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Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

Ever since stumbling upon Stranger in a Strange Land and having numerous discussions with polyamourous friends, I've grown accustomed to Heinlein's philosophy, especially on the nature of love. This book more or less continues that tradition with Lazarus Long (a character that appears in other works as well) a centuries old name seeking something new to maintain the will to live. The story essentially recaps some of Lazarus' earlier relationships as a means of archiving his life experiences in the hopes of benefiting mankind overall.

The character Lazarus wears and discards names at will, but behind it all remains Heinlein. There are even sections just listing Heinlein quotes, many of which I've heard repeatedly from SF fans but didn't realize were presented so blatantly. While they're good, it almost speaks to Heinlein's ego and would somehow distracts from the story if it weren't already so fragmented.

In the end, I found it entertaining but would hardly qualify it as Heinlein's best or even one exceptional for those unfamiliar with his past work. Still there's a guilty pleasure in seeing kinky what-if scenarios unfold and tried to be rationally justified in terms of pure genetics completely divorced from any notions of morality.

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