Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A Heinlein Prize

Apparently there is such a thing as a Heinlein Prize. His estate awards half a million dollars annually to people who do a lot to promote the commercialization of space.

When I first heard the phrase "Heinlein Prize" I thought of his quotation about the many things a person should be able to do. He listed 21. I giggled, imagining a sort of super-size decathlon that included diaper changing and military invasions.

According to Heinlein, I still need to learn to butcher a hog, design a building, and set a bone. (I confess my experience with invasion planning has been with outdoor team games and never involved deadly force, the only ships I have conned are small sailboats, and my ability to die gallantly has not been tested.) How do you do?