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The Past Through Tomorrow

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Title: The Past Through Tomorrow  
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Subject: Future History (Heinlein), Future History, The Green Hills of Earth, Gentlemen, Be Seated!, It's Great to Be Back!
Collection: 1967 Short Story Collections, Short Story Collections by Robert A. Heinlein
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The Past Through Tomorrow

Cover of the original 1967 printing of The Past Through Tomorrow

The Past Through Tomorrow is a collection of Robert A. Heinlein's Future History stories.

Most of the stories are parts of a larger storyline about the future rapid collapse of sanity in the United States, followed by a theocratic dictatorship, a revolution, and the establishment of a free society that does not save the pseudo-immortal Lazarus Long and his Howard Families from fleeing Earth for their lives. Most editions of the collection include a timeline showing the chronology of the stories (including stories never written, such as "The Stone Pillow", which was to occur during the period of the theocracy), times of birth and death of the significant characters, and commentary by Heinlein.

The specific short stories included vary with the edition, but typically include:

The 1986 paperback edition is missing the story "Universe"


Algis Budrys hailed the collection as "some of the finest writing [science fiction] has ever known," describing it as "a magnificent compendium, coincidentally a rewarding and perhaps accurate cross-section of a writer's career."[1]


  1. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1967, pp.191-92
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