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June Fourth Elegies dSily be read as a liberal or a conservative or any other sort of party memberThis was in fact a pretty fast paced yarn about political conspiracies andiplomatic maneuvers that could have easily been told without the sci fi trappings Heinlein added spaceships and Martians because that s the kind of story he wrote but I ll bet non SF readers would enjoy this story just as much if it had been written as a mundane conspiracy thrillerThis is not his most exciting or imaginative work but it is a good showcase of Heinlein s early style and his talents as a writer A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear She referenced numerous romantic comedies and several war movies in addition to her factual historic research I Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes don t recall that she brought up many works of fiction but Double Star was one of them and it stuck in my mind as something I wanted to read Between the Hugo win and the subject matter I thoug Washed up actor Lorenzo Smythe accepts the role of his lifetime to impersonate a politician who has been kidnapped right before both an important meeting meant to unite Humans and Martians Failure to show up could result in a war between planetsThis book was originally published in 1956 and it certainly feltated to me Despite human existence now being on an interplanetary level this is very much an American story with a limited scope Lorenzo often The Confabulist doesn t refer to Humankind as being from Earth but simply as America Along with the anti British sentiment which seems so small once you bring space into the matter and the bigotry between humankind and the martians the viewpoints in this book are really rather boring and outdatedI was hoping for something a little bit fun and not so heavily reliant on the reader s understanding of the American political system but perhaps it s my own fault for not expecting as much Brian Aldiss in Trillion Year Spree says this is Heinlein s most enjoyable novel Who am I to fault his judgment It is indeed a lot of fun pathetic failed actor Laurence Smith stage name Lorenzo Smythe is hired to impersonate John Joseph Bonforte leader of the Expansionist party and the Solar System s most important politician Bonforte has been kidnapped and for complicated reasons there is an appointment he must attend no excuse will be acceptable if he fails to turn up on time So Smythe israfted in proceeds to learn Bonforte s mannerisms and background story and starts his unusual new job The first public appearance goes fine and no one suspects a thing Then he has to Der Illusionist do another one and then yet another Pretty soon he s living Bonforte s life for him Ion t want to give away too much of a fun plot but the basic message is that politicians even good ones like Bonforte are fakes Any halfway competent actor with a few weeks of prep time could step into their shoes and they would o just as wellI think Heinlein was unusually prescient here When he wrote it remember that there was no Reagan think Heinlein was unusually prescient here When he wrote it remember that there was no Reagan Schwarzenegger And even now the book has some punch left Politics is less and less about ideas and about appearances you need a good script and the ability to project your character in a convincing way For a couple of weeks good script and the ability to project your character in a convincing way For a couple of weeks 2008 it looked like Sarah Palin had a ecent shot at becoming Vice President a couple of weeks in 2008 it looked like Sarah Palin had a Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, decent shot at becoming Vice President maybe later President largely on the strength of her hockey mom persona It now seems that that was largely a construct but I believed it at the time even though Iidn t like it In England it appears that we re going to get David Cameron as our next Prime Minister He s a Conservative and he s campaigning on a platform of helping the poor and the environment it s Ask the Past difficult to believe it s any honest than Dubya s compassionate conservatism But that s not the important thing He interprets the role imaginatively and he looks convincing if this were the Oscars I be tipping him for a statuette and most voters are viewing the election in pretty much that way Heinlein had a point I read this book growing up and I can t tell you exactly why I remembered liking it but a friend was recently reading it and I Riding Class (Saddle Club, decided to add it to my listThere is a lot of hit or miss on the Heinlein bookshelf and I can respect those whoon t find this one interesting First it really isn t focused on the science fiction though we get a lot of what RAH imagines about humans spreading out in the solar system Second the lead character isn t in Heinlein s terms a spaceman He is a somewhat narcissistic actor who is hired on Earth to substitute for a high level politician who is missing We get a good measure of Heinlein s thoughts on government and politics There are some very nice bits on the craft of acting There is nothing too profound and this short novel moves ahead at a rapid pace Why Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, did I like it I enjoy Heinlein s ability to create ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances 35 because I was very entertained Before I begin I like to thank you all for choosing to read this review today It is you who actively participate in the Goodreads community that are the pulsating heart of this great country Insert your country name here Without your efforts intellectual life everywhere would be sure to stagnate This has always been my position and I am a man with firm convictions never changing my mind about anything Just yesterday a young impoverished child asked me how I was going to help improve this country if I am elected Czar And I saidchecks notes on palmlower taxes by wagging war wagging war Oh uh sorry WAGING waron evil countries full of terrorists ?