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  • Letter to Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle about The Mote in God's Eye {from Robert A. Heinlein}

    04/14/2016 11:57:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    (This is an archived PDF file. Please click the link to read it.)
  • Top 15 Greatest Science Fiction Writers of All-Time

    12/04/2013 8:13:32 AM PST · by Kip Russell · 149 replies ^ | Jan 30, 2009 | Tim Janson
    One of the things that makes science fiction so popular is that it means many things to many people. Some people will insist that they are not even reading science fiction when they read a Star Wars novel or a novel dealing with alternate history. That is what makes Sci-Fi so wonderful! It’s easy to love and difficult to define. What other genre has so many sub-genres? You have hard Sci-fi, often times written by people who actually were scientists. There’s Cyber Punk, adventurous Space Opera, Military Sci-Fi, Alternate History, Steam Punk, and even Space Westerns. Something for almost everybody!...
  • Robert A. Heinlein: A real-life Forrest Gump

    11/16/2013 9:33:41 PM PST · by narses · 103 replies
    Tor Blogs ^ | August 11, 2010 | MITCH WAGNER
    William Patterson’s big Heinlein biography isn’t just the life story of one man. It’s a history of United States in the first half of the 20th century. Not a complete history, but in some ways it’s better than complete, because it’s more intimate. Heinlein was like a real-life Forrest Gump, in the middle of many of the trends that shaped America. Heinlein was born in Kansas, in 1907, the heart of Middle America. He was a cadet at Annapolis during the years between the great wars. His classmates believed ruefully that they’d be the first academy class that would never...
  • Why I Froze My Eggs [Heinlein Fans, Remember "Podkayne of Mars"?]

    05/04/2013 5:23:26 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/04/2013 | SARAH ELIZABETH RICHARDS
    Between the ages of 36 and 38, I spent nearly $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs in the hope that they would help me have a family in my mid-40s, when my natural fertility is gone. For this baby insurance, I obliterated my savings and used up the money my parents had set aside for a wedding. It was the best investment I ever made. In RAH's 1963 Novel "Podkayne of Mars", the common ability of a woman to "Freeze" embryos in order to delay childbirth is the starting plot generator.
  • 11 Writers Who Really Loved Cats

    03/11/2013 10:16:23 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 65 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | March 11, 2013 | Sean Hutchinson
    Writers are sometimes stern and cold at heart—introverts who escape into their own solitary world, away from outward distractions that would somehow muddle their extraordinary work. Other times, writers just need a friend. And while they say that a dog is a man's best friend, these writers each found solace in another four-legged companion.
  • Education: Science Fiction That’s Needed Now

    09/18/2012 3:49:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Freehold ^ | September 18, 2012 | Ed Raby Sr
    ...The one thing modern education does not do very well is teach critical thinking and this needs to change. In my own life, it was the hall way bull sessions of high school and college that probably did more along this line than any class. In Space Cadet, this took the form of the hall way bull session, but in Starship Troopers it was an actual class called History and Moral Philosophy...
  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews J. Neil Schulman

    09/04/2012 12:07:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    The Freehold ^ | September 4, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    We had the pleasure to interview J. Neil Schulman last week. He is the author of the Novel Alongside Night and has twice won the Prometheus award for his work. Currently Mr. Schulman is working on a movie based on Alongside Night.
  • What Would Robert Heinlein Say to Ron Paul and his Supporters?

    08/28/2012 12:17:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies
    The Freehold ^ | August 28, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    You may not agree with what Heinlein says here but he is speaking directly across the years to Ron Paul and his people at the Republican National Convention.
  • Robert Heinlein’s predictions for the Year 2000 (from 1952)

    12/27/2011 12:24:17 AM PST · by Windflier · 73 replies ^ | Dec 25, 2011 | Cyriaque Lamar
    In the February 1952 issue of Galaxy magazine, Robert Heinlein offered his verdict on the conclusion of the twentieth century. He would later revisit these predictions in the 1966 short story collection The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein and discuss the challenges of predicting the future. Here's what the author gathered, six decades ago: So let's have a few free-swinging predictions about the future. Some will be wrong - but cautious predictions are sure to be wrong. 1. Interplanetary travel is waiting at your front door — C.O.D. It's yours when you pay for it. 2. Contraception and control of...
  • #OccupyWallStreet Demands Almost Word for Word from 1938 Science Fiction Novel (Vanity)

    10/04/2011 5:06:20 PM PDT · by mnehring · 29 replies
    Vanity | Self
    Today, the Occupy Wall Street protestors decided to finally list their demands. Mixed in with some generic references to items like restoring Glass-Steagall which has been called for by many on the left, are a series of unachievable and cryptic utopian demands. From forgiving all debt and eliminating the debt and credit system in general, to making wars ‘pay as you go’ and granting every person a minimum living monetary allocation so they can choose not to work, the demands seem to be a mishmash of societal changing goals. If one steps back and looks at the big picture of...
  • Heinlein on Patriotism

