Featuring “All You Zombies—,” the basis for the movie Predestination
This collection from Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein includes
five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title
story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins—and
relation to the young man—are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring
on the barkeep’s finger. In The Man Who Traveled in Elephants—one of both
Heinlein and Spider Robinson’s all-time favorite stories—we join a former
traveling salesman on a bus. The man and his wife had once traveled with a host
of imaginary animals searching for places to sell elephants. “They—” takes
listeners inside a mental institution, where a man suffering from delusions has
been confined. In Our Fair City, a parking attendant named Pappy, a sentient
whirlwind named Kitten, and a crusading reporter named Pete aim to take down
their corrupt city government. Lastly, in “—And He Built a Crooked House,” a clever
architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a tesseract, but it collapses
through the fourth dimension when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form.
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