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The Puppet Masters is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1951.

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Why Kansas City in The Puppet Masters?

In Heinlein's "The Puppet Masters" the protagonist realises that the Masters don't need to be directly attached to the base of the spine. That makes it easier but they can control you from any contact....
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Longer version of Robert Heinlein's 1951 “The Puppet Masters”

It appears that both the Galaxy Science Fiction serialization and the original novel version of Heinlein's The Puppet Masters were edited down from 96,000 words to about 60,000. According to Wikipedia,...
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How exactly are the slugs analogous to communists?

Heinlein's The Puppet Masters is generally regarded as a thinly veiled attack on communism. Its Wikipedia article reads: Heinlein's novel also repeatedly makes explicit the analogy between the mind-...
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Are the slugs a single entity? How are decisions made?

The slugs in Robert Heinlein's story The Puppet Masters appear to only be able to communicate via "conference". The delays in their strategy appears to suggest that it takes a while for information to ...
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What were the humans in the tanks used for?

When the Nivens visit the Titanian ship, they come across a tank full of humans who were alive. What were the slugs using them for?