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The Day After Tomorrow
Robert A. Heinlein
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The Day After Tomorrow

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  3,889 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Six men fight to the death against Found Hundred Million.
"Washington destroyed completely before the government could escape. With Manhattan in ruins, that leaves no -". There was a click as the television receiver was turned off. "That's that," said the man near it. "The United States is washed up."
The whole of Asia - that's about four hundred million people - is in grav
Published (first published January 1st 1949)
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Sep 04, 2007 Brownbetty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Heinlein has his faults, I'll admit. Who can forget the ending of Podkayne of Mars where the heroine decides that captaincy of a space ship sounds like too much work, and instead she'll set her sights on marrying a captain?

But until The Day After Tomorrow I have never actually been disgusted by a book of his. An amazon review charitably says it "reflects the fears and concerns of the time period he wrote the book in." Granted, in 1941, paranoia about Japan was probably sane, but he wrote this be
May 24, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2009 Gil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing reworking of a lesser plot by John Campbell, Jr., written on commission for $600 in 1941. And yet Heinlein forges an exciting story of 6 men who overthrow the vastly superior force of "PanAsians" using highly sophisticated science. Practically all the elements of Heinlein in his prime are here, so early in his career. And he manages to play down the racial aspects of Campbell's premise as much as possible. Definitely worth re-reading once you've read everything else by Heinlein.

No, I
Apr 07, 2009 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I'm about a third of the way through this book and I just want to comment about the racism and bigotry presented so far.

Yes, the characters are racist (both the Americans and Pan-Asians) but I think it is important to take this in context. Not just with regard to the time this book was written but with regard to a central premise of the story.

After WWII, the cold war had begun but had continued to freeze well beyond the level it actually did historically. The Pan-Asian countries had maintained
Ruby Hollyberry
I've always gotten a big kick out of this one. It seems to be the logical extension of the saying about any sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable with magic, combined with the radical advances in technology pushed by a war - the worse the war the further the push. The war gets lost in the first pages, but the technology has been invented in time to save the pieces of a broken America from being lost forever. It's also a lot of fun to read, not so juvenile as the juveniles and ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Neste livro, Robert A. Heinlein confronta-nos com um cenário bélico em que os EUA são invadidos e dominados por um poderoso exército Asiático que passa a controlar todo o território. A história do livro centra-se na resistência que é construída a partir de um centro de investigação militar que escapa à detecção dos invasores por se encontrar estabelecido em instalações dissimuladas no interior de uma montanha. Incluindo pormenores muito interessantes sobre uma arma que explora supostos campos gr ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I just reread this one and I want to update my review a bit. I like the book. Having read it back in the 1970s and rereading it again now I wanted to be sure I'd pointed out some of the things readers from the 21st century should be aware of going in.

You'll need to remember the time frame in which this book was written. The racial attitudes on display are informed by WW2, Korea and America's situation with respect to "Red China". The book is I want to say up front not at all "PC". Please remembe
Miramira Endevall
Jul 18, 2010 Miramira Endevall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Racist asswipe.

*********************Spoilers Below******************************

I was really, really enjoying this book. The idea is that the PanAsian government (based upon "all the bad and none of the good" combined characteristics of the Chinese and Japanese governments in the '40's and '50's) has conquered and utterly subjugated the American people. A hidden enclave of scientists comes up with a discriminate weapon that targets specific hemoglobin types, allowing them to target based on race
Louise Armstrong
Fabulous! Bearing in mind the date when it was written, it is still a great yarn with some interesting ideas. I love the way RH will argue both sides of a case - in this book it's fighting a war by advertising. It has to win my prize for the most convincing 'One man can save America' novel, ever.

Jan 2016. Read this again and still managed to enjoy it. This time I noticed how careful he was to make it clear that it was alien ideas his heroes were fighting against, not just alien people. His portr
Sep 23, 2016 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: softcover
This was written by Heinlein, but the plot was a Campbell Jr. suggestion. This editor often did this with his 'stable' of authors. It seems odd that Heinlein would agree to participate in such a scheme, but this was early in his career and I suppose he took it as an useful exerciser - he was a self-taught author after all.

