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September 14th 2019: "the Long Watch" by Robert A. Heinlein


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Please join us for our next chat in  #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 14, 2019 --  00:30  A.M. (GMT) September 15th -- for a discussion of "The Long Watch"  by Robert A. Heinlein.

Robert A. Heinlein (1907 -- 1988) is considered one of the three most influential authors of modern science fiction (the other two being Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov).  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer until forced to accept an early medical retirement in the mid 1930's.  He returned to school and studied aeronautical engineering, and worked for the Navy as a civilian engineer through World War II.  After the war he devoted most of his time to writing, both science fiction and science articles.

His stories are based on "hard science", that is factual science rather than imagination.  During his earlier stories and novels, his themes trend towards military ones, focusing on loyalty, sacrifice, and heroism.  This story was written during the early days of the cold war when the threat of nuclear war had risen to the level of national paranoia (a bomb shelter in every back yard).  I think you will enjoy the story and appreciate the thematic content.

The story is available on line at: https://www.baen.com/Chapters/1439133417/1439133417___4.htm

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I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.

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