The Man Who Traveled in Elephants

The Man Who Traveled in Elephants
Publication date:1957.10
Genre:Science fiction short story
Preceded by:The Menace From Earth
Followed by:Tenderfoot in Space
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“The Man Who Traveled in Elephants” is a short story written in 1948 by Robert A. Heinlein. It was first published with title “The Elephant Circuit” in the October 1957 issue of “Saturn Magazine.”

Though this story was not typical of the subject matter of most of Heinlein’s writing, it was Heinlein’s favorite.
Spider Robinson selected it as one of his life‐time favorite stories, and included it in his anthology “Best of All Possible Worlds” on that basis.


Once there was a traveling salesman, a man who traveled in elephants. For years he traveled with his beloved wife. Now he travels alone, and all the Carnivals and festivals and state fairs are blending together. Join John Watts for one final journey—a magical bus trip to a fantastical fair that is literally larger than life.