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I mean, I kind of care, but not enough to sift through tons of notes and try to recreate his thought process on a book that took him months or years to write. I simply don't have enough time to care. On the other hand, if I were looking at writing my first book, I'd be sorely tempted to take a look at the process a master used, and see what could help me along.
And if I lived Playboy. You can skip the brief article, and go straight to the archives [NSFW] [playboy. Share twitter facebook linkedin smokin something Score: A comedy of Justice, new on Amazon A comedy of Justice, used on Amazon A comedy of Justice, digitized A Comedy of Justice, is really really bad!
One of his worst works, and I say this as a lifelong devoted RAH fan. Not one of his greatest works. However his artery blockage problem was kicking in around then.
I'll stick my two cents in here. Heinlein's juveniles and many other works up until the period when the transition in quality coming from his cerebral artery problem deeply hurt his work all celebrated the human condition, and the ability of man to rise to noble heights.
They also were cracking good stories, too. Heinlein does not deserve the denigration coming these days from academic hacks and people unable to understand what he was really getting at. He wrote of man's responsibility to society, over and over again, and I find it offensive when some dimwitted, unimaginative 'publish or perish' academic arrogantly demeans him.
In his time - a span of decades overlapping WWII - Heinlein was a giant and an inspiration to many engineers and scientists; any current critic dismissing him as a totalitarian Nazi is getting it completely wrong. His goal was to make money entertaining, true, but he aimed to inspire, he aimed at noble mores.
He was not a literary cheat or a fraud and tried to give good value for the money. He was human and he made some mistakes in later years. But overall he saluted the best in man, championed the competent man in his stories. He was in favor of can-do, and held whiny slackers in disdain.
If someone finds fault in that, the problem is with them, not him. His Starship Troopers was about genuine duty to man, unlike many of today's shallow military porn 'Sci-Fi" novels. The movie adaptation was not his fault. His Door Into Summer inspired me as a budding engineer. Today's lightweight bookstore rack-space fillers, by contrast, are shallow and disposable.
I don't see many of them lighting the right sparks in growing minds like Heinlein did. More of a Rudyard Kipling than a James Joyce. But I know which I'd rather read. Yes, yes, YES! Heinlein was not exactly a literary genius Among Kipling's closest friends were Henry and William James.
Oh, you'll find far more English professors today who hold out Henry as the great genius, and Rudyard as pedestrian - but that's a temporary fashion, having nothing to do with their writing abilities, mostly a reflection of the fact that an American going to London to seek her or his fortune is currently respectable, while an English person's presence in India for the same purpose is not, just at present, seen as politically correct.
Heinlein knew he was writing in the style of Kipling - and Twain - the two best writers in the English language since Shakespeare and Milton. Heinlein knew their work intimately. Since Heinlein was describing outward-looking people and societies, people of the frontiers such as Kipling and Twain had written of, they were perfect models for him.
Joyce, by contrast, is an example of European culture turned inward, during a period of great failures and retreat. And that's the problem with most of what passes for "literature" today - it deals in neurosis and failure rather than hope and success. Our scope should be wide enough to encompass both.
And of the latter, Heinlein was the greatest author of the 20th Century. His sentences are deliciously-well crafted, too.
His care in the details was as fine as Joyce's. It's just a different style. But he was perfect at it, especially in his first couple of decades. For the ultimate in neurosis and failure try Dostoyevski and Kafka.
Holy shit. After that, I'll read anything. Supermarket porn. Just make me happy again. It did seem that he really had something interesting going at the beginning of The Number of the Beast,. I started reading Heinlein with the first paperback printing of Number of the Beast , about a year or 2 after the hardback was released. I chose poorly. I wasn't quite ready for the non-linearity and multiple narrative stuff. I'm glad I gave him another chance, going back to the much more accessible early juvenile works until my reading ability matured a little.
And I think it was good when he pushed. I thought Heinlein You were wrong. Right-wing yes, but the Libertarian good kind if I read his books correctly.
