Literary: Robert A. Heinlein
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One of my favorite writers. I just found out about this previously unpublished book "For Us, the Living" and am reading it right now.

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1. Board Game: Chronopia: War in the Eternal Realm [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:7115]
 
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Time Enough for Love

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

This was a late read for me, having first read the juveniles and others. Still I was able to enjoy it.
 
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2. Board Game: Dark Horizon: Escape [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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Beyond This Horizon

"An armed society is a polite society."

Scarier now, more than ever.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"That we were slaves I had known all my life - and nothing could be done about it. True, we weren't bought and sold - but as long as Authority held monopoly over what we had to have and what we could sell to buy it, we were slaves."

One of my favorites. The Lunar culture really lives.
 
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4. Board Game: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus [Average Rating:3.84 Overall Rank:15175]
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Stranger in a Strange Land

"“Love” is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."


Loved it when I first read it, but since then I prefer some of the other works.
 
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5. Board Game: Change de job [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
 
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Job: A Comedy of Justice

"Paranoia. The delusion that the whole world is a conspiracy. Only it's not a delusion."

Great! Even though I don't share the same religious background (what the heck is up with that Rapture thing?) I can see it as the scathing criticism that was intended.
 
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6. Board Game: The Man in the Moon [Average Rating:4.92 Unranked]
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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

"I can be shot -- I have been shot, more than once -- but I can't be shot by anyone who thinks that just pointing a gun at me has changed the odds."

An excellent follow up to Moon, just watch out for that downer ending!
 
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7. Board Game: Sail Away [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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To Sail Beyond the Sunset

"When I was still quite young my father said to me, "My beloved daughter, you are an amoral little wretch. I know this, because you take after me; your mind works just the way mine does. If you are not to be destroyed by your lack, you must work out a practical code of your own and live by it."
I thought about his words and felt warm and good inside. "Amoral little wretch-" Father knew me so well.
"What code should I follow, Father?"
"You have to pick your own.""

Another great one. It shouldn't be this good, but it is.
 
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The Rolling Stones

"Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events."

Fun space opera.
 
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Starship Troopers

"One can lead a child to knowledge, but one cannot make him think."

Dangerous politics, but a great military novel.
 
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10. Board Game: Time Travelers [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The Number of the Beast

"He's a Mad Scientist and I'm his Beautiful Daughter."

Just a fun revisiting of the old books we read when we were young: Oz, Wonderland, Barsoom... Gosh, WOW!

The coolest ever small bit in a RAH novel is that lobster alien autopsy.
 
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The Puppet Masters

"Were they truly intelligent? By themselves, that is?"

Another good, scary invasion novel.
 
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12. Board Game: The Politicians Game [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Double Star

"If a man walks in dressed like a hick and acting as if he owned the place, he's a spaceman."

Not one of my favorites but I enjoy it immensely.
 
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13. Board Game: Courier [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Friday

Who was a genetically-engineered courier...
 
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Have Space Suit-Will Travel

"Dad," I said, "I want to go to the Moon." "Certainly," he answered . . . . "I said it was all right. Go ahead." "Yes . . . but how?" "Eh?" He looked mildly surprised. "Why, that's your problem, Clifford."

I really liked his young adult books.
 
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