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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 7, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 7, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 7, 2014
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 7, 2012.
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Author Jack Williamson dead at 98

PORTALES, N.M., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Pioneer science fiction author Jack Williamson has died at the age of 98 at his home in Portales, N.M., of natural causes.

ABC launches 6-episode 'Masters of Sci Fi'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- ABC will air six mid-season episodes of "Masters of Science Fiction" adapted from stories by acclaimed U.S. writers.

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Today is Friday, July 7, the 188th day of 2006 with 177 to follow.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for July 3-9, 2006.
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Today is Thursday, July 7, the 188th day of 2005 with 177 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2004 with 177 to follow.
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Analysis: LA & the apocalyptic imagination

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Hanging like a pinkish-orange neon disk in the smoke-filled sky of Southern California, the mid-afternoon sun shone so anemically that clearly visible to the na
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

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Today is Monday, July 7, the 188th day of 2003 with 177 to follow.
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Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks.

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Today is Sunday, July 7, the 188th day of 2002 with 177 to follow.
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Robert Heinlein
After reading from his new novel "Variable Star," American-born, Canadian Hugo and Nebula award winning science fiction author Spider Robinson invites his wife Jeanne on stage to sing a song called "On our way to the Stars," co-written by David Crosby and edited online using net meetings with lap top computers after reading from his new novel "Variable Star" at the H. R. MacMillan Space Center (Planetarium) in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 22, 2006. "Variable Star" is based on a detailed outline by Robert Heinlein. (UPI Photo/Peter Tanner)
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Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7 1907 – May 8 1988) was an American novelist and science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers," he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of the genre. He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was one of the first writers to break into mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, in the late 1940s, with unvarnished science fiction. He was among the first authors of bestselling, novel-length science fiction in the modern, mass-market era. For many years, Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.

Heinlein was a notable writer of science-fiction short stories, and he was one of a group of writers who were groomed in their writing by John W. Campbell, Jr. the editor of Astounding magazine - notwithstanding that Heinlein himself has denied Campbell having influenced his writing in any great degree.

Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly integrated recognizable social themes: The importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress non-conformist thought. He also examined the relationship between physical and emotional love, explored various unorthodox family structures, and speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. His iconoclastic approach to these themes led to wildly divergent perceptions of his works and attempts to place mutually contradictory labels on his work. For example, his 1959 novel Starship Troopers was regarded by some as advocating militarism and to some extent fascism, although many passages in the book disparage the inflexibility and stupidity of a purely militaristic mindset. By contrast, his 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land put him in the unexpected role of a pied piper of the sexual revolution, and of the counterculture, and through this book he was credited with popularizing the notion of polyamory.

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