Assignment in Eternity

Assignment in Eternity

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels:

GULF: In which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't quite decide what to do with the rest of us....

LOST LEGACY:

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Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels:

GULF: In which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't quite decide what to do with the rest of us....

LOST LEGACY: In which it is proved that we are all members of that league -- or would be, if we but had eyes to see....

PLUS TWO GREAT STORIES: Two of the Master's finest: one on the nature of Being, the other on what it means to be a Man.

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Two Short Novels
Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels.
Gulf
In which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't quite decide what to do with the rest of us...
Lost Legacy
In which it is proved that we are all members of that league—or would be, if we but had eyes to see...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671578657
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the Big Three of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Heinlein’s juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). His worldwide bestsellers include Have Space Suit—Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 7, 1907
Date of Death:
May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:
Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:
Carmel, California
Education:
Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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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.