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S just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders with no will of his own And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service which safeguards the President of the United States control of the entire nation is near at hand Alien invasion Fifties paranoia Mind controlAfter a visit to the British Library’s Out of this World Exhibition in London I was suddenly reminded that I hadn’t read this Heinlein for a long while And indeed I haven’t read it in its ‘uncensored’ version which was published in 1990 with the tale increased from about 60 000 words to 96 000So it was time to revisitPuppet Masters is Heinlein’s version of an alien invasion tale written at a time when such tales were popular in film and in prose The tale itself is uite simple Told in the first person ‘Sam’ Nivens not his real name is working for the US secret service This means different names different places different faces as I find on the first page a blonde in bed with Sam who wasn’t there in my original versionHe’s assigned with a red headed woman currently named Mary and his boss ‘the Old Man’ who go to investigate a report of a crashed saucer in Des Moines It is uickly claimed to be a hoax – a schoolboy prank reported by an overenthusiastic local news station but there is clearly to it Mary being the typical Heinlein heroine notices she doesn’t get a reaction from the adult males that she usually receives – the drooling is pretty much left to SamThings develop as Sam and his colleagues uickly discover a secret invasion is going on that seems to suggest the future of the human race is at stake Sam’s job is to stop itThose of you who know ‘Operation Annihilate’ from Star Trek the Original Series will get an idea of this story and realise how close these tales are I’m surprised Heinlein didn’t sue franklyBut back to the book What we have here though is a B movie plot written in the Heinlein way with all the good and bad points it entails There is the usual fabulous prose the honed wise cracking comments the drip feeding of all those little neat ideas that Heinlein does so well The plot moves along at a great pace and there’s a lot of tension and suspense along the way There’s also the use of a typical strong red headed Heinlein gal with all the ‘Hey sister’ type comments that the Heinlein character usually has attached to it These still jar a little even allowing for the context of the times Though Mary is fast intelligent strong resourceful and than capable there is still a feeling that all she’s there for is to serve the needs of our Hero Sam This is not by far the worst example of this by RAH – later novels do it much – but it is noticeable in this souped up risué version This is perhaps where I see a transition between the juveniles and say Stranger in a Strange Land this still has the excitement and the pace of the juvies but the addition of the posturing lecture seen in later books such as Stranger That and the need to get naked Sometimes ‘’ can mean ‘less’ and I’m reminded of that as I was when I read the longer version of Stranger in a Strange Land – I’m in two minds to decide whether this longer Puppet Masters is one of those examples Despite this the tale’s an engaging one and must have shook things up a little when first published in 1951 – 60 years ago There are parts that are uite good for all of my complaints In summary though this is an interesting read an alien invasion story with some intelligence that shows many of Heinlein’s strengths but a few of his weaknesses and sadly so in this longer version It is definitely worth reading though it has to be seen as a product of its time Alaskan Nights safeguards the President of the United States control of the entire nation is near at hand Alien invasion Fifties paranoia Mind controlAfter a visit to the British Library’s Out of this World Exhibition in London I was Soldier Caged (43 Light Street suddenly reminded that I hadn’t read this Heinlein for a long while And indeed I haven’t read it in its ‘uncensored’ version which was published in 1990 with the tale increased from about 60 000 words to 96 000So it was time to revisitPuppet Masters is Heinlein’s version of an alien invasion tale written at a time when An Expert Teacher such tales were popular in film and in prose The tale itself is uite Cowboy for Keeps (Men of Mule Hollow, simple Told in the first person ‘Sam’ Nivens not his real name is working for the US Indecent... 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First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax End of story Case closedExcept that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the US government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting back Then four follow up agents also disappeared So the head of the agency and his two top agen Heinlein did you really combine a very sexist plot element with the assumption that no gay people exist as the icing on the cake of your very awkward biased and wanna be subliminal writing I don´t know how many mind control body horror parasite tropes had already been established at the moment Heinlein wrote this book but it might certainly have had a massive impact on many pandemic alien invasion horror and sci fi works that followed and it has suspense and settings than some of his other worksThe agent spy government conspiracy aspect plays a small role too but it´s of a vehicle to give the characters options to talk 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do in many societies as if nudity was a crime Because of this involuntary side effect of reflecting on human behavior it´s a better read than it would have been because it´s one of Heinleins´weaker worksBecause there will always be