та и опасна роля в своята кариераРолята да замести един лидеркойто е най обичаният и най заплашваният човек на планетатаЗалогът мир с марсианците и. Also prioritize putting children first and also putting the environment and our future first It is my pleasure to Different Class discuss Double Star this afternoon Double Star is a terrific book of mine and I ve known it for several weeks Honestly I can only say nice things about it Having won the Hugo insome yearit is a book with the greatest of accolades to its name It s the story of an actor asked to play the most challenging andangerous role of his life representing a politician Short Stories by Roald Dahl during a ceremony that if it isn t conducted exactly right could meaneath But after the ceremony the politician isn t yet ready to return to his Goldilocks the Three Bears duties and the actor is hired for another job Witty and fast paced Double Star is very fun and I can t honestly say whether I liked this or Starship Troopers better Yes I can I liked this one better because at the end of theay the message here was Politicians can be replaced by ecent actors without anyone noticing whereas the message in Starship Troopers was Woo Haa Go team While I give full credit to those willing to serve in the armed forces of and I m aware that they are the pulsating heart of this great country and without them nobody would protect our borders from those angerous terrorists and immigrants I relate with the former message It is truly a shame that so many of our representatives seem to simply say what they think people want to hear but unfortunately some people are stupid enough that they can get away with it Not you people though you people are the foundation that this country is built upon It s time we take back this country from bland insipid politicians and put someone with real positions on the issues back in office And I have positions On the issues I believe that our children shouldn t take Socialist Realism drugs and education is important Unlike you know who who wants to undermine all the values that you holdear Say no to socialism and fascism And vote like a patriot Vote for our future Vote for me Click yes below and take a stand for values You like values right Really enjoyed this Heinlein s first but least recognized Hugo Award winner Like many of his better works this is a science fiction vehicle that he uses to I Look Up To... Michelle Obama discuss other issues here he spends time with politics maybe even adding some subtle and not too subtle ideas about what he thinks is right and wrong in politics Not consistent with other novels about Martians or his future fiction in other books but excellent characterization and a fun story Borrows heavily from the Prisoner of Zenda theme Review also posted at Fantasy Literature In Double Star a 1956 Robert Heinlein novella Lawrence Smith aka Lorenzo Smythe or Lorenzo the Great an out of work actor accepts a job to impersonate a man for a feways without perhaps asking as many uestions about the job as he should have He promptly finds himself whisked off to as he should have He promptly finds himself whisked off to planet Mars standing in for one of the most important political figures in the solar system who has been kidnapped #Larry S First Task Fool The Martians #s first task fool the Martians a vitally important Martian adoption ceremony But somehow one appearance as a ouble leads to another and anotherMy self imposed mission was to find a Robert Heinlein story where the mission was to find a Robert Heinlein story where the of the tale isn t swamped by the offensive content for which Heinlein is unfortunately well known Double Star I think oes the job pretty well There are a couple of instances of eyebrow raising ialogue and the women mostly have secretarial type jobs but it s par for what you normally expect to see in 1950 s books even science fiction the imaginations of mid century SF authors had their limits and nothing was too far out of lineHeinlein gets on his soapbox a little about personal freedoms and politics but it s all good since the main message is euality for all races including Martians and Venerians aliens from Venus A few outdated technologies like microfilm and slide rules appear alongside the spaceships and ray guns but it Never Tell doesn t ruin the fun It s actually pretty amusing in a retro kind of wayThis is a uick and humorous read not terribly challenging but enjoyable and there are some interesting ideas about how acting a role can change you as a person the importance of the political process and the impact one person can have If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewPax Americana Double Star by Robert A HeinleinImplausible and impossible to putown like all of Heinlein s books I ve read its hero is a man of action and boundless self confidence a wisecracking all American cowboy figure who brushes obstacles aside a genial Feminism is for Everybody dictator figure who knows that as long as he s left in charge everything will be ok The voice is always the same and I can see why the new wake of science fiction writers reacted against Heinlein Aldiss Moorcock Ballard Dick Heinlein s Pax Americana and paternalism vision of the future certainlyoes have fascist overtones But he s still a great storyteller his books filled with mind bending concepts presumably achieved without the help of the consciousness expanding substances that inspired some of his successorsYes the Bonforte character was a very macho autocratWho cares Nevertheless The Great Lorenzo oesn t uite conform to the macho tit man narrator as Heinlein although the authorial voice oes creep through in interesting ways in his stereotyped escriptions of Lorenzo s camp actor personality and coHeinlein enjoyed challenging established ways of thinking and for most of his great period of writing liberal politics was on the rise so he took great pleasure in poking holes in political sacred figuresIf you re into SF read