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Beyond This Horizon
(1942)


Heinlein tackles themes of genetic planning in futuristic human society. Considering the current, popular gloom and doom trend of genetic manipulation stories, Beyond This Horizon shows a positive and even humorous side to the subject. However, I found the book to generally dull, and the characters definitely so. There are a few dabblings in thought-quirking side themes (conspiratorial societies (Survivors Club), telepathy, illuminati (Planners), gene-matched marriages, the meaning of life...), but none of them were developed to a point of endearing interest.

Notable quotes:
There is a difference between constructive imagination, and wild, uncontrolled daydreams.

'Why' isn't the business of science. Scientists observe, describe, hypothecate, and predict. 'What' and 'How' are their whole field; 'Why' doesn't enter into it.

Women will forgive anything...Otherwise the race would have died out long ago.


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