One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic gIf you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewPax Americana Double Star by Robert A HeinleinImplausible and impossible to put down like all of Heinlein s books I ve read its hero is a man of action and boundless self confidence a wisecracking all American cowboy figure who brushes obstacles aside aenial dictator figure who knows that as long as he s left in charge everything will be ok The voice is always the same and I can see why the new wake of science fiction writers reacted against Heinlein Aldiss Moorcock Ballard Dick Heinlein s Pax Americana and paternalism vision of the future certainly does have fascist overtones But he s still a reat storyteller his books filled with mind bending concepts presumably achieved without the help of the consciousness expanding substances that inspired some of his successorsYes the Bonforte character was a very macho autocratWho cares Nevertheless The Great Lorenzo doesn t uite conform to the macho tit man narrator as Heinlein although the authorial voice does creep through in interesting ways in his stereotyped descriptions of Lorenzo s camp actor personality and coHeinlein enjoyed challenging established ways of thinking and for most of his reat period of writing liberal politics was on the rise so he took The Holy Grail great pleasure in poking holes in political sacred figuresIf you re into SF read on Really enjoyed this Heinlein s first but least recognized Hugo Award winner Like many of his better works this is a science fiction vehicle that he uses to discuss other issues here he spends time with politics maybe even adding some subtle and not too subtle ideas about what he thinks is right and wrong in politics Not consistent with other novel I read this bookrowing up and I can t tell you exactly why I remembered liking it but a friend was recently reading it and I decided to add it to my listThere is a lot of hit or miss on the Heinlein bookshelf and I can respect those who don t find this one interesting First it really isn t focused on the science fiction though we British Jihadism get a lot of what RAH imagines about humans spreading out in the solar system Second the lead character isn t in Heinlein s terms a spaceman He is a somewhat narcissistic actor who is hired on Earth to substitute for a high level politician who is missing Weet a Virgin Widow good measure of Heinlein s thoughts onovernment and politics There are some very nice bits on the craft of acting There is nothing too profound and this short novel moves ahead at a rapid pace Why did I like it I enjoy Heinlein s ability to create ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances 35 because I was very entertained Washed up actor Lorenzo Smythe accepts the role of his lifetime to impersonate a politician who has been kidnapped right before both an important meeting meant to unite Humans and Martians Failure to show up could result in a war between planetsThis book was originally published in 1956 and it certainly felt dated to me Despite human existence now being on an interplanetary level this is very much an American story with a limited scope Lorenzo often doesn t refer to Humankind as being from Earth but simply as America Along with the anti British sentiment which seems so small once you bring space into the matter and the bigotry between humankind and the martians the viewpoints in this book are really rather boring and outdatedI was
hoping for something a little bit fun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American for something a little bit fun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American system but perhaps it s my own fault for not expecting *as much This is one of Heinlein s early novels which *much This is one of Heinlein s early novels which can tell by the brevity and the lack of wankery Also the fact that he just jumps straight into the #Story And Never Wastes Much Time On #and never wastes much time on is in fact one of Heinlein s Wife in Exchange greatest strengths and I think a major reason for hisrandmaster status he may be a bit out of fashion nowadays and he often lost the plot in his later works but he was first and foremost a storyteller A spinner of yarns a teller of tales and if readers freuently read too much into the author s id because of what his characters did that was their own lookout Double Star is typical of Heinlein SF We The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, get a fully sketched out but barely described interplanetary society in which the United States still exists as a sovereign state in cooperation with an Empire thatoverns across the solar system Mars is its own planet and the alien Martians coexist with humanity with some on both sides wanting the two races to join together while others are violent separatists All of this plus the spacefaring technology which is on the slightly soft side of hard SF but presents nothing particularly outlandish for this rocket ships and BEM era storyWhat makes Heinlein a master of his craft is that he drops us into this universe and makes it all perfectly understandable the parts that aren t really explained don t matter without devoting a single chapter in fact barely a paragraph to exposition What exposition there is is all through character dialog and it all happens through action rather than As You Know Bob conversations Hence our main character Lorenzo Smythe who is a Martianphobe who winds up having to impersonate a politician who is involved in an important formal ritual to become an honorary Martian tells us everything we need to know about Martians between dodging murder attempts by a renegade faction of Martians this happens in the first few pages of the book and whining about how much he dislikes Martians on his hasty trip to Night And Day go make friends with themHeinlein characters are always a bit freakishly competent which is why we re supposed to believe that Lorenzo is such areat actor that even though he was Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow grabbed seemingly at the last moment by a couple of a shady men needi. One minute down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was as usual in a bar drinking away his troubles as he watched his careero down the tubes Then a space pilot bought him a drink and the next thing Smythe kne. ,
