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For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson (Introduction), Robert James (Afterword)

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Title:For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Other authors:Spider Robinson (Introduction), Robert James (Afterword)
Info:Pocket (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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This is a turrible book, but in a way that's fun to read. ( )
  maribou | May 6, 2013 |
Romanzo utopistico che pur essendo pregevole sente il peso degli anni. Interessante ma a tratti difficoltoso ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
Romanzo utopistico che pur essendo pregevole sente il peso degli anni. Interessante ma a tratti difficoltoso ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
A long lecture on Heinlein's theories for organizing society and technological advancement. Not really an SF novel so much as a Socratic dialogue on the ideal state. Lacks any dramatic appeal, but instructive as a description of RAH's viewpoint. ( )
  scootm | Jun 7, 2011 |
Feel free to disregard this review.

I did not finish reading this book. I liked Starship Troopers (despite the movie) and was really looking forward to For Us, the Living . . . and was thoroughly disappointed. I only keep the copy because it's a great cure for insomnia.
  one-horse.library | Mar 28, 2010 |
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Written around 1939 and predating his first published novel by a decade. Heinlein's first science fiction novel is a gripping story of a man catapulted into a time not his own, as well as a keen examination of freedom both personal and political.
 

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"It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated to the unfinished work . . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom . . ."

----Lincoln at Gettysburg
"Any map of the world that does not include
Utopia is not even worth glancing at."


----Oscar Wilde
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for Heinlein's Children
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"Look out!" The cry broke involuntarily from Perry Nelson's lips as he twisted the steering wheel.
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Robert A. Heinlein
Die Nachgeborenen
Mit einer Einleitung von Spider Robinson
und einem editorischen Nachwort von Robert James.
Roman • Deutsche Erstausgabe

Als Robert A. Heinleins unveröffentlichter erster Roman 2002 in der Garage eines Sammlers gefunden wurde, war das eine kleine Sensation. Denn nicht nur in den USA gilt Heinlein noch immer als der beliebteste Science-Fiction-Autor aller Zeiten. Die Nachgeborenen - im Original For Us, the Living - wurde in den Jahren 1938/39 verfasst und steht in der Tradition des utopischen Romans. Hier setzt Heinlein sich bereits mit vielen Themen auseinander, die sein späteres Werk bestimmen sollten.

»Mit seinem Loblied auf die Privatsphäre, seinem Sex und der Nacktheit, seinen Laufbändern statt Straßen, seinem Coventry und der Sehnsucht nach dem Weltraum, ist der Roman alles, was Heinlein später werden würde. Darüber hinaus ist er - leider - auch etwas anderes. Er ist die Straße, die unerträumt geblieben ist, ein wütender Schöpfungsakt, der ins Leere gelaufen ist. Er hat den Zug verpasst. Und wir desgleichen. Er war der Zug, den wir nicht erreicht haben.«
•John Gute

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) studierte an der Marine-Akademie in Annapolis und war Anfang der 1930er Jahre auf verschiedenen Schiffen stationiert, bevor er krankheitsbedingt aus dem Militärdienst ausscheiden musste. Seine erste Erzählung »Life-Line« erschien 1939 in ASTOUNDING Science-Fiction. Alsbald zählte er zu den beliebtesten und einflussreichsten SF-Schriftstellern einer Zeit, die inzwischen als das »Golden Age« dieses Genres bekannt ist. Zu seinen Hauptwerken gehören Methusalems Kinder, Der Mond ist eine herbe Geliebte und Fremder in einer fremden Welt. Heinlein wurde sechsmal mit dem Hugo Award und darüber hinaus mit zahlreichen anderen Preisen ausgezeichnet.

Einmalige, auf 333 numerierte Exemplare limitierte Auflage.
Exemplar Nr. 314 von 333
EUR 49,00 • ISBN 978-3-926126-70-2 Shayol Verlag • Berlin
9783926126702
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743491548, Mass Market Paperback)

From Grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein comes a long-lost first novel, written in 1939 and never before published, introducing ideas and themes that would shape his career and define the genre that is synonymous with his name.

July 12, 1939 Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when suddenly another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore....

When he wakes, the girl in green is a woman dressed in furs and the sun-drenched shore has transformed into snowcapped mountains. The woman, Diana, rescues Perry from the bitter cold and takes him inside her home to rest and recuperate.

Later they debate the cause of the accident, for Diana is unfamiliar with the concept of a tire blowout and Perry cannot comprehend snowfall in mid-July. Then Diana shares with him a vital piece of information: The date is now January 7. The year...2086.

When his shock subsides, Perry begins an exhaustive study of global evolution over the past 150 years. He learns, among other things, that a United Europe was formed and led by Edward, Duke of Windsor; former New York City mayor LaGuardia served two terms as president of the United States; the military draft was completely reconceived; banks became publicly owned and operated; and in the year 2003, two helicopters destroyed the island of Manhattan in a galvanizing act of war. This education in the ways of the modern world emboldens Perry to assimilate to life in the twenty-first century.

But education brings with it inescapable truths -- the economic and legal systems, the government, and even the dynamic between men and women remain alien to Perry, the customs of the new day continually testing his mental and emotional resolve. Yet it is precisely his knowledge of a bygone era that will serve Perry best, as the man from 1939 seems destined to lead his newfound peers even further into the future than they could have imagined.

A classic example of the future history that Robert Heinlein popularized during his career, For Us, The Living marks both the beginning and the end of an extraordinary arc of political, social, and literary crusading that comprises his legacy. Heinlein could not have known in 1939 how the world would change over the course of one and a half centuries, but we have our own true world history to compare with his brilliant imaginings, rendering For Us, The Living not merely a novel, but a time capsule view into our past, our present, and perhaps our future.

The novel is presented here with an introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Spider Robinson and an afterword by Professor Robert James of the Heinlein Society.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:49 -0400)

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After crashing his car in 1939, Perry Nelson awakens to find the radically different world of 2086, one marked by a United Europe, the destruction of Manhattan island by two helicopters in 2003, and other changes.

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