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She was beautifulShe was smartShe was irresistableShe was after my boyfriend...Contents:· The Year of the Jackpot · nv Galaxy Mar ’52· By His Bootstraps [as by Anson MacDonald] · na Astounding Oct ’41· Columbus Was a Dope · ss Startling Stories May ’47· The Menace from Earth · nv F&SF Aug ’57· Sky Lift · ss Imagination Nov ’53· Goldfish Bowl [as by Anson MacDonald] · nShe was beautifulShe was smartShe was irresistableShe was after my boyfriend...Contents:· The Year of the Jackpot · nv Galaxy Mar ’52· By His Bootstraps [as by Anson MacDonald] · na Astounding Oct ’41· Columbus Was a Dope · ss Startling Stories May ’47· The Menace from Earth · nv F&SF Aug ’57· Sky Lift · ss Imagination Nov ’53· Goldfish Bowl [as by Anson MacDonald] · nv Astounding Mar ’42· Project Nightmare · nv Amazing Apr/May ’53· Water Is for Washing · ss Argosy Nov ’47...

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The Menace from Earth Reviews

  • Mary JL
    2019-02-02 02:21

    This is one of Heinlein's few story story collections. There are 8 short stories from the late 1940's and early 1950's.The stories vary in quality--the title story "The Meance From Earth" is actually not bad--the descrition above does not do it justice.It also contants two really good Heinlein short stories that are not well known, but are favorites of mine. One is "The Year of the Jackpot" and the other is "Goldfish Bowl".I like Heinlein's early work much better than his later work. If you have never read any of his short stories, this collection would be a good start--all the stories---though a bit dated in spots--are still quitte readable.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-01-22 01:46

    With Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke I think their short stories are more impressive than their novels, and if I were to list my favorite short science fiction stories, Asimov and Clarke would crowd out almost everyone else in the top ten. With Heinlein I tend to think it's the reverse--that it's his long fiction that is the most memorable--stronger than that of Asimov and Clarke just as their short fiction is much more memorable than that of Heinlein. I just don't think any Heinlein short is of the same caliber as Asimov's "Nightfall" or "The Dead Past" or Clarke's "The Star" or "The Billion Names of God." But--it surprised me just how enjoyable these were. This is a reread, although I last read this ages ago in my teens. The story I remembered best--and still like the best, is the title story, "The Menace from Earth." It's quite light-hearted and there's a lot here to like. JK Rowling, eat your heart out, Quidditch has nothing on the winged flyers of the Moon! And I quite liked fifteen-year-old Holly Jones--she has quite a lot in common with Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars, only more level-headed and the ending of this novelette doesn't make me want to bounce the book against the wall. "By His Bootstraps," a time-loop story, is another one I found very memorable--although I don't think on first read decades ago I hated Bob Wilson oh so much. With "Goldfish Bowl" I definitely remembered the odd form of the water and the food--and the story does creepy well. "The Year of the Jackpot" is quite unsettling and like many of Heinlein's stories, features a nice little twist. The other four stories aren't as strong--but none is less than entertaining.

  • A. Roy King
    2019-01-28 02:24

    "The Menace From Earth" is a collection of short stories from the 1940s and 1950s by science-fiction master Robert A. Heinlein. Not surprisingly given the period of writing, the stories come across as dated, especially in attitudes toward women. Nevertheless, it's valuable to go back and read material from seminal SF writers like Heinlein (along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke).One thing I'm struck by is the variety of story ideas represented in this collection. Most of these stories could fit loosely together in a common future where humankind is spreading out into space. Heinlein does a good job of asking "what-if," building an interesting scenario, and placing characters into it, confronted by a challenge.I think my favorite story from this collection is the title story, "The Menace From Earth," which imagines what things might be like for human colonists on the moon. Because of the low gravity, flying has become a popular sport, and the great cavern used for this becomes the setting for a love triangle.ARK -- 23 November 2014

  • Raymond Ford
    2019-02-12 22:28

    I love science fiction short story collections, and this collection from Heinlein is a great example of how early sci-fi writers really let their imaginations go - something that is lost in today's sci-fi I think. Written from 1941-1957, it totally captures both the anxiety and possibilities of the era including the jargon and slang of the 1950's. We have nuclear end of the world stories with Project Nightmare and The Year of the Jackpot. We have teenage angst in a time when generations of people grew up on the moon in The Menace from Earth. And we have a brilliant time travel story in "By His Bootstraps" where the main character plays every character in the story through time travel. Lastly we have the awesome sci-fi "what if" stories about traveling through space or aliens manipulating our world in ways we never thought possible.

