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Old 12th June 2004, 11:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Robert Heinlein novel?

I'll start a list of books to choose from.

Starship Troopers
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Glory Road

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Am I getting close?
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Old 14th June 2004, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best Robert Heinlein novel?

Personally, my favourite is Stranger In A Strange Land (and that may be a biased opinion - let me explain why):

Stranger was the first Heinlein novel I read - and I enjoyed it immensely. Then I went on to others (I Will Fear No Evil, The Number Of The Beast, Job, etc.) and I noticed a disturbing pattern. It seemed to me that all the main characters in each book were merely transplants of the last. It felt that, despite the name changes, I was still reading about the same people with the same traits and similar resources (they all tend to be reasonably attractive, sexually uninhibited and financially sound enough to go on whatever advunture was required of them).

I stopped reading Heinlein because every book just seemed to blend into the next until the whole body of his work became a massive blur. Hence my choice (and probably because it was the first, it is my favourite).
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Old 9th September 2004, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Friday is my favorite. It has very pertinent comments on the dangers of Global Economy. But it not only good in a political sense but it has some action and adventure. Friday was on sexy Artificial Girl lol
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Old 10th September 2004, 03:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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my fav is starship troopers. Heinlen accurlately predicts the problems of juvenile crime that we now face in society and offers a well thought polotical system.
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Old 24th October 2004, 10:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Best Robert Heinlein novel?

"Stranger" is far too seminal to be anything but the most important! However I enjoyed "Friday" more. I think it was the bean-stalks that sold me on it. I always thought they were a great idea. I don't know which would pip it to the BEST novel award?

But what about "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls?"
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Old 18th November 2004, 03:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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But what about "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls?"
Nice choice. My personal favorite still is "Time enough for love".
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Old 3rd January 2005, 11:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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As short as it was I would have to say The Tunnel in the Sky is my favorite. Although the Lazarus saga is firmly entrenched on my shelves.
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Old 4th January 2005, 06:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not just saying this to round out the discussion -- Moon is a Harsh Mistress is my favourite. The whole revolutionary plot and the AI helping them were very memorable, and Heinlein played with his line/clan marriage ideas without being as mmmm weird? about it as he was in some other books.
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Old 9th February 2005, 10:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Have just finished 'Tunnel in the Sky'.



One of his books for younger readers but I was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed it immensely!

Has anyone else read this?
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Old 9th February 2005, 12:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yep. Next try : "Have spacesuit, will travel". Same target audience as "Tunnel in the sky", and a great story with lots of laughs.
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Old 10th February 2005, 02:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I really loved Tunnel in the Sky as well. I just finished Starship Troopers, enjoyed it, but not as much as Tunnel. The later half of Starship Troopers deals with quite a bit of military conventions such as differerent rank variations (which I don't know one from the other).

Looking forward to Have Spacecuit, Will Travel. Maybe my next Heinlein read.
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Old 11th February 2005, 10:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Well, I have to go with Time Enough for Love in combination with Methuselah's Children. Job is a close second. And to the person who didn't like the apparent character rehash, yeah, that is definitely true, but they are SUCH GREAT characters.
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Old 12th February 2005, 05:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This is one of the most difficult questions I have ever come across. Heinlein has had my utmost respect for ages as very nearly the found of Modern Science Fiction- if you could patent ideas, 95% of SF authors there today would be paying royalties to his heirs to this day. I find it rather impossible to choose... Nearing the top of the list would be A Stranger in a Strange Land, Time Enough For Love, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel(A bias, as it was my first Heinlein novel, at the age of 5.) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Citizen of the Galaxy, and The Door Into Summer. For someone with a mindset like mine, one novel is probably impossible. Ah, well. I tried!
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Old 26th April 2005, 10:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Time Enough For Love hands down, no contest.
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