controversy around Heinleins´ work and changing world views I want to add some personal opinion at the end of each review of one of his works It seems a bit as if Heinlein had been a lifelong searcher for the right ideology as he switched from one extreme to the other leaving marks of it throughout all of his works This is the biggest contrast to others who kept their work clean from bias and agenda and it certainly built both his legend fanbase and critics by provoking and polarizing Of course it´s the freedom of art to integrate serious elements as long as they are not dangerous but the thin red line tends to be pretty blurry and while some see him as a visionary for alternative society models the others describe him as a conservative hate filled insecure man I don´t really care what his motives might have been his work is something special and different it´s just a prime example of why professional artists should keep their work clean from personal agendas because that just justifiably feeds the trolls and ruins ones´ reputation as for example seen with the great three titans of sci fi Asimov robots psychohistory foundation Clarke epic subtle philosophical each time reading finding new depths extremely complex Heinlein Meh his writing was average but did you know what kind of mindset he had regarding See While people will endlessly debate about the ingenuity of and inspiration from Asimovs´and Clarkes´work they will remember Heinlein as the kind of strange uncle with borderline attitudesTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue The Rich Stranger (Princes of the Outback, saucer had landed in Iowa Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax End of 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Exposure (Indecent, solution to this annoying infiltration parasite Defending the Heiress symbiont problem the interesting plotlines evolve be it focused on technical biological magical or mental eradication of that nasty mind bugsThe language and the mentality of the main character are both Wild Dreams (Dreams, strange and fascinating it´s uite kind of listening to an old man with dubious mentalities reflecting about life not uestioning anything or being unsure about the rightness of his mentality but reveling in his own points of view and why he is rightHow common A Child of Her Own sexism and bigotry were and that it was a Shadow Dance shocking revolution to dare to describe naked people may Red-Hot Reckless seem laughable nowadays but the people really lived and thought like that and The Good Daughter (Deep in the Heart still do in many The Barons Of Texas societies as if nudity was a crime Because of this involuntary Silent Masquerade side effect of reflecting on human behavior it´s a better read than it would have been because it´s one of Heinleins´weaker worksBecause there will always be controversy around Heinleins´ work and changing world views I want to add All They Need (Porter Siblings some personal opinion at the end of each review of one of his works It The Reluctant Bride seems a bit as if Heinlein had been a lifelong Once in a Blue Moon searcher for the right ideology as he Flying Lessons switched from one extreme to the other leaving marks of it throughout all of his works This is the biggest contrast to others who kept their work clean from bias and agenda and it certainly built both his legend fanbase and critics by provoking and polarizing Of course it´s the freedom of art to integrate The Secret Child serious elements as long as they are not dangerous but the thin red line tends to be pretty blurry and while Blessings of the Heart and Samanthas Gift some Too Many Bosses (The Hayes, see him as a visionary for alternative Long Lost Bride - Mempelai Yang Hilang (Fairytale Weddings, society models the others describe him as a conservative hate filled insecure man I don´t really care what his motives might have been his work is The Virgin Spring (Mackintosh Brides something The Café in Fir Tree Park special and different it´s just a prime example of why professional artists Southern Cooking for Company should keep their work clean from personal agendas because that just justifiably feeds the trolls and ruins ones´ reputation as for example Exotic No More, Second Edition seen with the great three titans of Exchanging the Past sci fi Asimov robots psychohistory foundation Clarke epic Evolutionary Patterns subtle philosophical each time reading finding new depths extremely complex Heinlein Meh his writing was average but did you know what kind of mindset he had regarding See While people will endlessly debate about the ingenuity of and inspiration from Asimovs´and Clarkes´work they will remember Heinlein as the kind of Excellent Things in Women strange uncle with borderline attitudesTropes Faces along the Bar show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue

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Ts went in and managed to get out with their discovery an invasion is underway by slug like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his or her mind What the humans know they know What the slugs want no matter what the human will do And most of Iowa is already under their controlSam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth Unfortunately that wa Evil slug like aliens land on Earth They attach themselves to people and take over their minds After a while everyone has to walk around completely naked so that you can spot the ones who have a slug attached I just can't understand why Paul Verhoeven didn't film this He could have combined Starship Troopers and Showgirls into one movie and both he and the rest of the world would have been happier My guess is that he discovered the book too late and has been kicking himself ever since