  • Jeff Yoak
    2019-02-02 04:47

    I re-read the title essay again today. While the story is great either on paper or in traditional narration, I have a copy produced by The Atlanta Radio Theater Company that is my favorite. It's a short but sweet example of Heinlein's amazing style... and the end turns me into a great big crybaby. :-)2012: This is actually the first of Heinlein's I made it through with Alex (6). He was incredibly touched by the story. Heinlein tends to have a vocabulary that is still just a little bit tough for him, but we got through this one and he loves the story. It gave us another half hour or so talking about gravity on the moon, and the recreational flying it might allow. :-)

  • Anmiryam
    2019-02-01 23:29

    There are two stories in this collection that have stuck with me since I was about ten: The Year of the Jackpot and The Menace from Earth. I still reread them on occasion. Jackpot is the scariest story I've ever read since it starts off as a tale about oddball happenings that seem statistically impossible, moves onto nuclear war and then to the sun going supernova. 'Menace' I always loved because as a geeky awkward girl that there it a future of being smart and striving for achievement would not preclude finding someone to love. Classic YA before there was YA.

  • Michael O'Donnell
    2019-01-27 22:51

    This collection of short fiction by Robert A. Heinlein, first published in 1959, collects eight stories from various sf magazines of the forties and fifties. The stories are as follows:‘The Year of The Jackpot’ — a statistician’s graphs of unrelated phenomena, from stock market prices and rainfall to people stripping in public, all point to a peak on the same date, and indicate that the whole world is in for a bad year. Unfortunately, there also seems to be something wrong with the Sun.‘By His Bootstraps’ — probably one of Heinlein’s most well known stories, it tells of a man who interacts with multiple versions of himself by means of a time portal. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?‘Columbus Was A Dope’ — two barflies and a bartender debate space travel and exploration, with one patron contending that exploration is pointless and Columbus should have stayed at home. The location of the bar provides a neat twist ending.‘The Menace From Earth’ — a teenage girl, living on the Moon, finds her love life under threat when a femme fatale arrives from Earth on vacation.’Sky Lift’ — a spaceship pilot must undergo a long period of high-G acceleration on a mission to Pluto to deliver a cure for a plague ravaging a research station.‘Goldfish Bowl’ — two scientists investigate two massive waterspouts which have appeared in the Pacific. During the investigation, they disappear and find themselves in a featureless prison, being kept as study specimens, or perhaps pets, by some unknown intelligence.‘Project Nightmare’ — the Soviet Union has planted atom bombs in multiple US cities, primed to explode at the same time if the US does not surrender. A secret team of psi-enhanced people must use their telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities to prevent the bombs from exploding until they are found and disarmed.‘Water Is For Washing’ — a man with a phobia of water finds himself fleeing for his life when an earthquake allows the Pacific to flood an area of California which is below sea level.Despite the age of these stories, they all hold up reasonably well, with none being unreadable. You have to allow for the attitudes prevalent at the time of writing, especially with regard to the female characters, but even here, ‘The Menace From Earth’ gives us an unusually-strong-for-the-time female protagonist.‘By His Bootstraps’ was an entertaining romp, despite the ending being obvious a mile off, and ‘Project Nightmare’ was a genuinely tense thriller.All in all, a decent Heinlein collection. Nothing outstanding, but worth your time.

  • Cristian Iorga
    2019-01-25 01:35

    An OK short story collection with few interesting ideas. However, all that I will remember is how ridiculous women are portrayed in these stories.

