Methuselah's Children

Methuselah's Children

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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Lazarus Long, member of a select group bred for generations to live far beyond normal human lifespans, helps his kind escape persecution after word leaks out and angry crowds accuse them of withholding the “secret” of longevity. Lazarus and his companions set out on an interstellar journey and face many trials and strange cultures, like a futuristic

Overview

Lazarus Long, member of a select group bred for generations to live far beyond normal human lifespans, helps his kind escape persecution after word leaks out and angry crowds accuse them of withholding the “secret” of longevity. Lazarus and his companions set out on an interstellar journey and face many trials and strange cultures, like a futuristic Odysseus and his crew, before returning to Earth. This classic novel, set in Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History universe, introduces the author’s most beloved and widely quoted character (see THE NOTEBOOKS OF LAZARUS LONG).

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes."
Dean Koontz
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
Stephen King
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Heinlein… has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451017529
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1970
Series:
Future History Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America. www.virginiaedition.com, http://heinleinarchives.net

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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Methuselah's Children 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Simnia More than 1 year ago
Another good Heinlein read, with more good future-thinking, scientific insights, and psychological insights, all in typical Heinlein style. Although published in 1963, the discussion of how associative memory grows exponentially as experience is added linearly sounds like something from out of an artificial neural networks journal from the '80s: a very accurate prediction on Heinlein's part. The xenophobia of human beings, in this case against fellow humans with long lifespans, still rings true, and is a theme used in Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Even the innate human quest for challenges to overcome is still being used as a theme today, such as in movies like "The Matrix" and in modern psychological studies on how challenges and abilities need to be carefully matched in order to produce happiness. Heinlein continues to create fascinating and convincing alien societies, in this case a planet populated by intelligent beings with the nature of domesticated dogs, ruled by "gods" who are the equivalent of superintelligent pet owners, and another paradisiacal planet populated by intelligent beings with the character of rabbits. It's all interesting, futuristic, thought-provoking stuff, with enough convincing math and science to make it believable.
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A departure from his Lazarus Long character, and an enjoyable read. Prepare for a new world, a new reading experience. Well worth your time.
slan More than 1 year ago
great reading as are all of heinleins books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heiein books are always great
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