For the next few weeks, I will be posting about some of the works of Robert Anson Heinlein, as a run up to our special podcast on May 8th. This podcast will be the Second in our series of Authors Retrospectives, in which we will try to bring a cohesive sense to the body of work of the chosen Author. As we did with Philip K. Dick a few months ago, this next special will bring in author Spider Robinson, who will be able to bring his unique perspective to the man and the Grand Master that was RAH. Our intent in these author retrospectives is to bring to the current public many lost authors, stories and a unique look at the past future.
Heinlein was a personal favorite of mine growing up. His stories were part of what was, at the time, referred to as juvenile fiction; a tag that in retrospect was a misnomer at its very core. From his earliest works to his final notes, Heinlein was a true original. His works span a history of our lives in both fact and fiction and his Grumbles From The Grave, is one of the more endearing books I have ever had the pleasure to read.
One of the first books I ever read by RAH was a collection of two novellas, which seem to have always been linked, Waldo & Magic, Inc. In these two stories, he takes the reader in 2 divergent directions, into two completely different futures. In “Waldo,” we are given a glimpse of the redemption of man through science. In “Magic,Inc.”, we see a future in which the private detective/sorcerer is a revered profession. Read them if you can take the time. See the infinite possibilities that Heinlein had to offer us. Over the coming weeks, I will be posting suggestions for you to read, and books I hope to talk about in the podcast on May 8th. In a world of constant acceleration, read. It’s worth the effort.
This is The Dome, sayin’: Recognize that what he wrote in 1940 that has come true today.