Heinlein’s first published short story. The protagonist, Professor Pinero, builds a machine that will predict how long a person story of your life short story pdf live. Professor Pinero’s invention has a powerful impact on the life insurance industry, as well as on his own life. Heinlein reportedly said, “How long has this racket been going on?
The Worlds of Robert A. There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science.
One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority. It’s Great to Be Back! Category:Short stories by Robert A.