Waldo and Magic Inc North Power Air was in trouble Their aircraft had begun to crash at an alarming rate and no one could figure out what was going wrong Desperate for an answer they turned to Waldo the crippled geniu

  • Title: Waldo and Magic, Inc
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: 9780450397301
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • North Power Air was in trouble Their aircraft had begun to crash at an alarming rate, and no one could figure out what was going wrong Desperate for an answer, they turned to Waldo, the crippled genius who lived in a zero g home in orbit around Earth.But Waldo had little reason to want to help the rest of humanity until he learned that the solution to their problems alNorth Power Air was in trouble Their aircraft had begun to crash at an alarming rate, and no one could figure out what was going wrong Desperate for an answer, they turned to Waldo, the crippled genius who lived in a zero g home in orbit around Earth.But Waldo had little reason to want to help the rest of humanity until he learned that the solution to their problems also held the key to his ownMagic, Inc.Under the guise of an agency for magicians, Magic, Inc was systematically squeezing out the small independent magicians Then one businessman stood firm With the help of an Oxford educated African shaman and a little old lady adept at black magic, he went straight to the demons of Hell to resolve the problem once and for all

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    1. Waldo by Robert HeinleinI read this book many years ago; I was probably 15 or 16. As a budding engineer and scientist, I completely understood how remote manipulators "Waldoes" would work in the future.In November of 2013, I had my prostate and seminal vesicles removed surgically, due to locally advanced prostate cancer. The surgeon is the brilliant Dr Chris Ogden, and his instrument is the DaVinci surgical robot, a waldo. A video with Chris Ogden, operating barefoot!:youtu/uKr4tMXJEhEMuch large [...]

    2. Siempre que leo a Heinlein siento que es como si un tío de la familia me estuviera contando una historia de su vida. Me fascina la forma en que Heinlein cuenta sus historias en primera persona, es magnífico.Es difícil calificar una colección ya que las historias no están relacionadas. Supongo que lo más fácil en este caso es hacer un promedio ya que son solo dos historias."Waldo", publicada originalmente en 1942 en la Astounding Magazine bajo el pseudónimo de Anson McDonald. Trata sobre [...]

    3. I'm astonished so many people read this and miss the point. Some folks apparently don't see any connection between the two stories and think these novellas are in a single volume by a fluke or "to fill up space." Either they didn't really read it or they are conceptually challenged, unable to make a logical leap between two related ideas without a flow chart. The point is that technology is a based on the belief that it will work. As long as we believe in it, it functions; if or when we stop bel [...]

    4. Waldo, the world's greatest expert on building remote controlled manipulators, wants to know why things are malfunctioning. It seems to be a problem that happens at very small scales. So he takes his smallest manipulator, and uses that to build an even smaller manipulator. Then he uses that to build a smaller manipulator still. Then well, you get the picture. Pretty soon, he's moving individual atoms around.I read this story in the early 70s, and here's a question I'm surprised didn't occur to m [...]

    5. Ya sabemos, o por lo menos los suficientemente introducidos en Heinlein, que el maestro de sci fi por excelencia tocaba, trataba y fusionaba deliberadamente ambas ciencias. Ésta no es otra excepción, ya que mediante una dinámica y entretenida historia , que mezcla la fantasía con las Sociales, el autor vuelve a hacer gala de su crítica más ácida hacía ciertas profesiones, poco nobles por naturaleza moral, con los embustes y líos innecesarios que conllevan los trámites y protocolos pol [...]

    6. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. fantasyliterature/reviWaldo & Magic, Inc is a collection of two seemingly unrelated stories by Robert A. Heinlein (though both involve magic “lose in the world”). I listened to the recent audio version produced by Brilliance Audio. MacLeod Andrews, who I always like, narrates. William H. Patterson Jr provides an introduction to the stories and Tim Powers provides an afterword.The first story, “Waldo,” was originally published in Astounding Mag [...]

    7. A Heinleinian romp through mid-century libertarianism, social problems, and of course, the line between science and magic. Heinlein was ahead of his time and is now way the hell behind ours; it's fascinating to read his once cutting-edge work as it fadesA: lists this as a 1986 publication, which it totally was not. This novella pair was published in 1950 (and written in the early 1940s).

    8. Mediocre Heinlein. 2 short novels. Waldo starts out as a proper technological fix the problem story then gets very weird, jumps the shark. Not satisfying as a story. Magic Inc. is readable but not outstanding; the depiction of the mechanics of the political process is however just as fresh and relevant as when it was written over 60 years ago. Nice ways to kill time if you have nothing better to do, but yeah, skip Waldo completely I reckon.

    9. Heinlein and fantasy! That's different! Waldo was an interesting tale of a man who overcame his physical disability by inventing remotely control devices (named after himself, Waldo) to aid him into becoming a much stronger man.Magic, Inc was his libertarian advocacy against government sanctioned monopoly. In this case, magic in which everyone could have performed before regulation kicked in. Our protagonists formed an odd trio to resolve the problem with magic once for all.I really enjoyed both [...]

    10. For a long time remote handling devices were called 'waldoes' after the central character in the first part. I was most interested in the fact that Waldo, handicapped by myaesthenia gravis, moved to an outer space habitat on the proceeds of the waldos. This marked the first time I'd ever HEARD of myaesthenia gravis.The second part (Magic Inc) is basically unrelated. I figure the page count turned up short, so they just plugged in another short story of about the right length, with a little cutti [...]

    11. Finally got around to reading this classic novella from the master of SciFi, Robert Heinlein. Not sure why I've never read it before now, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. A very enjoyable novella length near-future story that with a number of twists and turns in it that I found to be a very enjoyable read. As always, Heinlein makes you think when you read his stories, and this one is no exception. Definitely on my recommended list.

    12. The great thing about reading a book you read more than 25 years ago is that it is almost like reading a brand new book. I had vague, happy, memories of what went on in these stories - but I remember that Waldo was this genius who had very weak muscles and I remember about the "vanishing food" at restaurants in "Magic, Inc."There is much richness in these stories and I can see now how even in these stories Heinlein influenced my philosophy, politics, and economics.

    13. Waldo was very interesting: I had some mixed feelings about the whole "energy from nowhere"thing and keeping things going by imagination. I was hoping he'd explore its source a little more, it's an uncomfortable concept to be honest, but I suppose leaving it vague and unexplored was the point. Magic, Inc was an interesting take on magic in the modern world with issues such as certifications, licenses, businesses, laws, and monopolies on the use of magic.

    14. One of the fascinating things about these two novellas (and perhaps why they are always bound together) is that Waldo is about the discipline of Magick, whereas Magic, Inc. is about the practice of politics.

    15. When a company starts having it aircraft crashing at a fantastic rate, Waldo who is forced to live in zero gravity is contacted to identify the problem and develop a solution. He discovers that not only will the solution solve the company's problem but his own as well.

    16. Sci-fi from the early 40's probably by definition has not aged well, no matter how skilled an author that penned it. Still, it's an OK read.

    17. This pair of stories by Heinlein is interesting for the common exploration of the theme of magic, and for the somewhat gentler style of Waldo. Magic. Inc. is really a rant on predatory business practices, and the challenge of pursuing remedies through the legislative process. It is somewhat incidentally set in a world in which magic is a tool and trade like many others, but that has little to do with his political rant.Waldo is more interesting, and explores a host of themes from how a physical [...]

    18. The most interesting part of this pair of stories which have always been published together except the first time where they were published in two different pulp magazines that interestingly enough had John Campbell as publisher. John Campbell, a man I know very little about except he was responsible for bringing to the attention of the public some great sci-fi authors like Heinlein and Sturgeon. Also there is an annual prize given in his name similar, I suppose, to The Hugo and The Nebula. Just [...]

    19. Magic or technology, technology or magic. The lines blur depending on your point of view. If you believe its truth, it functions like technology, if you do not, it is like magic. Functionally, does it really matter how it happens if it works for you? Changing your beliefs alters reality. This novella wonderfully explores this concept.

