Revolt in 2100 / Methuselah's Children

Revolt in 2100 / Methuselah's Children

by Robert A. Heinlein, Heinlein

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Overview

"Revolt in 2100": After the fall of the American Ayatollahs (as foretold in "Stranger in a Strange Land") there is a Second American Revolution; for the first time in human history there is a land with Liberty and Justice for All. "Methuselah's Children": Americans are fiercely proud of the freedom they seized in "Revolt in 2100". Nothing could make them forswear it. Nothing except the secret of immortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671577803
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/01/1998
Series: Future History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Heinlein, four-time winner of the Hugo Award and recipient of three Retro Hugos, received the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers have been translated into 22 languages and include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. His long-lost first novel, For Us, the Living, was recently published by Scribner and Pocket Books.

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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Revolt in 2100 : Methuselah's Children 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RandyStafford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are two ways to appreciate this collection of two short stories, a novella, and a novel.First is on its own merit. The novella "Revolt in 2100" stands at the beginning of a long tradition of undergrounds battling future tyrannys. Here Heinlein gives us a Masonic cabal subverting a future American theocracy. Its protagonist gradually finds himself, for the love of a woman, transformed from guard of the Prophet to a revolutionary and questioning his own most basic beliefs. "Coventry" is one of those stories about what happens when convicts are allowed to build their own societies without supervision. Its literary critic protagonist doesn't find the liberating anarchy he expects amongst society's outcasts. In the novel METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN, a group of long-lived humans flee a resentful Earth and head out to the stars. It's neatly divided between a first half featuring a chase thriller and the more philosophical second half with its multiple alien contacts and what they say about man's purpose in the universe.One story, "Misfit", is not that interesting in itself, but, like the entire collection, reveals a lot about Heinlein's appeal. It's detail-filled tale of a mathematical genius working on a futuristic Cosmic Construction Corps project to turn an asteroid into a space station probably inspired many a future aerospace engineer. Those familiar with the science fiction of the late thirties and forties, when Heinlein got his start, will be reminded, by these tales, why he was so appealing. His tales are filled with minutae of political thought, engineering, military tactics, biology, and human psychology. Almost as much a Renaissance man as his famous Lazarus Long, first introduced in METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN, Heinlein speculated on the future of many things.However, as this collection shows, he was also a man of his time. Think FDR's CCC for the Cosmic Construction Corps or note the references to Freud and Alfred Korzybski's General Semantics, remnants of the days when science fiction writers were convinced social sciences would soon produce the predictability of the physical sciences.Heinlein fans unfamiliar with this edition will appreciate notes by Heinlein on the Future History stories he didn't write and why.Those who have categorized Heinlein as a fascist or anarchist may want to rethink their opinions after reading this collection, especially "Coventry".
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Third Collection of Heinlein's future history series, this is my favorite of the three. All of the science and technology developed in the early short stories come together along with the very human traits of misplaced faith, fanaticism, and jealousy. At the end of the book mankind has managed to solve a lot of the problems that they have inherently, such as violence towards each other and religion, and they have manage to extend their life span as well.
thomasJamo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is actually two novellas condensed into a single volume. The first is Revolt which is about a corrupt religious government and the subsequent revolution. The second novella is Methuselah's Children which is the original Lazarus Long story.
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By the 22nd century, a clandestine research organization, known as the Howard Families, has prolonged the lifespans of its benefactories to more than twice the normal average of 75 years. As it becomes increasingly difficult to conceal the longevity of its members' lives, a decision is made to reveal the true ages of a select few, with disasterous results. To escape persecution and probation from the Earth's angry, jealous population, the members of the Howard Families are forced to leave the Solar System..... An excellent reflection on the human race's potential for mass-hysteria driven by its most basic pedjudices, it contains some amazingly predictive parallels to human mass psychoses, some of which being not evidenced until many years after the time of its writing.