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The Puppet Masters ❮Reading❯ ➷ The Puppet Masters Author Robert A. Heinlein – Thomashillier.co.uk First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax End of story Case closedExcept that two agents of the most secret intelligence ag First came the news that a flying saucer had landed in Iowa Then came the announcement that the whole thing was a hoax End of story Case closedExcept that two agents of the most secret intelligence agency in the US government were on the scene and disappeared without reporting back Then four follow up agents also disappeared So the head of the agency and his two top agents went in and managed to get out with their discovery an invasion is underway by slug like aliens who can touch a human and completely control his The Puppet Epub / or her mind What the humans know, they know What the slugs want, no matter what, the human will do And most of Iowa is already under their controlSam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the United States, control of the entire nation is near at hand.


10 thoughts on “The Puppet Masters

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    Putting this book down I cannot help wondering if Bob wrote this for the excuse to see, at least in his mind, a nation wearing no clothes.You see, this is about an invasion of body snatchers type event, the aliens being large slug like creatures who affix themselves to the hosts skin So, one method of finding the insidious creatures is an ordinance where everyone must be nude.Clever You are a devil, Bob Heinlein.First published in 1951, this is a couple decades before he took the turnpike exi Putting this book down I cannot help wondering if Bob wrote this for the excuse to see, at least in his mind, a nation wearing no clothes.You see, this is about an invasion of body snatchers type event, the aliens being large slug like creatures who affix themselves to the hosts skin So, one method of finding the insidious creatures is an ordinance where everyone must be nude.Clever You are a devil, Bob Heinlein.First published in 1951, this is a couple decades before he took the turnpike exit to weirdville, and this is not bad at all, but we may be seeing early glimpses.Heinlein took the concept of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jack Finney s classic Cold War allegory was actually first published in 1955 AFTER Heinlein s continental nudist colony and tooled it to a SF alien invasion for a vehicle to espouse civil libertarian and free will doctrines No doubt Heinlein saw the metaphorical qualities of the concept and made many direct references to life behind the Iron Curtain, but his narrative lacks the B movie cool of Finney s work.Published between Farmer in the Sky and The Rolling Stones, this is bibliographically in his juvenile period, but this hasof an adult premise, setting and tone Still filled with his inimitable Show Me state charm and his wise cracking similes, this is a true Heinlein classic


  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Heinlein, did you really combine a very sexist plot element with the assumption that no gay people exist as the icing on the cake of your very awkward, biased, and wanna be subliminal writing I don t know how many mind control, body horror, parasite, tropes had already been established at the moment Heinlein wrote this book, but it might certainly have had a massive impact on many pandemic, alien invasion, horror, and sci fi works that followed and it hassuspense and settings than some o Heinlein, did you really combine a very sexist plot element with the assumption that no gay people exist as the icing on the cake of your very awkward, biased, and wanna be subliminal writing I don t know how many mind control, body horror, parasite, tropes had already been established at the moment Heinlein wrote this book, but it might certainly have had a massive impact on many pandemic, alien invasion, horror, and sci fi works that followed and it hassuspense and settings than some of his other works.The agent, spy, government conspiracy, aspect plays a small role too, but it sof a vehicle to give the characters options to talk too much Worldbuilding and action are hold small, rare, and I often asked myself while reading why Heinlein didn t go the info dumping way in both directions, not just with monologues, but with worldbuilding too How to find a cure has so many interesting variants and thecreative people think about finding a solution to this annoying infiltration parasite symbiont problem, theinteresting plotlines evolve, be it focused on technical, biological, magical, or mental eradication of that nasty mind bugs.The language and the mentality of the main character are both strange and fascinating, it s quite kind of listening to an old man with dubious mentalities reflecting about life, not questioning anything or being unsure about the rightness of his mentality, butreveling in his own points of view and why he is right.How common sexism and bigotry were and that it was a shocking revolution to dare to describe naked people may seem laughable nowadays, but the people really lived and thought like that and still do in many societies as if nudity was a crime Because of this involuntary side effect of reflecting on human behavior, it s a better read than it would have been because it s one of Heinleins weaker works.Because there will always be controversy around Heinleins work and changing world views, I want to add some personal opinion at the end of each review of one of his works It seems a bit as if Heinlein had been a lifelong searcher for the right ideology, as he switched from one extreme to the other, leaving marks of it throughout all of his works This is the biggest contrast to others, who kept their work clean from bias and agenda and it certainly built both his legend, fanbase, and critics by provoking and polarizing Of course, it s the freedom of art to integrate serious elements, as long as they are not dangerous, but the thin red line tends to be pretty blurry and while some see him as a visionary for alternative society models the others describe him as a conservative, hate filled, insecure man I don t really care what his motives might have been, his work is something special and different, it s just a prime example of why professional artists should keep their work clean from personal agendas, because that just, justifiably, feeds the trolls and ruins ones reputation as for example seen with the great three titans of sci fi Asimov robots, psychohistory, foundation Clarke epic, subtle, philosophical, each time reading finding new depths, extremely complex Heinlein Meh, his writing was average, but did you know what kind of mindset he had regarding See While people will endlessly debate about the ingenuity of and inspiration from Asimovs and Clarkes work, they will remember Heinlein as the kind of strange uncle with borderline attitudes.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique


  3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    This is the Heinlein book where evil alien slugs take over everyone s brains, causing nationwide chaos.This novel was written in 1951 and is set in 2007 whew no mind controlling slugs around yet at least not that I m aware of Though the current state of politics makes me wonderThe story is told from the viewpoint of Sam, who works in a secretive national security agency under a boss he calls the Old Man Sam, the Old Man, and an excellent and very sexy agent called Mary head to D This is the Heinlein book where evil alien slugs take over everyone s brains, causing nationwide chaos.This novel was written in 1951 and is set in 2007 whew no mind controlling slugs around yet at least not that I m aware of Though the current state of politics makes me wonderThe story is told from the viewpoint of Sam, who works in a secretive national security agency under a boss he calls the Old Man Sam, the Old Man, and an excellent and very sexy agent called Mary head to Des Moines to investigate a flying saucer rumor andimportantly find out why six other agents sent to investigate before them have disappeared without a trace They discover the alien slugs hard at work, busily attaching themselves to the back of every human they can once they attach, they control that person s mind and have access to all their memories and skills, so they can use the people they control to capture other people long enough to stick a slug on their neck They manage to escape and report to the President of the U.S., who can t be convinced to declare a state of emergency So our intrepid team goes back to Des Moines to try to getevidence of the alien invasion and things start to go wrong from there.I loved this old pulpy SF novel when I was a teenager The four stars are based on that teenage love because it s pretty dated, but if you don t mind the 50s attitudes sprinkled with Heinlein s off beat views on libertarianism and sexual s, it s still a pretty fun read


  4. Manny Manny says:

    Evil, slug like aliens land on Earth They attach themselves to people and take over their minds After a while, everyone has to walk around completely naked, so that you can spot the ones who have a slug attached I just can t understand why Paul Verhoeven didn t film this He could have combined Starship Troopers and Showgirls into one movie, and both he and the rest of the world would have been happier My guess is that he discovered the book too late and has been kicking himself ever since.


  5. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I enjoyed this book for its story which was well thought out and interesting However it s age definitely showed mostly in the naivety of the writing I can t really describe what I mean exactly but if you read it I think you will understand straight away And the dialogue left a bit to be desired as well Nevertheless it is a true science fiction story of the old kind and it is very readable.


  6. Christy Christy says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Robert Heinlein s The Puppet Masters is both an action oriented adventure story about parasitic slug aliens attempting to take over the world and its citizens and social commentary on Communism and the Red Scare As such, it appeals to young adult readers, who are looking for excitement and aliens, and to the general populace of the early 1950s, who would recognize the paranoia and militarism as part of the broader culture of the time.This book, like Wylie s The Disappearance, is very much a boo Robert Heinlein s The Puppet Masters is both an action oriented adventure story about parasitic slug aliens attempting to take over the world and its citizens and social commentary on Communism and the Red Scare As such, it appeals to young adult readers, who are looking for excitement and aliens, and to the general populace of the early 1950s, who would recognize the paranoia and militarism as part of the broader culture of the time.This book, like Wylie s The Disappearance, is very much a book of its time, first in its Cold War references to the Iron Curtain and Russia, and second in its characterization of women and of gender roles This comment made by Sam, the protagonist, is typical of the attitudes expressed toward Russia I wondered why the titans the parasitic aliens had not attacked Russia first Stalinism seemed tailormade for them On second thought, I wondered if they had On third thought, I wondered what difference it would make the people behind the Curtain had had their minds enslaved and parasites riding them for three generations There might not be two kopeks difference between a commissar with a slug and a commissar without a slug 205 It reflects clearly the divide between the East and the West and makes unmistakably clear the connection between the alien parasites and Communists Later still, after the United States population has become fully aware of the problem and measures have been taken to protect them by curtailing their freedoms and increasing security, Sam describes the country as undergoing a Terror Friend might shoot friend, or wife denounce husband Rumor of a titan could drum up a mob on any street, with Old Judge Lynch baying in their van The fact that most of the rud discoveries of slugs were baseless made the rumors no less dangerous 254 This description sounds very much like the effects of the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s Just as the slugs are puppet masters, taking over the free will and the lives of humans, so, according to this novel, are Communists puppet masters of their citizens, whose puppet strings are always at hand 262 In terms of gender roles, although Heinlein s future society the book is set in 2007 includes some societal changes that should affect gender roles and relations, such as new ways of approaching marriage short term, renewable, or permanent marriage licenses, for instance , the chief female character, Mary, undercuts this apparent progressive attitude toward gender roles Mary is always littlethan a sex object or a wife When Sam first meets her, for instance, she is described as extremely desirable in what is the weirdest description of a supposedly sexually attractive woman I think I have ever read A long, lean body, but unquestionably and pleasingly mammalian Good legs Broad shoulders for a woman Flaming, wavy red hair and the real redheaded saurian bony structure to her skull Her face was handsome rather than beautiful her teeth were sharp and clean 4 5 Although the next few sentences make it clear that Sam wants to jump her bones, this description is disturbingly like a description of livestock Further, although she, like Sam, is a field agent, and a very good one, even better than Sam perhaps, her contributions to the narrative eventually deteriorate to the point where all she says is Yes, dear Stay here go back have a baby go with me to fight aliens on a faraway planet to all of these things, she says Yes dear Having said that she is a good field agent, however, it must be pointed out that her primary skill seems to be flirting Her job for the first half of the book is to act sexy around men and see if they respond If they don t, bam They must be slug infested slaves In fact, she tells Sam after their marriage that fists are not her weapons Sam reflects, I knew that she did not mean that guns were her weapons she meant something older andprimitive True, she could fight like a bad tempered Kodiak bear and I respected her for it, but she was noAndoesn t look that way with her head on a pillow Mary s true strength lay in her other talents 220 This book is frequently marketed to young adult readers and I have read several reviews that say that although they wouldn t re read it as an adult, they would recommend it to an adolescent reader, especially adolescent boys I would not These ideas about women and sex roles simply permeate the book and most young readers are not equipped to deconstruct them.A final element of the book and another reason I wouldn t give this to a young reader is the militarism of the ending The final chapter of the book sees Sam and Mary packing up to go to Titan and finish off the rest of the slug parasites so they cannot return and attack again in the future While that s a sensible goal given the situation, the ideology in which it is steeped is troubling Sam says, of this goal, Whether we make it or not, the human race has got to keep up its well earned reputation for ferocity If the slugs taught us anything, it was that the price of freedom is the willingness to do sudden battle, anywhere, any time, and with utter recklessness 338 He continues, saying, Well, if Man wants to be top dog or even a respected neighbor he ll have to fight for it Beat the plowshares back into swords the other was a maiden aunt s fancy 338 Freedom, according to Heinlein, is only to be found at the muzzle of a gun and pacifism is nothan a silly woman s dream Not only that, but it is humankind s place to be fierce and not only to be respected but to be in charge This complements American patriotism and nationalism too well for it not to be a problem, especially given the lessons we should have learned over the last few years The final lines of the book complete the image of glory seeking freedom fighters We are about to transship I feel exhilarated Puppet masters the free men are coming to kill you Death and Destruction340 Given the political climate of the time, this furthers the separation between East and West, puppet masters and free, and justifies the ongoing Cold War and its attendant curtailments of freedom Given our current political climate, it does much the same, only exchanging Communist puppet masters with Islamic terrorist leaders


  7. Sara Sara says:

    I have no problem with dated things I do not hold against a past time its inability to miraculously speak to my present I enjoy trying to crawl into the context of a different reader who may have lived decades or centuries ago and to imagine their responses to what I am readingor to imagine what rules the author tried to follow or break, as the case may be I seek this kind of exercise in books, art, film, musicit s one of the many reasons why I dig old stuff So, regarding The Puppet Ma I have no problem with dated things I do not hold against a past time its inability to miraculously speak to my present I enjoy trying to crawl into the context of a different reader who may have lived decades or centuries ago and to imagine their responses to what I am readingor to imagine what rules the author tried to follow or break, as the case may be I seek this kind of exercise in books, art, film, musicit s one of the many reasons why I dig old stuff So, regarding The Puppet Masters, I feel compelled to observe that it is not its dated quality that specifically irks me As a work of early science fiction, this novel earns a high rank for introducing about a thousand tropes that became par for the course in later scifi novels and films It must have seemed strikingly original to contemporary readers and the story stands up today It has much to recommend it But I will forget, for a moment, The Puppet Masters status as a science fiction novel and consider it in light of another genre to which it relates.The Puppet Masters begs comparison, not just with other scifi novels, but with the pulp novels that inspired film noir Heinlein portrays the Titanian slug invasion as a mystery to be solved and his characters as the confrontational, go to hardboiled even individuals who will get to the bottom of the problem and resolve it, come hell or high water It s got the wisecracks, the unadorned yet coy dialogue, the hero s ethical if not moral ambiguity, and it s got a purportedly dangerous female protagonist and in the purportedly lies my beef with The Puppet Masters Mary , its female protagonist seemssubservient than dangerous, and not even subservient in that spoiled brat, woman child, I m just doing this to get my way sort of way Though noforward thinking in terms of rewriting the hackneyed gender map, at least this latter behavior has some spirit in it, for crying out loud I like a good detective novel and I love noir films, genres which are riddled with female stereotypes, so it s not the sexism of the novel per se that gets me I expect sexism from a novel straight from the 50s whence also many pulp novels and films and so try not to let it overly determine my feel for the work as a whole So it s not the sexism in The Puppet Masters that annoys me it s the kind of sexism What s upsetting about Mary is that Heinlein describes her for the reader, through the mouths of his other characters, as a deadly assassin, a smart cookie, a femme fatal He leads us to expect a character of this ilk and then he offers us, not Barbara Stanwyck, but Donna Reed with an upsetting past Ok, she s not quite that bad, at least not in the beginning, but by the novel s end she makes Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice look like a woman of independent spirit The yes dear s and whatever you say dear s made me pray Mary would get, and stay, hagridden , as people who play host to a Titanian parasite are called One of the characteristics of pulp and noir that makes the genre so compelling is the juxtaposing of the male protagonist with a female who actually challenges him She s often evil He usually has to kill her And of course those stories perpetuate the whore virgin dichotomous view of the female gender that is no friend to women, but at least these female characters possess agency and independent will They function as foils to the heroes and flesh out those male characters Thespirited the female protagonist, the stronger the hero That s how this equation works But, despite Heinlein s early hints and implications that this is the kind of dynamic he s cultivating, Mary does none of the above for Sam , the hero of The Puppet Masters And consequently, her shortcomings become his He seems less formidable precisely because he finds no rival of any consequence in her Heinlein promises this rivalry the first time he introduces her character, but he never delivers Mary doesn t need to become host to an alien parasite, because she s already hagridden by Sam


  8. Mark Mark says:

    Alien invasion Fifties paranoia Mind control After a visit to the British Library s Out of this World Exhibition in London, I was suddenly reminded that I hadn t read this Heinlein for a long while And indeed I haven t read it in its uncensored version, which was published in 1990 with the tale increased from about 60 000 words to 96 000.So it was time to revisit Puppet Masters is Heinlein s version of an alien invasion tale, written at a time when such tales were popular in film and in pr Alien invasion Fifties paranoia Mind control After a visit to the British Library s Out of this World Exhibition in London, I was suddenly reminded that I hadn t read this Heinlein for a long while And indeed I haven t read it in its uncensored version, which was published in 1990 with the tale increased from about 60 000 words to 96 000.So it was time to revisit Puppet Masters is Heinlein s version of an alien invasion tale, written at a time when such tales were popular in film and in prose The tale itself is quite simple Told in the first person, Sam Nivens not his real name is working for the US secret service This means different names, different places, different faces as I find on the first page a blonde in bed with Sam, who wasn t there in my original version He s assigned with a red headed woman currently named Mary and his boss, the Old Man , who go to investigate a report of a crashed saucer in Des Moines It is quickly claimed to be a hoax a schoolboy prank reported by an overenthusiastic local news station, but there is clearlyto it Mary, being the typical Heinlein heroine, notices she doesn t get a reaction from the adult males that she usually receives the drooling is pretty much left to Sam.Things develop as Sam and his colleagues quickly discover a secret invasion is going on that seems to suggest the future of the human race is at stake Sam s job is to stop it.Those of you who know Operation Annihilate from Star Trek the Original Series will get an idea of this story and realise how close these tales are I m surprised Heinlein didn t sue, frankly.But back to the book What we have here though is a B movie plot written in the Heinlein way, with all the good and bad points it entails There is the usual fabulous prose, the honed wise cracking comments, the drip feeding of all those little neat ideas that Heinlein does so well The plot moves along at a great pace and there s a lot of tension and suspense along the way There s also the use of a typical strong red headed Heinlein gal, with all the Hey, sister type comments that the Heinlein character usually has attached to it These still jar a little, even allowing for the context of the times Though Mary is fast, intelligent, strong, resourceful andthan capable, there is still a feeling that all she s there for is to serve the needs of our Hero, Sam This is not by far the worst example of this by RAH later novels do it muchbut it isnoticeable in this souped up,risqu version This is perhaps where I see a transition between the juveniles and say, Stranger in a Strange Land this still has the excitement and the pace of the juvies, but the addition of the posturing lecture seen in later books such as Stranger That and the need to get naked Sometimescan mean less , and I m reminded of that, as I was when I read the longer version of Stranger in a Strange Land I m in two minds to decide whether this longer Puppet Masters is one of those examples Despite this, the tale s an engaging one and must have shook things up a little when first published in 1951 60 years ago There are parts that are quite good, for all of my complaints In summary, though, this is an interesting read an alien invasion story with some intelligence that shows many of Heinlein s strengths, but a few of his weaknesses, and sadlyso in this longer version It is definitely worth reading, though it has to be seen as a product of its time


