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Old 04-28-2012, 07:59 PM
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Hey does anyone know the name of that Heinlein book that has a strong poly theme? Appreciate your help!
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:02 PM
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Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress have poly themes/arrangements.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:18 PM
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Thank you very much!
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:21 AM
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You are quite welcome. Oddly enough, I've read quite a bit of Heinlein but have never read either of those books. lol
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Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress have poly themes/arrangements.
As do (off the top of my head) Friday, Time Enough for Love, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Much of his later work could be classified as either "strong poly theme" or "soft porn", depending on your mood at the time.

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:09 AM
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Yeah.. I was introduced to Heinlein by the book "Glory Road," which focuses on a very sexually open society. I enjoy his works.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:37 PM
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As do (off the top of my head) Friday, Time Enough for Love, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Much of his later work could be classified as either "strong poly theme" or "soft porn", depending on your mood at the time.
Like that description!

Recently reread "Stranger..." and also "I Will Fear No Evil" - both seem rather poly... Heinlein's fiction did rather favour idea of older men and eager young women though....

Best poly attitude I've noted in SF was Vonda McIntire's "Dreamsnake" which imo is a fabulous read and has a marvellously inclusive/feminist perspective on life.
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As do (off the top of my head) Friday, Time Enough for Love, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Much of his later work could be classified as either "strong poly theme" or "soft porn", depending on your mood at the time.
Job: A Comedy of Justice deals with it in a vague sense. More so open sexuality than relationship or marriage structures, but it's there.

As far as other authors go, Robert J. Sawyer has written some books that mention polyamory as well. The Neanderthal Parallax (Hominids, Humans, and Hybrids) practically centers on it. It involves a parallel universe where our version of humanity is extinct and Neanderthals have developed a modern society, in which most people are bisexual and have both a male and a female partner. In Rollback, which is set a few decades in the future, it is briefly mentioned that polyamory is a little more common and has come to the attention of the mainstream more than it is today. Several of his novels also contain alien races with a variety of socially acceptable mating habits.
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The Number of the Beast is another Heinlein novel that has poly-ish themes.

Going to have to go look up the rest of the books mentioned on this thread now...
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I re-read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress about a year ago... Love that book!! I seem to read it about every ten years....

Just read Friday for the first time...

Some Heinlein books seem to be well plotted and other seem to be a collection of short stories with a common theme, and characters...

He does favor the older man/ eager young woman paradigm....oddly enough written after he was an older man.... hmmm.

Poly is a large part of Laurell Hamilton books... I've been reading through the Anita Blake series.. Lots of sex.. lots of puppy piles... good relationships. Sometimes I just get tired of all the sex... I found myself skimming through the sex bits... and decided to let the series rest a bit before reading the next book. (Book 14... Danse Macabre)
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