Tag: Robert A. Heinlein

My editor wins a Hugo! And other stories of what I did on my summer vacation

It’s been a while since my last post. Lots to tell you about, but let’s start with the most important: my wonderful editor (and publisher), Sheila E. Gilbert of DAW Books, received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long-Form) at this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City–and as you can see, I was there to take a photo. …

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The Space-Time Continuum: The shape of things to come – science fiction predictions

(My Space-Time Continuum column from the May issue of Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.) Science fiction is popularly perceived as being concerned with predicting the future. It’s not hard to see where that notion comes from: after all, over the years science fiction has gotten quite a few things right about the …

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What I’ve Just Read: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Yes, of course I’d already read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but not for many, many years–probably not since I was a teenager in fact. And you know what? It holds up. For a 40-year-old science fiction novel, it holds up very well indeed. My wife and I read this one together, and she …

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Another look at Robert A. Heinlein’s legacy…

…this time from the Wall Street Journal.

Have space suit, will travel?

In Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Have Space Suit, Will Travel, his teenaged hero, Kip, enters an advertising jingle writing contest for Skyway Soap, for which the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Moon. Kip doesn’t win, but instead gets a consolation prize, a used space suit, and ends up having incredibly adventures that …

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More on Heinlein

Still more remark on Robert A. Heinlein, this time by NASA’s head of legislative affairs, Bill Brunner: The first real novel I ever read was Rocketship Galileo. After that, I read as much Heinlein as I could find. I can honestly say that, as a young black male raised by a single mom, RAH shaped …

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The Heinlein Centennial…

…is upon us! The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein takes place in Kansas City this weekend. You can find out all about it here. It’s certainly got an impressive guest list: NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin Spider Robinson, co-author (with Robert Heinlein) of Variable Star and much more …

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An appreciation of Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein was undoubtedly my favorite author at one time of my life (I devoured the Heinlein “juveniles,” liked some of his mid-career adult stuff, was left cold by Stranger in a Strange Land, and kept reading his later stuff mostly hoping that it would somehow enthrall me as the earlier stuff did, which …

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Books that influenced today’s technologists…

…are rounded up in a survey by IEEE Spectrum. Robert A. Heinlein is well-represented, but even J.R.R. Tolkien gets a mention. (Via The Website at the End of the Universe.)

Robert A. Heinlein’s legacy lives on:

This NASA story, about how the Moon bears witness to the early history of the solar system, and could tell us whether “extinction events” caused by heavy bombardments from outer space really recur every 26 million years on Earth as some have hypothesized, is headlined “The Moon is a harsh witness.” Somebody there has read …

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