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2022-07-07 4:25:24 PM  
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RIP
 
2022-07-07 4:33:49 PM  
This is embarrassing ... but ... it's not my birthday


Thanks tho
 
2022-07-07 4:37:13 PM  
Holy shiat! It's John Scalzi's birthday?  How did I forget that?

*clicks link*

Who's this Heinlein guy?
 
2022-07-07 4:37:46 PM  
One of his reported quotes, paraphrased:

"Writing is not necessarily something to ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."
 
2022-07-07 4:39:32 PM  
I am a firm believer in his statement "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity", which also explains Trump getting elected President of the United States, because there were enough stupid people who bought into his grift to get him elected.
 
2022-07-07 4:41:32 PM  
Subby, L. Ron's birthday is March 13.
 
2022-07-07 4:49:13 PM  

ClavellBCMI: I am a firm believer in his statement "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity", which also explains Trump getting elected President of the United States, because there were enough stupid people who bought into his grift to get him elected.


"Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime: the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity."
 
2022-07-07 4:51:18 PM  
My favourite RH stories

And He Built A Crooked House

and an ingenious time travel yarn complete with transexuals All You Zombies
 
2022-07-07 4:53:18 PM  
The only thing a libertarian can be called "the greatest" of is "the greatest at being a selfish jerk".
 
2022-07-07 4:55:58 PM  
he also was a nudist and believed in open marriage
 
2022-07-07 4:57:01 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: One of his reported quotes, paraphrased:

"Writing is not necessarily something to ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."


He's not bad. Especially if you like some light erotica with your sci fi. He's shiat compared to R. A. Wilson, Orwell, N Stephenson or Grant Morrison to name a few
 
2022-07-07 4:57:33 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: One of his reported quotes, paraphrased:

"Writing is not necessarily something to ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."


Another one of his quotes, paraphrased:

"Incest is great!"
 
2022-07-07 4:57:36 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: he also was a nudist and believed in open marriage


And one of the first SF writers openly friendly to LGBT.
 
2022-07-07 4:57:45 PM  
The Billy Joel reference in "We Didn't Start the Fire"

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, "Bridge on the River Kwai"
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
"Lawrence of Arabia", British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK - blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
"Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law
Rock and roller, cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Song has a very cool video

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire (Official Video)
Youtube eFTLKWw542g
 
2022-07-07 4:59:31 PM  
It's Asimov's birthday?  Ursula's?

Anyway, other than crooked house, not a big fan of that libertarian wank. Took this quote from this site years ago and it sums up his writing perfectly, sorry I don't know who to credit:

His books weren't all over the map politically. They were pretty consistent -- individual freedom should never been trammeled except during voluntary military service against the forces opposing individual freedom, in which case disobedience to authority should be punished by instant death. Everybody voluntarily contributes what they want to society, and anyone doing something against the rules goes out the airlock on a quick majority vote. That's pretty much it.
 
2022-07-07 5:02:30 PM  
Larry Niven's alt history when he wrote RH out of SF

"The Return of William Proxmire" is a short story by Larry Niven first published in 1989 in the anthology What Might Have Been? Volume 1: Alternate Empires, edited by Gregory Benford. The short story was reprinted in Niven's collection N-Space, as well as the Robert A. Heinlein retrospective Requiem.

Plot summary[edit]
The point-of-view character, a physicist with a time-travel theory, is approached by retired Senator William Proxmire. Proxmire has come up with a scheme to abolish such money-wasters (as Proxmire views them) as space travel. His plan is simple; many of those who worked for or advocated space travel cited the science fiction of Robert A. Heinlein as their inspiration. However, the iconic writer only began his career after being discharged from the United States Navy due to tuberculosis. If a time traveler were to cure Heinlein, he would presumably remain in the military and this impact on history would be negated.

