Featuring: E. C. "Scar" Gordon; Star
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E. C. "Scar" Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering
from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn't given
up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper. One
ad in particular leapt out at him:
"ARE YOU A COWARD? This is not for you.
We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in
perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190
pounds, fluent English, with some French, proficient in all
weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics
essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties,
indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure.
Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure,
great danger. You must apply in person, rue Dante, Nice, 2me
√©tage, apt. D."
How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it
seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the
"handsome" part, but that was in the eye of the beholder
anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the
most beautiful woman he'd ever met. She seemed to have many
names, but agreed he could call her "Star." A pretty
appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of
Robert A. Heinlein's one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is
as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a
Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword
and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules and the result
is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny and tremendously
readable -- a favorite of all who have read it. Glory
Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a
typically Heinleinian sting in its tail.
Weekend Edition Sunday - July 16, 2006
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