The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

by Robert A. Heinlein
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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein

Not old enough to fight in the First World War (though he did manage to fight in it centuries later, by going back in time), but destined to lead the first successful expedition to another star system, and then some, the (literally) immortal Lazarus Long is the most popular and enduring character created by Robert A. Heinlein, author of numerous New York Times best sellers. Across five decades, he appeared and reappeared in Heinlein's most popular novels, including Methuselah's Children, Time Enough for Love, The Number of the Beast, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, and others. Long is the oldest living member of the human race by virtue of a unique set of chromosomes, aided by the advanced rejuvenation technology of the far future. He has been a pioneer on eight planets, survived wars and lynch mobs, and explored all of interstellar space known to humanity, as well as some other parts he doesn't talk about. Long's adventures and narrow escapes have given him a breadth of experience distilled through the irony of an immortal viewpoint. But there is nothing stuffy or snobbish about Long's reflections on the human condition. As the noted editor and critic David G. Hartwell has observed, "Lazarus' comments are acute, lively and intelligent." And here they are, compiled in one beautifully designed book, for the delight of the millions of Heinlein fans around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743488440
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Series: The Future History series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Some of his most popular works include Glory Road, as well as his controversial bestsellers Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and the short story All You Zombies. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Heinlein and the books he wrote about the Long family, you will enjoy reading these quotes! Regarding Lazerus Long - this charachter lived for 2,000 years! What knowledge he must have learned over the years. However, in his words paraphrased,You can't teach a person wisdom, they have to learn it for themselves.
LSchwitzer More than 1 year ago
Here are all the pithy little quips from Heinlein's most enduring character. All the one-liners you wish you could remember are here, all the philosophical musings of The Eldest. It's a short book, but one that I keep bedside to peruse time and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time with the Nook sample. It is only 7 pages long and those seven pages are all the usual copyrights and lists of Heinlein's books. Page seven is the title page. There is not even one sentence of the book in the sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that you will go back to again and again (and again and again!) for that special phrase. If you are a lover of Lazarus Long you must buy this book. The wisdom expressed in the turn of a simple phrase speaks volumes.
Beevo More than 1 year ago
From such a talented writer I found this to be a pretty lame book.
DominickB More than 1 year ago
There's a lot of potential here that was ignored. Heinlein's Lazarus Long character put forth a lot of insight and pithy commentary on life, loving, and common sense, but it's all lost in this unorganized random sequence of quotes. First, there's one quote per page. That would be okay if a little context was provided along with the quote. Who was LL saying this to? What made him say it? What is the significance? What book is it from? etc., etc. Second, there's no rhyme or reason to the order -- it's just a sequence of quotes. How about grouping them by topic or keyword? And then have an index where you could find a quote that would relate to the topic. I'm a big fan of LL quotes, but this is just silly.
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Howard F. Arner, Jr. More than 1 year ago
the free preview of this book goes to the title page, not even to a table of contents. Robert would not be amused. Shame on the publisher for this travesty.