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If This Goes On

(Future History or "Heinlein Timeline" #19)

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first serialized in 1940 in Astounding Science-Fiction and revised and expanded for inclusion in the 1953 collection Revolt in 2100. The novella shows what might happen to Christianity in the United States given mass communications, applied psychology, and a hysterical populace. The novel is part of Heinlein's Future History series.
Published (first published February 1940)
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Jim Carleton A "revised" version of this novella was published in a collection of Heinlein stories: Revolt in 2100. This paperback book is often found in used…moreA "revised" version of this novella was published in a collection of Heinlein stories: Revolt in 2100. This paperback book is often found in used bookstores; it is also available in e-format, for various e-readers, at about $5. Copies of older SF "pulp" magazines can often be acquired through used book-sellers, although the prices can be quite high for issues with stories by major authors: Heinlein is very definitely a major author.(less)

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2-2.5 stars.

Read as a nominee for Best Novella in the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards.
Read Ng
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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It was okay, but started in one direction and ended differently than I thought the book might go.

It follows the exploits of our hero and the regime change ongoing around him. Typical of the writing of the time, there are a few outdated stereotypes that glare out during the reading. It is somewhat reflective of society in the 1960's.

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This was a very early example of a theocratic dystopia (published 1940) and this might explain why although a good part of the future History series, this story just didn't feel as it fit in as well as most of the other stories did. This story can be read on its own, or as part of Heinlein's Future History collection.

No. 19 in the Future History series
Flash Sheridan
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Much more coherent in the original Astounding version, though a crucial bit was obviously censored. The book version was to some extent a repudiation of the original with, of course, some gratuitous sex.
Снежана Ташева
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Приятна и доста плашеща книжка за това какво ще стане, ако в Щатите се възцари религиозно управление.
Austin Wright
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book #19 out of #22.

This was Heinlein's first published novel, released in 1940. This is densely huge and a really brutal read. It was amazing, but droneish at the same time. Deals with tons of shit: Religious themes, Police-states, Sexual discovery, and Revolution!

The best way to read this is to get the collection "Revolt in 2100" which contains books #19 #20 and #21. (If this goes on, Coventry, and Misfits.).

Highly recommended! This is the seeming climax of the entire Future History series (o
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If this goes on--- by Robert A. Heinlein is a short story by Heinlein. There’s three major arcs in his story, the first of man’s journey in space, the second is life on the moon, and finally Earth’s politics a couple hundred years in the future.

If this goes on--- begins the third major arc, and it is actually one of the more interesting arcs, and yet one of the (hopefully) most unrealistic. The story starts with America being taken over by a religious cult revolving around the physical embodime
Jim Carleton
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read this several times over the years, but only in the version that is part of the collection, "Revolt in 2100", not the original Astounding Magazine version. I continue to enjoy it each time I pick it up although I tend to skim over it until I get to the more philosophical areas. As a polemic against religious extremism it still holds up well, but it tends to trip over its own feet, because it also supports extremism in other directions. This aside, it still serves as a morality tale for ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A good story, but not one of Heinlein's best. If you're looking to back-fill your Heinlein reads, this is worthwhile.
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Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a little scared how real this fiction book is in our times in Brazil.
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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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