The Green Hills of Earth
Delilah and the Space-Rigger
The Long Watch
Gentlemen Be Seated
The Black Pits of Luna
It's Great to Be Back
We Also Walk Dogs
Ordeal in Space
The Green Hills of Earth
Logic of Empire
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 ...more
In the real world, manned space-flight reached its peak around 1970 with the Apollo landings and then stagnated. Reagan went into the bli ...more
I knew some of the settings were unreal, but that didn't hurt them. Mars is peopled by a dying race & has canals. Venus is steamy & ...more
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 examines the ...more
"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 ...more
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, ...more
The Green Hills of Earth, the titular short, and Logic of Empire are particularly excellent.
(3.8 of five, averaged from the individual reviews of all 10 short stories.)
For a variety of reasons, this collection defines Heinlein. Not only does it contain much foundational material for his Future History, but the work here is typical of early Heinlein. His penchant for brief and easy technical explanations, his flair for the slang of the times, and his inherent cynicism about both government and big business are all on display here. (Most of his shortcomings are on display here too — his...more
My favorites were probably "The Long Watch" and "Gentlemen, be seated", and "We Also Walk Dogs" was cute. "It's Great to Be Back" just wasn't that good. ...more
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. ...more
After the stories of the first collection (The Man Who Sold the Moon,), we now see the result of Delos D. Harriman’s efforts. Mankind has extended beyond Earth and is now not only building more space-stations but als ...more
I bought the book for the title story; it was recommended by an acquaintance online. All of these stories take place in a retro future of rocket pioneers ...more
Heinlein’s version of the universe is an interesting one (if dated): the beautiful glass towers of Mars, the tropical swamp colonies of Venus. It’s not progressive but it’s good fun.
1994 grade A
2018 grade A-
Ten stories ranging in length from 9 to 41 pages. Six at Grade A and four at Grade B. Some are rather out of date but still good.
Abbreviated titles, grades, page count, and notes:
Deliah... A- 11
Space Jocket A 16 out of date but good
Long Watch A- 13 sad but very good
Gentlemen... A+ 9
Black Pits... B 12
It's Great... B- 16
"--We Also..." A- 21
Ordeal... A+ 14
Green Hills... B+ 10 sad but good
Logic of... B- 41 out of date ...more
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. ...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