So that's what happened...
I was influenced a lot by Robert Heinlein, Arthur Clarke, and Isaac Asimov, but more by their entire body of works than by any particular book.I know Heinlein was a huge influence in my youth. I wonder how many other bloggers, right or left, were touched by this trinity of hard science fiction writers.
I note that it would be awfully difficult to extract the sorts of messages Heinlein et. al. offered from the works of J.K. Rowling or Phillip Pullman, both of whom I throughly enjoy.