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Now reading: Tunnel in the Sky

I finished Citizen of the Galaxy (great book!) and now I’ve started Robert Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky.

I will write a review of Citizen of the Galaxy in the near future.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 18, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Tunnel in the Sky was one of my favorite of the Heinlein juvenile books. It had a unique way of interstellar transportation (as well as Earth based), and I liked the idea that people actually wanted to be pioneers and colonize new worlds. Of course, I read that at an age in which I thought people would actually want to do that.

    Mike Street Station

    March 18, 2018 at EST pm

  2. How many books do you read a week?

    GondwanaMan

    March 18, 2018 at EST pm

  3. Isn’t this his juvenile stuff?

    Dave Pinsen

    March 18, 2018 at EST pm

    • his juvvies are much better than his other stuff….Tunnel might be his best book…either than or Have Space Suit Will Travel or…Starman Jones…those 3 are at the top…citizen of the galaxy, rocket ship galileo, orphans of the sky, between planets…..below them are time for the stars and space cadet…..some of his novelettes are quite good…such Logic of Empire—very good…also The Door into Summer is good…various short stories are good…misfit and gentlemen be seated….also, the long watch…all you zombies–a classic…and he built a crooked house…the year of the jackpot…the novel Glory Road is good…

      but his best stuff is easily the juvies: starman jones, Tunnel in the sky, Have Space Suit, Citizen of the Galaxy, Rocket Ship Galileo, orphans, between planets, space cadets and time for the stars…

      also, a writer who reminds me somewhat of heinlein is Barry Sadler…his Casca the Mercenary series is quite good…pure guy stuff…about a roman legionnaire who stabs jesus and is cursed to live forever…

      also, joe haldeman and his forever war books

      Active Pooter

      March 19, 2018 at EST am

      • if you like heinlein you should read the 4 alien invasion books (the Tripod series) by john christopher…

        Active Pooter

        March 19, 2018 at EST am

      • I’ve read Door Into Summer. That wasn’t bad. But The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress was better.

        Dave Pinsen

        March 20, 2018 at EST am

  4. “The greatest productive force is human selfishness.” Robert Heinlein You’re going to have to reduce the altruism in your life if you keep reading all his amazing SF.

    cesqy

    March 18, 2018 at EST pm

  5. I’m halfway through stranger in a strange land and if it weren’t 550 pages long I would think it was for kids so I can only imagine how stupid his actual kids stuff is.

    Magnavox

    March 18, 2018 at EST pm

    • As has been pointed out, “Stranger” is a different kettle of fish, and in choosing to read it, you’re encountering Heinlein at his worst. It represents his later period, when as far I’m concerned, he got windy, self-indulgent, and maybe even senile. As a kid, I was crazy about all the Heinlein juvies cited above (as well as “The Puppet Masters,” which doesn’t seem to have been mentioned) — they are definitely not stupid — but then “Stranger” came out, and I suddenly couldn’t read him anymore. It was as if he’d had a brain transplant. Yet ironically, and embarrassingly, it’s one of his two most famous books, and it’s the one people think they ought to read.

      Simon

      March 19, 2018 at EST pm


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