Wow, "grok" comes from "Stranger In A Strangeland," eh? Only after James Ellroy has dropped it about a thousand times over a four books, did I finally get what it means when I read "The Best American Crime Writing 2005," last week.
So now you need to read Heinlein's book.
Begging everyone's pardon, particularly yours, Bill, but if you now know what Grok means, you've picked up the most salient point of STRANGER and have not spent a lot of time reading one of the first Really self-indulgent Heinliens...Hmm. As a geek list, this seems suspiciously like what one might expect in a major newspaper article. Geek manque?
Then again, if you've gone through all that Ellroy, maybe self-indulgent might be a kick...
I've just been discussing with a friend, via e-mail, the later, longer Heinlein novels, which neither of us has ever read. Or ever will.
9 out of 15. 1984 has always been a particular favorite of mine. I've read it about half a dozen times. No, I can't explain it.
I've read it twice. First because I just wanted to and later for a course I took.
Surprisingly (to me), I've read most of them too, except the Gibson (ugh) and a couple I'd never heard of.I agree with Bill: it's been a lot of years since I read it but 35 years ago I loved Stranger in a Strange Land.
I, too, have read 9 of them, and I'm not a geek. I've never had a pocket protector in my life.
Maybe it's time to get one.
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