(urth) [EXTERNAL] Re: Heinlein's Universe and The Long Sun

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Mon Jan 27 08:15:50 PST 2020

Great point. I have not read much Heinlein criticism, but those roads 
always symbolized for me Heinlein's belief in the inevitability of 
technological and (libertarian) social progress. If they work the same 
way in The Land Across, it could only be satirical.

On 1/27/2020 10:21 AM, Norwood, Frederick Hudson wrote:
> Another Wolfe novel, The Land Across, is, I think strongly influenced 
> by Heinlein, and essentially a satire of Heinlein. This is just my 
> opinion, I’ve never heard anyone else say this. But the Rolling Roads 
> early in the novel, which play no other part in the plot, I take as a 
> hint.
> Best,
> Rick
> *From:*Urth [mailto:urth-bounces at lists.urth.net] *On Behalf Of *David 
> Stockhoff
> *Sent:* Monday, January 27, 2020 9:57 AM
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> *Subject:* [EXTERNAL] Re: (urth) Heinlein's Universe and The Long Sun
>     On 26/01/2020 19:44, Gem Caccetta wrote:
>         I recently came across a three volume set of short stories and
>         novellas called the /Science Fiction Hall of Fame/, edited by
>         Ben Bova in 1975. One of the novellas titled /Universe/, by
>         Robert Heinlein, (written in 1941) takes place on the “Ship”—a
>         generation ship sent off long ago to inhabit another planet,
>         but now drifting because none of the descendants remember the
>         nature or purpose of the ship. What they do remember has
>         degenerated into religious superstition. There is a “Jordan’s
>         Plan” for the ship. There is a powerful two-headed mutant,
>         Joe-Jim, a highly intelligent leader of a mutant gang who has
>         learned of the Ship’s true nature. There is a young, curious
>         man Hugh, captured by Joe-Jim, who is taken to the main
>         control room and shown the stars. Hugh enlists others to take
>         control of the ship and complete Jordan’s Plan….sound familiar?
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