I was concerned about the Heinlein biography I'm reading, given that it's volume one and covering his early years before his career as a writer really started. Fortunately, it's quite engaging in spite of this.
Still working on the Heinlein biography, but progress is steady. If all goes well I can finish tomorrow.
Meanwhile, this gem popped out at me and made me smile given his reputation for sexism in his writing:
The AML was expanding so rapidly that Heinlein had to recruit engineers everywhere he could--a very scarce commodity when all the young men were in the services. But he knew there would be an untapped source: he spent the last months of the academic year scouting technical schools all over the East, looking for female engineers. Female engineers would be draft-exempt. He amused himself between interviews checking-and refuting (to his satisfaction) Doc Smith's idea that a woman could have either brains or beauty, but when he saw at first hand the unfair treatment women were accorded by universities, he became incensed. At the university of Delaware, he found that female engineering candidates were not even permitted into the School of Engineering:
I almost went through the roof...then took nasty pleasure in chewing out the President of the University in the presence of a large group of people, by telling him that his University's medieval policies had deprived the country of trained engineers at a time when the very life of his country depended on such people.
It makes me wonder if his attitude towards women has been misinterpreted...or if he was a late blooming sexist.
EDIT 2: I'm now reading Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End
. Just finished and reviewed The City and the Stars
EDIT 3: Finished Childhood's End
. I'm now reading The Fountains of Paradise.
EDIT 4: Finished and reviewed The Fountains of Paradise.
I'm now starting on China Mieville's Perdido Street Station