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William

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  • The Menace from Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    In The Menace from Earth, Robert A. Heinlein, a master of science fiction, presents startling stories of time and space. On the day past tomorrow, time has ended and man has begun his endless journey out into the universe. For those on the Pluto colony, Earth Satellite Base holds the only possible reprieve from a terrifying death sentence. Meanwhile on Earth, alien intelligence prowls the skies, kidnapping people for its own inhuman amusement.

    W. Seligman says: "Middlin' Heinlein"
    "Middlin' Heinlein"
    Overall

    This collection of Heinlein's short science-fiction stories isn't bad. It's just that he did better.

    In my opinion, the two best stories in the collection are: "By His Bootstraps", a nice time-travel story whose main points were endlessly imitated by later, lesser writers; and "The Menace From Earth", for its description of life on the moon, and a form of recreation possible on the moon but impractical on earth.

    However, I feel that the collection "6xH" (first published under the title "The Unpleasant Profession of Johnathan Hoag") is a much better example of Heinlein in his mastery of the short story. This collection is not yet available as an audiobook; a shame, since I think those stories would lend themselves very well to the spoken form.

    Until his other collections become available, I suppose this one will do. But I know there's better Heinlein out there, which is why I'm only giving it three stars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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