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  •  "Moon" is his best. I agree. (8+ / 0-)

    Though I still wish he'd had the courage to write the Scudder novel.

    •  Heh,heh. (5+ / 0-)

      I don't know that RAH really had the chops to do it justice, to be honest.  Like I opined above, plot drive stories were not his strong point (understatement).  And Nehemiah Scudder and the story of the Crazy Years would demand some good plotting and story arc, imho.

      The very first Heinlein I ever read was If This Goes On—, was... 7th Grade, I think it was.  I was a member of a devout Mormon family, so it was... radical.  Revolutionary.  Imagine that 12 year old kid who's (naturally) bought in to the organized religion thing like only a Mormon can reading that story and just being blown away by it.

      I understand Spider Robinson's novel Variable Star has some to do with Nehemiah Scudder.  Though I've not read it yet.

      Yeah, imagine a skinny, beaky kid with an unfortunate last name, still trying to get approval and feel attractive and liked to cancel out all those other years growing up. - FarWestGirl

      by Rick Aucoin on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 06:33:34 AM PDT

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    •  Nehemiah Scudder (7+ / 0-)

      I recall him mentioning a planned novel about Scudder in an essay he wrote accompaning one of his Future History collections.  I don't know if he was afraid to write it as much as he found the subject matter depressing.  Since Heinlein's timeline doesn't have Scudder's theocracy overthrown until well after his death, the story would inevitably have a downer ending.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 06:34:06 AM PDT

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