  • Nick D
    2019-02-01 04:31

    A collection of short stories/novellas by Heinlein between 1941 and 1957 (two years before Starship Troopers and four years before Stranger in a Strange Land).The Year of the Jackpot - A mathematician studies minor peculiar events around the world and plots them to determine when the world will likely end. A good story.By His Bootstraps - Published in 1941, this is a mind-boggling account of the realistic paradoxes of time travel. It's a formula that's been done to death now, but I can imagine this really messing with people in '41. Bob Wilson is visited by multiple future Bob Wilson's and we follow him on his journey and see how he himself becomes those future versions of himself. It gets technical. Columbus Was A Dope - A very brief story regarding a conversation between four men about an upcoming interstellar expedition. The journey will take 60 years and require multiple generations to complete it. One man finds this absurd and doesn't think it's worth exploring, especially at the price of children living entire lives on a space ship. The other men have more of a pioneering spirit and feel chasing the impossible is the only way to make it possible. The final line provides irony contrasting with the single doubters opinion. The Menace From Earth - A sneakily progressive (for the time) short about a self-described "career woman" living on the Moon dealing with jealousy. Holly is a teen spaceship designer that works in partnership with Jeff. Both make ends meet by acting as guides for "groundhogs", tourists from Earth. Much of the story takes place in Bats' Cave, a massive dome in which people can wear special wings and fly around (much like a skating rink or swimming pool on Earth). Jeff seems to have taken a shine to a pretty "groundhog", and Holly refuses to admit that her jealousy is based in romance. Rather, she puts up the appearance of being upset that their business partnership is now on shaky ground. This is a really well-written story, using the drama of flight as a metaphor for the emotional state of Holly.Sky Lift - Science-fiction that is heavy on the Science, this is a pretty straightforward story about two astronauts making an interplanetary trip to rescue a settlement from a terrible health crisis. The issue is, in order to get there in time, the pilots will have to pull 3.5 G's for a continuous nine days - which is something close to a suicide mission (By comparison, modern astronauts pull 3 G's only during blast-off and then settle back once in orbit). The story details the effects of the high gravity on the body and the sacrifice of a few to save many. Decent story.Goldfish Bowl - A definite standout in this collection. Scientists Eisenberg and Graves are sent to investigate two mysterious and massive pillars of water that have appeared near Hawaii. In doing so, the pair find themselves trapped in a room with nothing to interact with except mushy food and balls of water that are completely self-contained. Graves shares his theory with Eisenberg that perhaps they are being kept as pets by a higher form of being, the way we keep goldfish in bowls. This kinda reminds me of Flatland. Project Nightmare - I really like the premise of this one, but I feel the impact was lost a bit in delivery. Basically, Russia has planted atomic bombs in cities throughout the US and plans to detonate them. The government enlists the help of people with ESP to find and mentally suppress these bombs until they can be disposed of properly. The bulk of the story is the frantic strategizing of the lead scientists as they assign certain individuals to find the bombs in specific cities. In that frenzy, I think the story comes across as a little too confused and unfocused. Water is for Washing - A man with a fear of water due to past near-drowning undergoes the ride of his life. While in the Imperial Valley of California, an earthquake causes the below sea-level city to quickly flood. As he attempts to flee, he stops and rescues two children and a hitchhiker that stole from him earlier. The four try to outrun the rising waters, and in the process the man shows some development. Another good story.Overall, this was an excellent collection. I had never heard of any of these before, and if it weren't for the bargain shelf at my local comic book store I would have never discovered it. I'm really happy to have read these stories.

  • Ben
    2019-02-21 00:25

    Wikipedia cites "Year of the Jackpot," the first story featured in The Menace from Earth, as the first usage of the word "geek" to mean someone with a specialized knowledge. In reality, it only appear in the brief epithet, "The poor geek!" In context, the definition is hardly clear, given the older meaning of fool, freak, or weirdo.Though "Year of the Jackpot," is an interesting look at the possibilities statistics might offer on a truly grand scale, it very well might be the weak link in the collection. The titular story "The Menace from Earth" stood out as the strongest story, featuring a young lady coming to terms with her own emotion in contrast with her desires as a mathematician and scientist. While it was refreshing to see a 50s story feature a female protagonist with depth, capability, and intelligence, the collection is rife with 1950s social tropes and an incredible lack of diversity of language, the slang and colloquialisms often dated.Robert A. Heinlein rose to be one of my favorite authors in high school because of the ideas he explores. He was never the strongest writer, the most eloquent of wordsmiths, nor the best storyteller, outshone with regularity by contemporaries and antecedents like Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison. Still, his mastery of science and philosophy and the ways in which they can be played to tell an interesting story, like "Goldfish Bowl" and "By his Bootstraps," are second-to-none. While his novels like Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers often don't stand up to multiple readings over time, his short stories are still light enough and pleasant enough to carry weight over the years.

