Successful Operation

Publication date:1940.06
Genre:Science fiction short story
Preceded by:Let There Be Light
Followed by:The Roads Must Roll

“Successful Operation” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein, first published in #4 “Futuria Fantasia” magazine Spring 1940, with title “Heil!” under pseudonym Lyle Monroe.


The Leader is suffering from a fatal illness. Samuel is a concentration camp detainee, is “chosen” as a donor, his healthy organ will be exchanged with Leader’s dying one in exchange for Samuel’s freedom. But there is a glitch. Dr Lans, the only surgeon capable of performing the surgery, is also in concentration camp. A necessary deal is negotiated…