The Fantasy of Robert A. Heinlein
by Robert A. Heinlein
A book review by Mark L. Olson
Tor, 1999, 352 pp, $27.95
Heinlein, the quintessential writer of hard SF, wrote a fairish book's worth of fantasies which Tor has done us the great service of collecting and publishing. (I'm amazed that the Heinlein Estate allowed it - they seem determined to kill his reputation for good by keeping people from reading his stories.)
Two of the stories, " And He Built a Crooked House", and "All You Zombies", are not fantasy by any definition I recognize. But they're really good stories. The rest are fantasy in the Unknown vein: "Magic, Inc.", "They ", "Waldo", "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag", "Our Fair City", and "The Man who Traveled in Elephants".
"They" and "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" are wonderful, and the others - perhaps with the exception of "Our Fair City" which is pretty minor - are very good.
And I'd forgotten how well RAH did paranoia and solipsism
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