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Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:22 am ]
Post subject:  ...and then he died...

Per Peter's challenge in the other thread:
Peter Scott wrote:
(Side thread: In how many stories did Heinlein kill off his protagonist?)

I decided to see how good my memory still was. Pulling out the story list...

  • Life-Line
  • Requiem
  • Common Sense
  • Goldfish Bowl
  • Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag*
  • Green Hills of Earth
  • No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying**
  • They Do It with Mirrors**
  • Water is for Washing**
  • The Man Who Traveled in Elephants*
  • Gulf (an Ace Double)
  • The Long Watch
  • Year of the Jackpot
  • Sky Lift***
  • Puppet Masters**
  • Double Star**
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Farnham's Freehold**
  • Moon is a Harsh Mistress**
  • I Will Fear No Evil***
  • Time Enough for Love*
  • Job: A Comedy of Justice*
  • Farmer in the Sky**
  • Between Planets**
  • Starman Jones**
  • Citizen of the Galaxy**
  • Podkayne of Mars***
  • Friday**
  • Time for the Stars**

* for certain values of "protagonist" and "death."
** major character, arguably protagonist in some cases.
*** defies classification but there you are.
Retro-ditions in blue.

Author:  JohnBlack [ Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ...and then he died...

If we can count the supporting characters from Starman Jones and Citizen of the Galaxy (Baslim?). Then how about the uncle in "Time For The Stars". If I recall correctly he gets swallowed by an ocean going creature.

Author:  JohnBlack [ Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: ...and then he died...

...and Dr. Baldwin in Friday...although perhaps he does not put in enough appearances to warrant inclusion in this list. And do we count Mary Sperlings 'transformation' in Methuselah's Children?

Author:  PeterScott [ Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ...and then he died...

  • The Cat Who Walks Through Walls*

* for certain values of "protagonist" and "death"...

Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ...and then he died...

I'm not going to try and argue or defend any positions; this is merely intellectual exercise. :)

I thought I had included Friday (for Dr. Baldwin's death). TFTS probably qualifies for the uncle. I'm drawing a blank on Cat except for the stuffed shirt who is killed in the opening scene and the possibly mythical Walker Evans, neither of whom qualify, IMVHO. Mary Sperling, nah - neither her mind nor body dies, they just go separate ways.

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