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  • So I just finished reading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

    ......great book!

    Why did I not read this years ago? I've been tracking down as many of Robet Heinlein's books as I can the last few months.

    Poor Robert Heinlein does not get enough credit when people look at authors like Tolkein, Asimov or Herbert.

    Loved the book.

    I felt bad for poor Mike though! He should of survived.
    Last edited by Vesayen; November 28, 2007, 21:25.

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    Thanks... no need to read it now I guess.

    Since you'll probably plagiarize it any way.

    ^not a bad idea!
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    • #3
      Oh you suck, lol.

      But it is still a great book. Why is poor Robert Heinlein not spoken of more when people speak of great fiction authors?

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      • #4
        One of my MANY managers has a Masters in Pyshcology and then realized how worthless it was and got a BS in ChemE, he's a great boss... Anyway, you get him started on Starship Troopers and it's a 2 hour conversation. Would you like to more?
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        • #5
          Heinlein is thought of as a great writer... not sure who you talk about but he's spoken of alongside Asimov as one of the two writers who revolutionized SF back in the day...
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          • #6
            Snoopy: When people recommend books on say, Apolyton or elsewhere online, Henlein always seems to miss the list.

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            • #7
              Heinlein
              Even a fool is thought wise if he remains silent.

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              • #8
                Just read a great compilation of his shorter stories. Funny, how a introduction written in 1970 critizises his pre-Apollo Moon story, how "it actually takes the resources of a nation state to build a spaceprogram"... Yet, we have entrepreneurs just like Harriman, working on spaceflight at this moment.
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                • #9
                  You should read his Starship Troopers. It's completely unlike the movie and depicts a successful fascist society.
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, it's scifi.
                    Blah

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                    • #11
                      Starship troopers is a great book.

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                      • #12
                        Heinlein is considered one of the old time greats of Science Fiction by knowledgable fans. Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of my favorites as well. Stranger in a Strange Land is a mandatory read for many college English classes. Double Star is also a great novel.

                        However, Heinlein does sometimes take abuse for much of his work after Stranger in a Strange Land. His obsession with death and living forever dominates the themes of his later novels, many of which are nowhere near as good as most of his earlier work.
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                        • #13
                          The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is ok, but the premise is a bit off, I'd think that the harsh environment would encourage collectivist ideals. And in any Lunar-Earth war Earth would win. As a metaphor the book's quite good.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by onodera
                            You should read his Starship Troopers. It's completely unlike the movie and depicts a successful fascist society.
                            It's been called that, but after reading it I couldn't see it as fascist. Socially re****ed and jingoistic, sure, and the fifties mores of the characters were amusing, but not fascist.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Elok
                              ...and the fifties mores of the characters were amusing, but not fascist.
                              This is so constant in a lot of golden age scifi. It's something I think SF writers do a lot better now - extrapolate changes in culture and society, etc.

                              But I wonder if, fifty years down the line, people will look back and say, "Oh my, those SF writers in the oughts were so stuck in their ways!"
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