Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A Heinlein

Title: The Past Through Tomorrow
Author: Robert A Heinlein
Series: Though not officially part of a series I was amazed at how much back story this volume filled in for other Heinlein books I had read.
Genre: Science fiction - in the space opera direction.
Setting: Mostly offplanet - a lot of the stories took place on Luna.
Reason for Reading: I read one new Heinlein every year, generally in the summer.
Finished In: Weeks.
Pages: 830
Copyright Date: 1967
Cover: Some planets against the Milky Way galaxy (or another that looks like it).
First line: "The chairman rapped loudly for order."
Themes: Space exploration, difficulty getting along with other humans, family, war of the sexes.
Favorite stories: "Delilah and the Space-Rigger," "We Also Walk Dogs," "...If This Goes On"
Least favorite: "Coventry." I had read several of the stories before; this was the only one I didn't like.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Up Up and Away"
Grade: B
Recommended for: Fans of Heinlein might not think to visit this collection but it's well worth it.
Related Reads: Time Enough for Love, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

I really enjoyed this anthology. In my teens I realized Heinlein had died and no more books would be forthcoming (though I was wrong about this) and decided to ration myself to one new Heinlein a year. Unfortunately he has not aged well; as I have gotten older I find his books less enjoyable on the whole. But I did like this one a lot and it included a number of stories I hadn't read before, as well as novellas I had read like Methusaleh's children.
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