The Puppet Masters, Robert A. Heinlein, 1951

The Puppet Masters
https://sciencefictionafterlife.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/episode011_the_puppet_masters_robert_a_heinlein.mp3episode011_the_puppet_masters_robert_a_heinlein.mp3

A UFO is sighted, and one by one, Americans are being turned into mindless slaves. It’s up to a trio of special government agents to figure out how to stop this menace. In the process, they must avoid being turned into hosts themselves, by the parasites known as “the slugs.”

Shownotes:
0:25 Plot summary
11:00 Review (some spoilers)
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3 Responses to The Puppet Masters, Robert A. Heinlein, 1951

  1. heyglenns says:

    I reviewed a ‘first contact’ book in Episode 4 that I liked better than The Puppet Master. Feel free to check out The Visitors, by Clifford Simak at https://sciencefictionafterlife.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/the-visitors-clifford-simak-1979/

  2. John G. says:

    I agree that Heinlein loved nudism and was constantly putting it into his novels, but I’d argue that in this case it made sense. And they didn’t start with nudism. First they had “operation bareback” which was no shirts and then when they found out that the slugs could hide anywhere on the body they were forced to go to “operation sun tan,” which was nudism.

    How else were they supposed to identify who was hagridden?

    • heyglenns says:

      Thanks for the comment, John! True enough, he phased in the nudity to make it somewhat plausible. Yet in a future of RAH’s own making, he could have hatched other ways of detecting slugs. In the movie version, hag-ridden people had elevated temperatures, so authorities used infra-red. I know RAH never knew of TSA-like imaging machines, but I’m so convinced of his skill that I’m sure he could have thought up an innovation like that…if he’d wanted to.

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