Don't count out the underdog... Two classic short novels by Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction’s Grand Master.
North Power Air is in trouble. Their aircraft are crashing at an alarming rate and no one can figure out the cause. Desperate for an answer, they turn to Waldo, a crippled misanthropic genius who lives in a home in orbit around Earth, where the absence of gravity means that his feeble muscle strength does not confine him helplessly in a wheelchair. But Waldo has little reason to want to help the rest of humanity - until he learns that the solution to Earth’s problems also holds the key to his own.
In a world where almost everything is done by magic spells, Magic, Inc., under the guise of an agency for magicians, is systematically squeezing the small independent magicians out of business. Then one businessman stood firm. And with the help of an Oxford-educated African shaman and a little old lady adept at black magic, he was willing to take on all the demons of Hell to resolve the problem - once and for all.
©1940, 1942, 1950 Robert A. Heinlein, © 2003 by The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust. Introduction © 2014 by Bill Patterson. Afterword © 2014 by Tim Powers. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I LOVED this in the 1970s when I was a kid but it was a struggle to get through as an adult. I thought I would rediscover Heinlein afresh after 40 years but what I discover is that the same strong and (to me) mildly offensive attitudes (political, social, sexual) that infused his later work so strongly and made me uncomfortable as a young adult woman are here too in the older stuff, just more subtly. They say you can't go home- too bad...
A young teen might really like these though- Heinlein is endless inventive.
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Using superstition and magic to create an even reading field for 2 short stories.
I always believe a wise man should glance over his sholder before changing lanes. Glance back in history before making the same mistakes or repeating them.
Heinlien removes science of the 1950s, to tell a good story of science fiction, but needed to remove science fact (still too new in a time line and in scope) and uses magic to replace science fact in electrigal grids, electronics of heated plates in picture tubes, voice coils, amplification, circuit boards, etc… Way, way too new in history to make the magic believable back then. But, he took a gamble with his story (1st of it's kind) and got published - won!
Write a story like that today, it would suck big time! He took a gamble, won!
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