Compelling science fiction adventure from New York Times bestseller Robert A. Heinlein: two classic novellas and two short stories with speculation on what makes us human.
Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can't decide on quite what to do with the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's later New York Times best seller, Friday.
Lost Legacy: in which it is proved that we are all members of that league of the superhuman–or would be, if we but had eyes to see.
Plus two great short stories: Two of the master's finest: one on the nature of being, the other on what it means to be a Man. The second story, "Jerry Was a Man," was adapted for the TV series Masters of Science Fiction, and is now available on DVD.
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About the Author
Robert A Heinlein is considered one of the Big Three of classic science fiction (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). Heinlein is a seven-time Hugo Award recipient and was given the first Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement. His worldwide bestsellers include Have Space Suit—Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.
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
A collection of four stories about man's evolution. The first and third stories were definitely the best, but none were amazing. Heinlein definitely does a good job exciting the reader with the possibilities of super powers if only they focused on the task. Still has Heinlein's amazing style of joining great characters with thought provoking ideas.
This isn't the classic Heinlein that you would normally see in the shops, but this omnibus contains a couple of novels and a couple of shortish stories. Given their ages (all were written in the forties), they do show this age - men are men and women are women and ne'er shall the two have the same roles and the roles of people of colour isn't as enlightened as they could have been, but there is a spark of excitement and a sign of how Man could improve.
This is a collection of four short science fiction stories: 'Gulf', 'Elsewhen', 'Lost Legacy', and 'Jerry Was a Man'. 'Gulf' is an extremely high-minded spy story that deals with an extremely advanced subsociety that has reached near perfection in its own language, morals, and objectivity, a subsociety that attempts to better the society in which the rest of us live. The end of the story was so sudden and so unexpected that it was annoying, though admittedly memorable. 'Elsewhen' deals with time travel in an unrealistic way. 'Lost Legacy' is memorable for several reasons, not all good. Like 'Gulf' it is extremely insightful about the ultimate limits of human society, and its dialog about the common man is excellent and so true. But it pushes the boundaries beyond believable limits, like describing people who can fly under their own power, so it ends up sounding like a child's fantasy. The end, however, really struck me as particularly chilling and realistic, despite it basically being copied from the biblical story of the beast from Revelations. Very thought-provoking! 'Jerry Was a Man' is about an android of sorts, and has some great scientific insights, but is a little too predictable and dull in its courtroom scene for my taste. The things all these stories have in common is that they are deep, insightful, creative, and memorable, which is what makes Heinlein the great writer he is.