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12 July 2014 @ 05:34 pm
about Heinlein  
This was in answer to someone's query about the Heinleins and me and Gay --

It was hard to get alone with Heinlein.  At SunCon in Miami, Gay and I did manage a foursome for lunch, I think with the help of the convention committee. 

It was a lot of fun.  I was no beginner by then (I got my second Hugo that year, for the short story "Tricentennial") and Heinlein was pretty much at ease with other successful writers.  We talked about his Navy and my Army, and about the processes we used for writing.  At that time, I think he was writing for about six months out of the year, and otherwise travelling.  He and Virginia were about to leave on an around-the-world cruise, not their first.

The conversation rolled around to firearms, and Heinlein said "Show him your new gun, honey."  She picked up a large square purse and I braced myself for an Uzi or something, but in fact it was just a brochure for a gun she had just acquired.  He said she had bought a "snake gun."

"It's not a snake gun, Robert," she said, smiling.  "It's a people gun."

It was what I would call a sawed-off shotgun, the smallest possible legal configuration -- .410 gauge cut off at the pistol grip.  Sort of spells "Don't mess with me."

It wasn't the last time we met the Heinleins, but it was probably the most dramatic.

richardthe23rdrichardthe23rd on July 13th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'd say any meeting where someone pulls a gun qualifies.
(Anonymous) on July 13th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
gunz r us
Not to spoil a good story with the truth -- but it was only a _brochure_ about a sawed-off shotgun . . . .

richardthe23rdrichardthe23rd on July 13th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: gunz r us
Yeah, but unless she draw the picture herself, I couldn't very well say someone "drew a gun," could I?