Chris Beilby (email@example.com)
Mon, 21 Dec 1998 21:49:35 -0800
> At 01:12 12/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
> >> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> >> It'd probably be more accurate to say that Gundam draws on Heinlein than on
> >> any of Heinlein's specific works. >>
> >Can you explain:
> >1. (from someone who has never read Heinlein) Just what elements and
> >concepts are you talking about? Floating balls that seal up leaks are
> >pretty trivial.
> Check out the politics in MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, STRANGER IN A STRANGE
> LAND, RED PLANET, PODKAYNE OF MARS, THE ROLLING STONES, BETWEEN PLANETS,
> SPACE CADET and, yes, STARSHIP TROOPERS, especially the relationship of the
> Federated Nations to the colonies on the Moon, Mars, and Venus.
> Check out the average age of Heinlein's heroes. A decade's worth of his
> books are still classified as "juveniles" because of the age of the
> protagonist -- hell, Johnny Rico is just graduating from high school when
> he enlists in STARSHIP TROOPERS -- in his books. (Most of them are Eagle
> Scouts, because Heinlein thought the Scouts were one of the best hopes for
> the future of the human race.)
> Check out Heinlein's explanations of the *real* cause of war and the only
> way to avoid it.
> >2. Is there any evidence (from interviews etc) that the original producer
> >and MS designer ever read Heinlein? I mean it's pretty safe to assume
> >they did see Star Wars etc before 1979. But most Japanese I know seem to
> >consider reading English a very difficult task, much less enjoyable. Of
> >course they could have read the translations.
> I can't lay my hands on anything. Most of Heinlein's works are available
> in Japanese, though, and have been cited as being influential on at least
> one entire generation of Japanese SF writers.
Tomino specifically named Heinlein as a Major Influence.
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