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"The Pursuit of the Pankera is old-school Heinlein: the writer we all loved taking us on one more great ride. For those of us with a fondness for the rollicking Heinlein of the early days, with larger-than-life oh-so-competent characters and snappy, just-this-side-of-screwball-comedy dialog, this lost gem is a must."― Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative -- Robert J. Sawyer

This previously unpublished manuscript by Grand Master Heinlein will be in demand by his many fans and readers interested in the history of the genre. It's based on the same premise and features the same characters as his
The Number of the Beast (1980). Indeed, the first third of the book is identical. But the novel then veers into an entirely different story, appropriately, since the books are based on travel through alternate worlds. As in Beast, our intrepid explorers travel to various fictional universes: Burroughs' Barsoom, Baum's Land of Oz, Smith's Lensman universe, confronting the idea that all fictional universes exist somewhere in the multiverse. Beast is recognized as the first work of Heinlein's late style, but The Pursuit of the Pankera is mostly in his middle style and occasionally hearkens back to his earliest pulp action writings. Together, the two novels offer fascinating insight into an inflection point in the evolution of one of science fiction's greatest writers. Pankeracan also be read on its own, though it will be of greatest interest to Heinlein fans.

-- John Keogh ― Booklist

An absolutely essential and 'must read' novel for the legions of Robert Heinlein fans,
The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes,/i> is an extraordinary work of science fiction and a welcome addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).>p>

Editorial Note: This edition of The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes is enhanced for Heinlein fans and academia with the inclusion of an informative introduction by David Weber, an American science fiction and fantasy author who has written several science-fiction and fantasy books series, who is best known for his Honor Harrington science-fiction series.

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Yes, this is a new Robert Heinlein novel. The first one hundred fifty-nine pages are identical to those in Number of the Beast. That was a visitation and embracing of other writers and mythos, a sort of farewell. Herein, we are gifted with the opportunity to visit familiar and widely beloved worlds of imagination. Of course, Mr. Heinlein puts his own unique stamp on all of them, with touches of hilarity and over-the-top extrapolation. After that lead-in, the crew of the Gay Deceiver (I hasten to point out that at time of writing, “gay” had not acquired its current meaning) embark on a roaming of otherworldly dimensions, venturing into realms defined by literary expositions.

The voice is heartbreakingly Heinleinian, and it ranges from whimsy to the chest-out strutting of Lazarus Long revisiting his own past. By the by, Lazarus is mentioned and involved with our heroes’ lives, though under an alias.

Interpersonal relations, sexual tensions, and pleasurable titillations abound. Familial hierarchies, or the societal kowtowing to them, are reminiscent of fifties morality, but not to the point of being stifling. If anything, they are employed masterfully to maintain loving conflict.

I will reveal no more; all Heinlein fans deserve to experience this wondrous revisiting for themselves.

-- David Lloyd Sutton ― Manhattan Book Review

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CAEZIK SF & Fantasy (April 20, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 504 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1647100291
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1647100292
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.6 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
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Robert Heinlein was an American novelist and the grand master of science fiction in the twentieth century. Often called 'the dean of science fiction writers', he is one of the most popular, influential and controversial authors of 'hard science fiction'.

Over the course of his long career he won numerous awards and wrote 32 novels, 59 short stories and 16 collections, many of which have cemented their place in history as science fiction classics, including STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS and the beloved STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.

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