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Happy birthday, Robert A. Heinlein!

Happy birthday to Robert A. Heinlein (7 July, 1907 – 8 May, 1988)!


“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.”
- Robert A. Heinlein, The Rolling Stones (1952)



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Jul. 7th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
I am in desperate need of sci fi. (Especially after the Juno-Jupiter mission coverage!) I haven't read any Heinlein. Any particular recommendation for a n00b?
Jul. 7th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
His short stories are a good place to start. I'm also fond of his juveniles.


Scroll down to works--that should help!

Fave ss by him:


ETA: My fave juvenile is _Starman Jones_ and fave novel is _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_.

Edited at 2016-07-07 04:26 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
I appreciate it, thanks!
Jul. 11th, 2016 10:51 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree with the suggestion of his juvenile novels such as Have Space Suit, Will Travel (a terrific starting place), Citizen of the Galaxy, Space Cadet, etc. He didn't write down to his young readers, and therefore these novels still work very well for adult readers, too. Each of these stands on its own as an independent story, so there's no wrong place to start. It's all good!

As for his stand-alone adult novels, I think Double Star is a very cleverly done character piece that still has a lot to say about politics (and is especially relevant during election season, whatever the reader's political leanings may be). My personal favorite of Heinlein's, which I definitely recommend, is The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. It revisits the U.S. Revolutionary War, casting Earth as Britain and the moon as the colonies. Delicious stuff.
Jul. 11th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
I remember the day of his death rather well--we were all just stunned.
Jul. 11th, 2016 10:52 am (UTC)
Yes! I remember that, too. Very sad day.
Jul. 9th, 2016 10:02 am (UTC)
Some of his writing - especially, as you have said, his short stories and his juveniles - was very good indeed.
Jul. 11th, 2016 10:52 am (UTC)
Yes indeed!
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