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July 10, 2008

Another great Powell's excerpt

I was drawn by the headline of "Grok This". Using the word "grok" can only mean one thing and that is a snippet about Robert Heinlein

Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein leapt into this world on July 7, 1907. We all know that he was the genius behind books like Starship Troopers, but he had many other interests. He enjoyed success as an engineer during World War II. He designed his own houses; he and his wife Virginia (Ginny) were featured in a 1952 Popular Mechanics magazine article, in which he showed off the house that they designed themselves. And, according to the Heinlein Archives, they were nudists! Truly a stranger in a strange land.

Nudists, who knew? Other than the archives that is.

Stranger in a Strange Land is still one of my most favorite Science Fiction books, a classic story of a man from Mars. It may not be the lightest reading in the world (or another world for that matter) and you would have to suspend your disbelief on Heinlein's politics, but the book does provide some interesting insight into cultural mores and the American society in general.

Pick it up.

Now back to shading my eyes from the nudists.

This entry is tagged: amazon, books, nudists, powell's, Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land

Posted by bmiraski at July 10, 2008 7:46 AM