The Notebooks of Lazarus Long


Too young to serve in the First World War (though he did manage to fight in it nearly twenty-four centuries later by going back in time), leader of the first successful expedition to another star system, the immortal Lazarus Long is the most popular and enduring character created by Robert A. Heinlein, author of numerous New York Times best sellers. Lazarus starred in many of Heinlein's most popular novels, including Methuselah's Children, Time Enough for Love, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset, among others.

The oldest living member of the human race due to his unique genes, with an assist from advanced rejuvenation technology, he has been a pioneer opening up eight planets, has survived wars, lynch mobs and other hazardous episodes, and has explored all of interstellar space known to humanity. His adventures have given him a breadth of experience distilled through the irony of an immortal viewpoint. But Lazarus Long's reflections on the human condition are anything but pompous. As the noted editor and critic David G. Hartwell has observed, "Lazarus' comments are acute, lively and intelligent." And here they are, compiled in one wise and witty volume for the delight of the millions of Heinlein fans around the world.

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world." —Stephen King

"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein." —Dean Koontz

"Robert Heinlein is America's acknowledged master of science fiction." —Chicago Tribune

"Heinlein knows more about blending provocative scientific thinking with strong human stories than any dozen other contemporary science fiction writers." —Chicago Sun-Times

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, August 2004

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