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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...
  • Centenary a modern sci-fi giant

    07/01/2007 7:32:37 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 68 replies · 1,636+ views
    Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, VA ^ | June 30, 2007 12:35 am | John J. Miller
    When Robert A. Heinlein opened his Colorado Springs newspaper on April 5, 1958, he read a full-page ad demanding that the Eisenhower administration stop testing nuclear weapons. The science-fiction author was flabbergasted. He called for the formation of the Patrick Henry League and spent the next several weeks writing and publishing his own polemic that lambasted "Communist-line goals concealed in idealistic-sounding nonsense" and urged Americans not to become "soft-headed." Then Heinlein made an important professional decision. He quit writing the manuscript he had been working on--eventually it would become one of his best-known books, "Stranger in a Strange Land"--and started...
  • Upcoming Heinlein Birth Centennial in Kansas City, MO - July 6th-8th 2007

    06/15/2007 7:09:22 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 50 replies · 923+ views
    Robert A Heinlein Centennial Website ^ | Unknown | Robert A Heinlein Centennial Organization
    The Centennial's Almost Here... DON'T MISS IT! July 7, 2007 - 07/07/07! - will be the birth centennial of American author, futurist, philosopher and spaceflight advocate Robert A. Heinlein. The science fiction Grandmaster's Centennial year will be marked with a grand event on the weekend of July 6, 7 and 8 in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Science Fiction has become a poisoned well . .

    07/27/2006 6:49:43 PM PDT · by marc costanzo · 480 replies · 12,381+ views
    7-27-06 | Marc Costanzo
    The essay below was originally written in the early Spring of 2001: With the passing away of LEXX ends an intriguing albeit tawdry experiment in Sci-fantasy. One that breaks with conventions, or should I say cliches of TV sci-fi of the 90's . The politically correct pabulum, the multicultural indoctrination, the BladeRunner motifs, and not the least; the steroid mutated superbabes that can punch the lights out of men, but never get punched back in return !? How about creating a new sci-fi anthology with none of the puerile baggage of Rod Serling, Rockne Obannon, Michael J. Stracinsky, etc .....
  • Book Report: Variable Star, the Controversial New "Heinlein" Novel

    06/23/2006 10:43:25 PM PDT · by narses · 39 replies · 855+ views
    The Interocitor ^ | Robert A. Heinlein
    This is presumably the last book in Heinlein's Future History, taking place during the late Coventry period (circa Methuselah's Children or late 23rd Century). Heinlein completed a detailed outline and partial draft of this book in 1955 and then abandoned it to work on other projects. Recently, the estate arranged for Spider Robinson to complete the work. Without giving anything away, this story would have taken the History in another direction from the body of his published work. On all but one page, Spider Robinson has done a great job here of channelling the Master, and for the most part...
  • Inaugural $500,000 Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization

    05/26/2006 7:26:12 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 5 replies · 201+ views
    X Prize ^ | 04/25/06
    HOUSTON, TX (May 25, 2006) - Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust announced today that the first-ever Heinlein Prize will go to Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. The Heinlein Prize was founded to reward individuals for making practical contributions to the commercialization of space. Dr. Diamandis will be honored at a dinner and award ceremony on July 7, 2006 at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston, Texas and receive $500,000, a gold Heinlein Medallion, the Lady Vivamus Sword (as described in Heinlein’s book Glory Road) and a Laureate’s Diploma.
  • The Heinlein Prize in perspective

    03/20/2006 5:40:01 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 13 replies · 503+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 03/20/06 | Pat Bahn
    The Heinlein Prize is a $500,000 prize whose purpose is to reward the person or persons who achieve practical accomplishments in the field of commercial space activities. This is a significant sum of money and this author’s prior article on the subject (see “Choosing candidates for the Heinlein Prize”, The Space Review, February 6, 2006) appears to have attracted a fair amount of attention, judging from mail and calls received. It appears useful to discuss the Heinlein Prize in context to other similar prizes such as the Nobel, Lemelson, and Draper Prizes. The hope is that any individuals who are...
  • Choosing candidates for the Heinlein Prize

    02/06/2006 5:07:53 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 13 replies · 406+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 02/06/06 | Pat Bahn
    In late 2003 Virginia Heinlein passed away, leaving intact a considerable estate from her work and that of her late husband, the prolific author Robert Heinlein. One of the bequests from the estate was the creation of the Robert Heinlein Prize for commercial space. The purpose of the prize is to reward the person or persons who achieve practical accomplishments in the field of commercial space activities. It is my contention that several substantial events in the last 50 years have passed this test and that several highly deserving individuals from separate eras and events merit this award. It is...
  • Heinlein Fans: Assistance requested.

