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Methuselah's Children

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Good science, good plot, good action

    Another good Heinlein read, with more good future-thinking, scientific insights, and psychological insights, all in typical Heinlein style. Although published in 1963, the discussion of how associative memory grows exponentially as experience is added linearly sounds like something from out of an artificial neural networks journal from the '80s: a very accurate prediction on Heinlein's part. The xenophobia of human beings, in this case against fellow humans with long lifespans, still rings true, and is a theme used in Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Even the innate human quest for challenges to overcome is still being used as a theme today, such as in movies like "The Matrix" and in modern psychological studies on how challenges and abilities need to be carefully matched in order to produce happiness. Heinlein continues to create fascinating and convincing alien societies, in this case a planet populated by intelligent beings with the nature of domesticated dogs, ruled by "gods" who are the equivalent of superintelligent pet owners, and another paradisiacal planet populated by intelligent beings with the character of rabbits. It's all interesting, futuristic, thought-provoking stuff, with enough convincing math and science to make it believable.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    like the idea

    great reading as are all of heinleins books.

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