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Favorite Heinlein Short Story 
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There are already discussions of favorite and least favorite books, but for many of us the short stories were the first contact.
My favorite has changed over time. Coventry was dear to me as a child, perhaps because of the maturity of the child who taught by example what it is to be responsible, but perhaps because of Fader McGee -- an all-time favorite character. (I've always thought the shorts would be easier to make into movies, and this one seems do-able without lots of cutting or rewriting.)
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag came into my life at a time when I was completely rethinking what I had been taught of the nature of god and man and spirit and matter, and God as Artist in Training is one of my favorite aspects of the divine to this day -- thank you RAH!
But They contained the first text that accurately reflected what I had experienced in my one and only near death experience, so it was my favorite for many years.
There are so many stories to choose from, and so many themes, including some of the best time travel tales ever. I'm sure this was 'done to death' on the older forum, but does anyone else want to talk about what shorts they hold most dear, or which they least like, or which they think would make the best movies or animations? I'd love to hear.

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I like the neatly tied knot of "All You Zombies." It's kinda bleak, but it seems to me a perfect SF story.

I had the misfortune to read "By His Bootstraps" years after AYZ, and so I find BHB disappointing compared to the "remake" by a slicker, more mature Heinlein.

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I gotta go with The Man Who Sold the Moon meself. The Long Watch and Requiem are also favorites but with a bit more of a bittersweet end. (Side thread: In how many stories did Heinlein kill off his protagonist?)


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I'll go with "— We Also Walk Dogs" : true science fiction, perfect plot, nice characters, a very rich universe neatly introduced in a few pages...


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I remember hearing or reading at some point in the past that "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants" was a particular favorite of Heinlein's, or maybe Ginny's. Does anyone else recall hearing that?

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One place that was mentioned was in Spider Robinson's essay. SR tells about having a battered copy of the collection with that story in it and having RAH tell him it was his personal favorite.

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I'll have to cast my vote(s) for "Jerry Was a Man"(sheesh tried to verify title but didn't find the volume in my quick search- help anyone?). Offered that many attributes constitute what a "man" is. Jerry qualified as such and hence he was not a chattel or piece of property but was owed the respect of being a sentient creature. I'm betting he ended up with a better pension plan then mine <G>- Seems Jerry was a better "man" than many in the coutrtroom.

Tied with the above is "The Green Hills of Earth" - enjoyed Rhysling the singing space bum- and yes his song sticks with me also "I pray for one last landing on the globe that gave me birth- let me rest my eyes on fleecy skies and the cool green hills of earth"- His death was especially noble due to his treatment by the captain when he initially tried to board the ship- saved all their bacon despite his blindness and the disdain of the Capt. !

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