Questions About Robert H Heinlein

Heinlein Quote Question

I ALMOST remember a quote from a book by Robert A. Heinlein. It was something like "I'm as tender-hearted as the next man, but if there was a way of sortin' em out at birth, I'd take my turn at drowning 'em." Of course, there's ... I think it was one of the juveniles, "The Rolling Stone", "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" or "Farmer in the Sky". Or something like that. Or course, I could be completely off-base. I don't even remember who the speaker is talking about. I just re-read Farmer in the Sky, so I'm pretty sure it's NOT there. Are there any Heinlein Fans with better memories that me? Does anybody remember which book it's in? Anything else that will let me find it again would be great. Chapter? page number? anything. Thanks.

Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land: What IS the Symbolism of Tattooing and Snakes?

From Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein: "Jill, you've read some abnormal psychology." "Yes, of course. In training. Not as much as you have, I know." "Do you know the symbolism of tattooing? And snakes?" "Of course. I knew that about Patty as soon as I met her. I had been hoping that you would find a way." Now, as someone who has been wanting to be a crazy tattooed lady since she was five, what's the symbolism?

The historical basis of a Heinlein novel?

Does anyone know any details about the real-life event in naval history that Robert Heinlein's Starman Jones is based on? The introduction to my copy of Heinlein's Starman Jones claims that, according to Heinlein, the novel's plot was modeled after something that actually happened. The author of the introduction (William H. Patterson Jr.; this is the recent Baen ebook) quotes Heinlein as saying: "This book was written without an outline from a situation in the early 19th century. Two American teenagers took off in a sail boat, were picked up by a China Clipper, were gone two years—and returned to Boston with one of them in command. This incident is true and consequently preposterous. I came across this note card in a file and decided to try to make it plausible in terms of space travel—set up the situation and let the story write itself." I am intrigued and wish to know more about this historical situation, but there are unfortunately not enough details for

How would you feel about a society where only people who had served in the military could vote or hold public office?

In Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" where human life across the planets is under a single, overall government, citizenship is restricted to only those people who have served in the military. (Military service is voluntary. There is no draft. Anyone who wants to serve (male or female) HAS to…

Atheist quotes, enjoy?

My favorites are #1, 4, 6, 10 1. "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" -Epicurus [341�270 B.C.] Greek philosopher 2. "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." -Albert Einstein 3. "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." "It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." -Carl Sagan [1934-1997] American astronomer and author 4. "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dism

Is the Obama Administration preparing for civil war?

Gift cards for guns in California? California is the most financially mismanaged state in the union. When the revolution starts, it will most likely start in a state like that. Obama is no dummy. He's pure evil, but he's no dummy. Keep your guns folks. You will be well advised to remember the following quotes: The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. -- Adolph Hitler, April 11 1942. Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power. -- Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the LA Times 15 Oct 1992 You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one. -- Rush Limbaugh, in a moment of unaccustomed profundity 17 Aug 1993 The world is filled with violence. Because criminal

Is Denver theater shooting a good argument for honest citizens bearing arms?

If some of the audience members had concealed pistols (exercising their CCW permit) while they were munching popcorn with their families, someone would have dropped that idiot before he could get very far. "An armed society is a polite society" -Robert A Heinlein- What, Americans have learned nothing from a dozen years of observing the Middle East: that crowds of unarmed people are obvious targets?

Do I need permission to stage this play?

Can I legally stage an original play based on a short story I didn't write? Copyright filter: There are similar previous posts, but I'm wondering about this piece specifically, etc etc etc. MeFi's own JaMahodara and I wrote a play/opera/theater piece based on Robert H. Heinlein's 1958 short story All You Zombies. While its quite a bit different, and we've rearranged the entire narrative, the concept is still pretty rooted in the short story. We'd like to stage it in Portland, and people would probably be paying to see it. What are the legalities involved here? Do I need permission from his estate? How would I even go about doing that? And is it likely that we could get permission? Thanks Hive Mind!! You're the best!!!

With a knife, a battery and some mud we can build a town!

What novels would you recommend regarding a small group of people rebuilding 'society' or 'civilization'? As a young teen I read Robert A. Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky, and thoroughly enjoyed it, mostly for it's survival and rebuilding aspects. I've read other books over the years with similar themes (S. M. Stirling has a few). I'm quite partial to these "survive the disaster, and rebuild with little more than random stuff and smarts and plucky determination" type of stories. Can you recommend anything along these lines, speculative fiction or not?

Do you believe in Dog Logic?

Dog Logic The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. -Anonymous There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. -Andy Rooney Dogs love their friends & bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love & always have to mix love & hate. -Anonymous Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. -Franklin P. Jones If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise . -Unknown My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. -Joe Weinstein Women and cats will do as th

adding to a collections - inheritance

I am trying to make a project that adds cd / dvd /movie info from main() to a collections library then prints info added. like: output

author:   Robert A. Heinlein
# pages:  325
title:    Starship Troopers
keywords: science fiction, war, weapons

band:     five finger death punch
# songs:  15
members:  Zoltan Bathory, Ivan Moody,Jeremy Spencer,Matt Snell,Jason Hook 
title:    War is the answer
keywords: rock

I currently have 6 classes

1.project1 - main()

2.Library - where im adding to database

3.item - inheritance(title & number)


i am trying to use inheritance so i want to keep the files i have. My question is i am trying to add to the collections in the library class. I am just not sure how to do it.

here is the classes i think you will need to see..

import java.util.Collection;

public class project

find a keyword in a collection and return it

I have a collection i added CD, DVD, book information into hashsets. Each one has a keyword and i would like to do a search for a specific keyword and return the specific book,CD,dvd... heres the output to give you an idea..

Author:   Robert A. Heinlein
# pages   325
title: Starship Troopers
keywords: [science fiction, war, weapons]

band:     Grateful Dead
# songs:  12
members:  [Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzman, Keith Godcheaux]
title: Europe In '72
keywords: [acid rock, sixties, jam bands]

director: Sofia Coppola
# scenes: 14
cast:     [Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson]
title: Lost In Translation
keywords: [Japan, loneliness]

>>> items for keyword: science fiction


>>> items for keyword: jam bands



I have 3 classes.

  1. Main()
  2. Library - this is where i do all the adding of cd, DVD, books. lookups, etc
  3. Items class(CD class, DVd class, book class) using