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(BOOK) ⚞ The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (English Edition) ⚪ Mendlesohn has done the kind of perceptive job you d expect with this Leviathan, dealing with both the man and his work with understanding and sympathy and without adulation Jo WaltonMendlesohn has burrowed into Heinlein as has no other critic This is the most insightful consideration of Heinlein themes, methods, the man ever Greg Benford, Nebula award winning author of TimescapeA fascinating and readable new study of Heinlein, his influences and influence over a near century, organized thematically As a writer s works move through time beyond their creation and their creator, they can become both window and mirror for their readers, and this book touches on both aspects Lois McMaster BujoldRobert A Heinlein began publishing in the s at the dawn of the Golden Age of science fiction, and today he is considered one of the genre s big three alongside Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov His short stories were instrumental in developing its structure and rhetoric, while novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers demonstrated that such writing could be a vehicle for political argument Heinleins influence remains strong, but his legacy is fiercely contested His vision of the future was sometimes radical, sometimes deeply conservative, and arguments have flared up recently about which faction has the most significant claim on his ideas In this major critical study, Hugo Award winner Farah Mendlesohn carries out a close reading of Heinleins work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a lifetime about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself