Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

In Dialogue With His Century. Volume 2, 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better

Book - 2014
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"Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the twentieth century. His most famous and widely influential works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress--all published in the years covered by this volume. He was a friend of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; became committed to defending the United States during the Cold War; and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s. Heinlein was also devoted to space flight and humanity's future in space, and he was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, the revelations in this biography make for riveting reading"--
Publisher: New York :, Tor Books,, 2014
Edition: Second edition
ISBN: 9780765319616
Branch Call Number: 813 H364p vol. 2
Characteristics: 671 pages : illustrations


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Aug 25, 2014

When I was very young I loved R.A.H., but as I grew older I realized he was on a devolving arc. Heinlein was a true believer in American Exceptionalism, accepting volumes of fictional history as fact. His predictions were absurdist, as he patently and slavishly followed those OFFICIAL PUNDITS, and only the most gullible and naive would ever fall for such tripe! Heinlein predicted in the 1980s that America would never start a war - - while our entire history is filled with American begotten wars, and the future proved him wrong many times over. I would suggest that Iain Banks was the true heir to Heinlein, and the greatest yet SF and future fiction author. [When Heilein was younger, he worked with Upton Sinclair and EPIC - - End Poverty In California - - but went from a progressive to a rightwing conservative after the marriage to his third wife, a sad instance I've observed more than a few times in my life.] It saddens the reader to see him fall dupe and attend the first John Birch Society meeting [although he realizes that was a mistake] and more so when he supports Barry Goldwater for president -- RAH seems unable to understand a multitude of facts, but appears to hold or deal with one fact at a time. Not a true sophisticate in thinking. Wonder if the reviewer from Publisher's Weekly actually read this?

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