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Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein
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Beyond this Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein was written ten years after Huxley’s Brave New World and the influence from this genetic and sociological masterpiece is evident.

Also noteworthy is that the book was published during WWII and this may comprise Heinlein’s response to Hitler’s Nietzschian policies, especially ideas about elitist racism and possible supermen. Cannot help wonder if Woody Allen thought of this book while producing Sleeper as at least a couple of scenes reminded me of the 1970s film, though the film was apparently loosely based upon Wells’ The Sleeper Awakes.

Heinlein would come back to this theme several times, most notably in Methuselah's Children and Time Enough for Love. This is one of his earlier works and the reader can also see glimpses of his strong libertarian principles taking shape in the narrative.

Being one of his earlier works, though, RAH had yet to come into his own in terms of characterization, flat here, but will blossom into masterpieces The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land about twenty years later. The plot is also disjointed and incomplete, but all in all this is a good entry in the RAH pantheon and a fan will enjoy.

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April 19, 2012 – Shelved
April 26, 2012 – Started Reading
May 4, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Denis It is my understanding that this novel was primarily a complete rewrite of his previously rejected manuscript, "For Us, The Living". Definitely an improvement, but the multitude of the ideas are left intact, and further developed in future novels.


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Lyn Yes, he had definitely begun some themes that he would come back to later on. An important novel for his fans to read as this demonstrated his early skill from a very young author who would go on to mean so much to the SF genre.


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Chris Gager Someday... you're going to run out of all those Heinlein-Anderson books and will have to make up new titles to keep it going!


message 4: by Lyn (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lyn Ha!


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Lyn 2016 Summer Heinlein Reading Fest!!!


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Chris Gager You're a trooper for sure!


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Lyn ;)


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Chris Gager Starship trooper of course!


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