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The Menace from Earth | [Robert A. Heinlein]

The Menace from Earth

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.
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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.

©1959 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    W. Seligman upstate NY USA 08-01-05
    W. Seligman upstate NY USA 08-01-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Middlin' Heinlein"

    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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    Mike Prairieville, LA, USA 11-01-04
    Mike Prairieville, LA, USA 11-01-04
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    "Excellent collection!"

    Wonderful and varied assortment of sci-fi short stories from the master of classic sci-fi. Time travel paradoxes, romance, human race in peril... this collection spans the gamut and holds your interest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Prudence Hoffman 09-29-09

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    "Can't listen to it"

    I love Heinline stories, read them as a kid. I read this book eons ago and since I'm an Audible junky I purchased this one. I like the reader's voice but there's a lot of microphone hiss ssssssss ssssss sssss - it's like squeaks @ a basketball game (I guess I'm neurotic when it comes to repetitive noises). I re-downloaded and there's still ssss sss s. I've tried all sorts of EQ settings but the hiss just gets bassier. So a warning to fellow neurotics - sssssssssss

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maarten oldenzaalNetherlands 01-25-06
    Maarten oldenzaalNetherlands 01-25-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Good stories"

    Once you figured out there are four stories or so its a great book full of fantasy imagination and strong beautifull woman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 08-31-12
    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Some of my favorite Heinlein short stories"

    For those of you who know H short stories by their titles this compilation contains 8: 1) Year of the Jackpot (excellent) 2) By his Bootstraps (poor) 3) Columbus was a Dope (good) 4) Menace from Earth (excellent) 5) Skylift (very good) 6) GoldFishbowl (very good) 7) Project Nightmare (excellent) 8) Water is for washing (very good).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Rose Hill, KS, United States 05-10-12
    Randall Rose Hill, KS, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "The Menace From Earth - Reader Review"
    If you could sum up The Menace from Earth in three words, what would they be?

    "Classic Heinlein Story". Robert Heinlein's "juvenile novels" were a gateway to interesting teens about science fiction. When I first read the book when I was 14 years old, I was hooked - Heinlein has been my favorite author my entire life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the view point from the teen characters when I was growing up - now that I'm 50 years old I enjoyed guessing the subterfuge going on in the background!

    The description of what it would be like to be on a space voyage contrasted with what it was like on another planet is always eye opening and fun!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was done well. Not award winning, but it didn't get in the way of the story. I always prefer multiple actors voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! :) I usually listen to it on the way to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting to read great classic science fiction or to interest their children in reading sci-fi.

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    "A liitle dated"

    A collection of short stories. The dialogue was 50's american and the narrator sounded as if he was from the 50s as well and very distracting. Not what I wanted or what I was expecting. Short stories are like bad lovers, you always end up wishing that there was more to come!

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