    20. This is a reread. In the course if doing some reading for the 1943 Retro Hugos, I really had to check out Heinlein’s novella Waldo, which meant that I might as well read the other novella in this collection, Magic, Inc, as well. Waldo is the story of an isolated and eccentric genius, Waldo F. Jones, with severe myasthenia gravis who invents and relies on such instruments to do the things he cannot. The set-up of the novella: 15 years after the transition to the use of radiant power, and the el [...]

    21. Waldo (1942) and Magic, Inc. (1940) are two (mostly) unrelated novellas that (mostly) wear their age well. The tenuous connection is that in both "magic is loose in the world" and there is talk of "laws" such as those of "sympathy," "contiguity" and "homeopathy" that rule magic, which is associated with another world, an alternate universe as it were, called the "Other World" in Waldo and the "Half-World" in Magic, Inc Waldo is more a hybrid of science-fiction and fantasy, starting out as straig [...]

    22. Heinlein is usually not thought of as a lyrical writer; his fantastic imagination usually ran along scientific and sociological lines. Waldo, written in 1942, is different. True, the foundation is science; the story is set in a near-future of advanced technology, with the concomitant social changes. Society has become dependent on an easily produced electro-magnetic power that fuels industry and transportation. But suddenly the specialized motors running on the power have started to fail inexpli [...]

    23. was in a re-reading mood, so got out my copy of Waldo & Magic, Inc. - two novellas combined into a slim paperback. "Waldo" is supposedly the inspiration for waldoes - mechanical hands controlled remotely by gloves, found in medicine & industrial applications. The main character suffers from myasthenia gravis, a type of muscular atrophy, that renders him nearly helpless in any physical activity. He lives in his own space station, under zero gravity, and uses the eponymous equipment and hi [...]

    24. This compilation of the two stories was first published as a book in 1950, but written in '40 ('Waldo') and '42 ('Magic, Inc.') right about the time people realized computing was something computers were pretty good at.In 'Waldo,' Heinlein's story is set in a world reliant on "radiant power" - energy beamed through thin air. The power company hasn't ever bothered to check if this is harmful to humans (it is) and the technology is so enmeshed into society there's no going back. Think: CELLPHONES. [...]

    25. Compilation of novellas - Waldo (1942); Magic, Inc. (1942. Waldo gave rise to the term 'waldo' for 'hands' remotely run by bio-feedback for microscopic uses in miniature application, macroscopic uses for manipulation of weighty objects in assembly, and toxic applications, such as manipulation of nuclear fuel.Waldo - North Power-Air was in trouble. Their aircraft had begun to crash at an alarming rate, and no one could figure out what was going wrong. Desperate for an answer, they turned to Waldo [...]

    26. I read the paperback many years ago and enjoyed listening to these two novellas on a long drive last weekend. Tim Powers contributes an illuminating afterward in which he points out that one is a fantasy told as a science fiction story and the other is a science fiction story told as a fantasy. Both are well known and acknowledged classics; Waldo has lent its name universally to remote-handling devices, and Magic, Inc can arguably be named as a founder of the urban fantasy genre decades before t [...]

    27. Waldo & Magic, Inc is a collection of two seemingly unrelated stories by Robert A. Heinlein (though both involve magic “lose in the world”). I listened to the recent audio version produced by Brilliance Audio. MacLeod Andrews, who I always like, narrates. William H. Patterson Jr provides an introduction to the stories and Tim Powers provides an afterword.The first story, “Waldo,” was originally published in Astounding Magazine in 1942 under Heinlein’s penname, Anson MacDonald. The [...]

    28. Pubblicato negli Anni d'Oro della science fiction su « Astounding » con l'imprimatur di John Campbell e della sua concezione della narrativa fantascientifica e fantastica. Il tema sta tra il contrasto fra il « superuomo » e la realtà codificata. In questo romanzo l' inventiva di RAH si è scatenata: già il protagonista, un giovane genio condannato ad una esistenza assurda ed amara da una miastenia congenita, è un personaggio fuori dell'ordinario; e l'intera vicenda spinta fino al sovverti [...]

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