Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Heinlein's Hundredth .....

From Frank, at Books, Inq., comes a reminder that this Saturday, July 7, will mark the centenary of author Robert Heinlein, born in 1907 in the town of Butler, Missouri. He grew up in nearby Kansas City, which is hosting a centennial celebration this weekend.

It's hard to imagine a single writer whose individual works have been embraced my more divergent groups than Heinlein ..... whether it was "
Stranger In a Strange Land" by the counter-culture and emergent New-Agers, or "Starship Troopers" by the military and the neo-conservatives, or "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" by the libertarians.

There are some clues to how or why that can be, by learning more of the man behind the words. Wikipedia has a good
biography about Heinlein with A LOT of links for further study, and there is also a website maintained by The Heinlein Society, a non-profit group founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her late husband, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."

Or you can read his books ..... what better way to grok a writer?

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