Glory Road

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"E. C. "Scar" Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia , but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him:" ""Are You A Coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English, with some French, proficient in all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties,
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"E. C. "Scar" Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia , but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him:" ""Are You A Coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English, with some French, proficient in all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, rue Dante, Nice, 2me etage, apt. D."" How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the "handsome" part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. She seemed to have many names, but agreed he could call her "Star." A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes.
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Glory Road -- Robert A. Heinlein's classic 1963 heroic fantasy about a Vietnam vet who, after answering a personal ad in a newspaper, is promptly whisked away on the intergalactic adventure of a lifetime -- has been called his grandest adventure ever.

E. C. "Scar" Gordon is recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia on the Isle du Levant, an idyllic island off the French Riviera, where money and clothing are barely necessary. While hanging out on one of the beaches, Gordon lays eyes on the most breathtakingly beautiful woman he has ever met. And then, just as quickly, she is gone. Fate intervenes soon thereafter. As Gordon is reading a local newspaper, he sees an ad for a "Brave Man": "permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger." While applying for the job, Gordon is reunited with his goddess of the flesh. Star (one of her many names) hires Gordon as her champion to lead her on a quest for an invaluable artifact that will span many universes and will most likely end in death.

Samuel R. Delany writes in the afterword that Glory Road "has probably received less attention than any other Heinlein work of comparable size and ambition. This is even stranger when one considers that it is one of Heinlein's most formally satisfactory novels." Fans of Heinlein's more acclaimed works, like the Hugo Award–winning novels Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, should definitely give Heinlein's homage to the fantasy quest a try. It's escapist literature at its very best! Paul Goat Allen

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Fans of Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) will welcome the reissue of the SF author's 1963 fantasy adventure, Glory Road. In his 1979 afterword, Samuel R. Delaney succinctly surveys Heinlein's writing career. Agent, Eleanor Wood at the Spectrum Literary Agency. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671877040
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction.

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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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    The Best of Robert A. Heinlein's Fantasy Books

    My favorite Heinlein book. When I read this book for the first time as a teen I was motivated to accomplish many things (not the least of which being learning to fence with Epee and Saber). This is the men's (or teenage boy's) answer to the romance books for women. To the young man I say: read the book and "Dum Vivimus Vivamus"

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    A rare journey into fantasy from the Dean of Science Fiction

    This is a book that I love to come back to time after time. Chivalry, courage, perseverance in face of overwhelming adversity - Heinlein is a master story teller and this is one of his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    To be a Hero

    I think this is one of my favorite Heinlein books. To follow the glory road and be a hero, it is quite a quest. While I thought it was slow to get started, once the quest was started it is an engrossing read. Rufo is my favorite character, but I can so feel for Oscar, especially after the he has returned home. Is this a statement on our lives, loosing our identity unless we are are needed and following that quest in our lives? You will not be disappointed. To bad I'm now reading the personals to see if I am being called.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    One of my favorite reads ever (this coming from a guy with 116 b

    One of my favorite reads ever (this coming from a guy with 116 books just in my Nook library).
    That being said, why is it $15.99??? and $9.99 for the Nook file??

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    reprint of an engaging fantasy

    After spending time being shot at in Viet Nam, former soldier E. C. 'Scar' Gordon rests and recuperates on the French Riviera. After being shook up by seeing the most beautiful woman he ever seen, Scar answers a strange ad for employment in which some of the perquisite skills are courage, in your early to mid twenties, perfect health, and willingness to travel, etc. Intrigued and needing work, Scar answers the weird ad.--- The employer turns out to be the woman from the beach. After struggling with her name Scar calls her Star while she calls him O-scar. The job is to protect her as she searches universes for the Egg of the Phoenix. Oscar accepts the assignment as he has no family that will miss him; the pay is great and a chance to see exotic locations while accompanying a gorgeous woman who claims she is the empress of twenty universes. Of course he figures nothing can be as dangerous as Nam where you do not know friend from foe. Oscar will learn otherwise rather quickly as he travels at unheard of speeds (at least on earth) across dangerous space battling dragons, ogres, and villains oh my.--- This is a reprint of an engaging fantasy with some science fiction elements that readers will enjoy. The story line moves faster than Star can traverse the universes. Scar is a wonderful protagonist whose war weary bones perk up for cash and a beautiful princess. Though having a somewhat early 1960s feel to the plot that seems strangely like ¿ancient ism', fans will enjoy Robert Heinlein¿s homage to the masters who influenced his style.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    First-Rate Fantasy, Heinlein-Style!

    When one thinks of Robert Heinlein, Science Fiction inevitably comes to mind, although he wrote in nearly every genre, under a variety of pseudonyms during his long career. An unabashed fan of many great fantasy writers, from Edgar Rice Burroughs to J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Glory Road' is Heinlein's tongue-in-cheek homage to both classic mythology (particularly 'Beowolf') and the works of contemporary fantasy authors (watch for his puns on hobbits and Robert Howard and Fritz Lieber's fantasy stories), with a healthy dose of sexuality tossed in. If you ever felt the great fantasies were a bit too 'highbrow', 'Glory Road' may change your mind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    ONE GREAT BOOK FROM THE MASTER !

    One of the best books I have ever read. A good book paints a mental picture just like seeing a movie.This book did just that. This is one of the few books I can read again and again.If you haven't read Glory Road buy it now! You won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    SPECIAL MAGIC MIXED WITH SCIENCE ADVENTURE and (Sex)

    General Heinlein: Tom Clancy, David Webber, and Stephen King all credit Heinlein as thier mentor. More need not be said about the three decade all time Sci-Fi Grand Master, but this. If you haven't read Heinlein, you haven't yet lived. First Sci-Fi to Movie, The recent topical hit movie Star Ship Troopers (a novel's always better, and RAH's SST is no exception), a perennial collective Best Seller (30 Million in print ten years ago!) Never off the shelves in even the poorestly sci-fi stocked book store, you can't go wrong! This was my first Heinlien -- 4th Grd, and I'll never forget it. Heinlein was the master at tight plots that leave you thirsting to turn the next page, and this was the book that turned me into a reader. A daunting length for a fourth grader to be, it was only one of two titles on my Bro's bookshelf that I felt capable of taking on. Like a weasel, it grabbed me and didn't let go. Along with a dozen others, most by RAH, this is not a book I'd care to skip re-reading every 4-5 years. Go for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Great Entertainment

    I give it 4 stars, I've read it several times, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as Stranger in a Strange Land-which definitely would rate 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    One of the best books I have ever read...

    This was one of the most extrodinary tales I have ever ventured to explore. The emotions of the characters parallel those of the reader's as the plot of the novel carries 'Scar' Gordan deep into lands of unchallenged wonder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    A ROUGH AND ROCKY ROAD

    Join Oscar, Star, and Rufo on a journey filled with plenty of sword play, a lot of adventure, and lessons in physics, quantum mechanics, relgion, philosphy, and government, as they embark on the quest for the Egg of the Pheonix. Hienlien begs, borrows and steals(appropriately filing off the serial numbers) from the best fantasy and adventure authors and puts it together only the way a true master can. Hienlien did it better than anyone.

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