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The short story “Waldo” was published by Robert A. Heinlein in 1942 as part of a collection of stories called “Waldo and Magic.” As the question illustrates, locating the text of the story presents a challenge, even in searching with top search engines. Also, as the question indicates, this story is not to be confused with Ralph Waldo Emerson, the philosopher and transcendentalist writer. Some sources describe the story as “forgotten.” Yet, others highly regard both Heinlein as a science fiction writer and “Waldo” as a story. Admirers describe Heinlein’s broad themes relative to science, technology, and humanity as comparable to arguably more well-known or popular science fiction writers such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.
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