Beyond This Horizon
Utopia has been achieved. For centuries, disease, hunger, poverty and war have been things found only in the history tapes. And applied genetics has given men and women the bodies of athletes and a lifespan of over a century.
They should all have been very happy....
But Hamilton Felix is bored. And he is the culmination of a star line; each of his last thirty ancestors chose...more
The bit I remember best...more
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Peter Ganim
Beyond This Horizon is classic science fiction with social commentary thrown in as you may expect from Heinlein.
Mankind has created a Utopian society where poverty and hunger are studied in school but don't actually happen anymore. Mankind has also worked toward eliminating weaknesses in the human chromosome via gene selection and intentional breeding. There are still some normal people (referred to as "control naturals") that could pot...more
Building great make-believe/alternate-reality societies is what Heinlein just does naturally, like a fish breathing water. In this particular novel, there are 2 fascinating aspects....more
But I think it was something more than that. The narrative was random and disorganized. Too much of the book was spent towards something that never really developed, and not enough of the story was devoted to the actual story.
The actual story was about a man whose dilemma was what's so great about life that I need...more
I agree with much of it, but it's more commentary than story.
The ending isn't that satisfying either, although it does follow from the overall story and makes good sense.
You've got to think to read this one.
Maybe I'll read it again with a clear mind some day when the urge for silliness in space and moral introspection takes hold.
Or maybe not.
L'antichissima aspirazione umana di creare una razza perfetta ritorna in questo romanzo biologico di Robert Heinlein, uno scrittore che ha sempre avuto un debole per le utopie basate però su ingegnose estrapolazioni scientifiche. Qui, in questa Terra del lontano futuro in cui tutti o quasi i problemi della sopravvivenza e della convivenza sono stati risolti, la blanda burocrazia che governa gli uomini si preoccupa non tanto di progettare dei semidei, quanto di selezionare e riprodurre certi cara...more
This is not my favorite Heinlein novel. Original copyrights stem from 1942 and 1948.
At times the master is long-winded and waxes on the philosophical. Like many Heinlein novels, the story exists in an idealized society after great social upheaval. To me it seems less coherent than his other novels. I detect several different sub stories that don't seem well concluded. It doesn't fit into his "Future History"...more
The story itself is inter...more
Hamilton Felix is a genetic superman, carefully crafted from the best chromosomes his ancestors had to offer. He lives in a world where most people live long easy lives untroubled by disease, poverty, and tooth decay. It’s boring. Until Felix accidentally infiltrates a revolutionary group of elitists who want to take over the world and run things their way.
As boring as Hamilton Felix’s life is, this book about him is even mor...more
I did take the advice of one of our reviewers and read the essay that explained the "transition", which helped a great deal in hindsight. I still felt the setting, plot, characters, climax (was there one?) and conclusion were disjointed. Heinlein provid...more
As always, Heinlein incorporates his political outlook. This is always interesting and typically intriguing, however, in this story he often came off misogynistic. I'm usually pretty good at taking stories in the time frame that they were written and to the appropriate audience and so on, but this bordered on the ridiculous.
As with many of the other stories that I've read from his early years, the magazine series tone overshadows the p...more
The story is about a very scientifically advanced society on earth. People only work if they want to. Food is free and available to all. Children are created genetically based on their genes and traits that are deamed good or for the best. T...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