Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long

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The capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein's famous Future History, Time Enough For Love follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Heinlein's longest and most ambitious work, it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it; and so in love with Time that he became his own ancestor.
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The capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein's famous Future History, Time Enough For Love follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Heinlein's longest and most ambitious work, it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it; and so in love with Time that he became his own ancestor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425024935
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1974
  • Series: Future History Series
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907, and was raised there. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, but was forced by illness to retire from the Navy in 1934. He settled in California and over the next five years held a variety of jobs while doing post-graduate work in mathematics and physics at the University of California. In 1939 he sold his first science fiction story to Astounding magazine and soon devoted himself to the genre.

He was a four-time winner of the Hugo Award for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Starship Troopers (1959), Double Star (1956), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966). His Future History series, incorporating both short stories and novels, was first mapped out in 1941. The series charts the social, political, and technological changes shaping human society from the present through several centuries into the future.

Robert A. Heinlein's books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback. he continued to work into his eighties, and his work never ceased to amaze, to entertain, and to generate controversy. By the time hed died, in 1988, it was evident that he was one of the formative talents of science fiction: a writer whose unique vision, unflagging energy, and persistence, over the course of five decades, made a great impact on the American mind.

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 July 21, 2011

    Publisher's Contempt for eBooks Shows

    An electronic edition of this book has been in my "buy on sight" list for years. But THIS edition isn't it. Raddled with typos, vital information, including the illustrations is missing. I've seen BETTER electronic copies (unauthorized) on the net for free. In my opinion, the publisher should refund triple my money as a penalty for gross contempt of the book, the author, and the suckers ... er ... buyers.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    The story is a classic -- pity about the e-book version

    I've been a lifelong fan of Heinlein and was thrilled to obtain a digital copy of this novel; however, there are so many typographical errors -- which do not appear in my paperback copy; I assume this was an OCR scan that was not checked against the hard copy -- that it's almost painful to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    Buyer Beware

    I am very ubhappy with the Nook Book version I recently purchased. So many ommisions both annotated and not that the continuity of the story is ruined. Many of the passages that I remember from my first reading many years ago have been left out and I really cannot fathom why this weas done and am very dissappointed in the publisher and Barnes & Noble as well. If the book is to be chopped up as this one is,it should be so stated before it is sold.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    CONDENSED VERSION!

    This is a great story...too bad so much has been cut out in the nook version! I would not have bought this if I had known. I recommend the tree version of this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Why all the omissions?

    I've never read a book that had several thousand words omitted throughout the story! That leaves a lot of holes in the story! Don't waste your money on this nook version. Seek out the full story elsewhere.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Love this book!

    I have read the Lazarus Long books multiple times over 50 years, and this is my favorite!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Highly recommended for the lover of Science Fiction and a humanitarian!

    The book is set in the consistently changing fluctuation of time. Lazarus Long (the main character) is the main component to drive the story to its ending. This book covers love, marriage, death, life, and life after death. Throughout the story, little tidbits of everlasting wisdom show up and speak of the human condition. A definitive great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Time enough for incest

    This book is about a 2356 year old man who becomes so bored with life, that he travels backward in time and %&#@s his mother.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly recommrnd

    Future history through the eyes of one man.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    I would so marry Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long, if I go

    I would so marry Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long, if I got the chance.
    (Or at least invite him mattress-dancing.) Love, adventure, sex, time-travel, talking space-yachts
    and computers with personalities. Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil is a close second.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Disappointing and Disturbing

    I read "Methuselah's Children" first and really enjoyed it. I read "Time Enough For Love" next, with high expectations. It had the potential to tell a very intriguing and compelling story. I was terribly disappointed. There were not nearly enough details about the everyday life experiences in this distant future on these new planets. There could have been heart-warming moments between Lazarus and his first family, the children he later raised/sired, and the women in his life. But the author chose not to take advantage of those aspects. The narrative started out promising, then quickly devolved into a string of different stories almost all of which centered around women basically begging Lazarus to have sex with them and impregnate them, and the free-love-anything-goes-let's-have-an-orgy scenario. All aspects of parent/child, sibling, and other familial relationships were dealt with as "archaic" and "out-dated". Parents, children (grown), siblings, cousins, even brothers and sisters all viewed each other as sex objects, and continuously talked about/engaged in sex. This is NOT my idea of science fiction. It was more accurately a male-chauvinist's idea of a future sexual utopia in which he could have sex with any and as many people as possible, with no strings attached. Terribly disappointing.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Awesome!

    I had this book years ago, and lost it. Something made me remember it, so I ordered it for my library. It was like reuniting with an old friend. LOVE Lazarus's Notebook pages! If you've never read it, and like things that are a bit different, read it. If you haven't read it in a while, re-visit it.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Hated this version of a great book

    Have always loved this book. Lazarus is a great character, but the narrator is the wrong person for this book. He sounds like a 20 year tying to act like an old man. He's terrible for this character. Most of the time he sounds like Groucho Marx. He kills a great book. Would not recommend this to anyone. If you want to enjoy Heinlein's work read it yourself.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Probably my favorite book.

    It is fun book to read yet it makes you think about the serious aspects of life; jobs, war, happiness, loves, and the inevitability of death. This book is a must read, especially for teenagers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    loved the book but...

    ending was so-so. Wonderful story telling!

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Absolute Favorite Book in the Universe

    This book is an amazing representation of humanity in its raw form. Heinlein's characters are true and real, and this makes them easier to respect than characters many other authors have created. Science fiction meets romance meets Utopian existence and the reader may find oneself wishing that this world truly exists.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    Worth the Eye Strain From 589 Pages.

    Lazarus Long is a great character, numero uno alongside Jubal Harshaw. Heinlein offers a compelling story which is definitely worth reading. I found myself laughing out loud at parts. Divided into many novellas, Lazarus's life takes on many different roles (actually all of them). I have read many of Heinlein's works, most of them I feel are timeless classics. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Ties together

    Quite a few of his books and the one liners are to live for! very fun read did not want to put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2001

    oh my goodness

    this book is awsome. easly one of the best ever written. i have read a thousand books easy so this is indeed saying something. it should be school required.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    great literature

    read this book, i personally guarantee you will love it. and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it. it is simply great literature. RAH makes the unbelievable, seem believable in this novel. easily his most compelling story. lazarus long has to rank up there with the greatest characters of all time.

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