Though a rather xenophobic story, it has some of RAH's flair and character but overall it is my least favourite of his works.
Jeff Yoak
Modern-day America tends toward self-loathing. I often wonder if we could survive in the face of a persistent enemy with moral conviction. It is virtually impossible to find an intellectual that doesn't somewhere between apologize for America or just outright regard it as a villain -- inside or outside of the country. The attitude increasingly permeates through the rest of our culture.

It is often one of the underlying things in Heinlein's work that I enjoy that both his personal values and the t
Will Thomas
May 27, 2012 Will Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-re-re-re-re-read Heinlein novels the way I re-re-re-re-re-revisit old friends. This is one I've been reading since I was about 11.

Heinlein walks a narrow tightrope here. His near-racism is entirely uncharacteristic of Heinlein. And he goes 'WAY out of his way to demonstrate that there's nothing wrong with Asians as a race. But this whole book smells horribly like anti-Asian bias.

That said, it is a fabulous story! An enjoyable read, a fun trip to take, even to take over and over, as I do.

Ed [Redacted]
Pretty disappointed with this one. The premise of this book is that the US was taken over by the "Pan Asians". The last remaining vestige of the US military consists of a few scientists and an advertising writer. Rather than give up, the ad guy decides to use the time honored military tactic of making up a fake religion and using the newly invented "Ledbetter Effect*" to beat back the yellow menace once and for all.

The book is just absurd wish fulfillment. Utterly goofy and filled with racial pe
Joe Stamber
Sep 27, 2012 Joe Stamber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, audio
Bit of an old curiosity this one. First published in 1940, it has an odd and outdated attitude to just about every subject it comes across. For those reviewers who whine about bigotry, sexism et cetera all I can say is... get a grip! It's a story (that means made up) and was written over 70 years ago - when we start telling writers what they can and can't write about we may as well give up reading.

Like many older novels, Sixth Column is quite talky and ponderous, especially considering its rathe
Feb 01, 2013 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Members of the Ku Klux Klan, people who watch too much Fox News
Bird Brian's review of Prayers for the Assassin reminded me of this steaming pile of crap, which I read when I was about 12. So the slitty-eyed yellow hordes have invaded the good ol' US and are crushing it under their bamboo heel. But luckily there are six all-American heroes left in this underground mountain research establishment, and they invent this incredible cool weapon based on superior Aryan science, and wow! even though they're up against four hundred million Japanese-Chinese-Vietnames ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It makes me sad to 2-star this Heinlein novel that was one of my very favorites when I was 13 or 14. But it didn't hold up well at all on rereading. First you have to handwave pervasive racial insults and insensitities (American is conquered by an improbable "Oriental" nation that's a mix of Japanese and Chinese), then you have to handwave the magical scientific discovery that does freaking everything: kills people by race, cures cancer, builds huge temples, transmutes other elements into gold.. ...more
Joe Martin
I learned several things about this book. It was the second novel that Heinlein ever wrote and the first that he ever had published. That, alone, makes it interesting. It wasn't a Heinlein original story. The outline was from John Campbell—Heinlein just filled it out. The book gets a lot of grief for its racist elements. Both the foreword and the afterword make good arguments that those elements do not reflect Heinlein's own beliefs. (As if his later novels didn't already bear that out.) He did ...more
Megan Baxter
It would be easiest to review this like I have the stories I've been reading on Project Gutenberg - with a hefty dose of irreverence, and covering the sometimes astounding racism and sexism with as much humour as headshaking. But this is Heinlein, and it's not as easy to dismiss. With Heinlein, you have to tackle head-on the issues with many of his books, and, if you're me, admit that you still really like reading them anyway.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent chan
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Only the 2nd Heinlein novel I've read. I've given others a chance but couldn't get through them. This one was okay as a novel of ideas about war, race, religion and politics, but there are is a lot of clunky philosophy that falls flat. Granted, it should be considered as a book of its time, and is another version of a story by Astounding's editor John W. Campbell, which was apparently wacky to the extreme.

