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Space Cadets and Starship Troopers

By Stacy Hague-Hill, Your Captain for this Journey

Sometimes, a topic comes along that’s just too big for one article.

In August, Tor will be releasing an all-new, first-ever authorized biography of a towering figure in the history of the genre: Robert A. Heinlein.

So, as our own little celebration of the man and his works, we thought it would be fun to find out just how much of an impact Heinlein’s stories and novels had on a number of our—and your—favorite sf writers.  We asked them a simple question—what’s your favorite Heinlein novel?

We’ll be posting their answers once a week as we build toward publication of the biography, and I hope all of you will jump in and let us know if you have any favorites, too.

But enough about us.  What’s your favorite Robert A. Heinlein novel, David Brin?


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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve (978-0-7653-1960-9 / $29.99) will be available from Tor Books on August 17th 2010.


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  1. Tomas - University Place, WA
    July 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm


    Both the soon-to-be extended biography and the wonderful idea of asking contemporary writers about Heinlein’s influence on them interesting.

    I just read Brin’s reply to the question, and, as expected, it was very well stated.

    I certainly hope that Heinlein’s biography will e available for my B&N nook…


  2. July 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Heinlein’s SF certainly had a profound impact on me. I think my interest in computers stems from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (my favorite Heinlein story). I think Heinlein would be horrified by the current US conservative movement, although of course he’d be horrified by a lot, but I think he’d find a lot to like as well about where America has moved.

  3. July 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Oh, probably The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

    I’m also quite unreasonably fond of The Rolling Stones, and have certainly read it more often than TMiaHM.

  4. July 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    My favorite Heinlein adult novel is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. My favorite juvenile is a tie between Tunnel in the Sky and Between Planets. Looking forward to the bio.

  5. B. Ross Ashley
    August 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Fave RAH novel? Probably one of those he never wrote, about the regime of the First Prophet … either The Sound of His Wings or The Stone Pillow.

    Really, though, I liked JOB the best, taking a theme of James Branch Cabell’s and running with it.

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