Introduce Yourself
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Author:  Dominic [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:41 am ]
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Hi Folks,

My first Heinlein was "Have Space Suit, Will Travel", borrowed from the public library when I was about 13. I've been a Heinlein evangelist ever since.

I collect "nice editions" of anything that meant anything to me, regardless of its merit in others' eyes or for other reasons... I cut my teeth as a five-year old on Enid Blyton in the land of my birth and hers... and I shamelessly boast a full set of "The Famous Five" in the Hodder & Stoughton hardbacks that were ubiquitous in the UK of the sixties; and the Jonathan Cape editions of the twelve "Swallows and Amazons" tales by Arthur Ransome.

Here in Oz, I've only ever found Heinlein in paperback, and rarely new; I've scoured second hand bookshops over the east coast to cobble together an incomplete collection of his work. With the bibliophile's love of hardcover and slipcase, I idly dreamed of whether I should attempt to organise a limited edition hardcover collection of RAH's work - a whimsy which was brought to earth with a thud when on April 30th just passed (for some unknown reason I was Googling the Master's name) I stumbled on the not-very-broadly-publicised publishing event known as the Virginia Edition.

I was lucky not to have to wait seven years. I ordered on the spot and VE #285 was on my bookshelf on June 10th. Complete. All 46 volumes.
Can't wipe the smile off my face with a Visa statement!

I work in IT, prefer growing food and drinking wine, and dream of a self sufficient, sustainable lifestyle.
I like to think of myself as my own person, but when I read a Heinlein novel, I realise how much his writing has shaped the way, if not what, I think.

And now that I've rearranged the main bookshelves to fit the VE, I'm going to fish out the books i've never seen or read (For Us, the Living to begin with) and then read the lot, again.


Author:  JamesGifford [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:23 am ]
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Hi, Dom, and welcome to the small but sturdy core of online Heinleinism. Enjoy your new treasure - and I speak for many-to-all here in that we're envious you HAVE new Heinlein to read.

Author:  NickDoten [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:08 am ]
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Dominic, a hearty welcome to the forum! Like Jim, I'm a bit envious you still have "new" RAH to read (ok some envy of your brand new VE editions also:) Enjoy your journey through these books. We welcome your fresh insights to this group. I believe you'll find great conversation here. Nick

Author:  RobertPearson [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:32 am ]
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Hi Dom, heartiest welcome and looking forward to hearing more of your Heinlein experience. Also, there are areas here for the exploration of the farthest reaches of human thought, if you are so inclined. :)

Author:  PeterScott [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:45 pm ]
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Hi Dominic, welcome. So you grew up in the UK? Me too. Read all my Heinleins by bicycling to all the libraries within range until I discovered interlibrary loans. Now living in Canada.

You've come to a good place for hanging out with Heinlein fans. The people who ran and attended the Heinlein centennial convention 4.99 years ago mostly inhabit these fora.

Author:  jeepojiii [ Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:32 am ]
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Plus several refugees from the old Usenet newsgroup after it self-destructed several years ago. This is a much nicer place than a.f.h was in its waning days.

Author:  holmesiv [ Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:00 pm ]
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Then there's me, who fits none of the criteria above, except the one you're in, which is "fan."

Author:  Dominic [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:07 am ]
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Thanks folks, warm welcome appreciated.

JG, your "Reader's Companion" is next on my "to get" list.
incidentally, having just bemoaned the fact that I'd never seen a Heinlein hardback here, I ran into three in a second hand bookstore last week. Ironic. :shock:

Am halfway through FUTL and (forget who made the point) can see that, yes, it shows Heinlein to have already developed many of the foundational concepts that trickle (nay, pour), into his later work. Whilst it could be considered preachy, I'm still enjoying it. But rather than go off topic for the board, I'll save my impressions for another post, another place (those of you familiar with the forum landscape might suggest the 'village' to host that chat) and another time.

Don't know if anyone's posed this question before, but here goes; I could leave her to dive in and just discover the Worlds of RAH at random, but I'd thought of giving my 17 year old daughter a "primer" - a list of the order in which to read them - partly to get the Future History in chronological order, but also to allow a move from the juveniles into the maturer works in a way that... adds to the experience. So there's the challenge - get a kids nose into a book (and off the telly, laptop, xbox etc) and keep 'em reading until they moan "Awww! is that all he wrote Dad?" ;)

(Or is it in your Reader's Companion, James?)

Author:  PeterScott [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:08 am ]
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Dominic, you can ask that kind of question in the "RAH Discussion" forum, and get all literary in the "Advanced Heinlein" forum.

The question of how to get kids started has come up before. The book that gets the most votes is "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel," although it's not a landslide.

Author:  sakeneko [ Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:32 am ]
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I think "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" is ideal for ten-year-old boys. :-) Dominic has a seventeen-year-old daughter. He knows her and I do not, but I have a number of nieces and goddaughters of that general age or who passed through it recently. With any of them, I would try "Podkayne from Mars", "The Menace from Earth", or if you've got an unusually mature reader who is familiar with American history and up to reading an adult book, maybe "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". (That last is my favorite Heinlein book, period.)

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