6 thoughts on “KC in 2016 Proposed Date

  1. It’s a fairly recent development. That was pretty much the first time we’d stated the date publicly.

  2. There are a lot of people in fandom who came to science fiction due to finding Robert Heinlein’s books. There are some who understand he wasn’t at his best in 1976 at MidAmeriCon because he hadn’t had his carotid bypass surgery yet — indeed, the surgical technique wasn’t ready for human use yet — even if Taral did not.

    There are some of us who consider ourselves Heinlein’s Children, as in Virginia Heinlein’s dedication in one of his posthumously published books.

    Taral and his smarmy comment is the perfect example of one of the blind men examining the elephant metaphor Spider Robinson used in “Rah, RAH, R. A. H.!“. It’s insensitive to Mr. Heinlein for the illness from which he was suffering, and insulting to those of us who cared about both his fiction and him, the man.

    The comment is cynical, unpleasant, and just plain mean. It isn’t what I expect to see when I read and contribute to this weblog, and was totally unnecessary.

  3. Wow, talk about “smarmy”. Luckily Wikipedia can quickly update our collective knowledge of what ‘smarmy’ and ‘over the top’ mean by using Klaus’s overblown response to Taral’s 12-word comment as an illustrative example. Having heard Heinlein speak at the 1962 Worldcon I’m glad I won’t be hearing him publically speak again, too.

  4. Mr. Locke, what did I ever do to you?

    Taral has a long history of tossing off the cheapest of insults to people who are/were in no position to respond. Here it was Heinlein. Once it was me.

    His remarks of this sort are smarmy. Smelly. Cheap shots. You don’t like these metaphors, pick one of equal value you like better. I never said he should be censored, but I thought someone needed to respond and I was the one at the spot at the time. You don’t like Robert Heinlein, I doubt he’d care if he was still alive. But in my troubled childhood, Robert Heinlein stood for intelligence applied properly, doing the right thing even at great cost, and heroism in the face of danger. He taught many of us a lot more about life than all of his detractors combined ever would. So yeah, I’m a little over the top about the man who was more of a father figure to me than my own father. You’re welcome to block my name in your web reader if you don’t like my defense of him.

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