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Thread: Asimov VS Heinlein

  1. #1 Asimov VS Heinlein 
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    Which is the better author, Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein?

    It's a very close call but I'd have to say that Heinlein wins, I loved Foundation but damn Heinleins novels are so amazingly written it's no wonder many were made into films.


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    I agree with the Robert Heinlein choice, but I have read a book of his that wasn't very good. The Number of the Beast. This was the only one of his books that I couldn't finish. Anyone else have that problem?


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    both Heinlein and Asimov started to suffer from bloat-ism in the second half of their careers + Heinlein revealed himself as a dirty old man in his last few novels

    but in their prime, i consider them evenly matched
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    Sorry, but i'd have to disagree! I don't think i've read anything of asimovs that i didn't like. both fiction and non-fiction
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    Sorry, but i'd have to disagree! I don't think i've read anything of asimovs that i didn't like. both fiction and non-fiction
    I agree. I've read both authors works of fiction and I think Asimov was the better of the two. I tried rereading Stranger In A Strange Land when it was reissued a few years ago and it was very disappointing. I read it the first time in the early '60s. I was on a destroyer at the time and the book was passed around to everyone who read. We all "grokked the fullness" of the book at the time. Didn't seem to hold up over time.

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    I don't think I've ever managed to finish a Heinlein book. Don't like his style or his subject matter. Asimov on the other hand used to be a real page-turner and I've read and re-read several of his.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    I don't think I've ever managed to finish a Heinlein book. Don't like his style or his subject matter. Asimov on the other hand used to be a real page-turner and I've read and re-read several of his.
    Good man!
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