READING RECOMMENDATION: WATER IS FOR WASHING, A SHORT STORY BY ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
Hello and welcome to another reading recommendation post. Once again, I'm reviewing a story from a known science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. However, there isn't much science in this short story. It's a tale set in California that might as well be the California of Heinlein's or our time. The premise of the story is that a catastrophic earthquake has caused California to be flooded. The plot of the story focuses on the efforts of two men to save their own lives as well as those of two kids they found along the way. So, as fiction goes, this story isn't exactly 'hard science fiction.' Water is for Washing is a story that focuses on humanity and heroism. It asks the question: what does it mean to be a hero? In times of crises, sometimes we are surprised to find heroes among the least expected men. Indeed, this story has some typical Heinlein's subjects such as for example: duty, self-sacrifice and heroism. The story is well crafted and written.