc.
Hal Brodsky
Jan 28, 2014 Hal Brodsky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I am a fan of Robert Heinlein's novels and consider "Stranger in a Strange Land" a must read for, well, everyone.
This collection of very old, very dated pulp fiction really should be set aside for fans only. Each story (with the exception of the final,longer piece) is a single event, simple often predictable plot often featuring a single anachronistic idea.
Unless you are trying to read all of Heinlein's work, there is better material out there more worthy of your time.
Oct 14, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun anthology of short stories by Heinlein. All of the stories revolve around colonization of planets in our solar system. The themes are not about the technology, but about contemporary problems and dilemmas that we still have today; indentured service as slavery, prejudice against women in the workplace, young brats given too much freedom and too little discipline, phobias, and more. These contemporary themes help to explain the "staying power" of Heinlein's stories.
Jens Walter
Die meisten Kurzgeschichten in dieser Sammlung sind eher unspannend und wirken so dahin geklatscht. Ich hatte nicht das Gefühl, dass es hier wirklich darum ging, eine Idee zu thematisieren. Einzig "Auktion auf der Venus" scheint mit einem konkreten Vorhaben geschrieben worden zu sein, wobei ich hier in Frage stelle, ob die Geschichte überhaupt einen Science-Fiction.Rahmen benötigt.

Alles in allen sehr mäßige Kost, die zwar schnell gelesen, aber auch schnell wieder vergessen ist.
Mar 31, 2016 Leif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stories here. You know it. I know it.
Edward III
Jul 13, 2017 Edward III rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Green Hills of Earth by Robert Heinlein is classic SF at its best. All these stories are solid, and I had only read one prior. All of the tales are about near Earth space travel, and was first published in 1951, most of the stories having first appeared in the classic pulps of the day. My top three in this one are "Delilah and the Space-Rigger," a tale about chauvinism in space, a topic well before its day, and "The Green Hills of Earth" and "Logic of Empire." Recommended, as is all of this ...more
Austin Wright
Feb 15, 2017 Austin Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #16 out of #21. The short story originally appeared in The Saturday Evening Post (February 8, 1947).

"We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth."

This song is mentioned in four other Heinlein novels: "Time enough for love", "Farmer in the Sky", "Logic of Empire" and "Universe".
Kevin Kuhn
May 23, 2017 Kevin Kuhn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Heinlein short stories. One minute I think its dated, but then I remember he wrote it 60/70 years ago. Despite trying to take on some heavier themes, it has a certain innocence that is charming. And more than anything a cracker of a title!
Bill Hohl
May 07, 2017 Bill Hohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy, quick read
Sidney San Martín
The first line of another review ( is pretty accurate:

> Dated. Campy. Corny. Sexist – and wonderfully, absolutely Heinlein.

There are fun and thought-provoking stories here, if you can get past those things.
More short stories from Heinlein's Future History.

Delilah and the Space Rigger (1949) 3.5/5 Stars
Tiny and Dad are trying to finish a space station on time, but keep running into liars and cheats. When they finally find a good comm expert it turns out to be a woman which sets Tiny off.
This is a story that's been told many times today, but was fairly fresh over 60 years ago. It boils down to women can do men's work and men do work better with women around.

Space Jockey (1947) 2.5/5 Stars
A simple
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"לנחיתה אחרונה אתפלל,
לאל שיעמוד לי בפרץ
וייתן לי לראו, רק עוד פעם אחת
את הגבעות הירוקות של הארץ.

רוברט היינלין כתב הרבה ספרי מד"ב ונחשב לרב אמון של סוג הסיפורת הזו. הספר "הגבעות הירוקות של הארץ" מורכב מ- 10 סיפורים קצרים שנכתבו בשנות ה- 40 של המאה הקודמת. כמשותף לכל העשרה הוא שלמרות שהם עוסקים בחלל החיצון הם לא כל כך מד"בים כמו שהם ממוקדים בתהליכים חברתיים וסוציולוגים.

דלילה והחללאי – ראש פרוייקט חללי נחרד ונכנס להיסטריה כאשר הוא מגלה שחבר הצוות החדש שלו, מי שאמור להיות מהנדס, הוא בעצם
Timothy Darling
Heinlein got his start in the pulps, but he was not content to stay there. This collection represents his time of initial expansion, perhaps the height of his power as a writer of short fiction. As such, these stories carry an extra level of sophisitication, breaking out from the techno-centered character of his earler work. He is no longer appealing only to the pre-war "geek" culture, but to the population at large. Heinlein, however, does not content himself with appealing to the lowest common ...more
Jigme Datse
*** If you're picky about spoilers, there are some minor plot points mentioned with sufficient specificity to be considered spoilers, in fact I think that if I *do* consider spoilers, there *are* indeed minor spoilers here, but the book is old enough that you'd probably either be uninterested, or not have looked for anything in order to have "avoided spoilers". ***

This book wasn't perfectly horrible. There were some sections I rather liked in it.

I had a friend who had commented about their disli
"The Green Hills of Earth is a collection of short stories by Robert A. Heinlein and are considered classic science fiction. I normally don't like these sort of collections but these are part of a theme I remember. They surround the time in the Heinlein "Future History" universe after Delos D. Harriman sold the moon and commercialized space flight.

Most of the stories concern solar system space flight even though mention is made of space flights to the stars.

Any problems with the book? Well... t
Oct 30, 2016 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories were originally published in a variety of magazines between 1941 to 1949. I would expect them to feel incredibly dated, and elements of these stories are laughably outdated; yet for the most part they hold up fairly well as stories. It isn't easy or possible to fit myself back into a teenager in the late 60's to know why this collection caught my interest so much. "The Green Hills of Earth" was a great title. I could not recall at all what these stories were about, not even a favorit ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No collection of Heinlein short stories could be less than a satisfying read, especially for those of us who cut our reading teeth on his work. The edition I read, published by Signet and sold for a whopping 75 cents, has been in my library since I was around eight years old and has been read dozens of times. It still holds as a good read even though the progression of each story is as familiar to me as the walk from my bedroom to my office. A few of the stories have not aged as well as others, ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Chrystyna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was originally published in 1954 and is surprisingly modern in some respects and dated in others.

Ten short stories in all, but they are all written for the same 'world' ie the space stations, colonies on the Moon, Mars, Venus all retain the same names, the technology remains the same or evolving in the same way etc. So even though the stories don't inter-relate, they do all work together to describe a vision of the future.

Mostly the technology and vision hasn't dated, although some of 'the
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“We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.”
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