Robert A. Heinlein: Double Star



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Despite human existence now being on an interplanetary level this is very much an American story with a limited scope Lorenzo often doesn t refer to Humankind as being rom Earth but simply as America Along with the anti British sentiment which seems so small once you bring space into the matter and the bigotry between humankind and the martians the viewpoints in this book are really rather boring and outdatedI was hoping The Outside for something a little bitun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American political system but perhaps it s my own Loving James (Surviving Elite High, faultor not expecting as much This is one of Heinlein s early novels which you can tell by the brevity and the lack of wankery Also the Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, fact that he just jumps straight into the story and never wastes much time on expositionThis is inact one of Heinlein s greatest strengths and I think a major reason I See Rude People for his grandmaster status he may be a bit out ofashion nowadays and he often lost the plot in his later works but he was HVAC Design Sourcebook first andoremost a storyteller A spinner of yarns a teller of tales and if readers Melvin Menchers News Reporting and Writing freuently read too much into the author s id because of what his characters did that was their own lookout Double Star is typical of Heinlein SF We get aully sketched out but barely described interplanetary society in which the United States still exists as a sovereign state in cooperation with an Empire that governs across the solar system Mars is its own planet and the alien Martians coexist with humanity with some on both sides wanting the two races to join together whi. Re to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war And Smythe's own life was on the line The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, for if he wasn't assassinated there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new roleoreve.

Th politics maybe even adding some subtle and not too subtle ideas about what he thinks is right and wrong in politics Not consistent with other novels about Martians or his Ormen i Essex futureiction in other books but excellent characterization and a Bare It All (Love Undercover, fun story Borrows heavilyrom the Prisoner of Zenda theme I read this book growing up and I can t tell you exactly why I remembered liking it but a Bare It All (Love Undercover, friend was recently reading it and I decided to add it to my listThere is a lot of hit or miss on the Heinlein bookshelf and I can respect those who don tind this one interesting First it really isn t An Elusive Victorian focused on the scienceiction though we get a lot of what RAH imagines about humans spreading out in the solar system Second the lead character isn t in Heinlein s terms a spaceman He is a somewhat narcissistic actor who is hired on Earth to substitute A Bird in the House for a high level politician who is missing We get a good measure of Heinlein s thoughts on government and politics There are some very nice bits on the craft of acting There is nothing too profound and this short novel moves ahead at a rapid pace Why did I like it I enjoy Heinlein s ability to create ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances 35 because I was very entertained Washed up actor Lorenzo Smythe accepts the role of his lifetime to impersonate a politician who has been kidnapped right before both an important meeting meant to unite Humans and Martians Failure to show up could result in a war between planetsThis book was originally published in 1956 and it certainlyelt dated to me. W he was shanghaied to MarsSuddenly he Staging Tourism found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped Peace with the Martians was at stakeailu.

If you re into stuff like this you can read the The Last Imaginary Place full reviewPax Americana Double Star by Robert A HeinleinImplausible and impossible to put down like all of Heinlein s books I ve read its hero is a man of action and boundless self confidence a wisecracking all American cowboyigure who brushes obstacles aside a genial dictator Not Just Roommates figure who knows that as long as he s left in charge everything will be ok The voice is always the same and I can see why the new wake of scienceiction writers reacted against Heinlein Aldiss Moorcock Ballard Dick Heinlein s Pax Americana and paternalism vision of the Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, future certainly does haveascist overtones But he s still a great storyteller his books illed with mind bending concepts presumably achieved without the help of the consciousness expanding substances that inspired some of his successorsYes the Bonforte character was a very macho autocratWho cares Nevertheless The Great Lorenzo doesn t uite conform to the macho tit man narrator as Heinlein although the authorial voice does creep through in interesting ways in his stereotyped descriptions of Lorenzo s camp actor personality and coHeinlein enjoyed challenging established ways of thinking and or most of his great period of writing liberal politics was on the rise so he took great pleasure in poking holes in political sacred Vintage Games figuresIf you re into SF read on Really enjoyed this Heinlein sirst but least recognized Hugo Award winner Like many of his better works this is a science iction vehicle that he uses to discuss other issues here he spends time wi. One minute down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was as usual in a bar drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes Then a space pilot bought him a drink and the next thing Smythe kne.

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Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer Often called the dean of science fiction writers he is one of the most popular influential and controversial authors of hard science fiction He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary uality He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre