Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Tuesday, December 31, 2002
CalPundit has listed all of Heinlein's fiction, in order of preference. I can't comment on his whole list - about half the works in question I've never read. But I certainly wouldn't agree with his choice of the rambling, overlong Time Enough For Love as #1. My own unoriginal pick for the top would be Stranger in a Strange Land. I would also probably raise his low rankings of The Puppet Masters and Podkayne of Mars, while knocking down several spaces the short story collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag.
Heinlein's late work has a God-awful reputation among fans. The only late Heinlein I've read was Job, which I thought was actually quite good, and led me to wonder at times if the other late books were underrated. But Kevin singles Job out for a rather high rating while trashing all of the other late novels.
But in an otherwise fine post, I do have to take exception with the offhand and completely gratuitous swipe at the terrific writer Lois McMasters Bujold.
In other SF blogging, Electrolite suspects that the entire world is now starting to act like fans.