    08/03/2011 6:46:27 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 38 replies ^ | 08-03-11 | stolinsky
      This is excerpted from the April 5, 1973 address “The Pragmatics of Patriotism” to the Naval Academy by Robert A. Heinlein, author and Academy graduate. Heinlein’s naval career was cut short by tuberculosis, which was the Navy’s loss but science-fiction readers’ gain. Some of what he says may seem old-fashioned, but there is nothing wrong with that. It is good to recall where we come from, and how much we owe to those who bought our freedom with their sweat and blood. Much has changed since 1973, but much hasn’t, including the anti-military feelings Heinlein describes. Note the...
  • Heinlein’s Conservatism

    10/25/2010 10:07:29 AM PDT · by oldtimer2 · 82 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 25, 2010 | Martin Morse Wooster
    October 25, 2010 4:00 A.M.Heinlein’s Conservatism A new biography explores the political evolution of a first-rate science-fiction writer. Ask a science-fiction fan who the three greatest writers of the 20th century were and you’ll start an argument that will last all day, but the consensus remains that they were Isaac Asimov, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert A. Heinlein. Clarke kept politics out of his novels. Asimov was a devoutly liberal Democrat; liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has repeatedly stated that his teenage enjoyment of Asimov’s Foundation series, which depicts a precisely planned and controlled future, inspired him...
  • It's the Little Things...

    06/29/2010 7:24:11 AM PDT · by Stoutcat
    Grand Rants ^ | 06-29-10 | Stoutcat
    ...These are all things we’ve been experiencing in large and small ways for some time now. For every item in the list above, I’m sure you can call to mind several recent occurrences that you’ve read or heard about in the news. Good grief, if our current economy and the ridiculous legislative attempts to spend ourselves out of debt isn’t a poster-child for doom, I don’t know what is...
  • All I Ever Really Needed To Know About Citizenship, I Learned From Starship Troopers

    04/09/2010 6:49:45 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 82 replies · 1,412+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/09/10 | Michael Naragon
    Ask most people about Starship Troopers, and, if they recognize the name at all, they’ll link it to the over-hyped 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven. This is unfortunate, as the film did no justice to the Heinlein text. My first acquaintance with the book came in 2003 when I found a 1959 copy in a flea market in Indian Springs, GA for the tidy sum of $5. I’d never read the book before buying that copy, but I consumed it in a day. The writing was aimed at a young adult audience, but its themes resonate today, regardless of...
  • Robert A. Heinlein on Health Care! (Vanity)

    03/24/2010 11:57:27 PM PDT · by GL of Sector 2814 · 47 replies · 1,093+ views
    March 24 2010 | GL of Sector 2814
    I was just thinking that many quotes from the works of science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein seem to apply to the current political situation. Here are a few choice ones, please feel free to add more!
  • New Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Soldiers Carry More Weight

    03/15/2009 3:24:00 PM PDT · by Flavius · 21 replies · 1,418+ views
    fox ^ | 3/11/09 | noah scahcmt
    A new robotic exoskeleton developed by Lockheed Martin will help soldiers carry loads of up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time with minimal effort.
  • Robert Heinlein's future may be past ["His legacy polarizes today's readers"]

    12/10/2007 3:55:30 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 138 replies · 348+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/09/07 | Scott Timberg
    He was a onetime utopian socialist who became an assertive right-winger, a libertarian nudist with a military-hardware fetish, a cold warrior who penned an Age of Aquarius sensation with a hero who preached free love. He won admiration from Ronald Reagan, who enlisted his ideas in his "Star Wars" missile shield, and Charles Manson, who was captured with the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land" in his backpack. He predicted the European Union and invented the water bed. But Robert A. Heinlein, the California-based science-fiction writer who stood over the midcentury decades like a colossus, casts a different kind of...
  • Robert Heinlein at 100

    08/19/2007 6:06:46 AM PDT · by tpaine · 246 replies · 3,712+ views
    Heinlein the Libertarian "Ayn Rand is a bloody socialist compared to me," shows yet another side to the Heinlein paradox. As a literary influence on the emerging libertarian movement, Heinlein was second only to Rand. Yet his statement about self-sacrifice and duty to the species seems as un-Randian as you can get. Heinlein, a human chauvinist, always believed freedom and responsibility were linked. But he would never have thought it proper to impose the duty he saw as the highest human aspiration. Heinlein once told a visitor, "I'm so much a libertarian that I have no use for the whole...
  • Robert A. Heinlein's Legacy

    07/26/2007 9:43:31 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 85 replies · 1,884+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 26, 2007 | Taylor Dinerman
    ...As Arthur C. Clarke put it: "Almost every good scientist I know has read science fiction." And the greatest writer who produced them was Robert Anson Heinlein, born in Butler, Mo., 100 years ago this month. The list of technologies, concepts and events that he anticipated in his fiction is long and varied...
  • Lost Eden

    07/09/2007 8:08:33 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 15 replies · 828+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 9, 2007 | John Derbyshire
    On “The Corner” the other day, by way of commemorating the centenary of the sci-fi writer Robert A. Heinlein, I posted Heinlein's contribution to the 1950s radio series “This I Believe.” Eschewing any religious or metaphysical affirmations, Heinlein laid out his social credo: “I believe in my neighbors... in my townspeople... in my fellow citizens.” He went on to write about his local priest, whose “goodness and charity and loving kindness shine in his daily actions. ... If I’m in trouble, I’ll go to him.” (Heinlein was an atheist, by the way.) Heinlein’s next-door neighbor, he tells us, was a...