Robert Heinlein was a best-selling novelist, prolific science fiction writer, and philosopher who lived 1907-1988. "Heinlein's critics cut across all ends of the political spectrum, as do his fans." He was an author who probed ranging issues such as sex, race, politics, and individualism. He was a fallibilist whose views evolved throughout his lifetime, earning him both praise and criticism.
I recently picked up three of his books to become more familiar with the famous iconoclast: Time Enough for Love, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Stranger in a Strange Land.
I've always loved the saying art is a lie that reveals truth. I'm almost done with The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress and I can safely say the proverb especially applies. My copy's book cover says it's a "classic, Hugo Award-winning novel of libertarian revolution," but it's actually more about an anarchist revolution. As a libertarian myself, I believe government is good for defense, courts, and police. All that aside, it doesn't change the fact that it's an exhilarating read seeping with wisdom. The book ranges topics of individualism, self-determination, sexual freedom, and liberation. It's predictions and descriptions of technology that didn't yet exist are remarkable, and I have to keep reminding myself it was written in 1966– not last year. I have yet to fully dive into his other novels, but I couldn't be more excited. As a polyamorist, it's nice to find modern American fiction that deeply explores non-traditional relationship models. As an avid science lover excited for the future– it's nice to read narrative works that share my wonderment.
Science fiction is a literature of ideas. Considered by many to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time, Robert Heinlein was a unique man who believed things don't have to be and won't stay the same. It's several decades later and I agree.