My master plan went into effect today.
On the last of a three-day-long substitute teaching assignment, I nonchalantly asked the class: “Anyone here like to read science fiction?”
“Yes!” One teenage girl answered. “I like the older stuff.”
“Really?” I said, twirling my mustache is a Snidely Whiplash fashion. “I just *happened* to be reorganizing my bookshelves yesterday, and I found that I had more than one copy of these books …” I placed five paperbacks on the desk — “Tunnel in the Sky,” “Time For the Stars,” “Orphans in the Sky” “Double Star” and “Starman Jones.”
“You can have any of these or all of them if you like,” I said, hiding my sinister enthusiasm. “Heinlein is one of the masters of the golden age of science fiction. He’s won a ton of awards — this one won a Hugo — and they’ve done some movies of some of his work, although the books are much, much better.”
She grabbed them all, which is what any real science fan would do.
Later on, I mentioned that she could visit http://heinleinsociety.org if she wanted to learn more.
Now I must visit the used book store and restock. I went and gave away my last copy of Starman Jones.
I keep this up, soon every student in Central Illinois will be reading Heinlein! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!