Methuselah's Children

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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 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 ...
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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 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).
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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451130891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1960
  • Series: Future History Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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

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.

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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 October 28, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Good science, good plot, good action

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    One of Heinlein's Best

    A departure from his Lazarus Long character, and an enjoyable read. Prepare for a new world, a new reading experience. Well worth your time.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    like the idea

    great reading as are all of heinleins books.

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    Posted December 25, 2011

    Always good

    The heiein books are always great

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