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Has anyone ever talked to you about Jesus Christ?

-- Oops, I meant Robert Heinlein.

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The_Real_JeffS [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Oh, come now, Andrea! Heinlein wasn't The Son of God in the science fiction genre....at best, he was merely one of Its prophets. Heinelain would have laughed himself silly at such a suggestion.

But Kim makes a good point about science fiction in general. I prefer that genre myself, but I'm a classic gadgeteer (in Newspeak, I'm an effing geek), and my favorite stories are more about the "stuff" than the people. I would disagree that all plots in science fiction, stripped of their toys, are one dimensional, but a good percentage are.

Like any form of literature. I do believe it was John Campbell (the first editor of "Science Fiction Analog") who said "90% of science fiction -- of anything -- is crap."

You are a heretic. You will BURN. BURN IN THE FIRES OF MARS. Um, Mercury. Well, Venus, actually.... oh okay, just let me get this charcoal lighted (you got any more lighter fluid?)

Hey-- hey! Where are you going! Get back here!

Stupid Walmart brand briquets.

It's true, by the way, not all scifi stories are one-dimensional. Some of them are two-dimensional -- in that they are as flat as the paper they are printed on.

Full disclosure: I read the Heinlein and Asimov books too. Once, never again. I guess that sort of thing never interested me. The sort of stuff I read is marketed under "science fiction" but is really mostly either Boys' Own Adventure Stories type things (Andre Norton) or satire/adventure/social commentary (Jack Vance). Though these days I have mostly been reading home decorator magazines.

The_Real_JeffS [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Full disclosure: I've read all of Heinlein, most of Asimov's SF works, all of Clarke's, etc. Indeed, I still have many of the books on the shelf......and I haven't touched some of them in years. The newer SF is, well, dull and repetitive. Not all of it, but enough that I find myself reading technical and hobby magazines. Not home decorating.....I'm well past that stage, thankyouverymuch.

But I keeps me eyes open for The Good Stuff, I do.

The_Real_JeffS [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Oh, and next time, try jellied gasoline. While I'm rolling around, trying to beat the flames out, you can dump the briquets on me. Eventually, I'll stop moving, and you'll have a nice little fire.

Lol, for am moment I thought the happy-clappy brigade had got you.

Mrs. du Toit [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I'm just glad he didn't mention Ayn Rand in the list of stuff he also doesn't like at the end.

Whatever you do don't give Whittaker Chambers' review of Atlas Shrugged a favorable mention -- though you might find yourself at receiving end of the novel experience of being told by an atheist to go to hell, which is always good for a laugh.

CGHill [TypeKey Profile Page]:

The 90-percent rule is generally attributed to Theodore Sturgeon. As I heard it, someone who'd had a few too many at a party sidled up to Sturgeon and said "You know, Ted, 90 percent of science fiction is crap." To which Sturgeon replied: "Ninety percent of everything is crap."

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