3.5 stars This set of short stories plus the title Novella is a good introduction to Heinlein s Future History especially the title novella and The Roads Must Roll The latter is my favorite from the collection and was included as one of the best short stories of all time by the Difficult to review, evenso than the regular collection of short stories.This is, almost by definition, classic science fiction, practically historical sci fi, if there can be such a thing Heinlein was one of the founding greats of the genera, he had foresight, vision and very exciting concepts But, at times, the execution of the concepts does not enhance them as it should This is a More Heinlein Not planned It just so happened that this paperback was on the New Books shelf at the library, so I snatched it up In fact, it s a double feature, with Orphans of the Sky as the second book This edition has an afterword, two introductions to The Man Who Sold the Moon, as well as a preface from Heinlein It is saturated If you like Heinlein, buy this edit This is a short story collection covering a lot of the stories that set up the common timeline that Robert Heinlein set a lot of his later stories like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and others in One of the interesting parts was the preface, which Heinlein began with a quote from L Sprague de Camp It does not pay a profit to be too specific The stories that follow are textbook Heinlein fast paced and fun with just enough pseudo science to make them sound plausible enough for fun There ar This is a short story collection covering a lot of the stories that set up the common timeline that Robert Heinlein set a lot of his later stories like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and others in One of the interesting parts was the preface, which Heinlein began with a quote from L Sprague de Camp It does not pay a profit to be too specific The stories that follow are textbook Heinlein fast paced and fun with just enough pseudo science to make them sound plausible enough for fun There are the usual didactic characters each one of them a bastion of reason in a sea of weak unreason and they spout the usually odd, off kilter politics of Heinlein I think that s my favorite part about Heinlein s politics and the only reason he I liked this a lot better than Stranger in a Strange Land because I feel that Heinlein is a lot better as a short story writer With Stranger in a Strange Land it seemed like he got a little bit carried away with some of his fantasies and the story kind of ran away with him, but in this collection of somewhat interconnected stories, the stories are cohesive and succinct and flow together nicely, and his ideas come across well without being shoved down the reader s throat I still feel like I liked this a lot better than Stranger in a Strange Land because I feel that Heinlein is a lot better as a short story writer With Stranger in a Strange Land it seemed like he got a little bit carried away with some of his fantasies and the story kind of ran away with him, but in this collection of somewhat interconnected stories, the stories are cohesive and succinct and flow together nicely, and his ideas come across well without being shoved down the reader s throat I still feel like he doesn t really understand women, as his women characters are always either nagging housewives or ridiculously subservient women who have no interest in getting married In the first story, Let there be Light a woman biologist talks to a physical chemist about her idea for creating light based on fi This is a collection of short stories from the master of Science Fiction, Heinlein I ve been a big fan of his for years, devouring a lot of his novels Amy bought this for me for Christmas thinking that it was a novel I was, admittedly, a little put off from reading it initially because I don t typically enjoy short stories But I read the foreword and discovered that Heinlein had written several of his books with the same overarching story such that the events of one story are the history a This is a collection of short stories from the master of Science Fiction, Heinlein I ve been a big fan of his for years, devouring a lot of his novels Amy bought this for me for Christmas thinking that it was a novel I was, admittedly, a little put off from reading it initially because I don t typically enjoy short stories But I read the foreword and discovered that Heinlein had written several of his books with the same overarching story such that the events of one story are the history and background of another.The first story is of an inventor who, working with a colleague, invents solar panels in the process of inventing cold light or a light source that doesn t emit a lot of heat Mind you, this book was written in the 50 s The second story is about getting rid of cars and having moving walkways like in airports that go up to 100 mph.The main story is about an entrepreneur who wants to travel to the moon But he goes through a convoluted process This is a collection of five short stories and the titular novella, all set in Heinlein s own future history I enjoyed most of the stories, although the behaviour of the union in The Roads Must Roll about the union that brings the America s trunk moving walkways to a halt took me out of story completely Mind you, this may be a trans Atlantic difference Americans have had a very different history with unions to Europeans, and may find thisbelievable.The title story took a long time to This is a collection of five short stories and the titular novella, all set in Heinlein s own future history I enjoyed most of the stories, although the behaviour of the union in The Roads Must Roll about the union that brin , ,, , D D Harriman Is A Billionaire With A Dream The Dream Of Space For All Mankind The Method Anything That Works Maybe, In Fact, Harriman Goes Too Far But He Will Give Us The Stars Source Back Cover I go into anything Heinlein knowing he is sci fi royalty and trying to balance my expections vs remembering many of these are 70 years old.The stories in this collection have a definitely PULPY feel to them, lots of Hey chum what do you think you re doing type of lines in them A bit corny really, but all in good fun, and written in a WWII world, you have to tak