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Wendy Bradley – Tax Collection

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Wendy Bradley is a retired tax inspector who is a member of the Women in Tax Community. She asked me to think about Heinlein's attitude to taxes and a tax based society.





Q: How seriously should I take Heinlein's "don't drink: you might shoot at tax collectors and miss"? Several Heinlein characters seem to argue paying tax is either voluntary or a sign of degeneracy - did that carry over into…

Q&A with Aliette de Bodard

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Aliette de Bodard, author of The Dominion of the Fallen series, dark Gothic fantasies set in a ruined turn-of-the-century Paris devastated by a magical war; The Xuya series, space opera influenced by Vietnamese culture, which includes the standalone books On a Red Station, Drifting and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls

And The Obsidian and Blood trilogy of books, Aztec noir fantasy featuring priest…

Q&A with Julie Bozza

Monday, 30 October 2017

In a parallel universe Farah Mendlesohn is about to publish her first novel, Spring Flowering, with the LGBT+ publisher Manifold Press. This led to a conversation with her editor, Julie Bozza, about romance in Heinlein.

   1. How important were the romance subplots in Heinlein's novels and stories?

In Heinlein’s Juveniles romantic subplots are notable mostly by their absence. If there is a lesson…

Mimi Mondal – Con or Bust

Monday, 16 October 2017

Con or Bust raises funds for fans of colour to attend conventions, particularly in the United States. I chose this organization is that it has been active in supporting friends outside of the Anglo-American fannish community. As Heinlein was a committed internationalist for at least the first half of his writing career (the crews of his spaceships and his Patrol were from all over the world, long…

Con or Bust

Monday, 9 October 2017

Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization (EIN: 81-2141738) that helps people of colour/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and…

Interview with Robert J. Sawyer

Friday, 29 September 2017

Robert J. Sawyer is a Canadian SF writer who has won the Nebula, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Awards. This week he was awarded an Aurora for the best and most compelling Canadian science fiction of the decade.

We’ve been friends for many years and a few years ago I was able to host him at my favourite independent bookshop, Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, North London.

 

RJS: To me, Heinlein…

National Poetry Day – Remembering Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways

Thursday, 28 September 2017

It’s national poetry day today so let’s remember the blind poet Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways.

Rhysling was an engineer on the Earth Mars run. Blinded in an attempt to repair the ship’s engines, he becomes a tramp, taking advantage of the right of spacemen to free passage. His story is told in “The Green Hills of Earth” (1947)



Extract from Chapter 3.

“The Green Hills of Earth…

Q&A with Ken MacLeod

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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KMM: Two full-length studies on Heinlein's work were written during his lifetime, by Panshin and Franklin. Since he died there has been Patterson's two-volume biography, and there are a lot of scholarly and fan articles. Clearly, you've read them all! Why do we need another book on Heinlein?

FJM: To start with, of the books out there on Heinlein, only two were written after Heinlein’s last novel…

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