Heinlein (dun dun DUNNN)

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    I love the guy. Product of his time, (as so many 20th C. men and earlier were,) went a lil goofy with the brain tumor (and shame on his editors,) but Friday – for all its supposed SJW problems – is one of my favorite RAH novels, so much so that I named my dog after her.

    What’s your Heinlein experience? Love him? Hate him? Novel you’d most like seen made into a film? (I keep holding out for Friday, but I think #MeToo killed that, despite the fact Friday is literally a Mary Sue.)


    I want Beyond this horzion into a movie


    I’m a big Starship Troopers fan. I wish they would make the movie like the book…but that won’t happen 22773e0febca9b109d953f1eb03db441


    I think hollywood was going to


    He was a bad ass.  We were talking about him last night backstage. I highly recommend Starship Troopers and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress to anyone.

    Most of his books are thoughtful and/or fun.


    Stranger in a Strange Land doesn’t get enough love IMO. Heinlein was a good writer.


    Ugh, I gotta read some of his stuff. Personally, I liked the Starship Troopers movie, but I have heard that the book is better.


    My dad’s favorite writer, easily. I am not much of a fan. I try and try and try, but cannot get into him and have at least a dozen of his books on my shelves.

    My favorite one is Double Star. It’s a great book on acting where an actor becomes the role by emulating hand-writing, voice, mannerisms, etc. Despite that I do not like Heinlein much, this book gets better with each read. To me, that is the mark of a true classic.

    The movie DAVE is based on this book.


    One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was — as usual — in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.

    Suddenly he found himself agreeing to the most difficult role of his career: impersonating an important politician who had been kidnapped. Peace with the Martians was at stake — failure to pull off the act could result in interplanetary war. And Smythe’s own life was on the line — for if he wasn’t assassinated, there was always the possibility that he might be trapped in his new role forever!

    The novel is set in the future, when the Moon, Mars, Venus and Jupiter’s satellites have been colonized and the Solar System is governed by a parliamentary democracy from a capital city on the Moon. The indigenous alien race inhabiting Mars has recently been admitted to citizenship in the human-dominated solar system government.

    The story, which is told in the first person, centers on down-and-out actor Lawrence Smith (stage name Lorenzo Smythe, also known as “The Great Lorenzo”). A brilliant actor and mimic, he is down to his last coin when a spaceman hires him to double for an unspecified public figure. It is only when he is on his way to Mars that he finds out he will have to impersonate one of the most prominent politicians in the Solar System (and one with whose views Smith deeply disagrees): John Joseph Bonforte. Bonforte is the leader of the Expansionist coalition, currently out of office but with a good chance of changing that at the next general election. Bonforte has been kidnapped by his political opponents, and his aides want Smith to impersonate Bonforte while they try to find him.

    Bonforte is rescued, but he is in poor health due to the treatment inflicted on him during his imprisonment. This forces Smith to extend his performance, even to becoming temporary Prime Minister and running in an election. (This is made plausible through Bonforte’s extensive Farley files.) The central political issue in the election is the granting of the vote to Martians in the human-dominated Solar System. Lorenzo shares the anti-Martian prejudice prevalent among large parts of Earth’s population, but he is called upon to assume the persona of the most prominent advocate for Martian enfranchisement. Smith takes on not only Bonforte’s appearance, but some aspects of his personality.

    At the moment of electoral victory, Bonforte dies of the aftereffects of his kidnapping, and Smith has to assume the role for life. In a retrospective conclusion set twenty-five years later, Smith reveals that he wrote the first-person narrative as therapy. By this point, he views his early life and ambitions as almost those of someone else. He has applied Bonforte’s ideals in his political career to the best of his ability. Penny (Bonforte’s adoring secretary and now Smith’s wife) says, “she never loved anyone else.”





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