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What's the book by Heinlein that contains all other books? [duplicate]

I remember a thread here in the SciFi Stack Exchange about the longest sci-fi series. Someone mention a standalone Heinlein book that seemed to somehow include all other books ever written in its ...
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Heinlein — long hair in 1958?

In Have Space Suit--Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein, the POV character Kip says, after spending some time immobilized in an alien hospital: There was a mirror ... It showed me with enough hair to ...
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What book did Philip K. Dick dedicate to Heinlein?

There's a famous quote from Philip K Dick about Heinlein mentioned on the Philip K. Dick Wikipedia page and on this question: One time when I owed the IRS a lot of money and couldn't raise it, ...
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Why couldn't she have told her minder about Clarke's note or simply called the police?

In Podkayne of Mars, we are informed that Venus is one of the safest places in the solar system as it is heavily policed. When Poddy finds that she is unable to reach Uncle Tom, the governor or his ...
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What happens to Girdie?

In Podkayne of Mars, Clarke leaves Poddy a cryptic note stating that he was going to rescue Girdie. Poddy is unable to reach Girdie and we find out later that she is not one of the kidnapped victims. ...
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Why were they kidnapped in the first place?

In Podkayne of Mars, we see Podkayne, her brother, and their uncle, Tom, kidnapped by a Mrs. Greer. What was the motive behind the kidnapping? Similarly, what was the idea behind smuggling a bomb onto ...
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How long was the boot training at Camp Currie?

Is there a good estimate based on the books of how long the Basic training at Camp Currie lasted?
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Are 2 boot camps for Mobile Infantry really enough to staff all of MI in the world of Starship Troopers?

All I can say to that is this: The next time I have to make a combat drop, I want the men on my flanks to be graduates of Camp Currie or its Siberian equivalent. Otherwise I’ll refuse to enter the ...
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What is the size of Mobile Infantry in “Starship Troopers”?

Is there a way to estimate the amount of people in Mobile Infantry in "Starship Troopers"? I remember there was a discussion about the rank structure of MI, that indicated 10,800 men in an "ideal" MI ...
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Which of Heinlein's books involve anti-communist sentiment?

As I read Heinlein's books, I keep running into either an anti-communist agenda or casual jibes about communists. To illustrate, The Puppet Masters portrays slug-infested Americans as communists while ...
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How exactly are the slugs analogous to communists?

Heinlein's The Puppet Masters is generally regarded as a thinly veiled attack on communism. Its Wikipedia article reads: Heinlein's novel also repeatedly makes explicit the analogy between the mind-...
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Are the slugs a single entity? How are decisions made?

The slugs in Robert Heinlein's story The Puppet Masters appear to only be able to communicate via "conference". The delays in their strategy appears to suggest that it takes a while for information to ...
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What did the “Big Three” think of each other's work?

Do we know what the Big Three (Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein) thought of each other's writing? Did they have any favorite works of each other?
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What were the humans in the tanks used for?

When the Nivens visit the Titanian ship, they come across a tank full of humans who were alive. What were the slugs using them for?
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Who wrote about an energy free space elevator?

I seem to recall reading of a design by Robert Heinlein (but maybe Sheffield, Clarke or another scientific writer), where the energy cost of a space elevator was virtually nil, as descending loads ...
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Did Robert A. Heinlein “Invent” the elastic inertiometer?

In The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein, a novel approach to measuring mass in zero G used. For a mass reading Budget Jets does not use a centrifuge but the newer, faster, ...
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How would one get onto a road in Heinlein's “The Roads Must Roll”?

I read Heinlein's The Roads Must Roll a few months ago. While I do remember that he provided a detailed explanation about how the system worked, I can't recall most of it. Specifically, how would one ...
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Did Heinlein invent the term “boot-chevrons” or did an actual military use it?

In Starship Troopers the recruits that are given leadership positions in boot camp are said to be given boot chevrons. I've never seen the term used elsewhere until I read the Starship Trooper-esque A ...
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Was Mobile Infantry in Starship Troopers modeled on the Marines or the Army?

A comment on this question got me thinking - was Heinlein explicitly modeling Mobile Infantry on US Marines? Or More the Army? I'll accept either a word-of-god answer (e.g. sourced from Heinlein ...
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Does the number 31 hold special meaning in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers?

First, there's the 31 ways to get kicked out: About the only thing we noticed, if we noticed anything, was what we called "the thirty-one ways to crash land." ... The "crash landings" were a worn-...
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Was Verhoeven's Starship Troopers intended to be a satire on war or a parody of the book? Was it authorised to be such?

From WP's page on the film: Director Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is "playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society... of ...
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Did Heinlein intentionally hide Rico's ethnicity until the very end? Why?

Did Heinlein intentionally hide Rico's ethnicity in Starship Troopers until the very end? If so, why? Even his name is something of a slow reveal:
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What do we know about the Skinnies?

The Skinnies are allies of the Bugs in Heinlein's Starship Troopers. What do we know about them and their alliance with the Arachnids?
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Is there a generally accepted critical and/or feminist response to Heinlein's work? [closed]

I personally enjoy reading Heinlein, but the argument has been made to me that "All of his women are basically men." I have also heard it said that he basically tried to write forward-thinking ...
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Is there a summary/map somewhere of the geo-political breakdown of the world in Heinlein's Friday?

I'm reading Robert Heinlein's Friday and having a little bit of trouble keeping all the geo-political breakdowns clear in my head, especially the North American ones. Is there a list or a map ...
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Does Lazarus Long have a beard?

