Glory Road

Glory Road

by Robert A. Heinlein
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Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein

Until he came to the part about "handsome of face and figure," E.C."Scar" Gordon thought the ad was a shaggy dog aimed straight at him by someone who knew his habit of reading the personals. But tastes vary; when on a whim he answered it, the gorgeous Amazon in a lab coat who examined him seemed to think he was just fine in that department too. So what was a poor boy to do? Soon Scar Gordon, in company with the most beautiful woman he'd ever met, was off on that Glory Road .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606142151
Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/1993
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America's first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement.

Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. He started writing to help pay off his mortgage, and his first story was published in Astounding Science-Fiction magazine in 1939. In 1947, he published a story in The Saturday Evening Post, making him the first science-fiction writer to break into the mainstream market. Long involved in politics, Heinlein was deeply affected by events such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War, and his fiction tended to convey strong social and political messages. His many influential novels include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Time Enough for Love. At the time of his death in 1988, he was living in Carmel, California with his wife Virginia.

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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Quixote85 More than 1 year ago
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"
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Carter_Mitchell More than 1 year ago
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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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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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
wes10 More than 1 year ago
What can I say? He was a master