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Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)

Author of Starship Troopers

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About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Mo. The son of Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, Robert Heinlein had two older brothers, one younger brother, and three younger sisters. Moving to Kansas City, Mo., at a young age, Heinlein graduated from Central High School in 1924 and show more attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. Following in his older brother's footsteps, Heinlein entered the Navel Academy in 1925. After contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, of which he was later cured, Heinlein retired from the Navy and married Leslyn MacDonald. Heinlein was said to have held jobs in real estate and photography, before he began working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's EPIC News in 1938. Still needing money desperately, Heinlein entered a writing contest sponsored by the science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories. Heinlein wrote and submitted the story "Life-Line," which went on to win the contest. This guaranteed Heinlein a future in writing. Using his real name and the pen names Caleb Saunders, Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, and Simon York, Heinlein wrote numerous novels including For Us the Living, Methuselah's Children, and Starship Troopers, which was adapted into a big-budget film for Tri-Star Pictures in 1997. The Science Fiction Writers of America named Heinlein its first Grand Master in 1974, presented 1975. Officers and past presidents of the Association select a living writer for lifetime achievement. Also, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Heinlein in 1998. Heinlein died in 1988 from emphysema and other related health problems. Heinlein's remains were scattered from the stern of a Navy warship off the coast of California. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Series

Works by Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers (1959) 12,227 copies
Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) 10,983 copies
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) 10,464 copies
Time Enough for Love (1973) 5,548 copies
Friday (1982) 5,047 copies
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985) 4,848 copies
Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) 4,259 copies
The Door into Summer (1956) 4,076 copies
The Number of the Beast (1980) 3,920 copies
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (1958) 3,758 copies
The Puppet Masters (1951) 3,656 copies
Glory Road (1963) 3,636 copies
I Will Fear No Evil (1970) 3,424 copies
Double Star (1956) 3,120 copies
Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) 3,116 copies
To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987) 3,091 copies
Farnham's Freehold (1964) 2,989 copies
Tunnel in the Sky (1955) 2,882 copies
The Past Through Tomorrow (1967) 2,714 copies
Podkayne of Mars (1963) 2,484 copies
Orphans of the Sky (1941) 2,456 copies
Red Planet (1949) 2,420 copies
Methuselah's Children (1958) 2,399 copies
Starman Jones (1953) 2,201 copies
The Rolling Stones (1952) — Author — 2,170 copies
The Green Hills of Earth (1941) 2,125 copies
Space Cadet (1948) 2,104 copies
Sixth Column (1941) 2,102 copies
Farmer in the Sky (1950) 2,058 copies
Revolt in 2100 (1939) 2,033 copies
Time for the Stars (1956) 2,008 copies
The Star Beast (1954) 1,987 copies
Beyond This Horizon (1942) 1,977 copies
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1959) — Author — 1,929 copies
Expanded Universe (1980) 1,926 copies
The Man Who Sold the Moon (1939) 1,899 copies
Between Planets (1951) 1,865 copies
Assignment in Eternity (1941) 1,772 copies
Waldo & Magic, Inc. (1950) 1,712 copies
Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) 1,682 copies
The Menace From Earth (1941) 1,658 copies
Variable Star (2006) 1,222 copies
Grumbles from the Grave (1989) 1,160 copies
Requiem (1992) 737 copies
The worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (1966) — Introduction — 639 copies
Tomorrow the Stars (1952) — Editor — 588 copies
Tramp Royale (1992) 336 copies
Take Back Your Government (1992) 218 copies
Outward Bound (1958) 132 copies
The best of Robert Heinlein (1973) 84 copies
Destination Moon (1950) 84 copies
The Year of the Jackpot (1952) 78 copies
Silent Thunder/Universe (1991) — Contributor — 68 copies
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder [2008 film] (2008) — Author — 62 copies
Life Line (1939) 61 copies
The Puppet Masters [1994 film] (1994) — Writer — 55 copies
Magic, Inc. (1940) 47 copies
Universe [short fiction] (1941) 43 copies
Lost Legacy (1941) 40 copies
Tenderfoot in Space (1956) 37 copies
Misfit [short fiction] (1939) 37 copies
Destination Moon [1950 film] (1950) — Author — 36 copies
Project Moonbase and Others (2008) 27 copies
Coventry [short fiction] (1940) 24 copies
If This Goes On (1940) 20 copies
Searchlight [short fiction] (1962) 18 copies
Waldo (2019) 16 copies
Space Jockey [short story] (1947) 16 copies
Our Fair City [Short Story] (1948) 15 copies
Requiem en andere verhalen (1979) 15 copies
Sky Lift (1953) 13 copies
They (1941) 12 copies
Requiem [short fiction] (1939) 12 copies
Supernova (1974) 11 copies
Alpha : science fictionnoveller. 1 (1980) — Contributor — 11 copies
Gulf (1949) 11 copies
Free Men (1946) 10 copies
Goldfish Bowl (1943) 10 copies
The Past Through Tomorrow (1986) 10 copies
'—All You Zombies—' (1959) 9 copies
Drie SF-novellen (1978) 8 copies
Historia del futuro IV (1986) 8 copies
Elsewhen [short story] (1941) 7 copies
Heinlein Box Set (1975) 7 copies
Jerry Was A Man (1947) 7 copies
Pied Piper (1943) 7 copies
This I Believe 6 copies
Successful Operation (1940) 6 copies
Topeltstaar (2019) 4 copies
Creating a Genre (2010) 4 copies
The Bulletin Board (1951) 4 copies
A Bathroom of Her Own (1946) 4 copies
Farmer in the Sky / Orbitsville (1959) — Contributor — 3 copies
"Beyond Doubt" 3 copies
La sombra del espacio (1979) 3 copies
Destination Outreterres (2022) 3 copies
Urania #323 (1963) — Author — 3 copies
Poor Daddy (1949) 3 copies
Witch's Daughters (1946) 3 copies
They Do It With Mirrors (1947) 3 copies
On The Slopes Of Vesuvius (1947) 3 copies
jackpots (2011) 2 copies
Longue vie (1999) 2 copies
Kawaleria Kosmosu (1994) 2 copies
Cliff And The Calories (1950) 2 copies
Sexta Coluna 1 copy
sf omnibus 1 copy
Dubler 1 copy
Stea dublă 1 copy
Pioniere im Weltall (1951) 1 copy
1967 1 copy
Friday 3 (1983) 1 copy
test 2 1 copy
Piętaszek (1992) 1 copy
Double Star 1 copy
The Puppet Masters (2020) 1 copy
Friday II Livro 3 (1983) 1 copy
Galaktika kodanik (2021) 1 copy
Friday I Livro 1 (1983) 1 copy

