Robert Heinlein was by far my favourite science fiction author. That he he hasn’t been well represented on the big screen is a real pity. The dreadful efforts represented by Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters shouldn’t be taken to reflect upon him.

Anyway, it turns out that SBS One is tonight presenting at 8:30pm an episode of its ‘Prophets of Science Fiction‘ documentary series devoted to Heinlein.

This seems to be the only documentary made about him, more’s the pity.

(Thanks to my brother for spotting this.)

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3 Responses to Heinlein

  1. Simon Reidy says:

    Apart from the slightly tacky and irrelevant hosting by Ridley Scott, its a pretty cool show. Last two episodes were on Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov, two of the greatest sf authors of all time in my opinion.

    Definitely looking forward to tonight’s episode on Heinlein!

  2. I was never a huge fan of Asimov, although I did like the logical puzzles of his mysteries and robot stories. I found such concepts as humans becoming agoraphobic to the point that a detective could rely on the inability of a human to go outside in such books as The Caves of Steel to be too hard to accept. Foundation represented to me way too much overreach for science.

    I preferred Clarke. The vision of such things as Rendezvous with Rama really grabbed me.

    Nonetheless, masterpieces like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress make Heinlein very hard to beat. I think Heinlein was named as the most influential person on bringing them into the space industry in a survey years ago of NASA personnel. And Heinlein has appeared as a character in, I think, three science fiction novels. Two, off the top of my head, are Victor Koman’s Kings of the High Frontier and Footfall by Niven, Pournelle and possibly a third author. And MiaHM actually inspired David Friedman to write his anarcho-capitalist masterwork The Machinery of Freedom, still available after all these years.

    Still, it’s all a matter of taste. I tend to think there are three kinds of people in the world: Heinlein fans, Asimov fans and everyone else.

    BTW, it looks like they’ve got George Lucas as the subject for the final one. What the hell?

  3. Mark says:

    Everyone else here 😀

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