    11/13/2004 12:26:56 PM PST · by WillRain · 190 replies · 2,674+ views
    Vanity | 11/13/2004 | Self
    Calling for assistance from my fellow Heinlein fans here. I'm an education student (and a Social Science major) who has an assignment which is related to using literature to teach Social Studies. I'd like to use, for this project, an excerpt from Starship Troopers in which the political philosophy of earning the franchise through a term of service is most concisely described. Do any of you know of an on-line source that makes reference to these ideas? In the absence of that, can you specify for me the place in the novel which has the clearest and most concise reference...
  • HEINLEIN Traveled On Many Levels

    10/31/2004 8:57:04 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 134 replies · 1,917+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer (via ^ | October 31, 2004 | Marc Schogol
    Reviewed by Marc Schogol Glory Road By Robert A. Heinlein If it weren't for 'Stranger in a Strange Land', Robert A. Heinlein probably would have been known only by science fiction buffs. But with its out-of-this-world motifs, including a mind-melding, mind-bending communal lifestyle where everything - everything! - was free and shared, 1961's 'Stranger in a Strange Land' made Heinlein a Sixties counterculture icon. The irony, as anyone familiar with Heinlein and his other works would have known, was that the late science fiction master's political and philosophical bent was very libertarian/anti-egalitarian. Like Jack Kerouac, who was never comfortable with...
  • Divided over gay marriage

    03/13/2004 7:08:21 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 99 replies · 1,831+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 12, 04 | Roy Rivenburg
    From LA Times of March 12: ... "Divided over gay marriage" by Roy Rivenburg Paula Ettelbrick, a law professor who runs the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, recommends legalizing a wide variety of marriage alternatives, including polyamory, or group wedlock. An example could include a lesbian couple living with a sperm-donor father, or a network of men and women who share sexual relations. One aim, she says, is to break the stranglehold that married heterosexual couples have on health benefits and legal rights. The other goal is to "push the parameters of sex, sexuality and family, and in...
  • Heinlein novel imagines a future America patterned on Alberta

    12/13/2003 1:14:31 PM PST · by Valin · 12 replies · 225+ views
    CBC ^ | 12/9/03 | Robin Rowland
    Long-lost first work surfaces TORONTO - The American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein is known for such classic novels as Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. A new book reveals that Heinlein, at least early in his life, was a Socred, a believer in the Social Credit movement that came to power in Alberta in 1935. Heinlein's long-lost first novel, For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs, is scheduled for publication in January. It imagines a future America patterned on 1930s Alberta. Heinlein wrote the novel in the late 1930s....
  • Heinlein novel imagines a future America patterned on Alberta

    12/13/2003 4:44:45 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 204 replies · 601+ views
    CBC News ^ | 12/9/03 | Robin Rowland
    TORONTO - The American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein is known for such classic novels as Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. A new book reveals that Heinlein, at least early in his life, was a Socred, a believer in the Social Credit movement that came to power in Alberta in 1935. Heinlein's long-lost first novel, For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs, is scheduled for publication in January. It imagines a future America patterned on 1930s Alberta. Heinlein wrote the novel in the late 1930s. It tells the story...
  • The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities

    09/15/2003 10:50:19 AM PDT · by anymouse · 29 replies · 321+ views
    The Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust announce the establishment of The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities The Heinlein Prize is a cash award of $500,000 to an individual or individuals for practical accomplishments in the field of commercial space activities. The establishment of the Heinlein Prize and details of its application process will be announced at the 54th International Astronautics Federation Congress in Bremen, Germany on Monday, September 29, 2003. A press release will be available at that time and will be posted on this website. The Trustees invite...
  • Satellites Crucial to American Warfare

