.."Professor Bernardo de la Paz" was swiped directly from the character of the same name in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" (the greatest novel in the history of the universe). I fancy myself as wise and as funny as the Prof himself. (Pretentious much? Pedantic certainly!)
My first son was given the name Robert Isaac, for Heinlein and Asimov, of course. For my third son we had intended to blend the names of two of Heinlein's characters: Adam Selene (from the aforementioned Harsh Mistress) and Hamilton Felix (from "Beyond This Horizon"). Since she was born without that defective chromosome linked with male pattern dirt blindness we kept the Selene, scratched the Felix, and feminized the Adam.
Welcome to the Worlds of RAH! There is much to recommend, and even the least of The Dean's works are superior to most everything else.
With Ayn Rand, Mark Twain, C.S.Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Poul Anderson, and Steve Ditko, Heinlein stands as one of the greatest and most influential libertarian writers in the English language (notwithstanding Rand's stated distaste for the libertarian label).
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