Heinlein – beyond the books

This year is definitely Heinlein’s year.  We’ve posted here about Heinlein’s centennial birthday, not to mention the digital archiving of his works.

In addition, there was a symposium held in Kansas City, the town Heinlein grew up in.  There, speakers discussed Heinlein’s effects on American culture – via book, television and film – as well as less related topics.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always enjoyed his novels, even the ones where he gets a bit preachy with libertarianism.  I remember being so excited that Starship Troopers had been made into a film that I was there on opening night, and the ensuing horror at what had been done to such a fine novel (I now loathe Casper van Dien).  This article is a good read, as it touches on Heinlein’s ventures into TV and film, neither of which were terribly successful.

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5 thoughts on “Heinlein – beyond the books”

  1. Starship Troopers in an excellent film. Verhoeven’s best sf film, in fact. Doogie Howser, MD, in a Nazi greatcoat! It doesn’t get much better than that.

  2. I have to agree. I really enjoyed the movie and fondly remember reading the book (although it’s been a long time).

    Not like the cinematic travesty that was Dune, for instance…

  3. True, and I should’ve noted that upon seeing Starship Troopers again a few months ago, I actually enjoyed certain things, like the subversive humor of the recruitment ads, and Doogie Howser in a greatcoat is quite funny.

    That being said, I still thought it could’ve been done a hundred times better by somebody who’d actually read the book, rather than seeming to rely on the synopsis of his assistant.

  4. Dead bang on the movie — fans of the book are guaranteed to come away disappointed, though the movie is fun. And MisaHM is my favorite book evah.

    But I kinda like Heinlein’s preaching 😉

  5. “But I kinda like Heinlein’s preaching”

    David, you sound a lot like a friend of mine. He loves “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” specifically for that aspect. And the whole slingshot thing.

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