Sure enough, the scheme is carried out. However, Proxmire finds out that he has not succeeded as well as he would have liked. Although Heinlein's absence from the literary world of the new timeline did neutralize the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, other authors took Heinlein's place just a decade later - in mainstream literary magazines such as The New Yorker. Science fiction thus gained an air of respectability, and inspired people to even greater achievements. Proxmire's political career ended when this culture of science fiction fans boycotted Wisconsin cheese in response to his Golden Fleece Awards.
The new timeline is far more technologically advanced; solar power satellites can be seen in the night sky, a lunar colony exists, and a mission to Mars is underway. The healthy Heinlein turned out to be as skilled an officer as he would have been an author, and is now an admiral with great influence over an equally healthy space program - he denies the Russians spacecraft, but has placed a number of cosmonauts on the Mars mission as payment for fusion bombs to be used in the ship's ORION drive.
 
2022-07-07 5:04:24 PM  

mjjt: The Billy Joel reference in "We Didn't Start the Fire"

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, "Bridge on the River Kwai"
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
"Lawrence of Arabia", British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK - blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
"Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law
Rock and roller, cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Song has a very cool video

[YouTube video: Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire (Official Video)]


I understood that reference.
 
2022-07-07 5:17:15 PM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: he also was a nudist and believed in open marriage


I thought all of his books were about sex with time travel thrown in to tie it all together.
 
2022-07-07 5:21:21 PM  

ClavellBCMI: I am a firm believer in his statement "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity", which also explains Trump getting elected President of the United States, because there were enough stupid people who bought into his grift to get him elected.


Of course Trump was elected, we are deep into The Crazy Years right now.
 
2022-07-07 5:24:23 PM  
Does IMDB honestly not know that podcasts were not a thing in 1950?
 
2022-07-07 5:27:42 PM  
I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.
 
2022-07-07 5:33:51 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.


I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1
 
2022-07-07 5:47:36 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: One of his reported quotes, paraphrased:

"Writing is not necessarily something to ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

Another one of his quotes, paraphrased:

"Incest is great!"


If he had written his books today, I'm pretty sure the Lazarus Long books would be valid probable cause for CPS to pay him a visit.
 
2022-07-07 5:56:55 PM  

mjjt: Larry Niven's alt history when he wrote RH out of SF

"The Return of William Proxmire" is a short story by Larry Niven first published in 1989 in the anthology What Might Have Been? Volume 1: Alternate Empires, edited by Gregory Benford. The short story was reprinted in Niven's collection N-Space, as well as the Robert A. Heinlein retrospective Requiem.

Plot summary[edit]
The point-of-view character, a physicist with a time-travel theory, is approached by retired Senator William Proxmire. Proxmire has come up with a scheme to abolish such money-wasters (as Proxmire views them) as space travel. His plan is simple; many of those who worked for or advocated space travel cited the science fiction of Robert A. Heinlein as their inspiration. However, the iconic writer only began his career after being discharged from the United States Navy due to tuberculosis. If a time traveler were to cure Heinlein, he would presumably remain in the military and this impact on history would be negated.

Sure enough, the scheme is carried out. However, Proxmire finds out that he has not succeeded as well as he would have liked. Although Heinlein's absence from the literary world of the new timeline did neutralize the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, other authors took Heinlein's place just a decade later - in mainstream literary magazines such as The New Yorker. Science fiction thus gained an air of respectability, and inspired people to even greater achievements. Proxmire's political career ended when this culture of science fiction fans boycotted Wisconsin cheese in response to his Golden Fleece Awards.
The new timeline is far more technologically advanced; solar power satellites can be seen in the night sky, a lunar colony exists, and a mission to Mars is underway. The healthy Heinlein turned out to be as skilled an officer as he would have been an author, and is now an admiral with great influence over an equally healthy space program - he denies the Russians spacecraft, but ...


Well, one thing you have to remember. Larry Niven is an asshole.
 
2022-07-07 6:08:09 PM  

EnderWiggnz: Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.

I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1


I remember when i was reading "The Number of the Beast" in high school an older scifi fan took me aside and said "All [male] sic-fi writers turn into dirty old men".  Seems to hold true for that golden age cohort, those that wrote before the sexual revolution.
 
