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BOOK REVIEW: “The Past Through Tomorrow, Volume 1” by Robert Heinlein (1967, 1977)

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I’ve been on kind of a Heinlein kick lately.

Once upon a time, Robert Heinlein was my hero. I cut my eye teeth on his “Future History” series, which had a huge, huge, huge influence on me as an adolescent, I read his novels, I read his screeds, he was pretty much the epitome of what I wanted to be when I was an arrogant, know-it-all, condescending jerk of a kid: an arrogant, know-it-all adult.

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Why is Trek’s chronology so sloppy?

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Despite the nattering apologetics of the fans, Trek's near-future chronology has always been very inconsistent. TOS says that the Eugenics Wars happened from about 1992 to 1996, and expressly identifies them with World War III. Later, this was divided into two separate instances, with the Eugenics wars stuck in the '90s, and WWIII relegated to some nebulous 21st century date.

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