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Questions 703 – Studying Heinlein

Indiana Jim: Can you recommend a reading list or reading order for getting to know Robert A. Heinlein?

Resources Mentioned
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
Time Enough for Love by Robert A Heinlein
I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A Heinlein
Friday  by Robert A Heinlein
Job by Robert A Heinlein
To Sail Beyond the Sunset  by Robert A Heinlein
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A Heinlein
Time For The Stars by Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land  by Robert A Heinlein
Farnham’s Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein
Double Star by Robert A Heinlein
The Green Hills of Earth by Robert A Heinlein
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, a collection by Robert A Heinlein
All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (in the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)
and Predestination, based on All You Zombies
The Man Who Traveled in Elephants by Robert A. Heinlein (in the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)
The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth , a collection by Robert Heinlein
By His Bootstraps (in the collection The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth)
The Menace from Earth  (in the collection The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth)
The Black Pits of Luna  (in the collection The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth)
Gentlemen, Be Seated!  (in the collection The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth)
The Long Watch  (in the collection The Green Hills of Earth & The Menace from Earth)
The Man Who Sold the Moon by Robert A Heinlein
The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein
Tunnel In The Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein
Methuselah’s Children by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein (book and film)
Orphans of the Sky  by Robert A Heinlein
Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein
Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: Learning Curve 1907-1948 by William Patterson
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Vol. 2- The Man Who Learned Better, 1948-1988 by William Patterson
The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana by J. Neil Schulman
Requiem: New Collected Works and Tributes to a Grand Master, ed by Yoji Kondo
Grumbles From the Grave by Robert A. Heinlein
Tramp Royale by Robert A. Heinlein
Take Back Your Government by Robert A. Heinlein
On Science Fiction ed. by Isaac Asimov
The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
This I Believe: Our Noble, Essential Decency by Robert A. Heinlein (audiobook)
Heinlein on the Moon Landing (YouTube)
Heinlein in Dimension by Alexi Panshin
Hadrian’s Flight on Every Day Novelist

Questions 698: Heinlein, Humor, and the Death of Irony

Ian asks: Satire and humor is subjective, so how can we signal to the audience that we are joking?

Questions 646: Writing Believable Geniuses
Forest Gump by Winston Groom
Starship Stormtroopers essay by Michael Moorcock
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein (book and film)/
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini
The History of the Pelopennesian War by Thucydides
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Das Kapital by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels
Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Questions 185: Do Not Rewrite? Are You Crazy!?

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Dan Dan The Art Man asks:
“I’m really struggling with Heinlein’s Third Rule. How can you NOT rewrite and still turn out good stories? Can we fix stories before we abandon them?”

Books discussed:
The Republic by Plato

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!

YA Adventure Special 12: The Action Climax

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Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.

YA Adventure Special 11: Hadrian’s Flight, Moments of Truth

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Today in our walk-through of Hadrian’s Flight, Hadrian’s confession leads to a cunning plan, while the writer begins gathering the plot threads together.

YA Adventure Special 10: Hadrian’s Flight, Pinch Point

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We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.

YA Adventure Special 8: Hadrian’s Flight, Boot Camp

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Today I talk about the Boot Camp phase of Hadrian’s Flight, which is that part of any YA novel where the character’s identity is broken down and rebuilt to meet the demands of the story. I explain why this is important, how it works, and how I did it to Hardiran.