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For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (2004)

de Robert A. Heinlein

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From Grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein comes a long-lost first novel, written in 1939 and never before published, introducing ideas and themes that would shape his career and define the genre that is synonymous with his name. July 12, 1939 Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when suddenly another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.... When he wakes, the girl in green is a woman dressed in furs and the sun-drenched shore has transformed into snowcapped mountains. The woman, Diana, rescues Perry from the bitter cold and takes him inside her home to rest and recuperate. Later they debate the cause of the accident, for Diana is unfamiliar with the concept of a tire blowout and Perry cannot comprehend snowfall in mid-July. Then Diana shares with him a vital piece of information: The date is now January 7. The year...2086. When his shock subsides, Perry begins an exhaustive study of global evolution over the past 150 years. He learns, among other things, that a United Europe was formed and led by Edward, Duke of Windsor; former New York City mayor LaGuardia served two terms as president of the United States; the military draft was completely reconceived; banks became publicly owned and operated; and in the year 2003, two helicopters destroyed the island of Manhattan in a galvanizing act of war. This education in the ways of the modern world emboldens Perry to assimilate to life in the twenty-first century. But education brings with it inescapable truths -- the economic and legal systems, the government, and even the dynamic between men and women remain alien to Perry, the customs of the new day continually testing his mental and emotional resolve. Yet it is precisely his knowledge of a bygone era that will serve Perry best, as the man from 1939 seems destined to lead his newfound peers even further into the future than they could have imagined. A classic example of the future history that Robert Heinlein popularized during his career, For Us, The Living marks both the beginning and the end of an extraordinary arc of political, social, and literary crusading that comprises his legacy. Heinlein could not have known in 1939 how the world would change over the course of one and a half centuries, but we have our own true world history to compare with his brilliant imaginings, rendering For Us, The Living not merely a novel, but a time capsule view into our past, our present, and perhaps our future. The novel is presented here with an introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Spider Robinson and an afterword by Professor Robert James of the Heinlein Society.… (mais)
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Heinlein ordered the manuscripts of this book burned. Turns out, he was right... He just didn't get all the copies.

Not to say there's nothing worth discussing about it. (I will be doing a proper review as part of my Virginia Edition series.) [a:William H. Patterson, Jr.|28589|William H. Patterson Jr.|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1350060046p2/28589.jpg] is right that it includes kernels of what was to come in Heinlein's later work. But who wants kernels? I want the fully popped corn, salted and buttered, with a handful of M&Ms thrown in for kicks and giggles... ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
This is Heinlein's earliest work (although unpublished until recently). It's interesting in that this was written around the start of WWII, so his alternate history reads very odd at times. So, the whole of WWII is different and man hasn't landed on the moon. You can see the seeds of later works in this one, most notably Nehemiah Scudder from [b:Revolt in 2100|1116661|Revolt in 2100|Robert A. Heinlein|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1266721800s/1116661.jpg|2835460] (although the dates are different from that book). He's basically the same character in both books (and as mentioned in other books of his as well).

This book doesn't really have much of a plot at all. A guy from 1939 ends up in the far future and has to deal with the changes in the society. That's about it. Some of the customs are interesting (and I wouldn't mind if they were true now), like the concept of public and private spheres. By custom, no one intrudes on another's private sphere. An implication of this is that public figures' private lives are just that, private. It can be very preachy at times, like in his discussion of economics and how our economic system doesn't work (and it attempts to prove that it doesn't). This kind of thing is somewhat interesting but can be tedious.

All told, I wouldn't recommend it to any but Heinlein fans. ( )
  tjl | Jan 2, 2020 |
A precursor to the more well rounded, story-telling stories, this tale sets the foundations for future stories. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
Not really a novel, but a statement of Heinlein's beliefs which he continued to express later in his novels. ( )
  bgknighton | Nov 26, 2018 |
URANIA COLLEZIONE NR. 142
  Vincenzop. | Mar 21, 2018 |
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Written around 1939 and predating his first published novel by a decade. Heinlein's first science fiction novel is a gripping story of a man catapulted into a time not his own, as well as a keen examination of freedom both personal and political.
 

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Giancola, DonatoArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
James, RobertPosfácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Robinson, SpiderIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Stevenson, DavidDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Stutzman,MarkArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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From Grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein comes a long-lost first novel, written in 1939 and never before published, introducing ideas and themes that would shape his career and define the genre that is synonymous with his name. July 12, 1939 Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when suddenly another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.... When he wakes, the girl in green is a woman dressed in furs and the sun-drenched shore has transformed into snowcapped mountains. The woman, Diana, rescues Perry from the bitter cold and takes him inside her home to rest and recuperate. Later they debate the cause of the accident, for Diana is unfamiliar with the concept of a tire blowout and Perry cannot comprehend snowfall in mid-July. Then Diana shares with him a vital piece of information: The date is now January 7. The year...2086. When his shock subsides, Perry begins an exhaustive study of global evolution over the past 150 years. He learns, among other things, that a United Europe was formed and led by Edward, Duke of Windsor; former New York City mayor LaGuardia served two terms as president of the United States; the military draft was completely reconceived; banks became publicly owned and operated; and in the year 2003, two helicopters destroyed the island of Manhattan in a galvanizing act of war. This education in the ways of the modern world emboldens Perry to assimilate to life in the twenty-first century. But education brings with it inescapable truths -- the economic and legal systems, the government, and even the dynamic between men and women remain alien to Perry, the customs of the new day continually testing his mental and emotional resolve. Yet it is precisely his knowledge of a bygone era that will serve Perry best, as the man from 1939 seems destined to lead his newfound peers even further into the future than they could have imagined. A classic example of the future history that Robert Heinlein popularized during his career, For Us, The Living marks both the beginning and the end of an extraordinary arc of political, social, and literary crusading that comprises his legacy. Heinlein could not have known in 1939 how the world would change over the course of one and a half centuries, but we have our own true world history to compare with his brilliant imaginings, rendering For Us, The Living not merely a novel, but a time capsule view into our past, our present, and perhaps our future. The novel is presented here with an introduction by acclaimed science fiction writer Spider Robinson and an afterword by Professor Robert James of the Heinlein Society.

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