The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Try Unintended Consequences, if you haven't read it.
I've read it three or four times. Thanks for the recommedation, though.
A great comment I once read, I forget where, was the threatend punishment:
"I'll make you re-read 'Dahlgren'."
Funny how many people who read Heinlein (I started at age 5 with "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel" have become engineers, myself included.
Yup, me too. My copy of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" has more wear and tear than my copies of all his other books combined. Reading it the first time was a political awakening.
Plus, if I was stuck on a desert island... I would really want that chapter on making a still.
Another good Heinlein collection is "The Past Through Tomorrow" - twenty or so short stories and I enjoyed almost all of them!
Personally, I've yet to read anything by Heinlein that I didn't like. But "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" is my favorite.
Re: The Foxfire series, I recently aquired some copies of "Loblolly" , a Foxfire-type pub that came out of my home area East Texas. Wonderful reading. Someday I'll figureout how to use the OCR software that came with our scanner and get 'em in electronic format.
Let's not forget Heinlein's _Starship Troopers_. :)
Flowers For Algernon is one of my favorite books.
I think I have read everything Heinlein wrote (that was published) and while I don't think that was a significant factor in me being an engineer, I do think it was a major factor in my political/philosophic views.
re: Battlefield Earth. I actually enjoyed reading it. The one I want my time back for is Dianetics. One of the very few books that I could not finish; a copy of this book is only useful as a tool, e.g., leveling a table, starting a fire, torture implement, etc.