He did have some peculiar ideas, but you only become a fascist when you try and force your ideas on others IMO. Personally I love his work, at his best he was on a par with the likes of H. Wells and Aldous Huxley. Heinlein was a Douglasite. Heinlein was one of a handful of writers that created the genre of Adult Science Fiction. You can see the transition in his own works, like from the Juvenile literature of Starship Troopers to the Adult Stranger in a Strange Land. If it weren't for Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, et al, Sci Fi might still be "pulp" fiction and "boys books".
BTW, I'm using "juvenile" in the library sense, not pejorative. Why does everybody always think that Heinlein was a fascist? Heinlein was very good at playing devil's advocate, and while some of his stories seem very authoritarian, they always question something basic. Having read most of his early stories up until his last, you can definitely see a shift in his backgrounds and ideas moving from so-called right to so-called left. But the main thing is that I always have the impression that what he writes, he continually questions excep.
I think the fact that some of the points made are not as scandalous today as they may have been a few decades from now may have something to do with it. That's a big part of it: But there's no getting around the fact that, for all his intelligence, he was a pedantic windbag, a quality that got worse with his success and the inability of editors to rein in his prose.
One about the backyard nuclear shelter that gets nuked into the future, what was it called? Maybe some others, I don't recall. Here, I'll state just two of my criticisms. If the future was one where scary castrating black men led by one named "Ponse" were in charge, then that's "Farnham's Freehold". Also, stock character 3 --who you forgot to mention is almost invariably a redhead--is Heinlein's wife Virginia.
Check out Slashdot on Minds! Migrate from GitHub to SourceForge quickly and easily with this tool. RaymondRuptime writes "Good news for fans of the late SF master Robert Heinlein, 2 months after his th birthday celebration. The first collection released includes , pages, consisting of Heinlein's complete manuscripts — including files of all his published works, notes, research, early drafts and edits of manuscripts.
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More Login. For real? Or was permission to publish just a Grumble from the Grave? He realised the "value" of such archives much more than other people. Just read the Lazarus rant in "Time Enough for Love" when he understands for the first time that his pearls of wisdom are being recorded. So I think he is more likely laughing than grumbling. After all he said though Lazarus: It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.
Parent Share twitter facebook linkedin. He also put in his bequeathing to UCSC that there was one work not to be published I haven't the time to search the archive to see if it's there, and at the moment the title escapes me, so I'll have to dig in my annual collection and look up the title My most prized copy of? Anyway, I hope they honor his wishes about this. He declared it his single worst story ever, never to be re-printed. He's fairly spot on in his assessment.
Re first serials, did you by any chance mean Colliers? I think he had early work in that magazine. Yes that would be it, but I fail to remember the title. I think you are referring to "the stinkeroos.
The stinkeroos are: Looks like they are in there: Who Robert Heinlein is Thank you. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to slashdot, we hope you enjoy your stay! I too was very disappointed to arrive at the archives and notice that payment was required. Did not follow through with the process to see what "rights" I was purchasing. A friend of mine, now deceased, Amy Mahin was the copyright lawyer for Lassie [wikipedia. She was a wonderful person, thoughtful, and for the last ten years I've wondered often what her take on the copyright mess we are in would be.
As many others have commented in the past - the current legal structure supports the distributors - with each individ.
A practice that could save us from rereleases. I wish more writers' archives would just be put online, so we can just simply see what they left out or what work was unfinished at the time of passing without a plethora of new material for purchase. For those of us who loved Stranger in a Strange Land [amazon.
Share twitter facebook linkedin. One exception just came to mind, although I'm sure I'll think of others as soon as I hit 'submit': Robin Hobb's Farseer books. Nine books, written as three trilogies the first two of which, at least, could stand alone. Excellent books, with the ninth just as hard to put down as the first. She is currently in the middle of a new trilogy, I believe, completely unrelated to the previous series -- so there is at least one author that knows when to leave well enough alone.
