EBOOK (Double Star) ↠ Robert A. Heinlein
If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewPax Americana Double Star by Robert A HeinleinImplausible and impossible to put down like all of Heinlein s books I ve read its hero is a man of action and boundless self confidence a wisecracking all American cowboy figure who brushes obstacles aside a enial dictator figure who knows that as long as he s left in charge everything will be ok The voice is always the same and I can see why the new wake of science fiction writers reacted against Heinlein Aldiss Moorcock Ballard Dick Heinlein s Pax Americana and paternalism vision of the future certainly does have fascist overtones But he s still a reat storyteller his books filled with mind bending concepts presumably achieved without the help of the consciousness expanding substances that inspired some of his successorsYes the Bonforte character was a very macho autocratWho cares Nevertheless The Great Lorenzo doesn t uite conform to the macho tit man narrator as Heinlein although the authorial voice does creep through in interesting ways in his stereotyped descriptions of Lorenzo s camp actor personality and coHeinlein enjoyed challenging established ways of thinking and for most of his reat period of writing liberal politics was on the rise so he took Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? great pleasure in poking holes in political sacred figuresIf you re into SF read on Really enjoyed this Heinlein s first but least recognized Hugo Award winner Like many of his better works this is a science fiction vehicle that he uses to discuss other issues here he spends time with politics maybe even adding some subtle and not too subtle ideas about what he thinks is right and wrong in politics Not consistent with other novels about Martians or his future fiction in other books but excellent characterization and a fun story Borrows heavily from the Prisoner of Zenda theme I read this bookrowing up and I can t tell you exactly why I remembered liking it but a friend was recently reading it and I decided to add it to my listThere is a lot of hit or miss on the Heinlein bookshelf and I can respect those who don t find this one interesting First it really isn t focused on the science fiction though we Catwoman get a lot of what RAH imagines about humans spreading out in the solar system Second the lead character isn t in Heinlein s terms a spaceman He is a somewhat narcissistic actor who is hired on Earth to substitute for a high level politician who is missing Weet a Baby Legacy (So Many Babies good measure of Heinlein s thoughts onovernment and politics There are some very nice bits on the craft of acting There is nothing too profound and this short novel moves ahead at a rapid pace Why did I like it I enjoy Heinlein s ability to create ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances 35 because I was very entertained Washed up actor Lorenzo Smythe accepts the role of his lifetime to impersonate a politician who has been kidnapped right before both an important meeting meant to unite Humans and Martians Failure to show up could result in a war between planetsThis book was originally published in 1956 and it certainly felt dated to me Despite human existence now being on an interplanetary level this is very much an American story with a limited scope Lorenzo often doesn t refer to Humankind as being from Earth but simply as America Along with the anti British sentiment which seems so small once you bring space into the matter and the bigotry between humankind and the martians the viewpoints in this book are really rather boring and outdatedI was hoping for something a little bit fun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American political system but perhaps it s my own fault for not expecting as much This is one of Heinlein s early novels which you can tell by the brevity and the lack of wankery Also the fact that he just jumps straight into the story and never wastes much time on expositionThis is in fact on. One minute down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was as usual in a bar drinking away his troubles as he watched his career o down the tubes Then a space pilot bought him a drink and the next thing Smythe kne.
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EBOOK (Double Star) ↠ Robert A. Heinlein
E the enjoyment of the tale isn t swamped by the offensive content for which Heinlein is unfortunately well known Double Star I think does the job pretty well There are a couple of instances of eyebrow raising dialogue and the women mostly have secretarial type jobs but it s par for what you d normally expect to see in 1950 s books even science fiction the imaginations of mid century SF authors had their limits and nothing was too far out of lineHeinlein ets on his soapbox a little about personal freedoms and politics but it s all Langlais correct pour les Nuls good since the main message is euality for all races including Martians and Venerians aliens from Venus A few outdated technologies like microfilm and slide rules appear alongside the spaceships and rayuns but it doesn t ruin the fun It s actually pretty amusing in a retro kind of wayThis is a uick and humorous read not terribly challenging but enjoyable and there are some interesting ideas about how acting a role can change you as a person the importance of the political process and the impact one person can have Before I begin I d like to thank you all for choosing to read this review today It is you who actively participate in the Goodreads community that are the pulsating heart of this Constantly Craving great country Insert your country name here Without your efforts intellectual life everywhere would be sure to stagnate This has always been my position and I am a man with firm convictions never changing my mind about anything Just yesterday a young impoverished child asked me how I wasoing to help improve this country if I am elected Czar And I saidchecks notes on palmlower taxes by wagging war wagging war Oh uh sorry WAGING waron evil countries full of terrorists I also prioritize putting children first and also putting the environment and our future first It is my pleasure to discuss Double Star this afternoon Double Star is a terr Brian Aldiss in Trillion Year Spree says this is Heinlein s most enjoyable novel Who am I to fault his judgment It is indeed a lot of fun pathetic failed actor Laurence Smith stage name Lorenzo Smythe is hired