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Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006, 10:19 am

Variable Star - new book by Robert. A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson


Cam Turner writes
"In late August, Slashdot reported that a lost Robert A. Heinlein novel was mere months away from being released. True enough, it was completed and released on October 18th, 2006 by Spider Robinson, himself a distinguished speculative fiction writer. On the back cover, John Varley is quoted as saying "Completing a book from notes by a dead author is almost always a mistake. But apparently Robert A. Heinlein isn't really dead. He was at the side of Spider Robinson as he wrote this book." I'd have to agree. This story is a valuable addition to any speculative fiction collection, even that of a purist Heinlein fan."

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)

I was reading about this yesterday, it all seems a little lame. It was from 8 pages of notes by RH and written in the style of him and using some of his themes. To call that a RH book is just really sad, regardless of what you think about him.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)

Yeah i do agree with you here regarding the lameness. But can you really see the marketing people not pushing that angle?

I'm still interested in reading it though. :-)

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)

yeah.. it's like a shit album by a band you love.. you don't want to, but you still buy it..

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)

so true!

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)

Maybe so, but Spider does right in one of the most obviously Heinlein-influenced styles in modern SF. So it should read much like a Heinlein novel with less objectionable sexual politics.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)

Supposedly it's a young adult novel, so you'd assume very tame sexual politics if any.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)

I'm meaning sexual in the broadest sense, including gender roles - Heinlein was notoriously traditional in many respects.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)

Wow, you make it sound even worse, pc-sexuality too.. not to mention there is apparently reference to september 11 attack in there too..

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)

Have you read Spider Robinson? PC is not the concept that comes to mind...

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)

No, I haven't. :)