    05/14/2003 9:24:49 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 12 replies · 272+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2003 | John Sarche
    Satellites crucial to American warfare In-Depth Coverage By JON SARCHE Moving through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, a Special Operations group came upon a fortified Taliban position that Northern Alliance guides said could take several weeks of ground fighting to defeat. Nineteen minutes later, the site was reduced to smoking rubble, a victim of America's growing use of space in warfare. "We've done even better than that in Iraq," said Col. Jim Rodgers of the Air Force Space Command. "We have a goal of single-digit minutes." Making that possible are scores of satellites providing soldiers and commanders with navigational, communications...
  • Virginia Heinlein: 1917 - 2003 (RIP)

    02/10/2003 9:14:51 AM PST · by E Rocc · 4 replies · 276+ views
    Virginia Heinlein (1917-2003) *************************************************** Virginia Heinlein, the widow of Robert Heinlein, passed away peacefully this morning. She had been hospitalized for many weeks with a broken hip. Ginny was the third wife of Robert Anson Heinlein, the "Dean of Science Fiction." Robert was and is one of the most popular science fiction writers of all time. The SFWA Grand Master Award was first created to honor him. He passed away in 1988. Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld married Robert on October 21, 1948. In an essay written by Robert the following year, he described her as an "organic chemist and bio-chemist by...
  • Robert A. Heinlein: A Biographical Sketch

    11/30/2002 8:58:37 PM PST · by Sparta · 151 replies · 2,062+ views
    The Heinlein Society ^ | 1999 | Bill Patterson
    <p>Robert Anson Heinlein was born on 7 July 1907, in Butler, Bates County, Missouri, the third son of Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein. At the time of Robert's birth, the family had been living with his maternal grandfather, Alva Lyle, M.D. A few months after Heinlein was born, his family moved from Butler to Kansas City, Missouri, where he was to grow up, but Heinlein vividly recalled the summers spent with Grandfather Lyle until his death in 1914.</p>
  • "Robert Heinlein Remembered"

    10/12/2002 11:20:11 PM PDT · by redrock · 226 replies · 4,824+ views
    Lever Action Essays ^ | 1988 | L.Neil Smith
    Robert Heinlein Remembered by L. Neil Smith "Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing." Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love Imagine a lonely kid, undersized and overbright, living on an American air base overseas. Comic books taught him to read years before he started school and he'd tackle anything that fell open under his eyes. Anything about science or space travel leaped off the page as if printed in boldfaced italic. A neighbor's medical texts had such delightfully disgusting diseases you could practice having, and radio magazines ... in those days radios had vacuum-filled glass cylinders, see,...
  • Double Trouble

    09/30/2002 6:58:42 AM PDT · by Joe Bonforte · 2 replies · 196+ views
    Silflay Hraka (blog) ^ | 09-29-2002 | Bigwig
    The trio strode down the vaulted hall. Two men dressed as palace guards, Kalashnikovs on their shoulders, trailing behind another, a stocky mustachioed figure, wearing green fatigues and a black beret. The sound of their footsteps echoing off the marbled floor and ceiling would have given them a suitably purposeful "men striding to meet their destiny" air were it not for the contortions of the leader, as he alternated between yanking at the seat of his pants and his facial hair. "This Allah be-damned mustache is slipping again!" Ahmed pressed at the mass of hair atop his upper lip. "Whatever...
  • Okay, I'm open to suggestions, part I

    04/22/2002 8:26:49 PM PDT · by DGallandro · 10 replies · 427+ views
    "Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and [sic] self-serving men. The little man has no way to judge and the shoddy lies are packaged more attractively. There is no way to offer color to a colorblind man, nor is there any way for us to give the man of imperfect brain the canny skill to distinguish a lie from a truth." --Kettle Belly Baldwin, "Gulf", Robert A. Heinlien, (c)1949 Just for one moment, let us examine that little nugget of wisdom, buried in a little-known short story, penned five decades ago....