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The Number of the Beast. 1980 The Number of the Beast
by Robert A. Heinlein
First Edition 1980
New English Library
ISBN 0450047369
Cover illustrator unknown
556 pages
Price: £6.95

The Number of the Beast, a World as Myth and Lazarus Long-related novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

Excerpts were published as a serial in the October and November 1979 issues of Omni.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1981 New English Library paperback edition, ISBN 0450051277. Cover illustration by Gerald Grace.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
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 discovered 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 colony where the British Empire wars with Imperial Russia, a universe with no letter 'J', Multiperson Pantheistic Solipsism, and the possibility that the mythical Beast may not be mythical at all...

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