Good Reading : April 2017
SCI-FI / FANTASY RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG Must-reads for sci-fi fans Robert Heinlein (1907–88) came to prominence in the first so-called Golden Age of science fiction (1938–46) when science fiction first attracted wide attention. Heinlein was the first sci-fi author to be published in a mainstream magazine and was one of the ‘Big Three’, which included Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. A prolific writer, Heinlein published 32 novels and 59 short stor ies. His tales often centred on themes such as the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligations of individuals to the societies in which they live, and the tendency of societies to stamp out nonconformist thought. As happens with many sci-fi writers, their imagining of the future often manifests in the real world. Although eventually published, Heinlein’s first novel, Rocket Ship Galileo, was initially rejected because going to the moon was considered too preposterous. His 1948 novel, Space Cadet, featured a mobile phone. CLAYTONGRAHAM.COM.AU Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and Fishpond eBook from Amazon and iTunes. ‘If you love the genre, read this gem.’ IT IS AUSTRALIA IN 2179: On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible. All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike ... Did you know? Robert A Heinlein invented the waterbed. After an extended time spent in hospital, he designed a bed that had a pump to control water level and side supports to permit the sleeper to float rather than simply lie on a not-very-soft water- filled mattress. It also featured thermostatic control of water temperature, safety interfaces to avoid all possibility of electric shock, and a waterproof containing box to make leaks only a minor concern rather than a domestic disaster. It was an attempt to design the perfect hospital bed – by someone who had spent far too long in hospital.