on May 11th, 2014 at 06:57 pm
The irony of this for me is that I *did* grow up on Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein, and I *still* don't read them much anymore, or write like them.
Heinlein in particular was a pretty subversive writer to discover in my school library in the Christian fundamentalist town where I went to high school, and I'm forever grateful to the librarians who slipped him in there.
Then I went to college on the East Coast, and discovered not just the intervening 30 years of writing but also the older writing which hadn't gotten stocked or had just never drawn my attention, and I haven't really gone back to him.
On some level -- of course somebody twice my age will have read more Heinlein than I have. They've had twice as many years in which to do so.