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Asimov had it (in the punch-line to 'Stranger in a Strange Land')

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I think you mean Heinlein!

by dhubin In reply to Asimov had it (in the pun ...

Robert Heinlein, not Isaac Asimov, wrote Stranger in a Strange Land.

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I think I meant Heinlein, too.....

by hippiekarl In reply to I think you mean Heinlein ...

(fixed my posts ascription over there). Parts of my 'registry' got fried a while back (see member bios), and I'm doing as best I can re-routing my synaptic connections. Hopefully, my point about comedy was made despite its gaffe (this crowd, awash in sci-fi enthusiasts, had to know who's story I invoked despite my malascription). Thanks for the correction (and, in advance, to any/every-one else who may fill this page with one similar). Since I expect most of my observations on these pages to get down-voted w/o being read, I'm gratified when they elicit replies that indicate they WERE....

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honestly I just got lucky on that one...

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to I think I meant Heinlein, ...

as it happens, Stranger in a Strange Land was one of the first books I recall reading in my very young years that I couldn't put down from start to finish. I identified with it in my youth for whatever reasons.
Needless to say, I haven't forgotten it. As a matter of fact, it occurs to me that it is worthy at this juncture to read it again.
I imagine that you often experience what you describe above in your efforts at humor with most people. It is a refreshing thing to encounter others with enough intellect to interpret things contextually -in the vein of shared experiences- rather than defensively.
Statements made by some require a bit more thought than others. Still, one must read with the desire to understand rather than condemn.
I find your posts interesting and I have already seen your talent in conveying a given point. I can comfortably vouch that you, sir, have no speech impediment.

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I think 'Lord of the Flies' was my own first 'can't-put-it-down' in school

by hippiekarl In reply to honestly I just got lucky ...

(and I remember wondering, as I read, WHAT it was doing in a 5th or 6th grade reading list; that story--cultural allegory--was *about* kids, but the societal message was really aimed at the grown-ups....
"Stranger..." was the first paperback I ever saw that was bound as fat as its width (and would not fit in a back pocket on the bus). Of course this was long before people started ripping their clothes with such tomes as 'The Stand', 'The Tommyknockers', et al. I skipped it for a long time...I recall the cover art, and remember not wanting to be walking around with the same thing EVERYBODY else was reading at the time (I call that feeling 'Hobbit Syndrome'). Instead, I dug in to 'The Past Through Tomorrow' and 'Time Enough for Love'. I was introduced to my sense of self-sufficiency(!) and libertarian ideals by the Intermissions (from the notebooks of Lazarus Long). 'Stranger...' turned out to be thoughtful, while less action-oriented, and I'm glad I 'read ahead first' and came back to it with a sense of scope.
Thanks for the kind words,
Karl

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I sense that...

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to I think 'Lord of the Flie ...

it was a timely read for you. An example which you have made a conscientious choice NOT to accept in your life. I believe it conveys a powerful message. I also believe it should be mandatory reading at a young age. I think the world would be a better place if all of us were keenly aware how easily we can fall into the "group mentality" that book represents. Seems to me that we all desire to believe that there are others far smarter and wiser than ourselves who are handling things. As time goes on however, the very small ratio of people responsible for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy has never been more apparent.

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