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  •  Beyond this Horizon (9+ / 0-)

    had a future society that blended the libertarian maxim of "An armed society is a polite society" with a more or less compulsory planet white system of forced eugenics via selective genetics.

    The Hero turns out to be, quite without his knowledge,  the Star Line of this world wide breeding program, and one of this three suitable matches is a ahead of her time Feminist with a Chip on her Shoulder, and a Gun on her Hip, which is an allowable but decided frowned upon choice in this fundamentally wild west society where a man is supposed to defend the honor of HIS wimmin.

    Mix in a would be fascist based revolution (where the baddies  couple the same forced genetic based breeding with some old fashioned eliminationism, which is what them makes them bad as opposed to the good forced breeders) and you get you get some pretty good action. Plus a time traveler from the 1920s, and a genius set of subsequent children from said hero and tamed firecat feminist who combine elements of telepathy and reincarnation and it all kind of breaks down into a muddle. But the first half of the book has a pretty well realized, if kind of contradictory society. Plus lots of gunfights.

    Maybe in retrospect not actually a masterpiece, then again I owned copies of everything Heinlein wrote by 1968 during 1968 as an eleven year old. Meaning I hit the last of the good stuff in real time while still being able to read through the 1939-1964 canon published before my time.

    Believe me it was a wrench to finally encounter a Heinlein book that I couldn't even finish, Friday being maybe the last one I could stomach.

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    by Bruce Webb on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 09:33:42 PM PDT

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    •  I Remember the Part... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...about carrying a weapon being manditory.  And that one of the characters was a guy from the 1920s who was displaced in time, whom I actually found more interesting than the main protagonist.  The "White Star Line" bit sounds vaguely familiar.  I might re-read it one of these days.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 09:40:36 PM PDT

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