Monday, May 12, 2014

Well Said: Tunnel in the Sky

It seems obvious that Tunnel in the Sky is a direct response to William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Indeed, I imagine Heinlein putting down Golding's book and heading straight for the typewriter grinding his teeth and muttering "Revert to savagery my ass!"
Heinlein and I would've agreed on a lot of basic issues just like this one. Granted, we wouldn't have agreed on everything, but nobody's perfect. Poor guy.

1 comment:

  1. One regrets that LORD OF THE FLIES has been taught in high school for fifty years now. I never inflicted it (I taught a traditional English and American curriculum, and BECKET and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS for drama), and made a point of, well, pointing out its existential despair to students. English children CAN do better. So can American children.