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Favorite Heinlein Short Story 
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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?).

Well, if you want RAH's original title - you got it in one. If you want the magazine title, it was inexplicably changed to "Jerry Is A Man."

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Tenderfoot In Space holds nostalgic appeal for me, since it was serialized in Boys' Life magazine shortly after I discovered Heinlein's juveniles. I was completely delighted to see the first installment, and anguished when I couldn't finish reading the whole story in one sitting. I was known to take a new Heinlein juvenile to bed with me at night, under the covers with a flashlight, and read until I finished it, with predictable consequences on my consciousness the next day in school.

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Does anyone else think it's harder to pick a favorite short story than book? I read the choices of others and I think, Yeah, me too! There is such a wide range of ideas and treatments and I can hardly pick a favorite of each type.

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Here's a link to a wikipedia category page for Heinlein's short stories: [url]Category:Short stories by Robert A. Heinlein[/url]
I can't vouch for it's completeness or accuracy.

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Priscille Daumal wrote:
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...

I always hoped to find more about these characters and their world, but never found a trace of Grace and her team, although I might have missed them in NOTB or some such. Are they referenced in any of the Future History or World as Myth tales?

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It would be "The Green Hills of Earth" for me.
I also always had a soft spot for "Let there be light".
I read "Tenderfoot In Space" not so long ago, and I fell for the dog.
"The Man who Traveled in Elephants" is maybe the perfect one.

You said only one favorite... ?

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Priscille Daumal wrote:
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...

I always hoped to find more about these characters and their world, but never found a trace of Grace and her team, although I might have missed them in NOTB or some such. Are they referenced in any of the Future History or World as Myth tales?

No, this story and its entire background are absolutely sui generis. It did not belong in a Future History collection, but was shoehorned into one for the usual convoluted reasons. I believe it was removed from the Virginia Edition...erm, edition of that volume.

The characters are a breezy and engaging bunch doing an interesting job, but I've always slightly disliked the polished slickness of that story. It reads to me more like a really masterful Heinlein pastiche than the real thing. Strange.

The boss-man in that is named after Heinlein's brother, BTW - Jay Clare Heinlein.

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James Gifford wrote:

The boss-man in that is named after Heinlein's brother, BTW - Jay Clare Heinlein.


Is/Was Jay Clare Heinlein a consitutional scholar? and a nephew named William I. Bacchus?

The Price of American Foreign Policy by William I. Bacchus with dedication to Jay Clare Heinlein.
http://books.google.com/books?id=VeGLAI ... en#PPP1,M1


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The Price of American Foreign Policy by William I. Bacchus with dedication to Jay Clare Heinlein.

I was unaware of this but yes, it fits the known folks and parties.

Bill Bacchus was an interesting presence at the Centennial.

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I've moved that Other Discussion over to its own thread in the off-topic zone. This is too good a thread to lose to side issues. Carry on. ("But, Jim, you HAVE been carrying on!")

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