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Old 08-19-2013, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by CalMeacham View Post
The discussion of The Star Beast brings up something that I've been thinking about for a while. we are reaching the point at which Heinlein is starting to require annotation if it is to be fully appreciated, because with the passage of time the people who are familiar with many of his cultural references are dying off.
Well, a pretty good start has been made on that.

I'd both agree and disagree - for those who need to get the exact nuances, a listing of contemporary references would be useful. But OTOH, anyone intelligent enough to enjoy The Star Beast isn't going to care that Pidgie is based on Beanie; I think the reference is as self-explanatory as necessary to get the joke and Kiku's discomfort. P-W could be anything from a Beanie puppet to a Max Headroom talking head to a real-time 3D animation; letting each generation interpret as they see best is hardly a bad thing.

But yes, there are references in RAH that can leave the reader cold and lost. I guess I'm close enough to the middle of his readership that they aren't that obscure, but the current gen is far enough ahead for me to appreciate their cultural ignorance.


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