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  •  And Podkayne of Mars... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...was on the bookshelf in my high school back in the 50's and the heroine is a young girl. I think Heinlein in many ways was not simply admiring women/females for their beauty and reproductive possibilities but out of a sense of wonder and true respect.

    Podkayne was one of my favorite early Heinlein reads even though it's juvy fiction.

    "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 03:33:40 PM PDT

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    •  If you ever met his wife Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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      then you know that he has a deep, powerful respect for women of all ages. He repeatedly creates women characters who are smarter, more competent, and yes, sexier, than his male protagonists. Virginia spoke seven languages and was a biochemist before their marriage. It was, in part, due to her management skills that Heinlein became extremely wealthy solely from his writing. (Was he the first sf author to become a millionaire solely from writing sf?) She was tough, beautiful, and sharp as a tack. It was an honor to meet her.

      "Shared pain is pain lessened; shared joy is joy increased."--Spider Robinson

      by Maggie Pax on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:25:17 PM PDT

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      •  Sounds like the perfect woman for RAH! nt (1+ / 0-)
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        "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 05:47:41 PM PDT

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        •  She was (0+ / 0-)

          They were devoted to each other. It is one of the great marriages in many ways.

          "Shared pain is pain lessened; shared joy is joy increased."--Spider Robinson

          by Maggie Pax on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 05:59:42 PM PDT

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          •  Spouses of SF Authors? (0+ / 0-)

            Would make an interesting book. PK Dick was apparently devoted but had a screwed up life in general and Jack Vance was extremely devoted to his wife, Norma, who helped a lot on editing and critique, I believe.

            "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 Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 01:52:44 PM PDT

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            •  Joe and Gay Haldeman (0+ / 0-)

              Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War and his wife, Gay, used to be regulars at ICON, a science fiction convention in Iowa City I used to attend back when I lived in Darkest Iowa.  Gay used to run the annual "How to Enjoy Your First Science Fiction Convention" panel.  I never got to know Joe and Gay, but from what I've heard the two have a strong and loving partnership

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

              by quarkstomper on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 02:14:06 PM PDT

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