съюз с империятаРискът бърза смъртако бъде разкрита подмяната или доживотно преструванезащото отвлеченият политик може да не се появи никога повеч. Double Star No second rate actor could ever become president RightOriginally Posted At Fantasy LiteratureDouble Star Is One Of Robert posted at Fantasy LiteratureDouble Star is one of Robert s most enjoyable early period SF novels a short and tightly plotted story of out of work actor Lawrence Smith aka The Great Lorenzo who is unexpectedly tapped for a very important acting job to impersonate an important politician named John Bonforte who has been kidnapped Initially the job is supposed to be just short term until the real guy can be rescued but as things rag out this becomes Hunters Heart difficult Even surprisingly Lorenzo finds he is actually getting uite good at impersonating Bonforte and has started to understand and sympathize with his politics as well But how far can this situation go before somebody blows his coverPublished in 1956 and winner of the Hugo Award this book is perfectly paced with great supporting characters and plenty of twists and turns The characteristic Heinlein wit is effortless and even when heiscusses politics it Menneskefluene (K2 doesn t get tiresome More than anything what amazing foresight he had I mean that would be unthinkable that an action star or second rate actor could be a governor or even God forbid President of the United States rightWhile Double Star is a great novel I have mixed feelings about the works of Dean and Grand Master of Science Fiction Robert Heinlein I couldn t stand Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land but loved The Door Into Summer and Double Star I found much to admire in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress but also got tired of some of the lecturing You couldn t find a opinionated person on the subjects of politics liberal and conservative personal responsibility to society the military criticism of organized religion sexual freedom libertarianism very mixed attitudes both admiring and condescending towards women and of course a great enthusiasm forepicting realistic future societies of all kindsHis early books haven t read the juveniles though I m sure they were great for young folks growing up in the early 1950s are really fun with exciting plots snarky ialogue plucky characters and interesting ideas His middle stuff gets much further into exploring his ideas about politics sex and religion and his later stuff is almost unreadable bloated self indulgent explorations of his own inner obsessions with a healthy ollop of incest and kinky sex I m sure those books would never have been published if they were written by anyone other than HeinleinIn the end the SF genre has been enriched immeasurably by the presence of Robert Heinlein along with his fellow giants Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov and the genre will probably never see his like again This is one of Heinlein s early novels which you can tell by the brevity and the lack of wankery Also the fact that he just jumps straight into the story and never wastes much time on expositionThis is in fact one of Heinlein s greatest strengths and I think a major reason for his grandmaster status he may be a bit out of fashion nowadays and he often lost the plot in his later works but he was first and foremost a storyteller A spinner of yarns a teller of tales and if readers freuently read too much into the author s "Id Because Of What His Characters Did That Was Their " because of what his characters Mr Majeika and the School Inspector did that was their lookout Double Star is typical of Heinlein SF We get a fully sketched out but barelyescribed interplanetary society in which the United States still exists as a sovereign state in cooperation with an Empire that governs across the solar system Mars is its own planet and the alien Martians coexist with humanity with some on both sides wanting the two races to join together while others are violent separatists All of this plus the spacefaring technology which is on the slightly soft side of hard SF but presents nothing particularly outlandish for this rocket ships and BEM era storyWhat makes Heinlein a master of his craft is that he Selected Poems drops us into this universe and makes it all perfectly understandable the parts that aren t really explainedon t matter without evoting a single chapter in fact barely a paragraph to exposition What exposition there is is all through character ialog and it all happens through action rather than As You Know Bob conversations Hence our main character Lorenzo Smythe who is a Martianphobe who winds up having to impersonate a politician who is involved in an important formal ritual to become an honorary Martian tells us everything we need to know about Martians between odging murder attempts by a renegade faction of Martians this happens in the first few pages of the book and whining about how much he Dislikes Martians On His Hasty Trip To Martians on his hasty trip to make friends with themHeinlein characters are always a bit freakishly competent which is why we re supposed to believe that Lorenzo is such a great actor that even though he was grabbed seemingly at the last moment by a couple of a shady men needing him to impersonate a famous politician at a moment s notice he manages to fool almost everyone around his subject from the Martians to the EmperorThere are even some space politics in this book though Heinlein is blamed for soapboxing than he actually id and while there are hints of his usual rugged self reliance and free trade philosophy nothing is too obviously on the nose with regards to real world politics Are the Martians a metaphor for some Earthly Other Maybe you could read them that way but sometimes a Martian is just a Martian Likewise the politician he is impersonating one of those rare honest sorts who honestly is trying to o the right thing for his nation and his constituents could ea. 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