#fridayreads This is one of my favorite books. I first read it in high school, and this is the copy I read. It’s still in perfect condition, of course, not a wrinkle or bend. It was written by master SF writer Robert A. Heinlein in 1957, and any kid now might say, “Well, it must be dorky then.” OH NO. This book reads like it could have been written today. Great style, great characters. The plot moves along with no lulls, and the “science” in it is minimal. This is a story about people, with science peppered in enough to show that the main character is an engineer, but nothing confusing at all. What’s fun is Heinlein’s view of the “future.”
He wrote it in 1957. His story starts in 1970, already his “future.” It’s so cute—more automation and gadgets in everyday life than really existed in 1970. Then the main character ends up in the year 2000 (no, this is not a plot spoiler, it’s pretty obvious this happens if you read the back cover). And Heinlein’s view of 2000 is beyond cute. Wow, robots and space travel and all that—I wish!
I recommend this book to all young and adult readers. In fact, read anything by Heinlein. He’s among the greatest of all SF writers, and most of his stuff is not technically difficult (leave that to Niven and others). I especially like my old copy of the book (pictured) because the cover illo is just so psychedelic, man!
ADDED NOTE: I had to edit and add this—I just researched a bit and found out that, in 1957, there was no concept of the modern computer. By that I mean that Heinlein and his SF cronies did not live in a world where the idea of a thinking/computing box that could connect people via a keyboard and exchange info, let alone pictures, ect., did not exist. To me, this makes Heinlein’s vision of the future even more interesting.