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Robert Heinlein


Heinlein popularized the phrase, "There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch."
  influential U.S. writer of science fiction who wrote such stories as Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land (1907-1988)
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Heinlein is also considered a seminal figure in hard science fiction, due to his extensive knowledge of engineering, and the careful scientific research demonstrated in his stories. Heinlein himself stated — with obvious pride — that in the days before pocket calculators, he and his wife Virginia once worked for several days on a mathematical equation describing an Earth-Mars rocket orbit, which was then subsumed in a single sentence of the novel Space Cadet.

Part of this may be tied to Heinlein’s almost uniquely effective ability to see, as he defined it, not only the primary and secondary effects of technology (the automobile leads to the disappearance of the horse, primary, and to the fact that few Americans have any real experience of horses, secondary) but to the tertiary and deeper effects of technology (for example, the effect of the automobile on loosening social mores, by allowing people to "get away" from people that might gossip about them).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein (retrieved 8/6/08)
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Robert Heinlein [7] , Arthur C. Clarke [9] , Isaac Asimov [9] , Arthur C. Clarke [9] , Isaac Asimov [9]
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