2022-07-07 6:11:17 PM  
Heinlein? Best? Sorry subby you may have to consider yourself as being from an alternative universe for that to be true.  He's very good and amongst the greats in my book but not best.
 
2022-07-07 6:12:18 PM  

guinsu: EnderWiggnz: Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.

I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1

I remember when i was reading "The Number of the Beast" in high school an older scifi fan took me aside and said "All [male] sic-fi writers turn into dirty old men".  Seems to hold true for that golden age cohort, those that wrote before the sexual revolution.


So you were being groomed by an old sci fi fan?
 
2022-07-07 6:16:59 PM  
And hundreds of young, hot women threw their moist panties on his grave.
 
2022-07-07 6:19:13 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: guinsu: EnderWiggnz: Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.

I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1

I remember when i was reading "The Number of the Beast" in high school an older scifi fan took me aside and said "All [male] sic-fi writers turn into dirty old men".  Seems to hold true for that golden age cohort, those that wrote before the sexual revolution.

So you were being groomed by an old sci fi fan?


Lol I spoke to the guy once when I was a life guarding where his kids swam.  If he was grooming me he would have swooped in while I was reading LOTR later that summer.
 
2022-07-07 6:19:50 PM  

mjjt: The Billy Joel reference in "We Didn't Start the Fire"

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana, goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, "Bridge on the River Kwai"
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, space monkey, mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
"Lawrence of Arabia", British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK - blown away, what else do I have to say?

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning, since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
"Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law
Rock and roller, cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Song has a very cool video

[YouTube video: Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire (Official Video)]


You wrote that from memory, didn't you?
 
2022-07-07 6:24:30 PM  
Since the film version and subsequent shows based off his book "Starship Troopers" were such bastardizations of the book, I think he'd be pretty angry that a tribute to his birthday is a link to his IMDB page.

Which is great.  I hope the worthless bastard is spinning in his grave.
 
2022-07-07 6:29:11 PM  
I enjoyed a few of his works way back in the before times. Haven't reread any of them in decades so I'm not sure how well they'd hold up.

Oh and for the 4 or 5 people who still don't know, Starship Troopers was nothing like that movie of the same name.
There were some similarities, but only superficial.
 
2022-07-07 6:29:31 PM  
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2022-07-07 6:33:10 PM  
Subby forgot that Heinlein had a really odd mix of Derp and pseudo (but not really) progressive beliefs.  There's a good chance he'd be on the Nutter side of the current political divide, being an outlier in being against the overtly religious stuff.
 
2022-07-07 6:46:04 PM  

guinsu: Herr Flick's Revenge: guinsu: EnderWiggnz: Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.

I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1

I remember when i was reading "The Number of the Beast" in high school an older scifi fan took me aside and said "All [male] sic-fi writers turn into dirty old men".  Seems to hold true for that golden age cohort, those that wrote before the sexual revolution.

So you were being groomed by an old sci fi fan?

Lol I spoke to the guy once when I was a life guarding where his kids swam.  If he was grooming me he would have swooped in while I was reading LOTR later that summer.


The reality is he began writing in 1939.
He was published in mainstream magazines.
The sex stuff was included later in his career as social values had changed.

Also consider this, he was a nudist and had an open marriage in the 1930's.
Dude was very strange.
 
2022-07-07 7:13:49 PM  

yakmans_dad: [Fark user image image 425x517]

August 30


This one is a compelling tale.  The first story I ever read to my oldest child. She enjoyed it.
 
2022-07-07 7:21:06 PM  
Asimov was always groping women and cheating on his wife.

Maybe he got HIV from an affair, and not a transfusion after all

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2022-07-07 7:25:56 PM  
Philip K Dick invented the waterbed?
 
2022-07-07 7:33:31 PM  

mcmnky: Philip K Dick invented the waterbed?


No but he was given money by the guy who did so his family didn't starve to death
 
2022-07-07 7:42:31 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: One of his reported quotes, paraphrased:

"Writing is not necessarily something to ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."


