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First, major differences: Moral/philosophical/ethical/political/social underpinnings. The novel was an ode to the citizen soldier, with in-depth asides for explaining the ethical and political system of humanity. Christopher Weuve's excellent "Thoughts on Starship Troopers" resource addresses this in great detail with supporting cites, see especially "...


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Yes, he did. This was a fairly common thing for him to do; many of his stories demonstrate this behavior. It's more true with his Juvenile works, but it was common for him to specifically write his characters so that the reader would identify with them, not indicating anything about race, only later to drop some kind of information that hinted pretty ...


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First and foremost, I'd point you at Spider Robinson's essay on the matter in Requiem. Then I'd suggest that you read Podkayne of Mars or Poor Daddy or The Bulletin Board. Heinlein's female characters pick their own life paths and often choose to have both family and careers. They have aspirations to accomplish things in life and better themselves, they ...


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This is a reference to Horace, Ode 1.3: Illi robur et aes triplex circa pectus erat qui fragilem truci commisit pelago ratem primus My Latin is rusty, but basically "the first man to sail fragile ships in the deep ocean wore armor of oak and three layers of bronze around his chest. The term "aes triplex" becomes from this a metaphor for courage, ...


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There is no ambiguity in the scene where it is revealed Juan Rico speaks Tagalog. I added something to myself and Bennie said "What did you say?" "Sorry, Bernado. Just an old saying in my own language....." "But what language was it?" "Tagalog. My native language." (End of Chapter 13)


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Asimov vs Heinlein Asimov and Heinlein did have some disagreements, according to this article on io9: Primarily their conflict became a political disagreement, as Asimov revealed in his posthumous 1994 autobiography. and later on: Living longer than Heinlein allowed Asimov to have the last word in the debate, bashing the release of Heinlein ...


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It's somewhat of an oversimplification to say that Heinlein was a one-dimensional Cold War hawk. He was a socialist in his youth, and probably formed his first political opinions before Stalinism existed. (Stalin came to power when Heinlein was 17.) He was active in Upton Sinclair's socialist End Poverty in California (EPIC) movement, and campaigned for ...


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It is indeed Heinlein, from 'If This Goes On'. TL&DR version -- the term they use is: "connotational indices" Long Version: It's from when Johnny and Zeb are discussing the upcoming plans: 'Do you seriously expect to start a rebellion with picayune stuff like that?' 'It's not picayune stuff, because it acts directly on their emotions, below the ...


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Although the answer by dmckee is outstanding, it is never-the-less incomplete. People who argue that Heinlein was sexist or lacked proper forward thinking forget about a couple of critical details. The first is that he was born in 1907. He grew up in a time and a society that had certain views about women - what they should be like, and what they were ...


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This is going to be anecdotal, but I would say at this point it's impossible to draw a conclusion. As far as I know Heinlein never said if the Mobile Infantry is based on any specific branch. Heinlein's military service in the Navy would push me towards the Marine Corps as the influence. The quote "Come on you Apes, do you want to live forever?" is ...


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This is a reference to the Last Supper---there is a lot of oblique reference to the end of the story of Christ in the last chapters of the book. Mike is going out to be martyred. Or at least to have his body martyred as he discorporates in the martian fashion. Though it takes place off stage, we know that the finger is subsequently cooked into a soup to be ...


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Heinlein's Number of the Beast features a vehicle that can travel through space and time and to fictional worlds such as Oz and Barsoom.


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Spider Robinson gave an interesting answer to this question some years ago. He pointed out that Heinlein's women were often more intelligent and capable than the men, and that they were self confident enough to be willing to stoop to help out the coarser, dumber men in their lives so that they too could feel some achievement. On the surface it appears to be ...


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Parallel strips with a 5 mph speed differential between one strip and the next; high-speed lane in the middle, low-speed lanes at the sides. They glided down an electric staircase, and debouched on the walkway which bordered the north-bound five-mile-an-hour strip. After skirting a stairway trunk marked "Overpass to Southbound Road," they paused at the ...


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I was searching around for some well-cited academic analysis and/or non-fiction Heinlein might have written that could clarify his intentions and beliefs relevant to feminist criticism and came upon this question. I can't do much more than round out the perspectives on Heinlein's general portrayals (as being mostly positive) with some canonical examples that ...


