[LMB] Heinlein

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 22:02:31 BST 2021


The trouble with Heinlein is that he has a radically different set of norms
than the society in which he lived, which makes freethinkers think he was a
freethinker himself.  He wasn't.  He was rigidly dogmatic and intolerant of
anything that contradicted his preferences.

A foretaste of today, in many ways.  Curiously, his ideas are today
generally either so totally accepted that they're taken for granted, or
totally rejected.  The then-shocking *Stranger in a Strange Land* is fairly
old-fashioned by modern standards, except for the bits no one would take
seriously today.

Matt G.


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