There are exceptions to this, but frankly I can't think of any offhand. I can: Terry Pratchett. While the Discworld books have evolved significantly from essentially a ripoff of Douglas Adams to the best fantasy humor ever written to painstaking social commentary and satire, even a spinoff into children's stories that are largely as good as the "main" series, after something close to 30 books, I think he's still doing a great job. Of course, they're not coming out twice a year, each thicker and better than the last like they were in the 90's, but I think man is still on a roll.
There you go - I knew there were other obvious examples I was missing. I agree, his first book was not bad, but in the subsequent books the Discworld universe and style really came to life - Cohen the Barbarian, Death getting more character, etc.
Much like the first drawings of Asterix and Obelix or some other cartoonists. Hear hear!! I'd read everything Frank Herbert wrote, including his non-SF. And then I came to the first Brian And Frank novel Not so much bad as -- dull.
It take serious effort to slog through his stuff. After several brave efforts, I gave it up. A little bit offtopic, but about the Dune prequels, I read the first one that came out and had to force myself to finish it.
Never read the others. Awful stuff. Then I heard about the new sequel by the same two 'writers', supposedly based on good notes by Frank.
Is that any better and worth reading? I though the original Dune series ended with a nice if mysterious wrap-up. Some kind of liberation of the characters by their author into the world at large.
Not sure if I want this spoiled Electronic commerce! Sigh, I am only an EGG.
Then again, they might. It's a shame he renewed everything. Heinlein and his successors were extraordinarily diligent about renewing every single thing he ever wrote. If they hadn't been, you could read some examples that had fallen through the cracks and into the public domain, such as the works of [gutenberg. Beam Piper, Frederik Pohl, E. Actually, it appears there may be one or two available shorts [pgdp. OK, I'll try to open my mind a little.
I've done without it for about 50 years. Can't imagine it's that great! Science fiction as a genre does not at all mean "stuff that can't happen".
More often it is a genre that allows examination of the human condition in a new context, so that we can see what absurd animals we are, both individually and especially collectively. SF has in my mind gotten a bad rap in the last 3 decades, and even early on the pulp stuff that claimed to be SF was not. These others fall into more of the Space Western category. But I also agree about novels, and more or less about fiction in general. My favorite Heinlein novel is "Job". SciFi to me usually means commentary on religious, political, or just plain social aspects.
SciFi has always been a good way for authors to express dissent without having to address the actual subject literally, and avoid trouble with the authorities. Stories about "stuff that can't happen" I would consider in the Fantasy genre. And exercising your mind and imagination is hardly a "passive" activity. It is what will keep your brain from turning into mush as you grow older.
You've confused "Fantasy" with "Science Fiction. Fantasy, generally speaking, couldn't. Then again, there is that saying about technology and magic Here's a list of "Science fiction stuff that can't happen " Deep ocean submersibles Satellites Rockets Robots Portable computers Virtual reality Surveillance systems Genetic alteration and modification Holographic cloaking Video Communication The fact is, most of the wonders of modern science were predicted in the writings of people like Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Wells, and Clarke.
I definitely agree with this assessment. It's probably had more of an impact on me than any book I've ever read, aside from maybe Atlas Shrugged and I'm not a Randroid! I pick and choose the bits I agree with ;. However, "Stranger" definitely has more value in terms of impact per page. Sadly I don't think I've ever bought a Heinlein book at actual price. I'm a big fan of used bookstores, and I've picked up all my Heinlein books at such places.
Do used bookst. I saw a post on rec. Then I saw this and thought, god that's odd that they're putting this all up online for free You can skip the brief article and go straight to the archives. Where you can add any of Heinlin's works to your cart , for a low, low price. Or does it have to belong to some "special" collection selling out?
No one said anything about being free or public domain. When someone describes the works of a dead author going online in some archival form, "in an effort to preserve the contents digitally while making the collection easily available to both academics and the general public", the idea of "for free" implicitly tags along for the ride.
You give it away to anyone who will take it. You bought it with your taxes. UC Santa Cruz doesn't operate on flowers and sunshine; they have an endowment, tuition income, and state subsidies.
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