There are two major Heinlein camps and a few crossovers. This may account for the wide variation in what people think of this book. Artists in any field paint what is real, and then what is real to them. Realists like the early works that they can relate to on their daily lives and see the later works as off the deep end. Others see the early works as silly or something that they could do better and the later works as profound and insightful. They see two people instead of one in the process of transition.
The reason I bought this book is for a story that deals with transition. "Lost Legacy" (1941) I do not want to go into too much detail as it is fun to have the story unfold in its time. However the story speculates as to what the so-called unused portion of our brain is for. Heinlein is not the first to speculate, but he does put together a great story combining many previous speculations.
While enjoying his story, look at the rudiments that will be used in later Heinlein writing, "Stranger in a Strange Land." Even some of the names are the same.
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (6 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451639074
- ISBN-13: 978-1451639070
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Customer Reviews: 45 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)