Allyn Gibson wrote:
Clarke's pretty much the only one of the Big Three I really enjoyed as an author.
I find myself nodding at this. Of the "Big Three," I think that Clarke's is the work that will endure the most, especially for short stories like "The Star" and "The Nine Billion Names of God."
Heinlein, I think, will be largely ignored and forgotten -- a science-fiction Washington Irving, essentially. (In his time, Irving was a major author, he defined the American voice. Outside of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," no one reads Irving's work today.)
Sad, because he wrote The Moon....
and The Rolling Stones
, etc-all fine books. And his collection of Future History stories is great as well....
If you're interested, Tor is publishing an authorized two-volume biography of Heinlein by William Patterson.
So he hasn't exactly slipped into obscurity yet!