W. Sullivan III, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University, is a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and legend. The author of Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy and editor of The Mabinogi: A Book of Essays, several other books of essays, and former editor of the on-line journal, Celtic Cultural Studies. He is a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and his articles on mythology, folklore, fantasy, and science fiction have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. In 2008, he was a Fulbright Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Debrecen. He currently lives in Roanoke with his wife, oral historian Sheree Scarborough, teaches in the Summer Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University, and occasionally lectures on board Viking Ocean Cruise ships.
This essay examines Heinlein's Young Adult (YA) stories—commonly referred to as his “juveniles”—and argues that Heinlein's "Others" are not defined by race, gender, or planet of origin but by their inability to understand and deal with the changes that inter-planetary travel will bring. (CWS)