All posts tagged: Robert A. Heinlein

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day 3

Day 3: Government & The Church “When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.” — Robert A. Heinlein What do you think, given the kind of world we live in today—are we any more civilized now than we have been at any other time, in history?

I Spy with My Little Eye …

The sassy Vera @ Unfiltered Tales tagged me to take part in this fun challenge and, as I was asked really nicely, here I am taking up the sword/gauntlet/bazooka. So what’s it all about? The Challenge: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes! Side note: There is no way in hell I’ll be able to do this in five minutes. I can’t do anything in five minutes these days. But what I am going to do is choose one author, the SF Grand Master himself, Robert A. Heinlein. And find covers/titles for all 20 categories. So, here goes … wish me luck: FOOD FOOD and farmers … even if they’re inside a custom built habitat the other side of the galaxy. TRANSPORTATION Three friends build a spaceship, as you do, and fly it to the moon, as you do … and crash! WEAPON …

The Joys of Reading

As ever, I’m as curious to know what book—if there was one single book—that turned you into a reader? Where you just knee-high to a grasshopper when you started (as I was) or did your reading life start later? For me, I’d been reading from a very early age as my father (a voracious reader himself) was the one who took us every week—come rain or shine—to our nearest library. And while I was probably want to read anything to hand, or that was put in front of me, the first book I remember that really struck a distinct cord with me was, HAVE SPACESUIT WILL TRAVEL (originally pub. 1958), the last YA novel from the master of SF himself, Robert A. Heinlein. After that, there was no turning back for me. I read SF almost exclusively from that point forward right up into my late 20 if not, my early 30s. Starting with, of course, everything Heinlein had in print at the time, and thereon afterwards. And you, dear reader?