January 12, 2004

Heinlein, Science Fiction, Space Travel, Utopia and More

Back in time, before the new year, Patrick Hayden made a brief mention of a book review including a short quote from the review.

And that post took on a life of its own with the discussion, now 161 comments, still ongoing.

Hey, if the title subjects got you this far you will want to spend the time (and it will be more then a few minutes) reading that comment thread. As Eric Burns says:

The discussion is fascinating because of the sheer plethora of authorities contributing to it. Scientists, futurists, fans, literary critics -- there's something of everything in it, and the content of the discussion is unusually high for the web.
Oh yes, the review was of Heinlein's first novel, unpublished until now, For Us, The Living.

Full disclosure: I have not read it yet.

Posted by Steve on January 12, 2004

I have yet to read it, but I'm looking forward to it. None of what I've read about it says that it's a particularly good book, and I certainly don't plan to ever suggest it to anyone who isn't a fan, but I'll be reading it just to see the genesis of some of the ideas that he carried through his entire writing career.

I'll have to read that thread later (when I'm not at work).

Posted by zombyboy at January 12, 2004 1:04 PM

Yep, it is the fan in me that has me headed toward the bookstore on the way home tonight. But they better have a good deal because it is only $17.50 at Amazon and I'll just order it with something else that gets me the free shipping...

Posted by Steve at January 12, 2004 3:22 PM
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