The Seer of Cleveland asked me weeks ago, "In one of your blog postings, you mention that you and RAW mostly talked about movies and books. Can you tell me if he talked about science fiction very often, and what he said about who his favorite science fiction authors were?"
Science fiction came up from time to time in Bob's letters and conversations. I remember talking with him on the phone about my first science fiction class in August 2000. He said he considered Heinlein the first writing to bring sociology into science fiction.
He used to write about The Valis Trilogy by Phil Dick. I told him I thought of Phil's last four books as a cohesive unity: Radio Free Albemuth, Valis, The Divine Invasion, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. He said he agreed and that he'd referred to it as a trilogy because he had an omnibus volume called The Valis Trilogy.