Time Enough for Love

Time Enough for Love

by Robert A. Heinlein

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The capstone and crowning achievement of  the Future History series, from the New York Times bestselling Grand Master of Science Fiction...

Time Enough for Love follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Heinlein's longest and most ambitious work, it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it; and so in love with Time that he became his own ancestor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101503072
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/15/1987
Series: Future History Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 56,495
File size: 1 MB
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. 96 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long’s last known activities.
Moirraine More than 1 year ago
Never, EVER trust Barnes and Noble who should know better than to sell a FAKE book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VVilliam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about love in all its incestual forms. This book has many stories wrapped into one, with Lazarus Long telling stories of his years as he dictates his memoirs. Some parts are far better than others, usually the parts not involving 'the present' and the notes from Lazarus' notebook. The time travel at the end seems tacked on, and overall I wasn't impressed.
h34th3r on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flat characterization and tedious anecdotes.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every now and then I need to re-read this book. It is quite possibly one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Not only is it a phenomenal tale of a life lived wholly, but it is also study of different literary styles and human mores throughout the ages. There are lessons to be learned, and a lifestyle to aspire to. Wonderful work Mr. Heinlein.
thomasJamo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite Heinlein book. This is a perfect example, in my humble opinion, of science fiction that is more than lasers and spaceships. This book is even better than "Stranger in a Strange Land" I think. There are many reasons for this, but mostly it includes characters that appear in many of Heinlein's other works. You will become emotionally invested in the characters. It is simply a wonderful book and I love it.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I discovered this as a result of seeking out the source of a quote I've seen numerous times: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." Lazarus Long is a space traveler, then a time traveler, and always a competent man. The story is interesting by itself, but more interesting is Heinlein's commentary on individuality, community, and love.
jakcette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book. I have read it and I have listened to it several times (the audio version is fantastic with a great reader). It's like having several different favorite books that almost never end.
SamanthaAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read! Totally Heinlein and just as good as Stranger in a Strange land.
dandv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heinlein doesn't subscribe to the Many Worlds Interpretation. His hypothesis is that time travel won't affect the future because everything has already happened, including the traveler's actions once they returned in the past. Because they could perform the time travel, it mean they didn't kill their grandpa etc.
barbgarcia1987 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have read it so many times that my first copy fell apart and the second copy is getting dog eared. I think this is one of those books that you either love or hate. I don't think there is a lot of middle ground from what I have read in various reviews (here & elsewhere).
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you could live 4,000 years? Try out every profession at least once? Make enough babies to populate a planet? Travel as far as the galaxy goes? Lazarus Long has done all that and more. He¿s about to die peacefully when he¿s kidnapped and rejuvenated and coerced to tell his memoirs. I could read stories about Lazarus¿ life for months, but unfortunately this book only contains two. The rest is action in the `present¿ (4272 Gregorian), and at the end, an account of Lazarus¿ trip back in time to visit his ¿first family¿ (parents, brothers and sisters, grandfather). This is the first of the last four books Heinlein wrote, and it was clear he was nearing the end of his life, looking mortality straight in the face and writing his fantasy of living forever. Lazarus shares his collected wealth of knowledge and wisdom, although he¿d insist he¿s got nothing to say of any worth, and much of it is the best advice I¿ve ever heard.Those not familiar with Heinlein might find his morals a little depraved, especially the more sexually straight-laced, although science fiction often contains stories of societies whose taboos are not our own, and would be scandalized by ours. The only complaint I have about the book is how annoying that is that certain parts are (omitted), then return to the story in the middle of the sentence. It¿s not smooth, and although the omissions are mostly for brevity¿s sake, I felt like I missed something important. I wish I had access to the complete memoirs of Lazarus Long, but unfortunately they won¿t be available for a couple thousand years, and I¿m pretty sure I¿m not going to live that long.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
See review for the other edition, but in brief this is probably Heinlein's best, and one of the best science fiction books ever.
velyrhorde on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
This book really highlights Heinlein's sexual preoccupation. It's a great book and an easy read.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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.