Happy Birthday Robert A. HeinleinI'll admit right away that I still have so much reading to do when it comes to Robert Heinlein. I've only read a few of his books. But two of those books totally shaped my growing years. Those books were good friends to me.

Those books also introduced me and made me fall in love with science fiction. Heinlein wasn't just writing about monsters from space or ray guns and floating cars. His books dealt with a lot of social issues, provoking his readers to think about the way the world was heading. He also dealt a great bit with things that were super important to a young me: he challenged the ideas of sexuality and gender.

If you haven't yet, you should read Stranger in a Strange Land. As soon as possible. And while you're reading it, you should keep in mind that it was published in 1961.

Also, just FYI, if you like waterbeds, you should thank dear Robert. He invented the idea after staying in the hospital and wrote it up in one of his books. He never patented it, but he used a detailed description in his book that allowed someone else to make it a real thing.  Also, on the note of him being a man before his time, he also wrote about this thing that was really a cell phone before people had cell phones. What a clever guy.

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Here are some amazing quotes from his work.

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” - Stranger in a Strange Land

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -not from a book

"Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more." -Starship Troopers

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So, what do you think?