The Man Who Sold the Moon (short story collection)
First edition cover
|Author||Robert A. Heinlein|
|Cover artist||Hubert Rogers|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The stories, part of Heinlein's Future History series, appear in the first edition as follows:
- Introduction by John W. Campbell, Jr., editor of Astounding Science Fiction
- Foreword by Robert A. Heinlein
- "Let There Be Light" (1940; originally published in Super Science Stories)
- "The Roads Must Roll" (1940; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)
- "The Man Who Sold the Moon" (1950; first appearance is in this collection)
- "Requiem" (1940; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)
- "Life-Line" (1939; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)
- "Blowups Happen" (1940; originally published in Astounding Science Fiction)
Early paperback printings omitted "Life-Line" and "Blowups Happen", as well as Campbell's introduction.
Boucher and McComas praised the 1950 edition as Heinlein "at his superlative best". In his "Books" column for F&SF, Damon Knight selected The Man Who Sold the Moon as one of the 10 best science fiction books of the 1950s. P. Schuyler Miller said that "Heinlein is a master of concealed technology ... no other writer [has] worked out the scientific minutiae of his settings so fully or so unobtrusively", praising as well Heinlein's skill at crafting "the human engineering details of each situation".
- Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 593.
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