Revolt in 2100: Methusela's Children contains four separate Heinlein stories. The stories are grouped in chronological order and are all set in the same science fiction 'universe,' although they do not all directly related to one another. Like much of Robert Heinlein's work, Revolt in 2100 comments on modern political and social issues, while simultaneously entertaining all who read it.
The first story, Revolt in 2100, is startlingly relavent to today's times. In the story, America has been taken over by Religious Fundamentalists (the 'American Ayatollas' as one reviewer describes them). Heinlein shrewdly picks apart religious fundamentalism in this story, while not attacking the concept of religion itself.
I was extremely disappointed by the second story in the collection. I have read almost every single Heinlein science fiction noveland this second story was by far the worst. The plot has a beginning and a middle, then seems to sputter with no resolution. It left me wondering, "What the heck?!"
The third story of Revolt in 2100 presents a dystopian - or utopian, depending how you look at it - America in which every American is required by law to be nice to everyone else. The punishment for any 'anti-social' act is banishment to a place with greater personal liberties, but also less personal security. Like the first one, this story is relavent to our times in that it deals with the contemporary struggle between civil liberties and personal security security
The fourth novella is about a group of Americans who have acheived amazingly long life, but are persecuted by their short-lived peers and forced off the planet Earth. Although not the same caliber as Revolt in 2100, this story is nevertheless a fun and engaging Heinlein story.
Revolt in 2100: Methusela's Children shows that one rotten apple doesn't always spoil the barrel. I wholeheartedly reccomend it regardless of whether you're a longtime Heinlein fan or a first time reader.