He is by far the most influential author on my life to date. His many contributions ended up forming my views on some of the most important things in life: love, war, politics, religion, and family. My love of the genre itself, I also attribute to the Father of Modern Science Fiction. My own father first introduced me to Heinlein with the novelette, Red Planet. Even though the story was full-blooded science fiction, it was really a coming of age whodunit set in a fantastic landscape. I was intrigued. The next book, Space Cadet, could have been lifted right form the pages of a 50’s Boy’s Life magazine. Incidentally, it was—in addition to writing for Amazing Stories, Heinlein also wrote for the popular youth magazine. I was hooked. I began hounding my mother to take me to the used bookstore near the dentist’s office on Vista Way. Once I walked out with an armload, 12 paperbacks I had never read before. My folks had let me clean the place out. As I got older, I read the more controversial books, such as Stranger in a Strange Land and I Will Fear No Evil. However, I read them with virgin eyes, at the time I did not know that they were taboo and subversive to the majority, including my mother.