[LMB] OT: Yankee in Space

brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Oct 24 15:51:19 BST 2021

> On Oct 24, 2021, at 8:14 AM, Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com> wrote:
> At the time, that was probably noteworthy and/or startling. I don't know
> much about the initial fan reception of "Starship Troopers." But aside from
> a passing mention that his parents sometimes talk Tagalog at home,  Rico
> doesn't *act* Filipino in any way. He isn't even called Juan much in the
> text; people who don't call him Rico mostly call him Johnnie. His worldview
> is in every way exactly what you'd expect from a middle-class or
> upper-middle class American white kid in the 1950s.
> Heinlein was kind of trying to have it both ways, at least by modern
> standards. He daringly incorporates the idea that the US is not the entire
> planet Earth. But he doesn't push the envelope by  expecting his intended
> readers to identify with anyone who was, in any way, not acting and
> thinking like them. Doesn't make him a bad man, or a bad author. But like
> Count Piotr, the science fiction community has long since left him in the
> dust on a trail he helped mark out.

Oh, people (of all backgrounds)in the future will certainly have *my* values, because… well, because of course they will.   

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