  9. Martin Martin says:

    Earth was being invaded by aliens and the top security agencies were helpless the aliens were controlling the mind of every person they encountered So it was up to Sam Cavanaugh, secret agent for a powerful and deadly spy network, to find a way to stop them which meant he had to be invaded himself Sam comes face to face with his first alien controlled human The body lay face down the back of the jacket heaved as if the chest were rising I first pulled on gloves agent s gloves I could h Earth was being invaded by aliens and the top security agencies were helpless the aliens were controlling the mind of every person they encountered So it was up to Sam Cavanaugh, secret agent for a powerful and deadly spy network, to find a way to stop them which meant he had to be invaded himself Sam comes face to face with his first alien controlled human The body lay face down the back of the jacket heaved as if the chest were rising I first pulled on gloves agent s gloves I could have stirred boiling acid, yet I could feel a coin in the dark and call heads or tails once gloved, I started to turn him over and undress him.The back was still heaving I did not like the look of it unnatural I placed a palm between the shoulder blades.A man s back is bone and muscle This was soft and undulating.It pulsed Undercover aliens in the Senate Gottlieb was still rumbling along about his deep sorrow, but that there came times when old friendship must give way to a higher duty and therefore The Senate president banged his gavel If the senator please Gottlieb looked startled and said, I do not yield The senator is not asked to yield At the request of the President of the United States, because of the importance of what you are saying, the senator is asked to come to the rostrum to speak Gottlieb looked puzzled but there was nothing else he could do He walked slowly toward the front of the house.Mary s chair blocked the little stairway up to the rostrum Instead of getting quietly out of the way, she bumbled around, turning and picking up the chair, so that she got evenin the way Gottlieb stopped and she brushed against him He caught her arm, as much to steady himself as her She spoke to him and he to her, but no one else could hear the words Finally they got around each other and he went on to the front of the rostrum.The Old Man was quivering like a dog in point Mary looked up at him and nodded The Old Man said, Take him I was over that rail in a flying leap, as if I had been wound up like a crossbow I landed on Gottlieb s shoulders.I heard the Old Man shout, Gloves, son Gloves I did not stop for them I split the senator s jacket with my bare hands and I could see the slug pulsing under his shirt I tore the shirt away and anybody could see it.Six stereo cameras could not have recorded what happened in the next few seconds I slugged Gottlieb back of the ear to stop his thrashing Mary was sitting on his legs The President was standing over me and pointing, while shouting, There There Now you can all see The Senate president was standing stupefied, waggling his gavel Robert Heinlein is one of the leaders of Science Fiction His early works are among the best rated stories The Puppet Masters are the ultimate of invading evil aliens Enjoy


  10. Simon Simon says:

    Well that was a classic bit of vintage SF Up there with Heinlein s best I would say Aliens are invading earth in a most insidious way and there s no room for compassion or understanding it s them or us For heaven s sake don t try to read anything allegorical into it or you re bound to find issue with it.Okay, the novel is undeniably dated but it shouldn t jar with most modern readers unless they are particularly sensitive to these things It does feel like a novel written in the 50 s but it Well that was a classic bit of vintage SF Up there with Heinlein s best I would say Aliens are invading earth in a most insidious way and there s no room for compassion or understanding it s them or us For heaven s sake don t try to read anything allegorical into it or you re bound to find issue with it.Okay, the novel is undeniably dated but it shouldn t jar with most modern readers unless they are particularly sensitive to these things It does feel like a novel written in the 50 s but it is set several decades in the future which might lead some to criticise Heinlein of failing to anticipate the direction social technological development would take but I think that would be a distraction from the many qualities this book has to offer.Read it for what it is a period SF piece full of excitement and suspense It was just what I needed


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