Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it.
I particularly like this part: ”In truth, Heinlein’s shift to the right took place over a decade, from 1948 to 1957. In the early 1950s, the Heinleins travelled around the world. The writer was already a Malthusian and a eugenicist, but the trip greatly exacerbated his demographic despair and xenophobia. “The real problem of the Far East is not that so many of them are communists, but simply that there are so many of them,” he wrote in a 1954 travel book (posthumously published in 1992). Even space travel, Heinlein concluded, wouldn’t be able to open enough room to get rid of “them.” Heinlein treated overpopulation as a personal affront.”
Why? Because it captures the essence of “overpopulation” theses…which are grounded in a psychological aversion to large crowds with a little racism bubbling up underneath. Scientifically, the issue is not population but consumption, but we all gladly accept the conclusions of such thinkers even though a single North American and a single African have wildly different consumption impacts.
Ben Child: King of the mo-cap swingers Andy Serkis has been showcasing the ultra-real simians he helped bring to life for the Planet of the Apes sequel – and revealing plans for the next technological step
Beware of some spoiler-ish material, but this is a good read. Will Andy Serkis be eligible for an Oscar?