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Russell LetsonProbably the best reason for the existence of this volume is to juxtapose three of Heinlein's most striking nightmare visions. "They" and "All You Zombies" are variations on the solipsism theme that shows up throughout Heinlein''s career (notably anything featuring Lazarus Long). "The Unpleasant Profession of Johnathan Hoag" runs some metaphysical games with links to both of the solipsism stories and finishes with an image (the loving couple sleeping handcuffed to each other) that complements the curtain line of "Zombies". Maybe these explorations of the extremes of the human condition are important because they are so unlike what we think of as "Heinlein SF." Fantasy, after all, is the back door to the mind, and tracing the connections that link these stories to each other and to the rest of his work reveals a good bit of what made Heinlein tick.