“The Menace from Earth,” Robert Heinlein, 1957

The Menace from Earth,” Robert Heinlein, 1957 –  Holly is a tour guide in Luna City, but she has plans to be a spaceship designer, along with her partner and love interest, Jeff.  When Ariel, a platinum blonde beauty, a “groundhog” tourist, arrives to tour the station, Holly’s dream of the future firm of Hardesty & Jones is threatened.

Comments: Themes of gender, female competition, career women (science and business), references to female mythological characters, Joan of Arc, Lise Meitner.  Title is a play on the trope of woman as alien.  Read in Hot and Cold Running Cities.

Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Anson Heinlein…(July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the “dean of science fiction writers,” he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre’s standards of literary quality. He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades. He, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are known as the ‘Big Three’ of science fiction.”


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2 Responses to “The Menace from Earth,” Robert Heinlein, 1957

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