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Methuselah's Children

by Robert A. Heinlein

Cover artist unknown

Publisher: Signet

Pub year: 1962

Cover price: 50¢


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Cover tagline

They were Earthmen blessed with extraordinary life-spans — compelled to wander the distant stars

Back cover text

Earth's Outcasts

Members of the Families were ordinary human beings, no different from neighboring Browns and Smiths, except for on disturbing trait — they were extraordinarily long-lived.

In the ultra-civilized year of 2125 A.D. this distinction was intolerable. Hounded for a secret they did not possess the Families were forced to choose: torture and extinction by their jealous, short-lived fellow men or flight from Earth on an untested starship.

They chose the latter. But to their horror they discovered that the alien stars nourished a threat even more terrifying than the one which had taken them from Earth....

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Interior text

Manipulators of life

They were gentle, friendly little creatures and their merry eyes sparkled with intelligence. Clothed in short slick fur, they reminded the Earthlings of children masquerading as bunny rabbits.

They were masters of manipulation, skilled in sleight-of-hand tricks which delighted their human guests.

But when they began their other experiments, like that thing in the incubator that was once Marion Schmidt — the hand with too many fingers, the hoofs instead of toes ... horror dawned on the visiting Earthmen and the Garden of Eden became a planet of madness.