At a glance:
- Author: Robert A. Heinlein
- First Published: 1985
- Type of Work: Science fiction
- Time of Work: 2188 c.e. and 4400 c.e.
- Setting: Golden Rule space habitat, near Luna; the Moon; Tertius, a planet 7,000 light-years from Earth; and other locations
- Characters: Richard Ames, Gwen Novak, Bill, Lazarus Long, Gretchen Henderson, Jefferson Mao
- Genres: Long fiction, Science fiction, Novel
- Locales: Space, Moon, Fictional planets
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners is a novel in three parts, divided from one another by sudden escapes and violent changes of scene. The first part, “Indifferent Honest,” opens with Dr. Richard Ames—formerly known as Colonel Colin Campbell—attempting to eat his dinner in a space habitat near the Moon, while an unknown man tries desperately to persuade him that unless he, Ames, kills one Tolliver by Sunday, “we’ll all be dead.” Before the man can explain, he is murdered, his body whisked away. Ames, with his partner-then-wife Gwen...
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