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

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Pocket Books (2004), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 329 pages
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For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs by Robert A. Heinlein (2004)

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Not really a novel, but a statement of Heinlein's beliefs which he continued to express later in his novels. ( )
  bgknighton | Nov 26, 2018 |
Excellent book with progressive concepts that should be implemented but have not to date. This is an author that I would have liked to have met. I concur with much of his philosophy. I strongly recommend this book. It is a shame that our society has not progressed as his predictive narrative suggests. ( )
  GlennBell | Mar 7, 2016 |
According to the introduction, this is a never before published novel/story collection. A young man from 1939 has a car accident and then wakes up in 2086, inhabiting another man's body. Apparently the previous owner had voluntarily 'abandoned' the body and the spirit of Perry had wandered around until it found the vacant body. The man from 1939 then spends the rest of the book getting educated on the customs and past history of 2086. This book is part prediction, part Heinlein telling us how he thinks 'customs' should evolve. If you are familiar with his work, these customs aren't a surprise - he strongly believes in different marriage rules, different economic structures and a different form of democracy. He was also apparently a fervent isolationist, which is not surprising for someone writing in 1938, but amazingly shortsighted for someone as far thinking as Heinlein. Overall, I found this interesting but disappointing, more of a curiosity than a worthwhile novel. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 2, 2015 |
Heinlein's first utopian novel is of interest as a historical curiosity. ( )
  MikeRhode | Sep 26, 2014 |
I've tried to read this once & listen to it on audio book since I'm a real fan of Heinlein's earlier works. Unfortunately, this reads like one of his later books - preachy & boring. If you had a problem with most of his books after 1970, then this isn't for you. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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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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Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, RobertAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, SpiderIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stutzman,MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:45 -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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