NEW INTRODUCTION BY TIM POWERS! Compelling SF and fantasy adventure from legendary science fiction master and multiple New York Times best selling author Robert A. Heinlein. Contains Waldo and Magic, Inc.
North Power-Air is in trouble. Their aircraft are crashing at an alarming rate, and no one can figure out the cause. Desperate for an answer, they turn to Waldo, a crippled genius who lives in a zero-g home in orbit around Earth. But Waldo has little reason to want to help the rest of humanity—until he learns that the solution to Earth’s problems also hold the key to his own.
Under the guise of an agency for magicians, Magic, Inc. systematically squeezed out the small independent magicians. But one man stands firm. And with the help of an Oxford-educated African shaman and a little old lady adept at black magic, he is willing to take on the demons of Hell to resolve the problem—once and for all!
New introduction by Tim Powers!
About Robert A. Heinlein:
“Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world.”—Stephen King.
“One of the grand masters of science fiction.”—Wall Street Journal
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About the Author
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These two Heinlein stories are well paired. Waldo is a science fiction classic, in which Heinlein imagines cybernetic devices capable of allowing remote manipulation of heavy loads. Waldo segues into Magic, Inc. by providing a "scientific" explanation of magic and the half-world through quantum theory and an alternate time-space continuum corresponding point for point with our own space.Magic, Inc. explores what the modern world could look like with the introduction of "commercial magic." Businesses of all kinds rely on it to make a profit... until the mysterious Magic, Inc. protection racket moves in.
Magic, Inc. is an entertaining piece of satire, and it's a shame most folks will miss it hidden away in this out-of-print book. (Waldo is unremarkable, but still worth a read.)
Though somewhat confusing at the beginning, it turned out to be an absolutely captivating novel. Robert Heinlein is pure genius. The content was incredibly complex and the plot twisted here and there...from hex doctorts to nuclear physisicists...Waldo and Magic Inc. is by far the best Sci-Fi ever.