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Beyond This Horizon

by Robert A. Heinlein

Gregg Press, 1981, ISBN 0-8398-2672-9

A book review by Elisabeth Carey

Okay, this one isn't new, and this isn't the first time I've read it. Some of the science in it was invalidated the year after it was first published, and social credit isn't a widely credited economic theory these days. I have severe doubts about the theory that "An armed society is a polite society"; it doesn't seem to be borne out by the experience of other societies where going armed and engaging in duels over perceived slights and offenses was the norm. It's still a charming and entertaining story. And I do like the rather cantankerous Hamilton Felix.

Of course, if it were published for the first time today, it would probably be as a romance.

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