Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein

By Robert A. Heinlein

Compelling technological know-how fiction experience from New York instances bestseller Robert A. Heinlein: classic novellas and brief tales with hypothesis on what makes us human.

Gulf: within which the best superspy of all of them is printed because the chief of a league of supermen and ladies who can't choose really what to do with the remainder of us. The prequel to Heinlein's later New York Times most sensible vendor, Friday.

Lost Legacy: during which it's proved that we're all participants of that league of the superhuman–or will be, if we yet had eyes to see.

Plus nice brief tales: of the master's best: one at the nature of being, the opposite on what it capacity to be a guy. the second one tale, "Jerry used to be a Man," was once tailored for the television sequence Masters of technological know-how Fiction, and is now on hand on DVD.

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Once Bowman had flown over northern Canada during the height of an auroral display; the snow-covered landscape had been as bleak and brilliant as this. And that arctic wilderness, he reminded himself, was more than a hundred degrees warmer than the regions over which they were hurtling now. "Earth signal is fading rapidly," announced Hal. " They had expected this – indeed, it was one of the mission's objectives, as the absorption of radio waves would give valuable information about the Jovian atmosphere.

Immediately four faint, narrow lines appeared, bracketing a tiny and undistinguished star. He stared at it for many minutes, wondering if Hal could possibly be mistaken; then he saw that the pinpoint of light was moving, with barely perceptible slowness, against the background of the stars. It might still be half a million miles away – but its movement proved that, as cosmic distances went, it was almost near enough to touch. When Poole joined him on the control deck six hours later, 7794 was hundreds of times more brilliant, and was moving so swiftly against its background that there was no question of its identity.

Yet he had no regrets for these lost beauties. He had enjoyed them all, in his thirty-five years of life; and he was determined to enjoy them again, when he returned rich and famous. Meanwhile, distance made them all the more precious. The sixth member of the crew cared for none of these things, for it was not human. It was the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer, the brain and nervous system of the ship. Hal (for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, no less) was a masterwork of the third computer breakthrough.

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