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Old 12-09-2012, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by RTFirefly View Post
IMHO, one of the best windows into RAH's thinking about women is how he sees and portrays his own wife in Tramp Royale, his account of their trip around the world together. In some ways, he views her as an equal, but in other ways, he's all but patting her on the head in condescension.
That's how I feel about Heinlein. I get the impression from a lot of his stories that he thought women could do anything they wanted; be cops, astronauts, executives, etc., even though they're only women. It's first-generation feminism.

And the lecturing on the wonders of libertarianism bring me down too. I've read a lot of Heinlein, and I want to like his work, but he doesn't make it easy.

As for the Quintessential Science Fiction Novel, I'd suggest David Brin's The Uplift War or maybe Brightness Reef.