May 20th, 2014

Future Worth Fighting For3

30 Day Book Meme - Day 13

Day 13 – Your favorite writer

My favorite living writer is Lois Bujold. But my favorite writer of all time is Robert Heinlein. I grew up reading his books, not just the juveniles, but all the adult novels my father had collected. I've filled in the collection since then. It's difficult to measure how much of an influence his books had on me. My desire for military service, my profession as an engineer, my marriage right out of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress or Friday--all are on the recommended track for a Heinlein hero.

Not that I love all his books. Some are so-so, some are bad, and having read For Us, the Living I understand why he tried to erase its existence and wish he'd succeeded. But the best are brilliant.

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