Better than it would have been if RAH, himself, had finished it off during waning years of his career.
I was unsure how I would like it. Heinlein's masterpieces like stranger in a strange land, the moon is harsh mistress, and starship troopers are some of my favorite books. The idea of someone else writing for him, even if following an extensive outline, filled me with trepidation. I am pleased to say that I was pleasantly and deeply surprised. In fact, I would say that it was better than Heinlein in his latest years would have been. This work feels like the Heinlein in his prime. Good sci fi, written recently, I was all but convinced such a thing was an urban myth.
Spider Robinson did a great job of writing a book (based on detailed notes from Heinlein for a book he never wrote) that feels much like Heinlein. An entertaining hard science fiction book.
Nice combination of styles from the two authors. Young boy, struggling for identity, heads off into space on epic adventure. At end finds himself, and his true love. No sex of course, barely a kiss. Our group did find this long-winded in places, but decided that happened often with Spider Robinson. There is an interesting Afterword - at the end - that describes the process of being chosen for, and writing, and editing this book.
In the midst of a typically twisty sci-fi tale come references to the power of music that brought tears to my eyes.
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