Robert Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon are two of the titans of science fiction literature, and the men were good friends as well. Still, it comes as a surprise to hear about a letter from Heinlein that possibly saved Sturgeon's career.
One zealous sci-fi fan decided to do a little digging into the history of classic science fiction author Robert Heinlein—instead, he found evidence of a pretty hilarious prank Heinlein may have pulled on a hapless 1940s Census taker.
Alex Proyas' I, Robot did well enough at the box office back in 2004, but it drew the ire of sci-fi purists for ditching Harlan Ellison's fabled adaptation of the Isaac Asimov short stories in favor of a new, very un-Asimov script that was only "suggested by" the original book.
It may have had a bit of cheese coming off the edges, but the 1997 big screen adaptation of Robert Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers is still one of the most awesomely crazy sci-fi action movies out there. The even lower-budget, direct-to-DVD sequels? Not so much.
The Game of Thrones creator is among the most acclaimed and successful sci-fi and fantasy authors ever, thanks to works like the epic A Song of Ice and Fire, the superhero series Wild Cards and scripts for the Beauty and the Beast TV series. And like many lovers of all things genre, he can trace it back to one particular book—which just happened to be a Christmas present.