An itch that had to be scratched

After my recent reread of Heinlein’s Double Star, I couldn’t resist revisiting John Varley’s The Golden Globe.*

Like Star, Globe is about a down on his luck actor. Kenneth “Sparky” Valentine made his nut on Luna as the kid star of a kid show. Right as Valentine is transitioning into adult roles, he is entangled in a crime and forced to run to the outer planets, where he works under
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RAH heirs?

Since Heinlein’s death — actually, well before he died but the situation became more acute post-mortem — the genre has been trying to find the writer who will replace the Grand Master. Various names have been bandied about. Spider Robinson has long been a contender and was tapped to finish, Variable Star, a partial manuscript Heinlein left behind. Charlie Stross’s Saturn’s Children was an homage/pastiche/tribute of Heinlein’s Friday. John Scalzi’s ...Read More

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