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...You got me, it's a tip of the hat to Heinlein. I've put in several homages to my favorite authors and at least one nod to a television show so far...but yep, that's Heinlein. However, the reasons the character Ia gives for boot chevrons during Basic Training in the first book, A SOLDIER'S DUTY, are the actual reasons the DoI (Department of Innovations) ...


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It's We Can Build You. Well, I think it is because my edition has on page 5: To Robert and Ginny Heinlein, whose kindness to us meant more than ordinary words can answer. However the edition on Amazon does not have this page. My edition is the 1994 one from Vintage Books/Random House while the one on Amazon is a 2012 edition from Mariner Books/Houghton ...


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The story Time for the Stars has the Long Range Foundation which does what you say: it invests in projects very unlikely to yield any short-term profit but somehow keeps hitting paydirt. In the story, they're involved in a project to develop telepathic skills in twins so that ships can be sent out into space and still be in touch with each other and earth. ...


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Consider this photo of Eddie Cochran: Compare that with a crew cut (1943): Heinlein doesn't mean Beatles long. He means rock star long which was still much longer and puffed up than the average well-dressed business man of the age.


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The full quote (from Stranger in a Strange Land, Pt. II His Preposterous Heritage, Ch. 1), “Sit back down—and for God’s sake quit trying to be as nasty as I am; you don’t have my years of practice. Now let me get something straight: you are not in my debt. You can’t be. Impossible—because I never do anything I don’t want to do. Nor does anyone, but ...


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Mike really did have an awesome AI. If you read Moon by itself, the question could be valid, but Mike, Mannie and Wyo all show up in later books, and, in fact, 'The Cat Who Walks thru Walls' has recovering Mike as a major plot point. The nature of his growth thru 'Moon' is a major reason they want to acquire him; Deety (a computer expert) points out that ...


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According to this article on History Things, the Rolligon was invented in the 1950s, well before The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress was written. See also this preview of THREE-WHEELERS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE vol.1 on Google Books. So basically a Rolligon is a vehicle that can travel over rough terrain. Here on Earth, most people never need to use such ...


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Baen reprinted the complete, uncut version on August 1, 2009. You can find their listing here: http://www.baen.com/the-puppet-masters.html


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Possibly this, taken from Friday (1982), nothing about child molesters though: "I can't. Mama cat and her kittens. Black Beauty and Demon and Star and Red... I can't". There wasn't anything to say, so I didn't. The coldest depth of Hell is reserved for people who abandon kittens. Found... Probably by overkilling it. I searched this site for ...


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Possibly Heinlein's If This Goes On—. The hero isn't exactly a monk, but lives a rather monkish life as part of a military order who provide guards for the Prophet Incarnate, a religious dictator. At one point,a more experienced and cynical character slips an incriminating note to the hero, but fears he may have let the eye (read CCTV) see it. He ...


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It’s about a quarter of the way through: The state was thought of as a single organism with a single head, a single brain, and a single purpose. Anything not compulsory was forbidden.


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lays out a view of the future where only the military is allowed full citizenship Citizenship is not about military. It is tied to responsibility. As it should. And opposite as we have it most places in today's world, especially where "democracy" reigns. And responsibility must be demonstrated up-start, and lasting as long as one's life. In the ST world ...


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No, the idiom that X is a Harsh Mistress or X is a Cruel Mistress is old indeed, going back at least to the 1800s for "Harsh" and the 1600s for "Cruel". You might want to look at THIS page for examples. From the link: A poem from 1910 Alfred Noyes To a Pessimist Life like a cruel mistress woos the passionate heart of man, you say, Only in mockery to ...


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From Wikipedia, sourced to Heinlein's posthumous autobiography Grumbles from the Grave: Heinlein's original title for the novel was The Brass Cannon, replaced with the final title at the publisher's request. The title is probably inspired by the following quote from the novel (emphasis mine): "I accept the title—nay, I glory in the title of 'jailbird....


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It was Del Rey in 1990. Revised/restored text, apparently first published in 1990.


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