Many years ago, a friend declared “we won” after seeing a dragon featured in a Superbowl commercial. “The geeks won,” she elaborated, and explained what had made her say that. Yes, SF won the culture wars. No, organized fandom has not acted the part.
Scottish-Canadian scientist William Leitch was the first to describe rocket space flight, easily predating Goddard and Tsiolkovsky. We’re talking 1861! Then in book form a year later. As the article notes, this even predated the science fiction of Verne that inspired the later pioneers.
I keep seeing this list of 22 books that people pretend to have read pop up all over the place, and I have to say that as such lists go it’s a highly likely one. Having been an English major, I’ve actually read more of them than seems average in my normal circles. The real takeaway, though, is that you can listen to me about reading Catch-22 now that Buzzfeed says it will make you look smart. I still believe that it is, hands down, the finest novel ever written in the English language.
I’ve read my share of Heinlein and however one wishes to arrange their life and relationships is fine by me, and should not be a government matter. If that means the court should “recognize the right to plural marriage,” well, that’s on the right track.