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Time Enough for Love is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1973. 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. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 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. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

1974 Cover
1974 Cover

Contents

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Plot summary

The book focuses on the adventures and musings of Lazarus Long, the universe's oldest living person, who has grown weary and has decided that life is no longer worth living. It takes the form of several novellas tied together in the form of Lazarus's retrospective narrative. 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. ... A novella is a short, narrative, prose fiction work. ... In non-technical terms, no matter what the context (whether scientific, philosophical, legal, etc) a narrative is a story, an interpretation of some aspect of the world that is historically and culturally grounded and shaped by human personality (per Walter Fisher). ...


The Tale of the Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail concerns a U.S. Navy cadet who manages to move up the ranks while avoiding any semblance of real work by applying himself wholeheartedly to the principle of "constructive laziness". The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


The Tale of the Adopted Daughter is a lengthy, western-style story about his days as a pioneer, which is rather un-SF fare for a book proclaimed as a SF classic. On the other hand, the pioneering does take place on another planet, and several genetically engineered animals — notably some talking, fertile mules — accompany Lazarus on his venture.

1979 Cover
1979 Cover

The Tale of the Twins Who Weren't is a story about a pair of slaves, brother and sister, who Lazarus buys from a slave dealer. He immediately manumits them. Because they have no experience in living as independent human beings, and no education to speak of, Lazarus finds himself cast in the role of the "parent," and proceeds to teach them "how to be human." Image File history File links Tefl79. ... Image File history File links Tefl79. ...


There are two "Intermission" sections, each some six or eight pages long, taking the form of lists of provocative phrases and aphorisms, possibly based on the author's views on Life, the Universe, and Everything. Some of these have become quite popular and can be found (amongst other places) in internet signature blocks to this day. A signature block (often abbreviated as signature, sig block, or just sig) is a block of text automatically appended at the bottom of an e-mail message, Usenet article, or forum post. ...


Another piece of bridging material involves the high-tech colonization of a planet in the "modern" way. In this section, we learn that Lazarus has regained his zest for life. It is followed by an excursion back in time to 1916, where Lazarus meets and falls in love with his own mother, whereupon the two of them seduce one another.


Themes

Time Enough for Love explores a number of themes, each of which appear to have been important to Heinlein, as each of them is featured in many of his other novels and short stories.


Love

One of the central themes of the book is the importance of love in human life. In discussing love, Lazarus and the other characters develop the distinction between Agapē (spiritual love) and eros (sexual love). Later in the novel, Lazarus credits his friends and family with reminding him of the importance of love, thereby restoring his will to live. The heart, a frequent modern symbol of love Love has several different meanings in English, from something that gives a little pleasure (I loved that meal) to something one would die for (patriotism, pairbonding). ... AgapÄ“ (in Greek written αγάπη; pronounced /aga̍pe/ or /a̍gape/) is the Greek word for divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, actional, volitional, thoughtful love. ...


Incest

Incest and discussion of incest recurs throughout the novel, especially in The Tale of the Adopted Daughter, The Tale of the Twins Who Weren't and the bridging material that ties the various tales together. Incest is sexual activity or marriage between very close family members. ...


Pioneer Life

Pioneer life is heavily represented throughout the novel, as noted in the plot summary, above. A pioneer is someone who is first at doing something, or someone who is among a group of such people. ...


Connections to Heinlein's Other Work

This book is an outgrowth of the earlier Methuselah's Children and is connected to The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and several other Heinlein novels. Methuselahs Children is a 1941 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. ... 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. ...


Finally, most of the events are told in first person from the point of view of the protagonist, Lazarus Long. Many are retold, also first person, from the point of view of his mother, Maureen Johnson Long, in To Sail Beyond the Sunset, the last novel Heinlein wrote and published before he died in 1988. This approach to storytelling can also be seen in the first two books of Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series. A point of view, viewpoint or POV, is the following: On a given topic, a point of view is a cognitive perspective. ... The protagonist is the central figure of a story, and is often referred to as a storys main character. ... To Sail Beyond the Sunset is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1987. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author working in numerous genres. ... The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of novels by Orson Scott Card that revolve around the experiences of a young man, Alvin Miller, who discovers he has incredible powers for creating and shaping things around him. ...

1994 Cover
1994 Cover

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Editions

  • 1973, Ace, hardcover, ISBN 0739419447
  • June 1, 1973, Putnam Pub Group, hardcover, 605 pages, ISBN 0399111514
  • 1974, Berkley Medallion Books, paperback, ISBN 0425024938
  • December 1976, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425034712
  • October 1978, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425043738
  • March 1980, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425046842
  • December 15, 1981, Berkley, paperback, ISBN 042505490X
  • December 1982, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425061264
  • November 1983, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425070506
  • September 1984, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425079902
  • November 1986, Berkley Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0425102246
  • November 1994, Ace Books, ISBN 9994863959
  • November 1, 1994, Ace Books, paperback reissue edition, 589 pages, ISBN 0441810764
  • January 1, 2000, Blackstone Audiobooks, cassette audiobook, ISBN 0786118768
  • 1 January 2000, Blackstone Audiobooks, cassette audiobook, ISBN 0786118946
  • December 1, 2004, Blackstone Audiobooks, ISBN 0786189614

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Time Enough for Love (607 words)
As a result, Time Enough for Love takes the form of the classic frame story; an account of Long's rejuvenation and formation of a new extended family constitutes the framework in which his tales of remembrance are told.
On the other hand, Time Enough for Love is in a sense the vanguard of Heinlein's experiments with alternate realities, as evidenced by the sequels The Number of the Beast, The Cat who Walks through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
Preceding Time Enough for Love in the Future History continuum are Methuselah's Children and the collected short stories found in The Past Through Tomorrow.
Time Enough for Love - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (747 words)
It is followed by an excursion back in time to 1916, where Lazarus meets and falls in love with his own mother, whereupon the two of them seduce one another.
Time Enough for Love explores a number of themes, each of which appear to have been important to Heinlein, as each of them is featured in many of his other novels and short stories.
In discussing love, Lazarus and the other characters develop the distinction between Agapē (spiritual love) and eros (sexual love).
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