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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1985. Like several of his novels, it features Lazarus Long as a character, though Long is confined to a supporting role. Download high resolution version (600x987, 211 KB)Book cover for The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, from Amazon. ... Download high resolution version (600x987, 211 KB)Book cover for The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, from Amazon. ... 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. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ... This article is about the year. ... Disambiguation: For Prince Lazarus Long, please see New Utopia article Lazarus Long is a fictional character featured in a number of science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein. ...


Plot

A writer seated at the best restaurant on a space station is approached by a man who desperately but cryptically urges him that "Tolliver must die" — and is then himself shot before the writer's eyes. The writer — Colonel Colin Campbell, living under the alias (and nom de plume) "Richard Ames" — is joined by a beautiful and sophisticated lady, Gwen Novak, who helps him flee with a bonsai and a would-be murdering bum to Luna. Colonel is a military rank of a commissioned officer, with the corresponding ranks existing in nearly every country in the world. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... A bonsai trident maple growing in the root over rock style. ...


The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is regarded by many to be the Heinlein novel for Heinlein fans. It is hardly disputed that Richard Ames can be considered Heinlein's alter-ego (note that like the protagonist, Heinlein was a writer retired from the military with the initials R.A. and the initials G.N. remind us of his wife Virginia who was sometimes known as Ginny.) Critics have given the book mixed reviews and many consider the plot to be more thin than many of his other works, many of which are considered to be "hard" science-fiction. However, many consider the book to be the philosophical synopsis of his career. Dr. Ames is by far the most free-spirited character ever created by Heinlein. And when coerced into action by several of the writer's most prominent characters, such as Lazarus Long and Jubal Harshaw, he declines on grounds of "impoliteness." This rings true to what can be considered the central theme of most of Heinlein's stories, namely being true to personal values and individuality. The overall plot of the story is considered by many to be secondary to that message, though that notion is disputed. An alter ego (from Latin, other I) is another self, a second personality or persona within a person. ... Look up Synopsis on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A synopsis (Greek συνοψις, synopsis, a seeing-together) is a brief summary or overview. ... Disambiguation: For Prince Lazarus Long, please see New Utopia article Lazarus Long is a fictional character featured in a number of science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Jubal Harshaw is a fictional character featured in Stranger in a Strange Land, a novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Individualism, in general, is a term used to describe a theoretical or practical emphasis of the individual, as opposed to, and possibly at the expense of, the group. ...


The Cat Who Walks Through Walls may be regarded as part of Heinlein's multiverse series, or as a sequel to both The Number of the Beast and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Book cover The Number of the Beast is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980 (ISBN 0-44-913070-3). ... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ...


The title of the book refers to a cat by the name of Pixel, who has an inexplicable tendency to be wherever the narrator happens to be (see Schrödinger's cat). A pixel (pix, 1932 abbreviation of pictures, coined by Variety headline writers + element) is one of the many tiny dots that make up the representation of a picture in a computers memory. ... Schrödingers Cat: If the nucleus decays, the geiger counter will sense it and trigger the release of the gas. ...

Gwen Novak is eventually revealed to be Hazel Stone, a character previously featured in Heinlein's The Rolling Stones and who had played a small but important role in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Col. Campbell is also eventually revealed to be a son of Lazarus Long, a Heinlein character originally introduced in Methuselah's Children and who reappeared in Time Enough for Love, The Number of the Beast, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Also appearing is Jubal Harshaw, a major character in Stranger in a Strange Land. The Rolling Stones (also published under the name Space Family Stone in the United Kingdom) is a 1952 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein June 1, 1952, Atheneum, library binding, ISBN 0684923033 June 13, 1985, Del Rey, paperback reissue edition, 256 pages, ISBN 034532451X May 12, 1977, Del Rey, paperback... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ... Methuselahs Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... 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). ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ... Jubal Harshaw is a fictional character featured in Stranger in a Strange Land, a novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Stranger in A Strange Land Cover Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ...



The Novels of Robert A. Heinlein

For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs (1939) | Beyond This Horizon (1942) | Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) | Space Cadet (1948) | Red Planet (1949) | Sixth Column (1949) | Farmer in the Sky (1950) | Between Planets (1951) | The Puppet Masters (1951) | The Rolling Stones (1952) | Starman Jones (1953) | The Star Beast (1954) | Tunnel in the Sky (1955) | Variable Star (1955) | Double Star (1956) | Time for the Stars (1956) | Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) | The Door into Summer (1957) | Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958) | Methuselah's Children (1958) | Starship Troopers (1959) | Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) | Podkayne of Mars (1963) | Glory Road (1963) | Farnham's Freehold (1965) | The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) | I Will Fear No Evil (1970) | Time Enough for Love (1973) | The Number of the Beast (1980) | Friday (1982) | Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) | The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) | To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987) Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ... For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs is a 1939 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published for the first time on November 28, 2003. ... Beyond This Horizon is a 1942 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Rocket Ship Galileo is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein in which boys build a rocket ship in their backyard and take it to the moon. ... Space Cadet is a 1948 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about Matt Dodson, who joins the Space Patrol that keeps the peace in the solar system. ... Red Planet is a 1949 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about students at boarding school on Mars. ... Sixth Column, also published under the title The Day After Tomorrow, is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, set in a United States that has been conquered by a foreign invader. ... Farmer In The Sky is a 1950 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a boy who emigrates to Jupiters moon Ganymede, which is in the process of being terraformed, and who creates a farm out of gravel. ... Between Planets is a 1951 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... In 1951, Robert A. Heinlein published a science fiction novel, The Puppet Masters, in which American secret agents battle parasitic invaders from outer space. ... The Rolling Stones (also published under the name Space Family Stone in the United Kingdom) is a 1952 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein June 1, 1952, Atheneum, library binding, ISBN 0684923033 June 13, 1985, Del Rey, paperback reissue edition, 256 pages, ISBN 034532451X May 12, 1977, Del Rey, paperback... Starman Jones is a 1953 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a farm boy with an eidetic memory. ... The Star Beast is a 1954 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein about a high school senior who discovers that his late fathers extra-terrestrial pet is more than it appears to be. ... Tunnel in the Sky is a science fiction book written by Robert Heinlein and published in 1955. ... In 2004, Spider Robinson pronounced himself overjoyed to begin working on a lengthy 1955 novel outline by the late Robert A. Heinlein in order to expand it into a novel, thus making it a collaborative effort. ... Double Star is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Time for the Stars is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1956. ... Citizen of the Galaxy is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1957. ... The Door into Summer is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1957. ... title a rip off of have gun, will travel Have Space Suit—Will Travel is a juvenile science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1958. ... Methuselahs Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. ... Stranger in A Strange Land Cover Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Podkayne of Mars is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein published in 1963, about a teenage girl named Podkayne and her little brother, an antisocial genius, who leave their home on Mars to take a trip on a spaceliner to see Venus and Earth, accompanied by their uncle. ... Glory Road is a fantasy novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1963. ... Farnhams Freehold is a science fiction tale set in the near future by Robert Heinlein. ... The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress cover The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein about a lunar penal colonys revolt against rule from Earth. ... I Will Fear No Evil is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1970. ... 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). ... Friday is a 1982 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Job: A Comedy of Justice is a novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984. ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ...


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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1985.
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls may be regarded as part of Heinlein's multiverse series, or as a sequel to both The Number of the Beast and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.
The title of the book refers to a cat by the name of Pixel, who has an inexplicable tendency to be wherever the narrator happens to be (see Schrödinger's cat).
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