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BOOK REVIEW: “The Past Through Tomorrow, Volume 1” by Robert Heinlein (1967, 1977)

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I’ve been on kind of a Heinlein kick lately.

Once upon a time, Robert Heinlein was my hero. I cut my eye teeth on his “Future History” series, which had a huge, huge, huge influence on me as an adolescent, I read his novels, I read his screeds, he was pretty much the epitome of what I wanted to be when I was an arrogant, know-it-all, condescending jerk of a kid: an arrogant, know-it-all adult.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" by Robert Heinlein (1985)

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Just a little capsule here, not my full length review, mostly 'cuz I can't bring myself to waste too much time on this one. Yes, there are a lot of entertaining ways to say "This is a bad book," but this book is *SO* bad that even making fun of it isn't fun.

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A Really Superficial Comparison/Contrast of "Starship Troopers" and "The Forever War"

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I'm going through a Heinlein phase. Recently I got in a discussion with someone about Heinlein's "Starship Troopers." I mentioned that Halderman's "Forever War" was essentially a rebuttal to "Troopers." If you've not read one or either of the books, this won't make much sense, but I do hope to review both eventually.

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INSOMNIAC OBSERVATIONS: "Starship Troopers" (1997)

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This is not a review, but I had insomnia last night. Ended up watching Starship Troopers on Syfy as a potential cure, but it didn't work. First time I've seen the movie in 13 years or so, only the third time I've ever seen it.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (1966)

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It would be very hard to overstate the impact this book had on my life when I was a kid. Heinlein was, bar none, my favorite SF writer, and this was, bar non, my favorite story by him. It didn’t hurt at all that I discovered it during those lonely days of my adolescence when a kid hits that “Oh, I get it now” stage in your neurological development and his ability to amass new knowledge far outstrips his social skills. I very much identified with the character “Mike,“ consequently.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Door Into Summer" by The Monkees (1967)

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Yeah, yeah, I know, I know, everyone hates The Monkees, they were't a real band (Excepting for the times when they were), and their show isn't as funny as you thought it was when you were ten, and blah blah blah blah. I don't give a crap. You want to know what I think of The Monkees? I think they're fairly kickass, to be honest.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Project: Moonbase” (1953)

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Last time out we reviewed “Destination Moon,” the seminal George Pal SF film from 1950, the one that really *started* the Science Fiction boom in film sixty years ago. It was a surprise hit that didn’t talk down to it’s audience, and took the “Science” part of Science Fiction seriously. It was co-written by Robert Heinlein, and based on his “Rocket Ship Galileo” novel. Of course George Pal used his unexpected hit as leverage to tell more really ambitious films, many of which we’ll eventually get to here.

But what about Heinlein? What did he parley all the good will from “Destination” in to? Well, later that same year he went on to work for “Tom Corbet, Space Cadet” as a technical advisor, and then wrote a couple episodes of an SF Anthology show, and then he got involved in a new “Hard Science” SF pilot called “Ring Around The Moon” in 1953.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Project: Moonbase” (1953)

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Last time out we reviewed “Destination Moon,” the seminal George Pal SF film from 1950, the one that really *started* the Science Fiction boom in film sixty years ago. It was a surprise hit that didn’t talk down to it’s audience, and took the “Science” part of Science Fiction seriously. It was co-written by Robert Heinlein, and based on his “Rocket Ship Galileo” novel. Of course George Pal used his unexpected hit as leverage to tell more really ambitious films, many of which we’ll eventually get to here.

But what about Heinlein? What did he parley all the good will from “Destination” in to? Well, later that same year he went on to work for “Tom Corbet, Space Cadet” as a technical advisor, and then wrote a couple episodes of an SF Anthology show, and then he got involved in a new “Hard Science” SF pilot called “Ring Around The Moon” in 1953.

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