Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Robert A. Heinlein: ”One of the grand masters of science The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag Kindle Edition. Directed by Alex Proyas. A man, who suddenly realizes that he has no memory of what he does during the day, hires a husband and wife detective agency to. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag has ratings and reviews. Lyn said: A solid collection of early Heinlein short You Zombies.

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The story is awkwardly written. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Sons were an early unpleasamt mistake, hurriedly “painted over” rather than eliminated in the rush to complete the work, but still holding power. Imagine the bloat of the later Harry Potter novels but with bad sex and women who only ever say, ‘Yes.

The doctor had unp,easant him out of his office and told him not to return. Return to Book Page.

He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre’s standards profesxion literary quality. That link brings you to a free Kindle edition. This work is an eerie precursor to PKD.

Articles with short description Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Books with missing cover. The book is mainly a thriller, with some supernatural tension in it as well.


This is narrative cheating. Insix of those shorter pieces unpleasat collected in what was to later be appropriately titled “6XH,” consisting of tales written between and First published in Unknown WorldsOctober, Then Cynthia is menaced by Hoag after she tails him in an office building.

The plot thickens when a secret society of people who tr An excellent Heinlein, who proves that he can master other genres than science fiction. Heinlein waits until the very end of this fun story before showing his hand.

Alex Proyas Tackles Robert Heinlein’s ‘The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag’

This isn’t one of my favorite Heinlein novels. It also lends its title to a collection of Heinlein’s short stories published in At times I have my issues with how Heinlein drew women, but not jknathan the case of Cyn.

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View all 3 comments. In this novella-length jonathn, a prim and fussy man hires a detective couple that Heinlein obviously based on Nick and Nora Charles to find out just what he does for a living. As a critic I would have disregarded it entirely had not you, my friends, let me see something which had not come to the attention of Jonathan Hoag, something which, in my own artistic creations, I had never had the wit to invent.

It’s only pages ican’t quite remember The effect, on the I can’t say much about the other stories, but the title story has remained with me since I finally tracked the book down years ago.


They only encountered the real Hoag in their home and office. And if you figure out what Jonathan Hoag’s unpleasant profession is before he tells you, you’re good at this kind of thing Well written, with a good tye in the end. All the while reading it, I continued thinking, “This isn’t really a very great book, but I think it might make a fantastic episode on The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein

Nov 10, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Other stories like “Crooked House” are fantastic short fiction at its best. May 09, Kate hkag it really liked it Recommended to Kate by: This is a sweet little story, rich in detail, that features a warmly satisfying ending. The collection was published in ; the novella originally published unpeasant Heinlein, a quite brilliant mathematician in his own right, obviously indulged his arcane sense of humour here.

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