="comments-post">Posted by: Matt Welch at December 11, 2003 08:15 PM

Gosh, don't let your enthusiasm for Heinlein move you to such over-statement, guys.

You might have wanted to mention I Will Fear No Evil's relevance to For Us, The Living, but then this is year-old news, anyway.

If you ever do want to risk the terrifying experience (apparently) of rereading Heinlein, I'd recommend The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress and any of a number of the juveniles.

Heinlein wrote six novels after 1970, incidentally, not "two or three," but I'd say that one hadn't missed musch by passing on them, with the possibly exception of Friday which didn't suffer at all as badly by way of rambling and bloat as the others did.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 11, 2003 11:22 PM

Feeling grumpy, Gary? There's nothing "terrifying" about the prospect of re-reading Heinlein; I'm just not in the mood. Not surprising, given my current rate of about one novel per year.

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 12, 2003 12:55 PM

Here are some plot details, by the way.

Sorry if I sounded grumpy; reading the two of you in a row proclaiming that you would never read Heinlein again caused me to engage in the mistake of conflating your two statements, which together sounded to me as if you were embarassed to have ever liked him and were apologizing for such juvenile opinions. My apologies for having what was essentially a defensive reaction. (I have to say that I've not reread a Heinlein in some years myself, though I'm sure I will again sooner or later.)

Oh, totally unconnected, would be curious if you have any opinion of this.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 16, 2003 06:25 AM
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