The Past Through Tomorrow (2 Volume set). Robert A. Heinlein.
The Past Through Tomorrow (2 Volume set)
The Past Through Tomorrow (2 Volume set)
The Past Through Tomorrow (2 Volume set)

The Past Through Tomorrow (2 Volume set)

London; (1977): New English Library. First Editions. Octavo. Item #028380

Book One, 320 pages; Book Two, 347 pages. The omnibus of Heinlein's Future History, The Past through Tomorrow, is a key to his Future History concept. The first story, "Life-Line," is about Dr. Hugo Pinero's machine which measures the duration of individual lives; the final story, Methuselah's Children's is about mankind's achievement of eternal life. Indeed, Woodrow Wilson Smith (alias Captain Aaron Sheffield, alias Lazarus Long) refers to Pinero in a discussion with Mary Sperling. While Heinlein's omnibus begins and ends with the question of the length of life; Shaw's play series does the same but does not leave the problem in the middle. Heinlein's last six stories deal with a revolt against a religious dictatorship in the United States and the revolt against it. "Coventry" depicts the society which follows it. "Misfit" introduces Andrew Jackson Libby, who turns out to be a lightning calculator (and who reappears in Methuselah's Children to improve a space drive) all the issues as in great science fiction show how advanced technology often leads to a bleaker world. Both bound in black cloth, spine lettering gilt, near fine in near fine pictorial dust jackets, lettering orange, white and blue repeated on spines (volume 1 jacket is clipped).

Price: $125.00