HEINLEIN CENTENNIAL PLUG….The coordinator of the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial emailed me a few days ago to ask if I’d plug the event on the blog. You betcha! Heinlein is one of my great vices, so I’m happy to help.

Basic info: Heinlein was born July 7, 1907, in Butler, Missouri, but grew up in Kansas City. So the Centennial, appropriately enough, will be held July 6-8 in Kansas City this year. The event site is here. I’m almost tempted to go myself, but it might be a little intense for a casual fan like me.

But that’s kind of dry for a blog post. Therefore, in order to draw the mockery of my betters, here’s something to argue about: a complete list of Heinlein’s books organized from (personal) favorite to (personal) most loathed. I think I’d probably make a few changes to this list if I went back through it today, but I don’t feel like doing that. So instead, consider this a 90-ennial list since I created it in 1997.

  1. Time Enough For Love

  2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

  3. Stranger in a Strange Land

  4. Starman Jones (most underrated Heinlein; also, IMHO most filmable Heinlein)

  5. The Past Through Tomorrow

  6. Citizen of the Galaxy

  7. Starship Troopers

  8. Time for the Stars

  9. Double Star

  10. The Star Beast

  11. JOB: A Comedy of Justice

  12. Orphans of the Sky

  13. Tunnel in the Sky

  14. Assignment in Eternity

  15. Glory Road

  16. Friday

  17. Waldo & Magic, Inc.

  18. The Door Into Summer

  19. Podkayne of Mars

  20. Beyond This Horizon

  21. The Puppet Masters

  22. The Menace From Earth

  23. Have Space Suit—Will Travel

  24. Between Planets

  25. The Rolling Stones

  26. The Number of the Beast

  27. Red Planet

  28. Farnham’s Freehold

  29. Farmer in the Sky

  30. Space Cadet

  31. Rocket Ship Galileo

  32. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

  33. To Sail Beyond the Sunset

  34. I Will Fear No Evil

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