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Myrkul

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Reading List
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:30:27 pm »

the "Essential Libertarian SF/F Reading list" @ nolanchart.com

Atlas shrugged was intentionally left off Atlas Shrugged, perhaps because it's *always* suggested...

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Here's mine: Claire Wolfe, The Hardyville stories (especially if she should ever get them collected into a book)
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Re: Reading List
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2008, 03:05:24 am »

I know this this thread is elsewhere, but I'll add my 2 cents worth.

Anything by Heinlein and, in a way, his juveniles. I started reading RAH in about 4th or 5th grade and he was the greatest influence on what I am today. (I joined the Navy because of Starship Troopers.)I still reread the juveniles and get lots of inspiration from them even now. They may not have the complexity of his later novels, but they never fail to inspire me, even 40 yrs later. When I'm feeling down, I reread a Heinlein to get me on track. Doesn't matter which one, any will do. My fave is Time Enough for Love tho.

Spider Robinson's Callahan stories. A lot of diehard Heinlein fans dissed Dark Star, but I liked it. Spider definitely gets it and he was the only living writer who could have even attempted to finish a Heinlein outline. Well, maybe John Varley whose Steel Beach and The Golden Globe are very Heinleinian. Oh yeah, his new Mars trilogy is pretty damned good too. But Spider injects a humanity into his books which Heinlein didn't. I visit Callahan's Saloon, and my soul is soothed. This is a place I want to find. But it is within me, not an actual bar. Great stuff.

 I got more, but that's it for now.

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Re: Reading List
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2008, 12:47:21 pm »

Certainly an understanding of the Austrian school of economics. Mises.org has a great list titled "For Beginners" that would put anyone well ahead of those with college degrees in Keynsian economics.

http://www.mises.org/store/For-Beginners-C9.aspx

There must-have list is very good, too.

http://www.mises.org/store/Ten-Must-Haves-C10.aspx

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