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  •  You'll love it (4+ / 0-)
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    The WPA did everything from art to literature to public works to bookmobiles.  So much of this country's infrastructure was done by the WPA or the CCC, it's astonishing, and it's about time we remembered their work.

    As for the Rand/Heinlein influence on SF fandom...oh God, do I hear you.  I've been in fandom to one degree or another most of my life, and the number of fans (especially male) who are 100% certain that Heinlein was right about everything and anything (including parenting, even though he didn't have children) is just scary.  I totally agree that it's a damn good thing he didn't collect followers the way Rand did...and for all that, he did something completely *un*selfish that's a real legacy to the SF community and the world through his work setting up blood drives at conventions.  That's how I got into donating, which I've done for almost three years now.

    •  Heinlein has his moments (0+ / 0-)

      Some of them a bit beyond the pale, but I think his saving grace is that while he may have had strong opinions about a number of things, unlike Rand he didn't take himself totally seriously. There are indications he had a sense of humor, for one thing.

      He didn't get into writing to save the world - he did it to make money and then found he couldn't give it up. Eventually he got to the point where he could write to please himself - but even his literary masturbation still has some redeeming moments.

      If nothing else, he should get some credit for making TANSTAAFL more widely known.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 03:46:14 PM PST

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      •  He also correctly predicted the rise (2+ / 0-)
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        of the Religious Right with Nehemiah Scudder and his successors.  I didn't agree with some of his ideas, and I still haven't forgiven him for either Podkayne or "Puddin'," but Citizen of the Galaxy is still a favorite.

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