Sunday, July 08, 2007

Heinlein Centennial

I remember, when I was 16, having a conversation with a fellow student about Robert Heinlein. This kid's position was that Heinlein was a "hack". He seemed to think it was obvious.

The opposite was obvious to me. He was a "genre writer" of course, but that doesn't make one a "hack". A hack, as I understood it, is someone who just churns out work for money, without believing in the value of his own work.

In principle, a mainstream "literary fiction" writer can be a hack.

But Heinlein sure seemed sincere to me, and he tossed off suspenseful stories full of his own distinctive world view.

Think outside the box.
"Throw rocks."

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