The only problem with reading Rand is you have to make sure to hide the cover of the book in public, because people might see it as an invitation to come talk to you about their favorite book (and the only one they've read voluntarily since grade school).:| :| :| :| :|
Actually what I've found in the UK is hardly anyone has heard of her. I read it on the Tube without any funny looks. She's definitely more of an American thing.
--------It's political correctness gone mad!
I was considering reading "Atlas Shrugged" after, but if I do ever read it it'll be a long time in the future. I'm getting a bit fed up with her after 600 pages.
It's been a pleasant surprise though, I thought I'd hate it but it's pretty good in a weird way and certainly unusual.
Which is why, given the litigious nature of the western world, there are actually relatively few copyright infringement suits that make it to court.
Heinlein once wrote that Starship Troopers was not only pro-soldier propaganda, he stopped writing Stranger in a Strange Land and started writing Starship Troopers in response to Eisenhower's stopping atomic testing. Change the propaganda and you have Forever War.
I guess this is one of my weirder and easier buttons to push. I suppose it started when I managed to take ENGL02nn Science Fiction as a creditable fluff course. Favorite "fat pitch" exam question "discuss Heinlein's influence on "Forever War" (Starship Troopers was not mentioned in class).
But in the case of copyright infringement and plot arcs there is a massive amount of case law as well as a large number of suits every year. It takes a rather spectacular situation for any to prevail.
The only reason I would bother to read Atlas Shrugged would be to try to better understand the likes of Alan Greenspan.
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