Greg Cox wrote:
Allyn Gibson wrote:
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!
Will definitely keep my eye out for that bio of Heinlein.
Can't say I like the idea of Heinlein's work fading into obscurity. His was the first SF I read in my teens, and there are a number of books of his I return to from time to time, and they never get old for me.
A lot of folks might dismiss him for some of his later work (Stranger
, Number of the Beast
, I WIll Fear no Ev
il, etc.), but I still think his overall body of work is an important part of science fiction in the 20th century, or at the very least an important part of american science fiction in the 20th century. The philosophical and moral underpinnings of his "juvenille" books, for example are still jsut as valid today as they were when they were written 50 or 60 years ago (and, I might add, a very sneaky way to expose younger readers to those things).
Personally, I cannot think of another science fiction autor I would rate higher than Robert Heinlein,and I don't see that changing any time soon.
Sorry for going so far off-track. I now return this thread to the subject of Isaac Asimov already in progress...