  • Julia
    2019-01-31 22:44

    I had previously read the title story in the collection The Past through Tomorrow and it stuck with me more than 20 years later: geeky girl who wants to be a spaceship designer and isn't spending all her time looking for a boyfriend. I still really like it. Although the relationship issue does become part of the story, it doesn't have the focus on sexuality that Heinlein's later female characters have, but neither does it relegate girls/women to second place. If I were just rating that story, it would be five stars.Unfortunately the other stories in the book (which I am reading for the first time) don't hold up as well."The Year of the Jackpot" feels much more dated. Studies of the "Silly Season" include an increase in transvestites, starting with Marlene Dietrich wearing trousers. The end of the story comes out of nowhere, as if an editor gave a maximum word count and Heinlein tried to come up with a climax that wasn't due for at least another chapter. (view spoiler)[ The atom bombs and survivalism fit. The end of the sun did not. (hide spoiler)]"By His Bootstraps" may have been a new concept when it was published, but I could see the theme from the beginning and didn't get anything out new from this version of time travel. The characters weren't likeable, so it could only be saved by the gimmick. And that wasn't a surprise."Columbus was a Dope" is a silly argument in a bar about whether exploration has a purpose."Skylift", "Goldfish Bowl" and "Water is for Washing" were too depressing. I'll probably remember the theme of "Goldfish Bowl" although not the details."Project Nightmare" is a good story except that it is tied into the US/USSR Cold War. (Other Heinlein stories in his Future History are in an alternate history, so the background doesn't have to be the way things really were. I might have liked this one better if it were a more skewed setting.)

  • Morgan Dhu
    2019-02-13 00:32

    The stories collected in The Menace from Earth can be divided loosely into two groups. Some of the stories are part of the Luna City cycle, including the story that gives the collection its name. In these stories, one sees the same focus on the spirit of exploration as in the other stories set in this particular timeline and frequently set in, or referencing, Luna City, most if which are collected in The Green Hills of Earth. Some of the stories - “ Columbus Was a Dope,” “The Menace from Earth,” - show Luna City as a well established habitat, with its own full culture, serving as a cradle for further exploration, while “Skylift” focuses on the downsides and the dangers of a space-faring society. In addition to the Luna City cycle stories, the collection contains several stand-alone stories, including some of Heinlein’s best known short fiction - “The Year of the Jackpot,” “By His Bootstraps,” and “Goldfish Bowl.” These stories, and the two lesser known tales “Water is for Washing” and “Project Nightmare” interestingly enough, do share a common theme of menace - from the sun, from the waters, from the skies, from the future, from other humans. Rereading these short stories reminds me of Heinlein’s great versatility, and of how very good a writer he was, and how modern his work still feels today, despite his being in many ways a man of his time. So many sf short stories of the period lack in characterisation, or use language in ways that feel forced, overwrought, or insufficiently nuanced upon rereading. Heinlein ages well in many ways, even when the inevitable casual sexism and racism of the times is too much a part of the story to be set aside - though even then, it is important to note that Heinlein seems to have thought more about the social status and roles of women and people of colour than many other writers of his time, and he does his best to make them fully realised characters, and not just stereotypes, when he includes them in his writing.

