(urth) Heinlein's Universe and The Long Sun

Gem Caccetta gemcaccetta at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 26 11:44:12 PST 2020

I recently came across a three volume set of short stories and novellas called the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, edited by Ben Bova in 1975. One of the novellas titled Universe, by Robert Heinlein, (written in 1941) takes place on the “Ship”—a generation ship sent off long ago to inhabit another planet, but now drifting because none of the descendants remember the nature or purpose of the ship. What they do remember has degenerated into religious superstition. There is a “Jordan’s Plan” for the ship. There is a powerful two-headed mutant, Joe-Jim, a highly intelligent leader of a mutant gang who has learned of the Ship’s true nature. There is a young, curious man Hugh, captured by Joe-Jim, who is taken to the main control room and shown the stars. Hugh enlists others to take control of the ship and complete Jordan’s Plan….sound familiar?
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