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Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein

Expanded Universe (original 1980; edition 2003)

by Robert A. Heinlein (Author)

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Authors:Robert A. Heinlein (Author)
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Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein (1980)



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Short stories and essays presented chronologically. A couple of short stories are hard to find elsewhere, but the best ones can be found in other volumes. The book is filled out with Heinlein's essays, which seem to get more and more out of touch as both he and the twentieth century age. ( )
  bobholt | Dec 3, 2017 |
This is another of my books from many moons ago so I don't remember much about it. It contains lots of short stories and articles by one of the masters of science fiction. From the back cover:
The Wit and Wisdom of Robert A. Heinlein, on subjects ranging from Crime and Punishment to the Love Life of the American Teenager; from Nuclear Power to the Pragmatics of Patriotism; from Prophesy to Destiny; from Geopolitic to Post-Holocaust America; from the Nature of courage to the Nature of reality; it's all here and it's all great--straight from the mind of the finest science fiction writer of them all. But beware: after reading it, you too will occupy an Expanded Universe. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 24, 2017 |
“Pico review” written for the SF fanzine OtherRealms (SF review zine by Chuq Von Rospach, Jan. 1991): Expanded Universe is a large collection of stories and articles from the '40's and '50's through 1980. Most of the fiction is in the oldest section, some familiar, some less so - I'm not a Heinlein expert. The second half is nonfiction, predictions and political diatribe. Future predictions made in 1950 are updated twice, once for the 1966 collection and again in 1980. Heinlein sounded surprised in the 1966 revisions that World War III hadn't happened yet and almost disappointed in 1980 that we *still* hadn't been invaded by Russia, he was so sure it was going to happen. I only wish he had lived through 1989, his political predictions get farther off base all the time. His economic predictions, however, are spot on (and that was by 1980, before the Reagan deficit years), as are his dismal statements about education in the US. Lest this sound like a political review - all the predictions are stated in SF terms, sometimes as near future fiction, others as "life in the year 2000" type articles. There is a wonderful article from 1979 testimony to a House committee on NASA spinoffs - if only it could be required reading in Congress now. My favorite fiction piece was "Over the Rainbow ...". I had read it before but I still love the punch lines. It is the story of a vice president, added to the ticket only to get votes from certain special interest groups, that unexpectedly (to those who engineered the election anyway) becomes a great president. From the fiction I also especially liked "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon", one of his Boy Scout juveniles, and "They do it with Mirrors - an Edison Hill Crime Case", a pulp mystery from 1945 that was too risque to print as written at that time (after reading it I still haven't a clue as to why, times have changed a lot since then). ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
I remember loving this book in my teens, and I still consider Robert A Heinlein one of my favorite authors, but if you’re not a fan already, I wouldn’t recommend this book to begin with. This contains 27 of Heinlein’s short pieces, of which about half are essays, but it’s not a collection of his best, nor one that say pulls together all his “Future History” stories such as The Past Through Tomorrow, which would make a good introduction. There are a few strong stories here. For a work published in 1940, “Solution Unsatisfactory” is an incredibly prescient story about the dilemmas of the nuclear era. Heinlein at one point says that, "Unless you were already adult in August 1945 it is almost impossible for me to convey emotionally to you how most people felt about the A-bomb, how many different ways they felt about it, how nearly totally ignorant 99.9% of our citizens were on the subject.” Nuclear war and its aftermath is a theme that takes up almost the entire first half of this book which is organized chronologically from his first published story from 1939, “Life-Line,” up to the date of publication in 1980.

As someone who decidedly was not an adult in 1945 and reading this well after the year 2000 beyond which Heinlein was skeptical we'd survive, it’s hard to read such essays as “How to Be a Survivor” and not feel I’m reading a paranoid crank. But I loved “Pravda Means Truth” and “Inside Intourist” based on his own travels in the Soviet Union, was saddened by his pleas for a strong space program given what it has dwindled to, and his piece on the decline of education in “The Happy Days Ahead” is, alas, even more relevant today. Most of his essays are thought-provoking and wise--with an emphasis on provoke--as he puts it at the end, he lived to kick sacred cows. If you are politically correct, self-righteous, close-minded and without a sense of humor, this isn’t the book for you. Otherwise, especially if you already love Heinlein, enjoy. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Mar 20, 2013 |
Some of the material in here I already knew. There were a few good stories that I hadn't read before. There were a good many opinion pieces that were interesting to read once. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jun 20, 2011 |
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The Wit and Wisdom of Robert A. Heinlein, author of multiple New York Times best sellers, on subjects ranging form Crime and Punishment to the Love life of the American Teenager; from Nuclear Power to the Pragmatics of Patriotism; from Prophecy to Destiny; from Geopolitic to Post-Holocaust America; fro the Nature of Courage to the Nature of Reality; it's all here and it's all great-straight from the mind of the finest science fiction writer of them all. But beware: after reading it, you too will occupy an Expanded Universe!

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A collection of short stories, on subjects ranging from crime and punishment to nuclear power, from the pragmatics of patriotism to post-holocaust America, from the bestselling author Robert A. Heinlein. Originally published: New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980.… (more)

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