  • Norm Davis
    2019-02-16 03:31

    I have to round down on this 3.5 (☆ ☆ ☆) book of short stories. Actually I'm rounding up from 2.5. It is a assemblage by grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein. I expected a novel. Surprise. Why surprise you ask? I saw a paperback edition in my garage, dusted it off a little and read the back cover. Shortly I checked my Calibre brand ebook library collection to find I had obtained this book at some point. Thinking I must have read it and loved it since it is still hanging around, I put it on the “currently reading” list and started reading.What? No really WHAT? Maybe the audiobook I had was mislabeled. Back out to the garage and really dust off the paperback this time. Reread the back cover again. No... it is implying it is a novel, nothing like the story I was reading about some well known guy saving a naked lady from embarrassment where, apparently unknowingly she had stripped naked in the 1950s busy Los Angeles street. (One of the best stories in the collection)Of the 8 short stories I did like that one quite a bit. I knew the “naked lady” was a hook. And it worked. But it really was good, even for an ancient piece. RAH is prone to “teach” his reader about some scientific curiosity he had researched. In his better stories he 'shows' instead of 'telling'. That wasn't uncommon during his grandmaster golden era, but not all the stories are great successes in this collection. Mr. H., is a good writer, so the reading is quick, even in the “not so hot” stories.Try it out if you're looking for a golden age collection or RAH short stories. If you've NOT read his first novel, For Us The Living, you stand a good chance of enjoying this edition. Six pages of notes and this is the best I can summarize a 3 star book. Ugh.. My apologies. I'll swear to try NaNoWriMo to see if I can get better at this stuff.

  • Anna
    2019-02-17 23:26

    ahhh, vintage sci-fi! Some of the language is a bit dated, quite a lot did not age well. Still, nice to see where some of our fav tropes came from & a neat lil late-40s~early 50s timecapsule of Science FictionThe Year of the Jackpot - end of the world predictions but with statistics!ok, Fallout games have ruined me, as this entire thing read like it was about to lead into the game! Hell, when it name-drops Sierra Madre my brain queued up NewVegas musicBy His Bootstraps - mobius strip of a time-paradox, we meet again!Columbus Was a Dope - the final paragraph is right up there with O. Henry for the punchline!The Menace from Earth ah yes, the cover story. Which is just a silly love triangle (but with set-dressing of THE MOON), and honestly? was kinda hoping the finale would be the 2 girls getting together... Surprisingly, the main chara is not only a girl but one studying/planning her future in STEM fieldsSky Lift - kinda meh, like "could have used another few weeks in development"Goldfish Bowl - um.. ok? So next "aliens" or evolved form of whoever wonProject Nightmare right up there with SkyLift on the needing to be workshoped some more. It's the equivalent of frantic jump-cuts in an action movie that forgot to clearly write up it's story or characters. The cold war paranoia reeks so much from this one, more than any other storyWater Is for Washingthis right here is the formula for a good Twilight Zone episode! Central chara announces his severe fear of water, here comes an insane flood situation!

  • Mark R.
    2019-02-03 02:48

    ***1/2This collection features seven stories from Robert A. Heinlein, written between 1941 and 1957. A couple are excellent, and none are boring."The Year of the Jackpot"--An actuary scientists discovers, through his various calculations and graphs, that all of the craziness going on in the world is leading up to its demise. "By His Bootstraps"--A confusing tale about time travel, in which a man comes across three different versions of himself, all of whom travel through time, from the 1950's through thirty thousand years in the future, bumping heads and occasionally attempting to work together in order to get out."Columbus Was a Dope"--A couple guys discuss the possibility futility or usefulness of traveling to distant planets."The Menace from Earth"--The "menace" of the title is a hotshot society girl from Earth competing with a lunar tourist guide for the heart of her co-worker. Probably the best story in the book."Sky Lift"--A man takes a dangerous journey on a "torch" designed to send him to a distant planet, to bring urgent medical attention to some colonists."Goldfish Bowl"--Some poor individuals find out what happens when they throw themselves into the middle of a phenomenon in the water that may or may not be supernatural in occurrence."Project Nightmare"--The government uses telekinetic people to find bombs the Soviets have planted throughout the country. Great story."Water Is for Washing"--Two men and two children attempt to outrun an enormous tidal wave brought on by a sudden earthquake.