That reminded me of a similar quote about poetry that I couldn't quite remember. So I looked it up and...it's also Heinlein.

"A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits."
 
2022-07-07 7:58:11 PM  

Kris_Romm: Subby forgot that Heinlein had a really odd mix of Derp and pseudo (but not really) progressive beliefs.  There's a good chance he'd be on the Nutter side of the current political divide, being an outlier in being against the overtly religious stuff.


Maybe, but he also wrote a story about an Christian cult leader turning the US into an oppressive dictatorship, and the rebellion that toppled it. Nehemiah Scudder is getting to be as accurate prediction as the water bed.
 
2022-07-07 7:58:17 PM  

mjjt: The Billy Joel reference in "We Didn't Start the Fire"

There's another video for this tune, where some nut fan spliced pictures of everything referenced in the song together, in sequence.

 
2022-07-07 8:09:07 PM  
Listen, Bob.

This thread is full of the exact ending to Socialism, as you said it would be.

Bigoted, lazy, over-educated, under-lived couch dwellers with one hand on their genitals and the other in another person's bank account. Accountable for nothing, ambitious for nothing, onanists in a constant performance piece of orgasm following high following craving.

Live for applause; die in silence.

Welcome to The New Medieval Age where science bows to politics, Godlessness and Government are one, morality is banned, and ethics means more than integrity of the individual.

Now, go join your clique and shut up until the election year.
 
2022-07-07 8:34:53 PM  
I loved Starship Troopers the movie and we went to see it opening night after I'd been hyped to see it for months. At the time I had no idea it was based on a book but over time I kept hearing about how it was nothing like the book and that the book was better. Okay, fine, just people griping for the sake of griping I figured because as a general rule the book is always better.

Then, after hearing about how different the book was so many times over the years a thread on Fark convinced me to finally read it.

Decent book, not quite what it was billed as in my head but nothing special. Lots of neat little items on the book but as a whole I wasn't too impressed, perhaps if I had entered into it without knowing anything about it I would have liked it better. The old expectations being high knocked the movie itself down a peg or two thing.

Still a decent movie in my current opinion, just wish one would be made that is more faithful to the written word without a lot of the silly stuff in the original movie version because there is a lot which could be worked with.
 
2022-07-07 8:57:44 PM  
well he WAS AGAINST the military draft
 
2022-07-07 9:09:18 PM  
The Door into Summer is one of my favorite books. The Cat Who Walks through Walls is a close second.
 
2022-07-07 9:11:45 PM  
"And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939."-  Spider Robinson
 
2022-07-07 9:20:57 PM  

EnderWiggnz: Lumbar Puncture: I guess if you stopped reading any other books, sure.

I had an old friend tell me that there was a Heinlein Corollary:  The older a scifi writer gets, the more likely he is to write about sex, usually with an alien.  Stranger in a strange land waited about halfway through, by the timeyou get to "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", its page 1


When you get older, you don't regret the sex you had with aliens, you regret all the times you *passed up* sex with aliens.
 
2022-07-07 9:25:09 PM  
So the summer after I graduated from high school, I was naked with someone in a waterbed when parents got home early. In trying to get up quickly, I caught my foot between the mattress and the sideboard and when I tried to catch myself on the ground, I landed pinky-finger-first and broke my pinky finger.

Until today, I had no idea who was responsible for my crooked-ass pinky finger.  Screw you, Heinlein.
 
2022-07-07 9:37:04 PM  
I derived a great amount of pleasure reading Heinlein in my youth. He was extremely influential in the Science Fiction field. His juvenile novels in particular introduced a generation to the genre.

An evaluation of a writer's work is necessarily subjective. Using superlatives such as "the best" or "the greatest" to describe a writer is an enthusiastic expression of personal opinion rather than fact. It's not worth the effort to argue about.

I enjoyed the many hours I spent reading his stories. I would recommend his books without apology, although these days I would probably mention something about keeping historical context in mind.

He was a giant in his field. I'm certain his work will continue to entertain and delight readers for many years to come.

Happy birthday, RAH. And thanks for all the fun.
 
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