|Genre:||Science fiction novel|
|Preceded by:||Pied Piper|
“Beyond This Horizon” is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. It was originally published as a two‐part serial in “Astounding Science‐Fiction” April and May issues of 1942, under the pseudonym Anson MacDonald and then as a single volume by “Fantasy Press” in 1948.
The novel depicts a world that has become an economic utopia; the “economic dividend” is so high that work has become optional. The chief economic problem is in fact using up the economic surplus: many high‐quality goods actually cost less than those of lower quality. Many people use lower quality goods as status symbols. The story’s protagonist, Felix Hamilton is the archetypal superman. Felix possesses a superhuman physique, an intellect to match it, and can expect to live centuries without any form of medical assistance. But he finds his life and the society he lives in—to be enjoyable but meaningless. However, when one of these scientists seeks him out, inquiring when he plans to continue his line, he finds himself drawn into an adventure which not only gives him purpose but convinces him that his society is worth saving after all.