  • Frank
    2019-02-18 03:28

    The Menace of Earth by Robert A. Heinlein is a short story about life on the moon. It’s a typical story, a girl is friendly with a boy, but the boy falls for someone else. From that short synopsis the story is a little obvious, but what isn’t obvious is the journey. Rather than trying to make the love story the strongest point, Heinlein once again transplants the typical story to the moon to explore the enviornment. We get a better view of how life is on the moon, but more important we see lunar life from a child’s view. The story takes place between two teenagers, and not even very elder ones at that. I believe they were 15 or 16 year olds. What’s interesting is there’s also the focus on recreation. Heinlein describes an amazing recreational activity that involves strapping a wing suit on the wear and flying around. What’s interesting is it’s not dissimilar from what people do with wingsuits today. Once again, Heinlein has a rather accurate outlandish view of a potential future, and doesn’t miss it by that much. With the exceptions of over use of thermals or need for low gravity to do it, Wingsuiting is a legit pursuit. Overall the story worked for me. It wasn’t the most amazing tale, but the journey once again was more important than the end point, and I’d gladly read the story again to enjoy Heinlein’s description of wingsuits alone.

  • Darin
    2019-02-04 06:25

    As a collection of shorts from Heinlein's early years, The Menace from Earth offers a wide range of stories touching on space science fiction, natural disasters, nuclear destruction, and more. What I especially enjoy about these stories is the fact that most are quite dark. Death, loss, and loneliness are common themes. Fans of deep space stories should love "Sky Lift," a short but interesting look at the possible consequences of long-term, high acceleration resulting from rapid space travel. These stories are not hard science fiction, but there is some amount of academic detail that tickles the curiosity. "Project Nightmare" offers a dark look at a possible Cold War nuclear attack (I could do without the ridiculous telekinetic powers though). Only "The Year of the Jackpot" fails to impress as Heinlein attempts to explain human and natural phenomenon by statistics (incorrectly I may add). Expect Heinlein's usual style of writing found in his longer novels - dominant male personalities, bravado galore, and infallible characters.

  • Timothy Darling
    2019-02-21 03:36

    Heinlein is a master of short fiction. This collection is a little off the beaten Heinlein fan path in that it is not completely a Future History sequence collection. A large portion of these stories stray very far indeed and in the process reveal an empathy that is far beyond the technical correctness of some of his harder science fiction, or as RAH preferred, speculative fiction. I confess to loving the title story as well as a couple others. The Year of the Jackpot is wonderful, though it ends badly. Water is for Washing is brilliant in its depth.The collection is best read slowly, one story at a time. Do not rush it, though definitely read each story in a single sitting. There is no other way to fully absorb their delightful ambiance.

  • Ed
    2019-02-19 04:26

    8 short stories published in the pulps between 1941 and 1957 are found in this 1959 compilation from the grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein. The quality of the individual stories varies, but the title story and 'By His Bootstraps' are worth the price of admission and show the imagination for which RAH is regarded as one of the all-time best SF authors.'The Year of the Jackpot', end of the world romance. 'By His Bootstraps', ingenious time travel yarn. 'Columbus Was a Dope', cute short. 'The Menace From Earth', amusing technological romance. 'SkyLift', straightforward rocket pilot tale. 'Goldfish Bowl', alien presence. 'Project Nightmare', ESP powers. 'Water Is For Washing', future action tale.

  • Jearith
    2019-02-11 22:42

    This is the first R.A.Heinlein book I ever read, and I must say it was great. Looking back some of the stories weren't nearly as good as some of his other works, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. The story that really got me hooked onto Heinlein was "By His Bootstraps", I saw the ending coming, but I didnt really mind that much. The book is a great read with lots of fun, charm, and memorable stories.There is an interesting story "Fish Bowl" which posses some interesting concepts of how we think about pets.. if you are looking for some fun, light, Scifi, check this one out for sure.

  • Lafcadio
    2019-02-13 23:24

    Occasionally, classic sci-fi has me scrambling to check original publication dates to justify blatant and horrifying racism. The appropriate date isn't an excuse, but it is a reason.For future reference (in order to qualify as a decent human being), if you're rapidly escaping imminent death from some ridiculous sci-fi threat and you stop to save a white child, you can't not stop to save the non-white child. Insert racial slur here. To be fair, the protagonist eventually saves the non-white child, but only after the white child talks him into it. Racial slurs and general late-40s / early 50s sexism aside, these are mostly pretty good stories.

