Columbus Was a Dope

Publication date:1947.05
Genre:Science fiction short story
Preceded by:Space Jockey
Followed by:They Do It with Mirrors
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“Columbus Was a Dope” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published in May 1947 issue of “Startling Stories.”


In the story, bar patrons and a bartender debate building a starship. One favors outer space exploration as an obvious analogy of Columbus’s voyages, the other insists that Columbus was a dope and should have stayed home. The punch line is that the debate takes place on the moon.