#15 – Robert Heinlein Part II: Politics, Religion, and Sex

Writer's History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Dr. Benjamin Stevens is a professor of classical studies who researches the relationship between the ancient/classical tradition and science fiction and fantasy. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss what makes sci-fi distinctive, classicism and modernity, ancient aliens, and more. Dr. Steven's profile. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, ed. by Brett Rogers and Benjamin Stevens. Dr. Steven's book recommendations: The Just City/Thessaly Trilogy by Jo Walton Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  1. Writer's History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview
  2. #28 – Children's Sci-Fi in the New Wave
  3. #27 – Feminist Science Fiction
  4. Writer's History #2 – Kira Leigh Interview
  5. #26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire

Robert Heinlein’s later career went to some unusual places, including books with heavy philosophical and political themes, while still continuing with his classic hard sci-fi rigor. In this episode, we explore the highlights of his later work.

Book recommendation: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Other books mentioned:
Starship Troopers
Stranger in a Strange Land
Time Enough for Love

Floyd Gale on Starship Troopers.
Cory Doctorow on Heinlein’s less savory works.

Check out this episode!

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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