Tagged: Heinlein Classics
May 9, 2012 at 2:30 am #22699
Was anyone else that precocious 8 year old who read “Stranger in a Strange Land” and then tore through Robert Heinlein’s entire repertoire before puberty? Just me? Thought so. Well over the winter I re-read “Stranger,” “Time Enough for Love,” “Friday,” and “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” after 30+ years, I had entirely forgotten most of the stories. I read in audio now, whereas the child I was read words on pages. After about one chapter, each book began to feel like a comfy old blanket, and I really enjoyed experiencing the stories again. He had such a way with characters. The grown-up me also understands the themes and characters differently. So yes, Virginia, there is new sci fi every day, but the classics have an abiding charm.
Cherokee66July 30, 2013 at 2:53 am #24849
Hear, hear!August 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm #24875
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As an aside, in all of my tattoos I only have three instances of text. “CFC” (as part of a Chelsea Football Club badge) “La Lucha Continua” (as part of a banner around my right ankle) and “Time Enough For Love” (etched into a human femur on a desert landscape with flying saucers and stuff…) so that tells you how strongly I like that book. It is one of the few books that I have read more than 2 or 3 times, I probably read it every 3 years or so.
Here are a couple of shots of my tatts…August 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm #24904
At that age, I was reading the juvies — Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, Rocket Ship Galileo, and Space Cadet especially. I probably would not have been allowed to check out something as subversive as The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress from my tiny local library at that age, but I gobbled it up in my teens. (Somehow, SIASL only attracted my attention decades later.)August 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm #24905
For me as a child in the 70s it was all about Douglas Hill’s Lost Legionnaire series, and whatever Dumarest books I found on holiday in shop spindles, never managed to read them in order just the random one here and there. Also John Norman’s Gor books which I loved until i came across the blatant sexism in slave girl of gor which pulled me out.
Also loved Children of the Night by Michael Kring, Space Mavericks book 2, never was able to find book 1. A book seemingly forgotten now.
The author I consumed was James Herbert until it started to feel formula, The Rats having been passed around the classroom like illicit gear.
There was also a fantasy novel called Berabora which I loved, but google is comnig up blank.
But heinlein I didn’t discover til I was a teenager, though I did discover Bradbury as a kid thanks to Farenheit 451 being in chip or scene, our two school book clubs where you collect book tokens.August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #24906
Berabora was Mike Sirota, even his website doesn’t mention it.
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