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Book Review: The Pursuit of the Pankera

The Pursuit of the Pankera

The Pursuit of the Pankera by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers in return for an honest review. My thanks to Caezik SF & Fantasy for giving me this opportunity.

Robert A. Heinlein, often referred to as ‘the dean of science fiction writers’, died in 1988, so to get a new, previously unpublished novel from one of the pillars of the Golden Age of Sci-Fi is something of an event in its own right. Add to this a lifelong love of Heinlein’s work and as you can probably imagine I was incredibly excited to be able to get my hands on this companion novel to The Number of the Beast (1980). But was it worth it?

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Double Star: A Hugo Retrospective

The third Annual Science Fiction Achievement Awards were awarded in 1956 at NyCon II, the second World Con to be hosted in New York. By now the awards were beginning to gain respect amongst genre fans, and the list of categories was beginning to slowly resemble the list familiar to modern Hugo voters.

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Book Review: Space Cadet

Space CadetSpace Cadet by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was Heinlein’s third published novel and the second of his ‘juvenile’ books, and as far as I can remember it was the first book by Heinlein I ever read. Perhaps for that reason more than any other it is still one of my favourite Golden Age sci-fi novels.

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Book Review: Beyond This Horizon

Beyond This HorizonBeyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Beyond This Horizon, is the second of Heinlein’s published novels, and introduces us to a future utopia where poverty no longer exists and genetic engineering has advanced to a point where it is possible to selectively breed children for increased health, intelligence and longevity. The biggest problem faced by most of this world’s denizens is what to do with their time, leading to a society in which decadence is the norm and duelling with sidearms is considered an acceptable way of resolving disputes. Non-advanced citizens also exist, known as control normals, and are seen by the majority of others as a baseline with which to compare the genetic improvements found in the general populace.

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Book Review: Rocket Ship Galileo

Rocketship GalileoRocketship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Rocket Ship Galileo is the first book that Heinlein had published, and as one his works aimed at younger (juvenile) readers is heavy on action and adventure but light on heavy thinking. It’s also one of the earliest Heinlein books I remember reading as a pre-teen and still holds a strong appeal for me despite the passage of time.

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