"It's Great to Be Back!"

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"'It's Great to Be Back!'" is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein.

A spaceship pilot and his wife, who have been in residence in Luna City for some time, spend much of their time voluably regretting having ever left Earth. When this attitude results in social conflict with "Loonies" who love their home, the pair feel isolated, misunderstood, and put-upon. They decide to return "dirt-side", only to discover that the Earth of their imaginations bears only the faintest of resemblences to the actuality, which includes things unheard of in Luna, like smog, unpleasant weather, the common cold, and repairmen who refuse to make housecalls. Ultimately, they discover that all they really want is to go back to Luna City, where they are welcomed with open arms by their peers (now that they have stopped complaining all the time) and settle down to be happy "Lunatics".

This story is well written. It is, in many ways, fairly typical of Heinlein's work in this vein: he is working hard to present Life Off Earth in a postive light, in hopes of luring humanity into investing in the Space Program, which was one of his major interests.

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