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Book Note: J. Neil Schulman, The Robert Heinlein Interview

I read this book about 25-Jun-2014. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1990. This note was last modified Saturday, 28-Jun-2014 15:17:31 PDT.

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Subtitle "And Other Heinleiniana".

I'm not sure where the rule that Libertarian authors must use their first initial, and ideally should have the middle name "Neil", comes from, but Schulman conforms to it.

The interview itself is from 1973, after the release of Time Enough for Love, and was tape-recorded. This book claims to give a complete transcription (presumably with the usual trivial cleanup, and there's reference to things said while changing tapes).

It's interesting to hear Heinlein dealing with this young pup (20 at the time), and he gets to expand on philosophical points a lot which is always interesting. Schulman comes across rather as a religious believer, and Heinlein is uncomfortable with that, which I find good.

The other pieces seem rather minor.

Schulman's own novel The Rainbow Cadenza has some worldbuilding elements that many people find abhorrent. Since he's a Randite, I'm not too surprised, though. I haven't read it myself.

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