to impersonate John Joseph Bonforte leader of the Expansionist party and the Solar System s most important politician Bonforte has been kidnapped and for complicated reasons there is an appointment he must attend no excuse will be acceptable if he fails to turn up on time So Smythe is drafted in proceeds to learn Bonforte s mannerisms and background story and starts his unusual new job The first public appearance A Preface to Democratic Theory goes fine and no one suspects a thing Then he has to do another one and then yet another Pretty soon he s living Bonforte s life for him I don t want toive away too much of a fun plot but the basic message is that politicians even ood ones like Bonforte are fakes Any halfway competent actor with a few weeks of prep time could step into their shoes and th A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear She referenced numerous romantic comedies and several war movies in addition to her factual historic research I don t recall that she brought up many works of fiction but Double Star was one of them and it stuck in my mind as something I wanted to read Between the Hugo win and the subject matter I thought it would be worth a tryWillis said that Double Star was inspired by the story of ME Clifton James who was sent to North Africa and Gibraltar in Field Marshal Montgomery s place in order to co Double Star No second rate actor could ever become president rightOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureDouble Star is one of Robert Heinlein s most enjoyable early period SF novels a short and tightly plotted story of out of work actor Lawrence Smith aka The Great Lorenzo who is unexpectedly tapped for a very important acting job to impersonate an important politician named John Bonforte who has been kidnapped Initially the job is supposed to be just shor. Re to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war And Smythe's own life was on the line for if he wasn't assassinated there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role foreve.
E of Heinlein s reatest strengths and I think a major reason for his randmaster status he may be a bit out of fashion nowadays and he often lost the plot in his later works but he was first and foremost a storyteller A spinner of yarns a teller of tales and if readers freuently read too much into the author s id because of what his characters did that was their own lookout Double Star is typical of Heinlein SF We et a fully sketched out but barely described interplanetary society in which the United States still exists as a sovereign state in cooperation with an Empire that Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus governs across the solar system Mars is its own planet and the alien Martians coexist with humanity with some on both sides wanting the two races to join together while others are violent separatists All of this plus the spacefaring technology which is on the slightly soft side of hard SF but presents nothing particularly outlandish for this rocket ships and BEM era storyWhat makes Heinlein a master of his craft is that he drops us into this universe and makes it all perfectly understandable the parts that aren t really explained don t matter without devoting a single chapter in fact barely a paragraph to exposition What exposition there is is all through character dialog and it all happens through action rather than As You Know Bob conversations Hence our main character Lorenzo Smythe who is a Martianphobe who winds up having to impersonate a politician who is involved in an important formal ritual to become an honorary Martian tells us everything we need to know about Martians between dodging murder attempts by a renegade faction of Martians this happens in the first few pages of the book and whining about how much he dislikes Martians on his hasty trip too make friends with themHeinlein characters are always a bit freakishly competent which is why we re supposed to believe that Lorenzo is such a Something in Return great actor that even though he wasrabbed seemingly at the last moment by a couple of a shady men needing him to impersonate a famous politician at a moment s notice he manages to fool almost everyone around his subject from the Martians to the EmperorThere are even some space politics in this book though Heinlein is blamed for soapboxing than he actually did and while there are hints of his usual rugged self reliance and free trade philosophy nothing is too obviously on the nose with regards to real world politics Are the Martians a metaphor for some Earthly Other Maybe you could read them that way but sometimes a Martian is just a Martian Likewise the politician he is impersonating one of those rare honest sorts who honestly is trying to do the right thing for his nation and his constituents could easily be read as a liberal or a conservative or any other sort of party memberThis was in fact a pretty fast paced yarn about political conspiracies and diplomatic maneuvers that could have easily been told without the sci fi trappings Heinlein added spaceships and Martians because that s the kind of story he wrote but I ll bet non SF readers would enjoy this story just as much if it had been written as a mundane conspiracy thrillerThis is not his most exciting or imaginative work but it is a ood showcase of Heinlein s early style and his talents as a writer Review also posted at Fantasy Literature In Double Star a 1956 Robert Heinlein novella Lawrence Smith aka Lorenzo Smythe or Lorenzo the Great an out of work actor accepts a job to impersonate a man for a few days without perhaps asking as many uestions about the job as he should have He promptly finds himself whisked off to the planet Mars standing in for one of the most important political figures in the solar system who has been kidnapped Larry s first task fool the Martians during a vitally important Martian adoption ceremony But somehow one appearance as a double leads to another and anotherMy self imposed mission was to find a Robert Heinlein story wher. W he was shanghaied to MarsSuddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped Peace with the Martians was at stake failu.
Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer Often called the dean of science fiction writers he is one of the most popular influential and controversial authors of hard science fiction He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary uality He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre