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Robert Heinlein

(Robert Anson Heinlein)
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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.

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Expanded Universe (1980)
Grumbles from the Grave (1989)
Tramp Royale (1992) (with Virginia Heinlein)
Take Back Your Government! (1992)
     aka How to be a Politician
Anthologies containing stories by Robert Heinlein
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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)
Project Nightmare (1953)
Sky Lift (1953)
The Menace from Earth [short story] (1957)
All You Zombies (1959)
This I Believe (1989)

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) : 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 Awards 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 Awards Best Novel nominee (1974) : Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1983) : Friday
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1985) : Job: A Comedy of Justice
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1985) : Job: A Comedy of Justice
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1989) : To Sail Beyond the Sunset

Books about Robert Heinlein
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Robert Heinlein recommends
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 (1965)
(Paul Crane, 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 (1968)
John Boyd
" belongs on the same shelf with 1984 and Brave New World."
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 (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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