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  •  "Tunnel in the Sky" is so subtle you can miss it (3+ / 0-)
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    quite easily, and most people do. It's also got a rather flagrant racial caricature (Caroline, aka Topsy grown up) - Heinlein took much too long to shake that sort of thing out of his writing, and it snuck back and bit him in Farnham's Freehold.

    Incidentally, for all his love of cats, he never introduced a race of intelligent cat-aliens - Andre Norton had him beat there too, with the Salariki.

    If it's
    Not your body
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    AND it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 06:00:14 AM PDT

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    •  Intelligent Cats? Puh-leez! (1+ / 0-)
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      I loved Andre Norton as a kid and her mixed race adventures. Absolutely great reads.

      But intelligent cats? Please. We've got cats and they are not intelligent other than in finding new ways to sleep more often and hit you up for food or a scratch on the chin. Pretty sure that wouldn't qualify for intelligent in the Heinlein universe.

      "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

      by TerryDarc on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 03:42:42 PM PDT

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      •  Cat-ALIENS. Evolved from feline ancestors. DUH. (1+ / 0-)
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        It's at least a theoretical possibility, even though I haven't seen anyone but CJ Cherryh go into detail about the requisite ecology and sociology (and she used lions as her template).

        If it's
        Not your body
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        AND it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 04:50:45 PM PDT

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        •  I much prefer Jack Vance's _The House Lords_... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...and anything with cat DNA has to be dumb as a brick. But, how would we know. Cats have independence down to a tee and testing there perverseness would be a real challenge.

          "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

          by TerryDarc on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:49:33 PM PDT

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