In this novel, a group of American soldiers plot the revolt against the evil PanAsians who
Gareth Griffiths
'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.'

The "Leadbetter effect" in Sixth Column might as well be magic given how quickly it is deployed after its discovery and in the multifaceted ways in which it is utilised. Forget for a moment the implausible scientific principles explaining the effect; forget the extreme abbreviation of the R&D phase under stressful circumstances (with the inventor himself dead no less); forget also the ease with which the effect is manipul
A secret research facility in the Colorado mountains is the US Army's last outpost after defeat by the PanAsians. The conquerors had absorbed the USSR after being attacked by them & had then absorbed India. They're ruthless, having crushed a rebellion by killing 150,000 civilians as punishment.

The lab is in turmoil. All but six of the personnel have died due to unknown forces released by an experiment operating within the newly-discovered magneto-gravitic or electro-gravitic spectra. Survivo
Jason Cline
Years and years ago Heinlein was my introduction to sci-fi, and I found his work fascinating. Stranger in a Strange Land, Friday, Green Hills of Earth, and the Lazarus Long stories were tremendous, and forced me to take sci-fi seriously. Sixth Column was a book that I did not happen to run across all those years ago, so I picked it up recently, as it had been far too long since I'd read any Heinlein.

In short, it was a disappointment. Aside from some futuristic weaponry, there seemed to be littl
2.4 — 2.6 stars.

If Major Ardmore, Robert Heinlein’s protagonist in his first published novel, Sixth Column, were to experience himself, as a reflection in a mirror, would he see and hear this?

“Bark-bark-bark-bark-bark . . . . . . Bark-bark."

"Bark . . . . . . Bark-bark-bark."

". . . I think you have something there . . .”

Yes. A kind of baroque, “terraced dynamic” quality defines Major Admore’s way of speaking—and acting. And, like the protagonist, Heinlein’s novel maintains this “odd” tone through
Oct 07, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable but not Heinlein's best, more like propaganda this one especially as its written not long after ww2. Also again its an idiots guide on how to set up an organisation/religion/resistance, going heavily into chain of command and management structure, felt like a combination of Starship troopers and Stranger in Strange land (although these where written after this book). Mota is watching
Pat Cummings
Jun 01, 2016 Pat Cummings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
In reading this novel, set aside political correctness and revulsion against intolerance for a moment, and think of this: Heinlein's assignment was to write a "Yellow Peril" novel to be published as a serial. He was expected to follow Astounding magazine editor John W. Campbell's outline.

Fighting Fu Manchu with a ray gun. That's what we might have had. Instead, RAH gave us this thrilling post-invasion novel about psychological warfare. Campbell's idea was ray guns and superior physics; Heinl
Bradley Prior
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Peter Dunn
Jun 13, 2016 Peter Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a huge Heinlein fan. His viewpoint on life is just a little too far to the right for me and that regularly surfaces in his writing, but while he was on the right his SF can be wonderfully left field if you pardon the pun. You can’t fault the guy for his ability to come up with some crazy ideas and to carry you through some of the most improbable, but fun, plot twists his as heroes dig themselves out of the hole that his opening scenario has dumped them in.
What attracted me to this book w
Sep 09, 2016 Elar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short
Although book does not stand test of time idea behind story was intriguing.
Mark Bates
Oct 01, 2016 Mark Bates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to overthrow an invasion with a small group of folks and a secret weapon. Can't go wrong with the Heinlein.....
Oct 01, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
This book was fine and all, but it left me with lots of questions. I would have liked to have known more about *how* all of the things in the book were accomplished - the sociological aspects of conquering a country and so on. The non-PC components were a turn-off and there was way too much ex deus machina in the scientific advancements they were able to make as needed. Some interesting concepts worth playing around with and a fast-paced story, but plenty of problems too.
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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".

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