Book Review: For Us, The Living

ForUsTheLivingby Michael D. Pederson

 

For Us, The Living
Robert A. Heinlein
Scribner, 263 pp.

There’s little that I can say about Heinlein’s lost first novel that hasn’t already been said—it’s very reminiscent of H.G. Wells’s When the Sleeper Wakes, many of Heinlein’s best known themes are present here in embryonic form, and it’s not much of a story—but it is worth looking at. After all, this is Robert Heinlein we’re talking about, one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Frankly, I’m surprised that Heinlein went to such lengths to bury this story. It’s a historical document that’s just as important as his correspondences and wouldn’t it have been better if he could have controlled the manner in which it was released? True, it’s not a very good novel but it is absolutely fascinating to see this so obvious bridge between his failed political career and his ground-breaking literary efforts. It also provides a captivating pre-World War II vision of the future. If you’re not a fan of Heinlein or interested in the history of science fiction you will more than likely find this to be a tedious waste of your time. But if you are a fan how can you resist?

 

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