Time Enough for Love

Robert A. Heinlein
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Time Enough for Love


This book is very long; too long. It is a collection of anecdotes and tales linked together by a meandering conversation with much pontification. There are two 'intermissions' containing lists of Heinlein aphorisms and even a spate of doggerel. There is no real plot except for the ones in the individual stories. The predominant theme is incest. In the end, our protagonist, Lazarus Long, proves himself to be, literally, a motherf***er.

Wikipedia says: "Three novels from (Heinlein's middle) period, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Time Enough for Love, won the Libertarian Futurist Society's Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, designed to honor classic libertarian fiction." Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress are two of my favorite science fiction novels. I don't put Time Enough for Love in the same class. I knew that Heinlein espoused libertarianism and free love; Time Enough for Love made me wonder if he had an Oedipus complex.