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Methuselah's Children Hardcover – Jun 1985

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884118835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884118831
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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"I enjoyed every light year of it" Daily Telegraph; "Throughout its electrifying length the book shocks, staggers, confounds belief, and mesmerizes the senses into a state of complete unreality, but it never fails to fascinate." Manchester Evening News --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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. Heinlein’s juveniles alone have influenced generations of scientists, engineers and creators the world over (for instance, it was once estimated that everyone in the Apollo 11 mission control room had read and loved at least one Heinlein novel). 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.

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I have always loved Heinlien, since I was a young teen I've devoured his books and once a decade I go back and reread all of them again. Methuselah's Children is the first book explaining how the long lifers got started. It's an excellent read and makes you think about social moors, what you believe and how you'd hope other behaved if something like this happened in our society. Excellent and creative read, anyone who likes sci-fi will love this book.
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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 23 2013
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It’s the future. And some people have twice the normal lifespan. This carefully guarded secret becomes known to the general public who demand access to life-extending medical treatments. Unfortunately there aren’t any. The longevity enjoyed by members of the “Howard Families” results from naturally-occurring genes and selective breeding. The public is disbelieving, envious, and angry. Efforts are commenced to extract the secrets of extended life through force.

Most members of the Howard Families go into hiding. In the middle of this crisis Lazarus Long, the oldest living Howard, reappears. Long presumed dead*, Lazarus has mastered the skills of secrecy and survival. He leads the Families in a bold attempt to leave Earth and colonize planets around other stars. The story follows Lazarus and his co-conspirators in their quest for a new home.

This is the prototypical Robert Heinlein science fiction novel. It ties together earlier works in his Future History series and links it to the following series (beginning with Time Enough for Love) that focuses on Long and his family. Lazarus is clearly another version of the author’s recurring “Grouchy Wise Old Man” character. He is quick-tempered, opinionated, and peppers his dialogue with useful nuggets of knowledge. He is also a dirty old man, which Heinlein goes to great pains to justify. How-to science is center stage as Long delivers extended descriptions of spaceship piloting, exobiology, and so on.

This book may also be the best “read it first” Heinlein work. If you are a science fiction fan and haven’t read it, do so. If you don’t have it in your library of science fiction classics, you should.
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Selective breeding and carefully planned marriages with subtle financial encouragement from a secretive group called the Howard Foundation carried out over the last 150 years have resulted in a group of humans that have the extraordinary trait of extreme longevity - Lazarus Long, the patriarch of the Family, born Woodrow Wilson Smith, carries his two hundred plus years quite well! When pressed for his true age, he's either not telling or he won't admit that he truly doesn't know himself! In 2125, a series of events result in the global administration and the remainder of earth's population discovering the Family's existence. A frenzy of enraged jealousy erupts as a maddened, frustrated world seeks to discover the secret fountain of youth they are convinced the Family is guarding for their own use. Hounded by the threat of murder, torture, brainwashing and ultimate extinction by their shorter lived neighbours, the Family flees earth on an untested starship. The discovery of two planets and alien races that pose threats and challenges even more imposing than those from which they fled plus an overwhelming loneliness for the way of life they left so far behind lead them back to earth for a second try.

In Methuselah's Children, Heinlein has crafted an exciting novel, a message, a screenplay and the movie script all at once. Descriptive passages, while compelling and very cleverly written are sparse and infrequent and the plot is almost exclusively driven by razor-sharp dialogue. Heinlein's method of conveying the story through his characters' mouths has got wit; it's got dialect; it's got humour and intelligence; it's got sensible science; it's got humanity and it's got credibility.
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