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Author:  RobertPearson [ Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:58 pm ]
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There aren't any yet, as of June 3, 1400 Pacific time. Who will be the first? I'll have one after I've read the book but with slow shipping that will be a week or more.

Author:  sakeneko [ Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:39 pm ]
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I'll probably get mine around the time that you get yours. Very much looking forward to it. :-) I'll post my review on my own blog primarily, although I'll probably copy it here too.

Author:  RobWright [ Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:18 pm ]
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I'm up to Chapter 24 of the ibooks version, the dead tree's version won't get here until the weekend.

Rob

Author:  BillMullins [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:20 am ]
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I'm not seeing very much publicity on Vol 2. I remember when Vol 1 came out, Tor's blog site had a lot of discussion (remember Jo Walton's criticism and Bill P's responses?) The only thing I see on Tor's site for Vol 2 is a simple mention that the book is in release.

Author:  RobertPearson [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:06 am ]
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Here's a big piece from the New Republic website.

It's mostly a criticism of Heinlein, rather than the book. He does make some of the same points as critics of v. I - too "official biography"-like, too worshipful of subject; the url even has "hagiography" in it. The usual error about Heinlein, that his fiction reflected his real-life "beliefs"; the reviewer even wonders how to reconcile ST with SISASL with MIAHM, but misses the point...

But its publication in New Republic it should be great for stirring up interest.

Author:  RobertPearson [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:17 am ]
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Addendum: I see Steve Sailer posted some comments on the New Republic review. I would give some very good odds that Sailer will eventually post something about v. II (he's now at Unz Review)

Author:  beamjockey [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:17 pm ]
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RobertPearson wrote:
Here's a big piece from the New Republic website.

It's mostly a criticism of Heinlein, rather than the book.


And it says:
Quote:
Instead he worked as a civilian engineer in Philadelphia, helping to design the high-altitude pressure suit, a precursor to the astronaut suit.

Arrrrgggghhh....

Author:  RobertPearson [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:11 pm ]
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beamjockey wrote:
RobertPearson wrote:
Here's a big piece from the New Republic website.

It's mostly a criticism of Heinlein, rather than the book.


And it says:
Quote:
Instead he worked as a civilian engineer in Philadelphia, helping to design the high-altitude pressure suit, a precursor to the astronaut suit.

Arrrrgggghhh....


More whoppers:

Quote:
Heinlein’s leftwing politics got him blacklisted from the Navy, which didn’t want his services even during World War II when the military was so desperate for trained recruits that they found office jobs for disabled soldiers.
(Apparently refers to v. I, and the probability that a letter to the editor about UCLA student protesters may have caused someone to quash Heinlein's request to return to active duty. But "leftwing politics is an awful oversimplification).

Quote:
Heinlein had caught a bad case of the Cold War jitters in the late 1940s.
(Just wrong. He was still advocating for World Govt. control of atomic weapons into the 1950s)

Quote:
But all these books share one trait: They ignore the consequences of people's actions.
(This is just hard to fathom)

Author:  RobertPearson [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:54 pm ]
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RobertPearson wrote:
Addendum: I see Steve Sailer posted some comments on the New Republic review. I would give some very good odds that Sailer will eventually post something about v. II (he's now at Unz Review)


Sailer comes through within two hours. I SWEAR this was not posted when I wrote the above :)

http://www.unz.com/isteve/new-republic-heinleins-glass-part-empty/

Author:  sakeneko [ Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:32 pm ]
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It is *funny* to watch people try to force a cookie-cutter onto Heinlein's work, or (worse) Heinlein himself. I've become an unbeliever in cookie cutters (labels) for human beings anyway, but Heinlein breaks preconceptions the way a two-year-old breaks toys.

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