Robert Heinlein - The Advocates
Biography, picture and quotes
"Depending on who you ask, science fiction grand master Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) was either a conservative, a fascist, or a left-wing hippie. But to those who knew him best -- and to those who read any of his 47 books -- Heinlein was a libertarian who glorified individualism, progress, honor, and responsibility."
Robert A. Heinlein: the universe as fiction
, by William H. Duquette, ex libris reviews
Short reviews on some favorites, such as Glory Road
, Starship Troopers
, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
and Stranger in a Strange Land
, and list of others with links to longer reviews
"Robert A. Heinlein is sometimes referred to as the Master by his fans, and the title is only deserved. Heinlein's career began during the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1940's and continued until his death some four decades later. Moreover, even the more dated of his books are still quite readable. He's best known for his 1960's work Stranger in a Strange Land, and through that book and others has been remarkably influential."
Robert A. Heinlein - Hero of the Day
, The Daily Objectivist
"Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), the science fiction writer who showed all the other science fiction writers How To Do It, was all about competence. Facing reality. Getting things done. Moving ahead. Not moping. Complaining was okay, and Heinlein did his share. He had lots of health problems, for one thing. And he didn't always like how things were going in the world, for another thing. But then came optimism."
Robert A. Heinlein's Soaring Spirit of Liberty
, by Jim Powell
, The Freeman
, Jul 1997
Biographical essay, including multiple quotes from fellow authors and significant excerpts from Heinlein's novels and stories
"A pioneering master of speculative fiction, Robert Heinlein has captured the imagination of millions for liberty. Five of his novels chronicle rebellion against tyranny, other novels are about different struggles for liberty, and his writings abound with declarations on liberty. ... 'When the Science Fiction Writers of America began to hand out their Grand Master Awards in 1975, Heinlein received the first by general acclamation,' noted Isaac Asimov, himself the respected author of more than 300 books, including much science fiction. "
Related Topics: Achievement
, Right to Keep and Bear Arms
, No Free Lunch
, J. Neil Schulman
, Science Fiction
What is grok? - Definition from Whatis.com
"To grok (pronounced GRAHK) something is to understand something so well that it is fully absorbed into oneself. In Robert Heinlein's science-fiction novel of 1961, Stranger in a Strange Land, the word is Martian and literally means 'to drink' but metaphorically means 'to take it all in,' to understand fully, or to 'be at one with.'"
35 Heroes of Freedom: Celebrating the people who have made the world groovier and groovier since 1968
, Dec 2003
List of individuals who, according to Reason
editors, have "have made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian place by example, invention, or action" (includes the unknown martyr of Tiananmen Square and a generic "The Yuppie")
"The author of compelling science fiction with individualist themes was the entry point for millions of readers into rabid, late-night arguments about rights, responsibilities, the state, and really alternative sexual practices."
Related Topics: Reason's 35 Heroes of Freedom
, Norman Borlaug
, Larry Flynt
, Milton Friedman
, Barry Goldwater
, Friedrich A. Hayek
, Jane Jacobs
, Rose Wilder Lane
, Willie Nelson
, Richard M. Nixon
, Ron Paul
, Ayn Rand
, Julian L. Simon
, Thomas S. Szasz
, Margaret Thatcher
, Philip R. Zimmermann
Jeff Riggenbach on Samuel Edward Konkin III
, by Jeff Riggenbach
, Freedom Network News: The Journal of the International Society for Individual Liberty
Lengthy biographical and memorial essay
"One of Heinlein's novels in particular had impressed him – The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) – in which a group of rebellious colonists on the Moon, under the leadership of a renegade computer and a white-haired political philosopher named Bernardo de la Paz, who advocates something he calls "Rational Anarchy," foment a successful revolution."
Related Topics: Samuel Edward Konkin III
, Roy A. Childs, Jr.
, Williamson M. Evers
, International Society for Individual Liberty
, Laissez Faire Books
, Robert LeFevre
, Libertarian Party
, Ludwig von Mises
, Dana Rohrabacher
, Murray N. Rothbard
Total Victory: How Sweet It Is!
[PDF], by Murray N. Rothbard
, The Libertarian Forum
Lengthy account and commentary on the 1983 Libertarian Party presidential convention
"In this connection, Robert Heinlein has written a highly perceptive analysis of the difference between old-fashioned pols, who stress loyalty and integrity, and ideologue 'reformers', who are far more dangerous."
Related Topics: Earl C. Ravenal
, David P. Bergland
, Gene Burns
, Roy A. Childs, Jr.
, Brian Joseph Fuhrig
, David H. Koch
, Libertarian Party
, Roger Lea MacBride
, Theodora Nathan
, David F. Nolan
, Ron Paul
, Robert W. Poole, Jr.
, Justin Raimondo
, Mary J. Ruwart