Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What did Robert Heinlein’s military service give him that was usable for his science-fiction writing?

How does Heinlein’s work exemplify the distinction between science fiction and nonscientific fantasy?

How is religious belief presented in Heinlein’s stories?

What is defamiliarization? How does Heinlein employ it in Stranger in a Strange Land?

How much and in what ways has Heinlein influenced the outer space films and television programs of the 1970’s and later?