Assignment in Eternityby Robert A. Heinlein
Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen the rest of us. The
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Classic novellas and short stories from the Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein. Masterful speculation on what makes us human—and the problems, opportunities, and adventures humans must face in order to win a superhuman future.
Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's New York Times best seller, Friday.
Lost Legacy: in which it is proved that we are all members of that league of the superhuman—or would be, if we but had eyes to see.
Plus two great short stories: two of the master's finest: one on the nature of being, the other on what it means to be a man ("Jerry Was a Man," adapted for the television series Masters of Science Fiction, and available on DVD).
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This is a collection of four short science fiction stories: 'Gulf', 'Elsewhen', 'Lost Legacy', and 'Jerry Was a Man'. 'Gulf' is an extremely high-minded spy story that deals with an extremely advanced subsociety that has reached near perfection in its own language, morals, and objectivity, a subsociety that attempts to better the society in which the rest of us live. The end of the story was so sudden and so unexpected that it was annoying, though admittedly memorable. 'Elsewhen' deals with time travel in an unrealistic way. 'Lost Legacy' is memorable for several reasons, not all good. Like 'Gulf' it is extremely insightful about the ultimate limits of human society, and its dialog about the common man is excellent and so true. But it pushes the boundaries beyond believable limits, like describing people who can fly under their own power, so it ends up sounding like a child's fantasy. The end, however, really struck me as particularly chilling and realistic, despite it basically being copied from the biblical story of the beast from Revelations. Very thought-provoking! 'Jerry Was a Man' is about an android of sorts, and has some great scientific insights, but is a little too predictable and dull in its courtroom scene for my taste. The things all these stories have in common is that they are deep, insightful, creative, and memorable, which is what makes Heinlein the great writer he is.