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Robert Heinlein

(Robert Anson Heinlein)
USA (1907 - 1988)

aka Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, Caleb Saunders, Simon York

One of the founding fathers of the hard SF tradition which sees both story and society as merely a matter of effective engineering, Heinlein started writing for pulp magazines, especially Astounding, in 1939 and was a dominant influence on the field for the next forty years. His early stories--The Man who Sold the Moon and The Green Hills of Earth--are set in a "Future History" in which American society goes through radical changes and it is private enterprise that settles in space. Heinlein wrote a number of influential young adult SF books--Starman Jones, and Podakayne of Mars--which are generally freer in their handling of scientific themes than his books for adults. The right wing strain in his thinking produced a classic of McCarthyite paranoid fiction The Puppet Masters, in which the unwary are possessed by alien slugs. He achieved his major fame, not to say notoriety, with two books of the early 1960s--Starship Troopers, which, filmed satirically by Paul Verhoeven, started a whole sub-genre of militarist SF, while Stranger in a Strange Land with its free love and imaginary religions was a favourite of Charles Manson. Perhaps the best book of his later phase is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, one of SF's more intelligent retreads of 1776 in space; the best of his earlier books is Double Star, a flip tale of impersonation and political intrigue on Mars.
 
Novels
Sixth ColumnUniverseRocket Ship GalileoBeyond This Horizon
Space CadetRed PlanetFarmer in the SkyBetween Planets
The Puppet MastersThe Rolling StonesStarman JonesThe Star Beast
Double StarTunnel in the SkyTime for the StarsCitizen of the Galaxy
The Door into SummerHave Spacesuit - Will TravelStarship TroopersStranger in a Strange Land
Podkayne of MarsThe Glory RoadFarnham's FreeholdThe Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
I Will Fear No EvilThe Number of the BeastFridayJob: A Comedy of Justice
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of MannersTo Sail Beyond the SunsetFor Us, the Living: A Comedy of CustomsVariable Star
 
Omnibus
The Robert Heinlein OmnibusA Heinlein TrioGreen Hills of Earth / Space JockeySilent Thunder / Universe
Green Hills Of Earth / Menace From Earth
 
Collections
Waldo and Magic Inc.Assignment in EternityThe Menace from EarthThe Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
Lost LegacyThree by HeinleinThe Worlds of Robert A HeinleinThe Best of Robert Heinlein
The Fantasies of Robert HeinleinRequiem: And Tributes to the Grand MasterProject Moonbase and Others
 
Chapbooks
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
 
Novellas
All You Zombies-
 
Anthologies edited
Tomorrow, the Stars
 
Non fiction
Expanded UniverseGrumbles from the GraveTramp RoyaleTake Back Your Government!: A Practical Handbook for the Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy to Work
 
Anthologies containing stories by Robert Heinlein
Beyond Time and SpaceBest SF 2A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume 1A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume 2
Fifty Short Science Fiction TalesA Century of Great Short Science Fiction NovelsTales of Science FictionScience Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction
Tomorrow's ChildrenThe Future Makers14 Great Tales of ESPThe Others
Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 2AThe Golden RoadThe Great SF Stories One: 1939
Classic Science FictionA Treasury of Modern FantasyElection Day 2084: Science Fiction Stories About the Future of PoliticsGreat Science Fiction of the 20th Century
New Destinies, Vol. VIIBetween Time and TerrorShadows of FearThe Ascent of Wonder
Space Movies: Classic Science Fiction FilmsThe Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time GreatsThe Unexplained: Stories of the ParanormalThe SFWA Grand Masters
Vintage Science FictionBangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World
 
Short stories
Lifeline (1939)
Misfit (1939)
And He Built a Crooked House (1940)
Blowups Happen (1940)
Magic, Inc. (1940)
     aka The Devil Makes the Law
The Roads Must Roll (1940)
Beyond Doubt (1941) (with Elma Wentz)
By His Bootstraps (1941) (as by Anson MacDonald)
They (1941)
Universe [short story] (1941)
Goldfish Bowl (1942)
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag [short story] (1942)
Waldo (1942)
Columbus Was a Dope (1947)
Destination Moon (1947)
The Green Hills of Earth [short story] (1947)
It's Great to Be Back (1947)
Water is for Washing (1947)
Gulf (1949)
The Long Watch (1949)
Our Fair City (1949)
The Man Who Sold the Moon [short story] (1950)
The Year of the Jackpot (1952)
Project Nightmare (1953)
Sky Lift (1953)
The Menace from Earth [short story] (1957)
All You Zombies (1959)
This I Believe (1989)


Awards
Hugo Best Novel winner (1956) : Double Star
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1959) : Have Spacesuit - Will Travel
Hugo Best Novel winner (1960) : Starship Troopers
Hugo Best Novel winner (1962) : Stranger in a Strange Land
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1964) : The Glory Road
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1966) : The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Hugo Best Novel winner (1967) : The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1967) : The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1974) : Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1974) : Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1985) : Job: A Comedy of Justice
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1985) : Job: A Comedy of Justice
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1989) : To Sail Beyond the Sunset


Books about Robert Heinlein
Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical AnalysisRobert A. HeinleinThe Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana
 
Links to other websites
The Heinlein Society


Robert Heinlein recommends
Paingod and Other Delusions
Paingod and Other Delusions (1965)
Harlan Ellison
"This book is raw corn liquor - you should serve a whiskbroom with each shot so the customer can brush the sawdust off after he gets up from the floor."
Red Heroin
Red Heroin (1965)
(Red Heroin, book 1)
Wade Curtis (Jerry Pournelle)
"A hell of a good yarn... the most realistic counter-espionage story I've read in a long, long time."
The Last Starship from Earth
The Last Starship from Earth (1968)
John Boyd
"Terrific...it belongs on the same shelf with 1984 and Brave New World."
The Mote in God's Eye
The Mote in God's Eye (1974)
(Moties, book 1)
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
"Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have read."
Moon of Ice
Moon of Ice (1988)
Brad Linaweaver
"I greatly enjoyed Moon of Ice. It reminded me sharply of how close we came to losing World War II. It's a good story."



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