An enthralling combination of classic space opera and heroic fantasy, The Number of the Beast is a breathtakingly original masterwork from one of the acknowledged greats of the genre.
A brilliant, but eccentric scientist has invented a space/time machine and using the three space and three time co-ordinates, he has discovere a possible 666 alternative universes... 666 being the magical number associated with the biblical Beast of Revelations.
Into this theme, Heinlein weaves his own galaxy of incredible ingredients - a Martian penal conoly where the British Empire wars with Imperial Russia, a universe with no letter 'J'. Multiperson Panthestic Solipsism, and the possibility that the mythical Beast may not be mythical at all...
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) 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.
Heinlein, a notable writer of science fiction short stories, was one of a group ... (more)