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Encyclopedia > Methuselah's Children

Methuselah's Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. See also: 1940 in literature, other events of 1941, 1942 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Robert A. Heinlein Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential authors in the science fiction genre. ...


Heinlein used his "Future History" series of stories (The Man Who Sold the Moon, Revolt in 2100, etc.) as a background for this novel about the Howard Families. They are the product of a centuries-long eugenics scheme started in 1873 by a millionaire named Ira Howard who found himself dying of old age in his forties. He therefore sets up a trust fund in order to encourage particularly long-lived human specimens to breed with each other, in order to select for longevity and thereby to prevent others from suffering his fate. Several centuries later, a stable and peaceful world discovers the Howards, and demands the secrets of their extended life spans, refusing to believe that the Howard Families simply chose their ancestors wisely. The Man Who Sold the Moon is a science fiction short story by Robert Heinlein first published in 1951, part of his Future History of stories sharing a common background from Life-Line to Da Capo. ... Revolt in 2100 is an anthology of a science fiction short novel and two short stories by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1953. ... The Howard Families are a fictional group created by the author Robert Heinlein. ... The word eugenics (from the Greek εὐγενής, for well-born) was coined in 1883 by Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin, to refer to the study and use of selective breeding (of animals or humans) to improve a species over generations, specifically in regards to hereditary features. ...


This is the first appearance of Lazarus Long, who is so old that oftentimes when he miscalculates his age he is off by an entire century. This book also features an appearance by the mathematical genius Andrew "Slipstick" Libby, previously seen as a teenager in the short story "Misfit". Lazarus Long is a fictional character featured in a number of science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Misfit is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein about Andrew Jackson Libby, in this story called Pinky, a boy from Earth with extraordinary mathematical ability and meager education who joins a crew creating a permanent outpost in the Jovian asteroids. ...


Hounded from the Earth, the Howards hijack a star ship meant for colonization and try to find a better planet to live on. They even find a planet where aliens live. When Mary Sperling joins the natives, Lazarus decides it's time to go back to Earth and claim their rights. Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Stub | Crimes | Terrorism | IT ...


Heinlein returned to the Lazarus Long character towards the end of his career, making this the first title in a set of five interrelated novels involving time travel, parallel dimensions, free love, voluntary incest, and a concept that Heinlein called "pantheistic solipsism" or "world-as-myth" — the theory that universes are created by the act of imagining them, so that somewhere, even fictional worlds such as the Land of Oz are real. Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... Oz is an imaginary region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch. ...


Other Lazarus Long books books include Time Enough For Love, The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Time Enough for Love is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1973. ... Book cover The Number of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980 (ISBN 0-44-913070-3). ... Book cover The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1985. ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ...


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