  • Hoyt
    2019-02-07 06:23

    While I love Heinlein as a novelist, I find that his short stories are hit-or-miss. This collection leads off with my favorite Heinlein short of all, The Year of the Jackpot. It's exciting. It's original. And like all of Heinlein's best, it makes you think. The namesake story is excellent as well: how many teens have not felt the angst of a loved one taken under the spell of a witch? Except this teen's got class and character!The other stories, unfortunately, are mediocre at best. While I recommend Menace for the two I mentioned, the reader will not lose much by skipping the majority of the book, alas.

  • Jon
    2019-02-10 06:28

    Mostly depressing stuff, partly because this is around where the timeline reaches Scudder and the general decline of the US, even if most of the stories are apart from the main Future History. The brighter stuff stands out. The titular short would be great except that RAH can't write teenage girls at all. By His Bootstraps is another fine time-travel story. Project Nightmare maintains a really good tension. Columbus Was A Dope is short, direct, and good for a grin, if a bit too smug in its cleverness.

  • Aries
    2019-02-21 01:21

    She was beautifulShe was smartShe was irresistableShe was after my boyfriend... Contents: · The Year of the Jackpot · nv Galaxy Mar ’52 · By His Bootstraps [as by Anson MacDonald] · na Astounding Oct ’41 · Columbus Was a Dope · ss Startling Stories May ’47 · The Menace from Earth · nv F&SF Aug ’57 · Sky Lift · ss Imagination Nov ’53 · Goldfish Bowl [as by Anson MacDonald] · nv Astounding Mar ’42 · Project Nightmare · nv Amazing Apr/May ’53 · Water Is for Washing · ss Argosy Nov ’47

  • Amy
    2019-01-23 22:30

    I've always been a sucker for a Heinlein story and I read this one while in college too many years ago but it's always stayed with me. First of all, it's a wonderful story that feeds the imagination especially if you're a 'wish I could fly' kind of person as I am but this Heinlein is unique in that it is written in first person from a teenage girl's perspective. It takes a real man to attempt it and a great writer to pull it off. I recommend the novelette, THE MENACE FROM EARTH for YA - male or female, and anyone else whose imagination loves to fly.

  • Jason
    2019-01-26 23:46

    I've always enjoyed Heinlein so I was excited to learn that he'd written a collection of short stories. I got a copy and quickly dove in. The stories throughout certainly carry Heinlein's trademark cynicism, intelligence and narration but they didn't have the character development or intrigue that I've found in his other stories. I found it difficult to care about the characters and what happened to them.

  • Tom Coates
    2019-02-09 02:25

    I read this book probably twenty years ago, and much of it I don't remember at all. However, there's one story within it that I can recall almost every detail of, having read it dozens of times since. It's "By his bootstraps" and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in Science Fiction at all. It's a pretty rapid read, but a satisfyingly pure and elegant narrative. Definitely one to read.

  • Pam
    2019-02-09 04:33

    To start, I have to be honest and say that I love Heinlein's work. I see Heinlein as a big picture guy. His science and details about the 'future' may not be entirely accurate, but he gets people. As with any short story collection, some stories will appeal to any reader more than others and you will see that spoken about if you cruise the reviews. I suggest reading them and making up your own mind. While the players may be dated, the concepts are universal.

  • Mark Muckerman
    2019-02-15 03:40

    Heinlein is a great writer, but can be tough to read sometimes. Not so with this collection of shorts. Each is different from the others but really take the reader down many diverse paths. Great short story writing by one of the masters, and remember that this is from the golden age of sci-fi: pre CGI, pre Star Wars, pre Star Trek. Great and fresh concept writing from a master in his prime. Very enjoyable.

  • Vicki
    2019-01-30 22:29

    I am in the process of reading some of my late fathers sci-fi collection. I asked my mom to select everything that he had by Heinlein and started there. I have noticed that many of the female reviewers on GR slam Heinlein as being a "misoginist". I think that the truth is much less "sinister" than that. He became a best-selling author because he knew who his audience was, (decidedly not female). Get over yourself, bra burners.