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What's your favorite Heinlein book?

Posted by: Electrolyte - Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:55 pm
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Post What's your favorite Heinlein book?   Posted on: Fri Sep 10, 2004 8:55 pm
I can think of many that were excellent just off the top of my head, but my favorite was Stranger In a Strange Land, simply for all the raw emotion in it, especially at the end. Do you grok? :lol:


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Post    Posted on: Fri Sep 10, 2004 9:03 pm
i grok, and i agree. it's not only an awesome book, but it's written to the times so well. not that the themes in it aren't still relevant.....

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Post    Posted on: Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:13 am
Yeah, I'd read some of his other stuff like the most excellent The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but never had I encountered a book with such depth before. That's what I really liked about that one, it was so deep that I could reread it a couple times and get something new from it each time. Like the parallels between the main character and Jesus? Brilliant.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:41 pm
Mine is definitely 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'. He's always been one of my favorite authors.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:10 pm
Starship Troopers...the movie not the book,cause the book sucked

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:39 pm
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (currently, haven't read Stranger yet), although The Man Who Sold the Moon certainly ranks up there.

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Post    Posted on: Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:16 am
109Ace wrote:
Starship Troopers...the movie not the book,cause the book sucked


Same, but the other way around... the movie was awful, the book fantasic. :)

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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 15, 2004 1:07 am
Citizen of the Galaxy


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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 15, 2004 3:58 am
He is my favourite author; so the following are my picks for different reasons:

The Door Into Summer - The first of his works I read. Good time travel paradox stuff, and a good pun about 'leaving the cat in the bag'.

The Past Through Tomorrow: Future History - The collection of his best short works.

Glory Road - Good hero plot.

The Number of the Beast - A good plot that includes his histories and those of others.

Others too numerous to mention; but I feel his best works were short stories and novellas.

I didn't like Stranger in a Strange Land. Too much politics and social commentary. It wasn't SF enough.

Works I have yet to read:
Time Enough For Love
Starship Troopers

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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:24 pm
oh yah, forgot Glory Road, i liked that one better than Stranger. it doesn't read anything like the normal heinlein books in my opinion.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:34 pm
and a whole generation of us because SF fans and writers because of Heinlein's "juveniles" ... BETWEEN PLANETS, ROCKETSHIP GALILEO (would have been a super X-Prize contender), THE ROLLING STONES, SPACE CADET, FARMER IN THE SKY, TUNNEL IN THE SKY, THE STAR BEAST, CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY, STARMAN JONES, etc. Great stuff! I devoured them as fast as our local library could get 'em!

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Post    Posted on: Fri Sep 17, 2004 2:29 am
You forgot: Have Spacesuit, Will Travel

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Post    Posted on: Sat Sep 18, 2004 2:43 am
Pinemarten wrote:
You forgot: Have Spacesuit, Will Travel


Actually, it's in my collection and I just re-read it. Still holds up nicely. Just ask Dr. M. Thing. :)

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Post    Posted on: Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:57 am
Mmmm I grok fully with my first water brothers to post on this topic... Stranger is not only my favorite Heinlein book, but definitely one of my all-time favorites...

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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 05, 2004 5:42 pm
Citizen of the Galaxy for sure. Probably the first SF book I ever read and still the best.


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