Tangents to Heinlein
Interesting that two huge themes with no apparent connection appeared in the October 10 issue: John Fonte & John Yoo’s “Progressivism Goes Global,” and Charles C. W. Cooke’s “The Next Space Age.”
My personal favorite writer from adolescence linked these themes in several of his works, including the first novel I read from his long list that covered several decades: Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets (1951). An oppressive world government was thwarted by more traditionally American-minded colonizers on the nearby planets.
Heinlein predicted that free enterprise would eventually become important in space exploration. His best-known novel, Stranger in a Strange …