I'm putting the finishing touches on a Lazarus Long Halloween costume, and I've run into a bit of a question. I have a vague recollection of one of Heinlein's books stating that Lazarus never grew a ...
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Did Heinlein advocate the apparently militaristic, if not fascist society of Starship Troopers?

In the classic 1959 Sci-Fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein lays out a view of the future where only the military is allowed full citizenship and suffrage. He presents democracy as ...
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Were there any “Starship Troopers” comics closer to the spirit of the book than the movie?

I know there there were several different publishers that put out "Starship Troopers" comics. Some of those comics seem to be full movie tie-ins (2 were actual "comicalization" of the movie). Since ...
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Classified project during WWII involving Asimov and Heinlein

During WWII, a group of science fiction writers, Robert Heinlein & Isaac Asimov prominent among them, were involved in a classified project for the US government. Isaac Asimov mentioned this ...
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Reasons for Mike's loss of personality at end of Moon is a Harsh Mistress

I re-read Moon is a Harsh Mistress over the weekend and remembered that I was always puzzled by Mike's behavior over the last pages. Prior to Prof's death, Mike was both a friend to Man and Wyoh as ...
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In 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' what are Garrison didos?

In numerous locations in Heinlein's Moon he refers to Garrison orbits or Garrison didos. Based on context I've always interpreted dido as DIrect De-Orbit but having searched for a better definition I'...
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Was 'The Bad Place' inspired by All You Zombies?

In Robert A. Heinlein's “—All You Zombies—” involves time travel and some fairly weird paradoxes. One of which is the self-fertilization by an intersex individual, a concept shared by Dean Koontz's '...
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The fate of the crew of the Envoy in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land

It's been a while since I have read Stranger in a Strange Land, but was the
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What is the complete list of all “Starship Troopers” comics?

Wiki states: Comics Dark Horse Comics, Mongoose Publishing and Markosia have held the license to produce comic books based on Starship Troopers. Over the years they have been written by writers ...
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Who was the “Starship Troopers” representative who appeared in “The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”?

From "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" Wiki article: During a meeting of the Council of the Time Scouts, representatives from every major time line and setting written by Heinlein appear, including ...
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Is it ever specified why/how Mike (HOLMES IV) achieved self-awareness in “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”?

In The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, is it ever specified why/how Mike (HOLMES IV) achieved self-awareness? (Since Mike also figures in "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls", the answer may come from either ...
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What exactly are the proposed influences of “Starship Troopers” on “Ender's Game”?

From "Starship Troopers" Wiki: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is also thought by many to have been either a direct response to or influenced by Starship Troopers. Card has flatly denied this, ...
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Is there any reference/mention of Ayn Rand/objectivism in Heinlein's books?

Heinlein is considered a fairly "libertarian-leaning" author. Were there many mentions or references in his his works of either Ayn Rand, her works/heroes, or Objectivism (explicit mentions, not ...
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In the Starship Troopers movie, what remains of Robert A. Heinlein's original novel?

I enjoyed watching the movie Starship Troopers and the issues it "addresses" (to use the term lightly). However, Wikipedia says: The film diverged greatly in terms of the themes and plot of the ...
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Have any of Heinlein's (then) fictional inventions been developed into actual ones?

I'm not a smoker, but I thought that Heinlein's self-lighting cigarette idea is a darn good one. Are any of his fictional inventions actually being produced or researched in the real world?
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Were Gnostics/Gnosticism a recurring religion in Heinlein's work?

Jelly glanced over at Sergeant Migliaccio, first section leader. "Five minutes for the Padre," he stated. Some of the boys dropped out of ranks, went over and knelt in front of Migliaccio, and ...
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In Starship Troopers, why was the Surgeon NOT making a drop?

... He stopped by the man in front of me, pressed the button on his belt that gave readings on his physicals. "Fall out!" "But, Sarge, it's just a cold. The Surgeon said -- " Jelly interrupted. " `But ...
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Where did Heinlein get the name Podkayne?

Does the name have an origin prior to Podkayne of Mars? A meaning?
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What is the Recognition Code for the Howard Families?

It's been a while since I've read much Heinlein, and I'm sure some will say I should be ashamed for not remembering this, but I remember there was a recognition code or greeting for members of the ...
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Robert Heinlein story that begins with a card game followed by an alarm and a shelter

The story begins with a group of people playing a card game of some sort, I can't recall what it was exactly, but it had some sort of team aspect to it. There were three or four players. One of them ...
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Is there any evidence for the bet between Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard?

It is widely believed that L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein made a bet in a bar one night either that L. Ron could not create a religion, or to see who could create a religion first. (In the ...
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Reading Order for Heinlein's “World as Myth” Books

Starting with Number of the Beast Heinlein began the systematic incorporation of most of his great novels into a single multiverse. Additionally, he included works by other authors in this multiverse. ...
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Are there any movies based on Robert Heinlein's works?

Is there any movie based on Robert Heinlein's work? If so, is there more than one?
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On the personal relation between Phil K. Dick and Robert Heinlein?

It's well known that Dick and Heinlein were friends. On Dick's wikipedia article there is an extract from the introduction to the 1980 short story collection The Golden Man in which Dick praises ...
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“Black Hats” in “The Number of the Beast”

Some years ago, I ran into a statement that the identity of the villains that start chasing the party in Heinlein's Number of the Beast could be figured out from internal clues. I completely failed. ...