Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Science Fiction of Robert Heinlein



Robert Heinlein, long since deceased, wrote a number of very good science fiction works in the 1940s and 1950s, some of which do have some moral and ideological application to our situation. However, he was not "one of us," and one of his early novels, Rocket Ship Galileo, is extremely anti-NS.

I highly recommend the following:

*If This Goes On (first novelette as part of Revolt In 2100 trilogy);

*Glory Road (if you can find it; I believe it has quietly been allowed to lapse out of print because it was a bit on the anti-Asian side); 

*The Day After Tomorrow about a Chinese invasion of the U.S., Very good.

*The Puppet Masters is very very good, very definite political implications there.

I am a bit ambiguous about the book Starship Troopers because it is multi-racial, although fascist in outlook. It got the Left very up tight. Ditto The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, which is Ayn-Randish but multi-racial and a bit feminist.

The following are excellent science fiction reads for kids:

Double Star;
Red Planet, about colonists on Mars;
Have Space Suit, Will Travel;
Farmer In The Sky, about colonizing Ganymede;

AVOID:

Stranger In A Strange Land - New Age type crap

-HAC

4 Comments:

Blogger charles martel said...

As a life long devotee of RH, his early novels are mostly great.
But his later novels devolved to the bizarre.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous AnalogMan said...

Agree, "Stranger" is crap. I actually started reading it twice; forgot it after the first attempt, didn't recognise it the second time. Both times I was angry at the time I'd wasted.

But Glory Road is not much better. In his later years, Heinlein went all weird. Very New Age, as you say. He seemed to be obsessed with "free love", lots of bonking without any trace of eroticism, very stilted, everybody loves everybody else.

Farnham's Freehold is the only one of his books I can recall with a racist theme.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Joseph Anthony said...

Heinlein in Starship Troopers talked about the "Great Collapse" which was a seminal event in the latter 20th century which changed the world. The Great Collapse was the fall of the United States and liberal democracy. I think he was a little off in his timeline.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any reason "Farnham's Freehold" was left off your list?

5:55 PM  

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