"Thus, I wish to argue instead that there were, in fact, only two periods in Heinlein’s career: from 1939 to 1957, Heinlein wrote science fiction, and from 1958 until his death in 1988, Heinlein wrote satires of science fiction."

*you have my full attention!*

as a teen, i fell in love with heinlein's books & they probably helped push me into libertarianism, but after i matured, i couldn't really re-read them because the wrongness of his opinions is directly proportional to how stridently he states them

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"a common criticism of Paul Verhoeven’s film Starship Troopers (1997) is that he imposed a layer of irony upon Heinlein’s straightforward story; but allow me to suggest that he was crudely bringing to the surface the irony that was already subtly present in the novel."

i've read a similar sentiment elsewhere & i still agree it's the only way you *could* make a movie out of that book: by making it jokey like a comic & letting the viewer think about how unrealistic/cruel it is


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