[LMB] Heinlein

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Sat Oct 2 15:56:39 BST 2021

Supposedly the women in his later works were modeled after his wife, who
may well have pretended to flatter his ego constantly and enjoyed being

Heinlein WAS a swinger and a nudist, and his advocacy of those lifestyle
options in his works clearly isn't an accident.  He might not have wanted
smelly hippies deciding he'd become their water brother and camping on his
lawn, but he clearly thought free love among a self-selected in-group was a
fine thing.

You've got to give him credit:  *The **Puppetmasters* is both an utterly
transparent propaganda piece for nudism, AND an internally-cohesive and
rather terrifying alien invasion story.  Combining those two features is
quite an accomplishment.

Matt G.

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