Assignment in Eternity

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Compelling science fiction adventure from New York Times bestseller Robert A. Heinlein: two classic novellas and two short stories with speculation on what makes us human.

Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't decide on quite what to do with the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's later New York Times best seller, Friday.

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Overview

Compelling science fiction adventure from New York Times bestseller Robert A. Heinlein: two classic novellas and two short stories with speculation on what makes us human.

Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't decide on quite what to do with the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's later 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. The second story, "Jerry Was a Man," was adapted for the TV series Masters of Science Fiction, and is now available on DVD.

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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...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451637854
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,442,566
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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. 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.

Biography

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was retired, disabled, in 1934. He studied mathematics and physics at the graduate school of the University of California and owned a silver mine before beginning to write science fiction in 1939. In 1947 his first book of fiction, Rocket Ship Galileo, was published.

Heinlein was guest commentator for the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. In 1975 he received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anson MacDonald; Robert Anson Heinlein (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1907
    2. Place of Birth:
      Butler, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      May 8, 1988
    2. Place of Death:
      Carmel, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    4 deep & memorable stories

    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.

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