Fun pathetic failed actor Laurence Smith stage name Lorenzo Smythe is hired to impersonate John Joseph Bonforte leader of the Expansionist party and the Solar System s most important politician Bonforte has A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear She referenced numerous romantic comedies and several war movies in addition to her factual historic research I don t recall that she brought up many works of fiction but Double Star was one of them and it stuck in my mind as something I wanted to read Between the Hugo win and the subject matter I thought it would be worth a tryWillis said that Double Star was inspired by the story of ME Clifton James who was sent to North Africa and Gibraltar in Field Marshal Montgomery s place in order to confuse the Germans She borrowed these events in her own depiction of the intelligence war Heinlein s version is less madcap than the Willis version and possibly less madcap than the true story The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid given that James was an alcoholic and a smoker and was missing a finger and Montgomery was not Double Star is fast paced and somehow manages a light tone despite the serious subject matter The Great Lorenzo nee Lawrence Smith is an out of work actor when he is plucked out of a bar to perform the role of a lifetime impersonating the kidnapped Expansionist leader John Joseph Bonforte At the beginning the actor s character is painted somewhat broadly He spends a lot of time talking about his own acting chops and it takes the reader a while to trust that he is actually asood as he says This journey mimics that of Bonforte s inner circle who agree to the deception out of desperation but have little confidence that it will work Most of this shortish novel takes place over the span of a few weeks It manages to flesh out the political situation fairly uickly and with enough depth that there is a sense of what is at stake in the impersonation Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys gambit The character development of the support players is a little lacking but Smith is fully realized as is Bonforte in a obliue fashion It s interesting to see Smith s own fears and prejudice and strong personality twist to conform with the role he is forced to playOn the whole I think this book has aged well but as usual with mid century SF I had some issues with the characterization of women Smith learned his profession from his father but doesn t seem to have had a mother to speak of Bonforte s assistant Penny is intelligent but also moody and petulant and subject to fainting spells She is also deep in unreuited love for Bonforte Thankfully she is only threatened with a spanking once by a co worker If it had been twice I would have been tempted to put the book downI mlad I didn t put it down I was impressed by the taut plotting and the contained timeline I d be very curious to find out where the breaks were in the original Astounding serialization The will he be found out moments dripped with suspense and Smith s personal journey was well depicted This is a worthy Hugo winner and I d place it near the top of my personal best of Heinlein list Double Star No second rate actor could ever become president rightOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureDouble Star is one of Robert Heinlein s most enjoyable early period SF novels a short and tightly plotted story of out of work actor Lawrence Smith aka The Great Lorenzo who is unexpectedly tapped for a very important acting job to impersonate an important politician named John Bonforte who has been kidnapped Initially the job is supposed to be just short term until the real Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, guy can be rescued but as things drag out this becomes difficult Even surprisingly Lorenzo finds he is actuallyetting uite Life Changing Smiles good at impersonating Bonforte and has started to understand and sympathize with his politics as well But how far can this situationo before somebody blows his coverPublished in 1956 and winner of the Hugo Award this book is perfectly paced with reat supporting characters and plenty of twists and turns The characteristic Heinlein wit is effortless and even when he discusses politics it doesn t et tiresome More than anything what amazing foresight he had I mean that would be unthinkable that an action star or second rate actor could be a Only a Whisper governor or even God forbid President of the United States rightWhile Double Star is areat novel I have mixed feelings about the works of Dean and Grand Master of Science Fiction Robert Heinlein I couldn t stand Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land but loved The Door Into Summer #and Double Star I found much to admire in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but also ot tired of #Double Star I found much to
in The Moon a Harsh Mistress but also ot tired of of the lecturing You couldn t find a opinionated person on the subjects of politics liberal and conservative personal responsibility to society the military criticism of organized religion sexual freedom libertarianism very mixed attitudes both admiring and condescending towards women and of course a Brooklyn's Song great enthusiasm for depicting realistic future societies of all kindsHis early books haven t read the juveniles though I m sure they werereat for young folks Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide growing up in the early 1950s are really fun with exciting plots snarky dialogue plucky characters and interesting ideas His middle stuffets much further into exploring his ideas about politics sex and religion and his later stuff is almost unreadable bloated self indulgent explorations of his own inner obsessions with a healthy dollop of incest and kinky sex I m sure those books would never have been published if they were written by anyone other than HeinleinIn the end the SF Plain Jane The Hotshot genre has been enriched immeasurably by the presence of Robert Heinlein along with his fellowiants Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov and the enre will probably never see his like agai. Re to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war And Smythe's own life was on the line for if he wasn't assassinated there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role foreve.Admire In The Moon
