Heinlein was not “just” a writer: in 1980 he was a member of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, which met at the home of writer Larry Niven to write space policy papers for the incoming Reagan Administration. The chair: Jerry Pournelle. His published works, both fiction and non-fiction, express admiration for competence, and emphasize the value of critical thinking.
Illustration: Heinlein’s portrait from the April-May 1953 issue of Amazing Stories (unknown artist).
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