I Will Fear No Evil

I Will Fear No Evil

by Robert A. Heinlein

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The brilliantly shocking story of the ultimate transplant from New York Times bestselling author Robert A. Heinlein.

As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein's awesome masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything. Even a new life in the body of a beautiful young woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441359172
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1987
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 344,573
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.09(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 he 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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I Will Fear No Evil 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I made a valid attempt to finish IWFNE, really I did. But in the end, the monotony and lifeless characters forced me to put it down. The story seemed to remain in an endless loop of sexual banter and culinary delights. Sorry Robert, I gave it my best shot. If you are thinking of exploring his work,don't let this be your first Heinlein experience.
IAsimov More than 1 year ago
The book is about brain transplants. Even though the concept seems out of a B-Movie (or maybe E-Movie) I am a fan of Robert Heinlein and know that he has some great and thought provoking books. The author goes well up to page 100. From there the story goes down the drain. What I have most trouble is how the main character goes from Business Tycoon to a caricature of girlie girl. It makes no sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your'e a hard-core SCI-FI fan, this one is not for you. Set in a mid-21st Century future where American Society has largely broken down, but written with the mid-20th century principles of free love, this is a wild mental ride. It is plodding at first, but finishes strong. Keep an open mind.
Ann_Marie_Dange More than 1 year ago
In order to read this book, you must have an open mind about gender and life. In order to understand the full story, one must not allow society's opinions of gender squash the message portrayed by the story. A great read and it speaks to the human condition.
Keen More than 1 year ago
Heinlein really gets into his "feminine side" with this book. A multibillionare has his brain transfered into the body of a sexy woman and learns how the other side thinks and feels. He learns all about the female body and the wonder of multiple orgasms. Sexual without being pornographic and a very entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not the best Heinlein and when I finally got finished with page 320 I found the next page was 353! The book was smooth bound, so nothing had fallen out, it was simply missing 32 pages. I guess I will try to find a hardcover copy to see if it has the same problem.
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quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Explores themes of gender, sexuality, and mortallity. I liked this better than some of Heinlein's other works that tackle similar themes (especially Stranger in a Strange Land). I Will Fear No Evil seemed to be a more wholly complete novel. It's not without flaws; probably could have done with a better editor. But overall an intriguing book.
Harmless_Dilettante on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an unreadably bad book. It will probably be one of the few available to damned souls in Hell's lending library.
bibrarybookslut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before we get into things, let¿s deal with the most common complaint regarding the book. Yes, it is sexist, anachronistic, and often patently offensive in it¿s portrayal of BOTH genders. It¿s also a book that was first published in 1970, and is the work of a man who began writing science fiction as early as 1939. Critiquing Heinlein for not being properly progressive regarding gender equality 40 years ago is like lambasting Mark Twain for not being politically correct regarding race 135 years ago. Anyway, the book introduces us to Johann, an elderly, crippled, bitter old man who also happens to be exceedingly rich. He knows his body is dying, but his brain is just fine. So, he comes up with the idea of transferring his brain to a new body upon his death. He doesn¿t actually expect it to work, but figures it¿s better to waste his money on a sliver of hope than to let his children squabble over it.Not only does he not expect it to work, but he certainly does not expect to wake up in the body of a woman ¿ specifically, that of Eunice, his beautiful young secretary. Fortunately for Johann, something of Eunice has survived to share her body with him. It¿s never made clear whether this is her spirit, her memory, or just his imagination, but it serves to jumpstart the plot past the awkwardness you¿d expect of a man who is suddenly a woman.Once the legal/ethical/philosophical issues are dispensed with, much of the book deals with Johann¿s (now Joan Eunice¿s) sexual exploits. Again, yes, they¿re sexist and sometimes crude, but also thoroughly entertaining. Ultimately, what I took away from the book was an appreciation for the dilemma of sex vs gender vs sexual orientation - what does it means for a man¿s mind to desire other women (while in a woman¿s body), or for a woman¿s body to continue desiring men (while guided by a man¿s mind).As I said, it¿s an interesting book, and one that makes you think. It¿s not the greatest story every written, but certainly a great concept.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not his best, by a long shot.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to live another life in the body of the opposite gender? This could have been done so much better.
jimrible on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the second Heinlein book I read after Stranger. Not sure if it changed my views about sex but it sure did make me think about them.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd like to explain away this book as a product of senility, but it was written in 1970. Would you believe drugs, maybe? At least there's spanking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In one word. DIFFERENT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't fly with the critics of the time, because it was so far ahead of its time. I must admit though, that last line is ambiguous, probably intentionally so, and I don't quite know what to do with it. Roz?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably now my favorite book of all time!
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I'm a huge fan of Robert Heinlein. However, this was not a good story. I put this novel down repeatedly. Still, I kept coming back to the story again and again with the expectation that the storyline would pick up up and be worth the time to finish the book. Sadly, the novel never gained any momentum or even a modicum of interest. I would recommend this author to any fan of fine science fiction. Please select one of his other novels and consider this story an early effort that led to more polished works with later practice.
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