Robert A. Heinlein ✓ 6 Free downloadNg him to impersonate a famous politician at a moment s notice he manages to fool almost everyone around his subject from the Martians to the EmperorThere are even some space politics in this book though Heinlein is blamed for soapboxing than he actually did and while there are hints of his usual rugged self reliance and free trade philosophy nothing is too obviously on the nose with regards to real world politics Are the Martians a metaphor for some Earthly Other Maybe you could read them that way but sometimes a Martian is just a Martian Likewise the politician he is impersonating one of those rare honest sorts who honestly is trying to do the right thing for his nation and his constituents could easily be read as a liberal or a conservative or any other sort of party memberThis was in fact a pretty fast paced yarn about political conspiracies and diplomatic maneuvers that could have easily been told without the sci fi trappings Heinlein added spaceships and Martians because that s the kind of story he wrote but I ll bet non SF readers would enjoy this story just as much if it had been written as a mundane conspiracy thrillerThis is not his most exciting or imaginative work but it is a ood showcase of Heinlein s early style and his talents as a writer Review also posted at Fantasy Literature In Double Star a 1956 Robert Heinlein novella Lawrence Smith aka Lorenzo Smythe or Lorenzo the Great an out of work actor accepts a job to impersonate a man for a few days without perhaps asking as many uestions about the job as he should have He promptly finds himself whisked off to the planet Mars standing in for one of the most important political figures in the solar system who has been kidnapped Larry s first task fool the Martians during a vitally important Martian adoption ceremony But somehow one appearance as a double leads to another and anotherMy self imposed mission was to find a Robert Heinlein story where the enjoyment of the tale isn t swamped by the offensive content for which Heinlein is unfortunately well known Double Star I think does the job pretty well There are a couple of instances of eyebrow raising dialogue and the women mostly have secretarial type jobs but it s par for what you d normally expect to see in 1950 s books even science fiction the imaginations of mid century SF authors had their limits and nothing was too far out of lineHeinlein Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed gets on his soapbox a little about personal freedoms and politics but it s allood since the main message is euality for all races including Martians and Venerians aliens from Venus A few outdated technologies like microfilm and slide rules appear alongside the spaceships and ray Girls Night Out guns but it doesn t ruin the fun It s actually pretty amusing in a retro kind of wayThis is a uick and humorous read not terribly challenging but enjoyable and there are some interesting ideas about how acting a role can change you as a person the importance of the political process and the impact one person can have Before I begin I d like to thank you all for choosing to read this review today It is you who actively participate in the Goodreads community that are the pulsating heart of thisreat country Insert your country name here Without your efforts intellectual life everywhere would be sure to stagnate This has always *Been My Position And I Am A *my position and I am a with firm convictions never changing my mind
About Anything Just Yesterday A Young Impoverished Child Asked Meanything Just yesterday a young impoverished child asked me I was oing to help improve this country if I am elected Czar And I saidchecks notes on palmlower taxes by wagging war wagging war Oh uh sorry WAGING waron evil countries full of terrorists I also prioritize putting children first and also putting the environment and #OUR FUTURE FIRST IT IS MY #future first It is my to discuss Double Star this afternoon Double Star is a terrific book of mine and I ve known it for several weeks Honestly I can only say nice things about it Having won the Hugo insome yearit is a book with the reatest of accolades to its name It s the story of an actor asked to play the most challenging and dangerous role of his life representing a politician during a ceremony that if it isn t conducted exactly right could mean death But after the ceremony the politician isn t yet ready to return to his duties and the actor is hired for another job Witty and fast paced Double Star is very fun and I can t honestly say whether I liked this or Starship Troopers better Yes I can I liked this one better because at the end of the day the message here was Politicians can be replaced by decent actors without anyone noticing whereas the message in Starship Troopers was Woo Haa Go team While I Into the Wild (The McGraws, give full credit to those willing to serve in the armed forces of and I m aware that they are the pulsating heart of thisreat country and without them nobody would protect our borders from those dangerous terrorists and immigrants I relate with the former message It is truly a shame that so many of our representatives seem to simply say what they think people want to hear but unfortunately some people are stupid enough that they can et away with it Not you people though you people are the foundation that this country is built upon It s time we take back this country from bland insipid politicians and put someone with real positions on the issues back in office And I have positions On the issues I believe that our children shouldn t take drugs and education is important Unlike you know who who wants to undermine all the values that you hold dear Say no to socialism and fascism And vote like a patriot Vote for our future Vote for me Click yes below and take a stand for values You like values right Brian Aldiss in Trillion Year Spree says this is Heinlein s most enjoyable novel Who am I to fault his judgment It is indeed a lot of. W he was shanghaied to MarsSuddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped Peace with the Martians was at stake failu. .