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The Number of the Beast (1980)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Series: Number Of The Beast (1), World As Myth (2), Lazarus Long (3)

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When two male and two female supremely sensual, unspeakably cerebral humans find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies -- and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller coaster ride of adventure and danger, ecstasy and peril.
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The Gay Deceiver is hands down the coolest ship ever constructed. As the genesis of Heinlein's concept of pantheistic solipsism, this book isn't too shabby either. While the "journey to new universe, explore, get into trouble, escape--wash-rinse-repeat" cycle gets a little tedious in a few spots, Heinlein's imagination and ability to keep you engaged is definitely worth the read. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
Had to re-read this alongside it's parallel book "The Pursuit of the Pankera" just for comparison sake. Found that I enjoyed this one more as it seems more in-depth. ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
Had to re-read this alongside it's parallel book "The Pursuit of the Pankera" just for comparison sake. Found that I enjoyed this one more as it seems more in-depth. ( )
  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
Basic story a group of 4 geniuses meet at a party and start hopping multiple universes. A lot of changes of viewpoint, way to much technobabble. ( )
  dswaddell | Jul 24, 2020 |
When Zeb Carter is propositioned at a party by an incredibly beautiful young woman, he's flattered even when he finds out she got him confused with his cousin Zeb Carter (There's a will involved...) - she's very beautiful! Nor is she too disappointed :-) Deety's father Jake is about to get into an argument with the head of his faculty so Zeb and Deety, along with their host Hilda pull Jake away from the argument and decide that they're all going to get married (Jake to Hilda, and Zeb to Deety) and after deciding how they're going to get home, Zeb's inner warning gives him the necessary couple of seconds to drag his new in-laws-to-be to the ground and Jake's car spread itself over Hilda's carpark. And thus we are introduced to our time and space travelling couples. This is pretty much standard Heinlein of the late 60s through to the early eighties with women having to be sexy, brilliant and baby making machines. It's well written as you'd expect from Heinlein and apart from his attitudes on females, has aged quite well, though I did smile a bit when Zeb finds that the AI had a massive 90 megabytes of additional memory... ( )
  JohnFair | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Een koppige geleerde, zijn mooie dochter, een fantastische piloot en een 1.50 m. grote feministe belanden met een ruimte/tijdmachine in alternatieve universa waar ze de meest ongelooflijke avonturen beleven, op jacht naar het Beest der Openbaringen. Heinlein is altijd een vrij controversieel SF-schrijver geweest, en dit is erg duidelijk geworden met dit boek. Het is inderdaad een zeer opmerkelijk werk met een bijzonder rijk scala van onderwerpen in die typische, onnavolgbare Heinlein-stijl. Het boek heeft wekenlang nr. 1 gestaan op de Amerikaanse bestsellerslijsten, wat bewijst dat SF op dit niveau een zeer groot publiek kan aanspreken. De kontroversiele inhoud van dit boek bewijst dat Heinlein een encyclopedische kennis bezit en dat hij die treffend, spannend en toch intellektueel verantwoord kan verwoorden. Duidelijk is dat bijna geen SF-schrijver de beperkingen van het genre zo drastisch heeft doorbroken als Heinlein in dit boek.

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