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What made me a serious Heinlein 
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Oddly enough, I didn't find RAH until I was 17 and a lifelong reader. I worked my way through the local library and school library's collection of SF alphabetically, then got to h, and decided to go back from Z on both of them. Didn't get to Heinlein until three years into reading at least a thousand other SF and fantasy titles...


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Hi, my name is Sergei Alderman. Welcome to me!

My introduction to Heinlein was much like that of Mr. Henderson. I owe so much to a children's librarian whose name I don't even remember who could somehow tell that I should read Rocketship Galileo. It was a ripping good yarn, and I would have searched out his other books based on that alone. But in one little chat about what the far side of the moon might look like, Heinlein also introduced some fascinating, mind-bending concepts in epistemology and ontology--while avoiding the intimidating Greek polysyllables.

While reading every Heinlein I could get my hands on, I frequently found my intellectual range being widened. Time for the Stars introduced me to subconscious motivations, challenging the notion that I always know why I do the things I do. In Citizen of the Galaxy, I learned about cultural relativism. Starship Troopers challenged the leftist orthodoxy of my Minnesota upbringing. By the time I reached college, Time Enough For Love challenged my sexual mores.

Heinlein changed my mind about a lot of issues, but I didn't and don't agree with everything he espoused (or seemed to espouse.) And I don't think that he meant for people to. He gutted every sacred cow he could, and was more interested in getting readers to think critically than in changing their minds about specific issues.

I credit him with teaching me to really think, and am forever in his debt.

Ideas regarding which I am particularly in accord with Heinlein: ontological skepticism, Social Credit, "thou art god", rejection of sexual jealousy, the importance of the separation of church and state, the right to bear arms....

Ideas that I particularly disagree with: One that comes to mind immediately--I find his uncritical acceptance of the Malthusian fallacy (in Farmer in the Sky, for example) disappointing.

I'm glad that this forum is here, thanks for, uh... existing. I expect to have fun posting here.

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Sergeial, nice post. Welcome to the forum!

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Hi Sergei, welcome to us! Thanks for introducing yourself.

What's your current posting? Are there any fans of Starship Troopers in your unit?


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Thanks!

Actually I'm currently a "future soldier," though only for a few more days. I'm shipping out for BCT at Fort Jackson on Oct. 1, so I'll be out of touch for a while. But I'll be back and let you all know how it went over in "Coventry."

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