Time Enough for Love

Time Enough for Love

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441810765
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1987
Series: Future History Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 145,865
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


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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Time Enough for Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
sehlat More than 1 year ago
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.
tamarscott More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tierofflies More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the Lazarus Long books multiple times over 50 years, and this is my favorite!
Ann_Marie_Dange More than 1 year ago
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!
velyrhorde on LibraryThing 3 months ago
"May you live as long as you like, and love as long as you live."Sure, Robert Heinlein had a tendency to ramble. Sure, his dialogue sometimes got a bit stilted. The fact remains that his characters were the sort of people we'd all like to have as friends.Time Enough For Love reads exactly as what it's proported to be: the musings of an old, old man looking back on his life and his loves. Lazarus Long, born in 1912 on Old Earth, is the oldest living human. He's landed on the planet Secundus, intending to peacefully die of old age, but is kidnapped by his ancestors and "rejuvinated" once more - and they say they need his wisdom! Horrors! What's an eccentric old curmudgeon to do?Lazarus bargains with his great-great-etc. grandson: find something new that interests me, and I'll help; otherwise, I'm going to finish what I started and die.With the help of the (sentient) planetary computer, The Senior discovers he hasn't quite done everything ... yet.This is my favorite Heinlein book, though I do love them all. I've never had a problem with his rambling - makes me imagine I'm sitting at the feet of a loving grandfather. So what if his mind wanders a bit? The stories he tells are worth it!The life and loves of Lazarus Long will bring you laughter and tears. The wisdom of The Senior has percolated through our culture until most people don't even realize where their favorite sayings originated. Between this book and Stranger in a Strange Land, I'll bet most Baby Boomers will recognize the quips from their youth.If you've never read Heinlein, put aside your preconceptions and read this. Current writing styles aside, this was one of the grand, old masters of science fiction. Such authors must be read without comparing them to the slick, modern works you've grown used to. Classic scifi, like classic art of any sort, must be judged against it's peers - and Heinlein could always hold his own in the market. Even with his flaws, the writing stands as an example of what a truly creative mind can accomplish: orlds beyond counting, the man who sold the moon, alien races that boggle the mind, machines and concepts and characters that move into your mind and make themselves at home.
fastfinge on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is almost universally accepted as Heinlein's best book. A framed story similar to the style of Arabian nights, it manages to keep the overarching plotmoving along while including many other interesting stories. _the tale of the adopted daughter_, one of the tales told, is in my opinion the most touchingthing ever to be written in a science fiction novel and the best part of the book. Either this means that I secretly want to read westerns, or I'm extremelysappy. Honestly, I'd rather not analyse it, thanks.
Wanderlust_Lost on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book really highlights Heinlein's sexual preoccupation. It's a great book and an easy read.
szarka on LibraryThing 3 months ago
If nothing else, read the chapter titled "The Tale of the Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail". (One suspects there's a bit of autobiography in there, no?) The "Notebooks of Lazurus Long" sections are also a curmudgeonly delight.Disclaimer: If gun-totin', polyamorous nudists scare you, best to start with another Heinlein book.
heidilove on LibraryThing 3 months ago
i nkow everyone adores the lazrus long series. i'm just not there. this is a guy who got paid billions to go on a rant about how we should htake over the universe with our species, practice multi-generational incest if we wanted, and defend how anyone who thinks differently is shallow. i gues i just didn't like my brothers and father as much as he liked his mother and daughter, but to each his own.
sapsygo on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I think that the first half of the book (through the chapter on Dora) is one of the best examples of Heinlein's story-telling ability. I think it is also one of his finest examples of fleshing out a character that I can think of from any of his books. However, the latter part of the book is a bit of a disappointment (albeit still enjoyable) and I wish that Heinlein had stayed with the first half of the book rather than spinning into his usual polygamy/nudist thing that so many of his books are saddled with. I really wish that Heinlein didn't feel the need to burden so many of his great ideas and stories with his obsessive need to talk about the joys of polygamy/polyamory... although I'm sure many people (*ahem* teenage boys) read his books for just this reason!
wenestvedt on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Sigh: Mr. Heinlein, why so few good stories, and why so many pages full of immortal nudists in the far future? (Also bought at Avenue Victor Hugo; I miss that store.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story covers an arc that has to be read to be appreciated.
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Katbooks_ More than 1 year ago
Future history through the eyes of one man.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
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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Kimscraps70 More than 1 year ago
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.
Sue_in_Wisconsin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago