Phil's Rambling Rants
Book review: Variable Star|
Unfortunately, I read Heinlein when I was in high school and haven't re-read much of any of it, so most of the details you mention here went right by me. I did recognize some things -- Nehemiah Scudder, Leslie LeCroix as the first man on the moon much later than Neil Armstrong, the details of telepathic communication -- but the only thing I remembered laughing at was a pun (which perhaps mercifully I don't actually remember) on Hazel Meade Stone. (The Rolling Stones was one of like my top three favorite books back then, and one of the few SF books I've read multiple times.)
It would be interesting to ask Spider at a con how many of those shared details were stuff in Heinlein's notes and how much Spider (who may be more familiar with Heinlein's writing than Heinlein himself was) borrowed on his own.