Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land Description:

b NAME Valentine Michael Smith br ANCESTRY Human br ORIGIN Mars b br br Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars newly returned to Earth Among his people for the first time he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking watersharing and love

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers Description:

Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A Heinlein st published in abridged form as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy amp Science Fiction as Starship Soldier amp published hardcover in br The st person narrative is about a young soldier named Juan Johnnie Rico amp his exploits in the Mobile Infantry a futuristic military unit equipped with powered armor His military career progresses from recruit to noncommissioned officer amp finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between humans amp an arachnoid species known as the Bugs Thru Rico s eyes Heinlein examines moral amp philosophical aspects of suffrage civic virtue the necessities of war amp capital punishment amp the nature of juvenile delinquency br Starship Troopers won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in The novel has attracted controversy amp criticism for its social amp political themes which some critics claim promote militarism Starship Troopers has been adapted into several films amp games with the most widely known as well as the most controversial amp criticized being the film by Paul Verhoeven

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Description:

It is the year and the Moon is a penal colony for the rebellious and the unwanted of Earth The exiles have created a libertarian society in order to survive in their harsh and unforgiving environment their motto being TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as a free lunch Looming over them is the Luna Authority the heavy handed Earth administration who trades life necessities to the Loonies in exchange for grain shipments to the starving populations of Earth br br As the situation steadily deteriorates the inhabitants of Luna come to realize that they have little choice but to revolt against Luna Authority in order to save themselves from resource exhaustion and a subsequent environmental apocalypse br br A small band of dissidents emerges to lead the revolution This consists of a one armed computer jock a radical young woman a past his prime academic and a nearly omnipotent computer named Mike These people ignite the fires of revolution despite the near certainty of failure

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Time Enough for Love

Time Enough for Love Description:

The capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein s famous Future History i Time Enough for Love i follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds Heinlein s longest and most ambitious work it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Puppet Masters

The Puppet Masters Description:

First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax End of story Case closed br br Except that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the U S government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting back Then four more follow up agents also disappeared So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery an invasion is underway by slug like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind What the humans know they know What the slugs want no matter what the human will do And most of Iowa is already under their control br br Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth Unfortunately that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders with no will of his own And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service which safeguards the President of the United States control of the entire nation is near at hand

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Friday

Friday Description:

Friday is a secret courier She is employed by a man known to her only as Boss Operating from and over a near future Earth in which North America has become Balkanized into dozens of independent states where culture has become bizarrely vulgarized and chaos is the happy norm she finds herself on shuttlecock assignment at Boss seemingly whimsical behest From New Zealand to Canada from one to another of the new states of America s disunion she keeps her balance nimbly with quick expeditious solutions to one calamity and scrape after another

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Have Space Suit—Will Travel

Have Space Suit—Will Travel Description:

Kip from midwest Centerville USA works the summer before college as a pharmacy soda jerk and wins an authentic stripped down spacesuit in a soap contest He answers a distress radio call from Peewee scrawny rag doll clutching genius aged With the comforting cop Mother Thing three eyed tripod Wormfaces kidnap them to the Moon and Pluto

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (The World As Myth)

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (The World As Myth) Description:

When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his table Dr Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger intrigue and other dimensions where a plot to rescue a sentient computer could alter human history

Rating: 3.79 out of 5

The Door Into Summer

The Door Into Summer Description:

It is and electronics engineer Dan Davis has finally made the invention of a lifetime a household robot with extraordinary abilities destined to dramatically change the landscape of everyday routine Then with wild success just within reach Dan s greedy partner and even greedier fianc e steal his work and leave him penniless and trick him into taking the long sleep suspended animation for thirty years

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Methuselah's Children

Methuselah's Children Description:

After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in i Stranger in a Strange Land i and chronicled in i Revolt in i the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All br br No one may seize or harm the person or property of another or invade his privacy or force him to do his bidding Americans are fiercely proud of their re won liberties and the blood it cost them i nothing i could make them forswear those truths they hold self evident Nothing except the promise of immortality

Rating: 3.73 out of 5