Talk:If This Goes On—
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The theme of revolution against corrupt, nasty oppressors informs several of Heinlein's novels:
- loonies rebel against Warden (aided by self-aware computer)
- Venusian colonists break away from earth (aided by breakthroughs in physics)
- cabal overthrows religious dictatorship (If This Goes On)
- scientists overcome foreign invaders with breakthroughs in physics
- And others: "Free Men", "Orphans in the Sky", "Red Planet", "Methusaleh's Children" (kinda)...
- Interestingly, this link says almost exactly what you said. Coincidence or plagiarism? Which direction? Doesn't really matter I guess, this is just a talk page. Rpresser (talk) 04:52, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
If anyone knows what year this story was published in, please update the article. A minute of Googling didn't find the answer anyplace obvious.
Just did so: 1940, Astounding. RLetson 19:36, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
Possible article subsection topic - am I the only person on earth who suspects Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is essentially a more-woman-centred (and less entertaining) rip-off of this story?! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 02:18, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
I've deleted the thingie making this article part of one of the LDS project. The story is not about the Latter Day Saints. There is, I recall, a brief reference to them in the story, about two sentences, stating that after the fall of the Prophet's government, they had their own militia (singing Come Come Ye Saints), their Temple back, and that is about it. If that's enough, put it back in.--Wehwalt 21:37, 8 July 2007 (UTC)
Can someone write a brief plot summary? I'd do it myself but I don't have a copy of the story with me.--Wehwalt 18:06, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
Electoral College comment
The aside mentioning the Electoral College and the "This could happen here!!1!1" tone... was this actually mentioned in the story or is this original research? I've yet to read the story personally. Guppy313 06:19, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
- It is not in the story. The story doesn't discuss how the religious were able to take over. In a written discussion which is in some books of short stories, "About Stories Never Written," Heinlein mentions that it was through the electoral process, and once Scudder won once, the next election was never held. So I've deleted the reference.--Wehwalt 11:00, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
- Heinlein didn't say that "the religious" took over. He said a specific denomination did, while others (the Mormons and the "pariahs" at the least) were opposed to the dictatorship.
CharlesTheBold 02:32, 8 October 2007 (UTC)