Heinlein is still a master no matter what the timeframe. A Heinlein Trio by Robert Heinlein

I picked up this book from a library book fair, it had been awhile since I had read a Heinlein and I wanted to read some classic sci-fi from one of the masters. It’s three of his stories.

The Puppet Masters – The story of an alien attack on our world where the aliens act as parasites on humans taking over their thought processes and actions. They can regenerate quicker than rabbits and adapt so their small parasitic form located on the spinal column is barely noticeable with clothes on. So backless attire becomes the norm. But the aliens take hold of the airwaves in controlled areas where the locals aren’t aware of the danger they are in and aren’t in the dress for alien distress style. 

Double Star – The story of an actor who gets to play the role of a lifetime but can’t tell anyone about it as he is acting as a double for a world leader who was kidnapped and drugged. The actor learns the truth about “walking a mile in a man’s shoes” and gets to appreciate what this man’s life is really all about and what makes him so important

The Door into Summer – A wonderful story about time travel but in a bit of a unique way through cryogenics and time displacement. This should have been made into a movie as it has more turns in it than “The Time Machine.” It gives the traveler the opportunity to learn about some the changes he should have made, the changes he didn’t know he had made and the chance at to create a new life within his own time span.

These stories were written in the 1950’s but Heinlein’s story telling abilities still hold up albeit some jargon that more befits the 50’s time frame than now.  If you haven’t read any of his stories lately, take a trip back in time for some enjoyable reading.

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