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What I’m Reading: Robert Heinlein’s TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE

The Grand Master’s “longest and most ambitious work,” Time Enough for Love was published in 1973 and nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.  The book follows the extraordinarily long life of Lazarus Long over two thousand years, taking the form of several novellas with Long’s voice intruding as a sort of memoir.

Cover art of Time Enough for Love by Robert A....

I’ll leave you with the very-first note in the novel, setting up Long’s unique perspective:

“The lives of the Senior Member of the Howard Families (Woodrow Wilson Smith; Ernest Gibbons; Captain Aaron Sheffield; Lazarus Long; “Happy” Daze, His Serenity Seraphin the Younger, Supreme High Priest of the One God in All His Aspects and Arbiter Below and Above; Proscribed Prisoner No. 83M2742; Mr Justice Lenox; Corporal Ted Bronson; Dr. Lafe Hubert; and others), Oldest Member of the Human Race.  This account is based principally based on the Senior’s own words as recorded many times and places and especially at the Howard Rejuvenation Clinic and at the Executive Palace in New Rome on Secundus in Year 2053 After the Great Diaspora (Gregorian Year 4272 of Old Home Terra)- and supplemented by letters and by eyewitness accounts, (where possible) reconciled by official records and contemporary histories, as directed by the Howard Foundation Trustees and executed by the Howard Archivist Emeritus.  The result is of unique historical importance despite the Archivist’s decision to leave in blatant falsehoods, self-serving allegations, and many amoral anecdotes not suitable for young persons.”

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3 responses

  1. A fascinating book — though, that cover is downright unfortunate — haha! What’s your favorite of Heinlein’s?

    January 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    • Ha ha the cover of the one I have is much better. I really like THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, personally, though so far I’m really enjoying this one. I’ll put a review up when I finish.

      January 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  2. I enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress — I tend to inhabit the camp that declares Heinlein highly overrated…. Yes, he’s an important and influential voice but didn’t, in the slightest, produce the best works of the 50s/60s/70s…

    January 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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