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Classic novellas and short stories from the Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein. Masterful speculation on what makes us human—and the problems, opportunities, and adventures humans must face in order to win a superhuman future.

Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's New York Times best seller, Friday.

Lost Legacy: in which it is proved that we are all members of that league of the superhuman—or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

Plus two great short stories: two of the master's finest: one on the nature of being, the other on what it means to be a man ("Jerry Was a Man," adapted for the television series Masters of Science Fiction, and available on DVD).

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton

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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 Baen paperback printing, July 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-3785-4
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Copyright © 1953 Robert A. Heinlein, © 2003 by The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust. Introduction copyright © 2012 by Bill Patterson. Afterword copyright © 2012 by David Drake.

“Gulf” copyright © 1949; “Elsewhen” copyright © 1941 by Street and Smith Publications, Inc.; “Lost Legacy” copyright © 1941 by Fictioneers, Inc.; “Jerry Was a Man” copyright © 1947 by Better Publications, Inc.

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