Associated Works

The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 891 copies
Adventures in Time and Space (1946) — Contributor, some editions; Contributor, some editions — 551 copies
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) — Contributor — 461 copies
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contributor — 452 copies
Starship Troopers [1997 film] (1997) — Original book; Author — 433 copies
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) — Contributor — 394 copies
Godbody (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 394 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 340 copies
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume 1 (1959) — Contributor — 339 copies
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume 2 (1959) — Contributor — 318 copies
Where Do We Go from Here? (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 315 copies
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction [2-volume set] (1959) — Contributor — 295 copies
There Will Be War (1983) — Contributor — 268 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 262 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 243 copies
The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952) — Contributor — 231 copies
Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy (1991) — Contributor — 224 copies
The World Turned Upside Down (2005) — Contributor — 221 copies
Cats in Space...and Other Places (1992) — Contributor — 217 copies
The Glory That Was (1960) — Introduction, some editions — 210 copies
Tomorrow's Children (1966) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 196 copies
The Fantasy Hall of Fame (1998) — Contributor — 196 copies
A Century of Science Fiction (1962) — Contributor — 195 copies
American Science Fiction : Five Classic Novels 1956-58 (2012) — Contributor — 195 copies
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 1 (1939) (1939) — Contributor — 180 copies
A Treasury of Science Fiction (1948) — Contributor, some editions — 178 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series (1961) — Contributor — 154 copies
Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (1989) — Contributor — 148 copies
Time Probe: The Sciences in Science Fiction (1966) — Contributor — 145 copies
Worlds to Come (1942) 142 copies
The Endless Frontier (1979) — Contributor — 141 copies
The Golden Age Of Science Fiction (1946) — Contributor; Contributor — 139 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contributor — 138 copies
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 134 copies
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 1 (1999) — Contributor — 131 copies
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contributor — 130 copies
Spectrum (1961) — Contributor — 125 copies
Three Times Infinity (1954) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Future Makers (1968) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Worlds of Science Fiction (1963) — Contributor — 113 copies
Mars, We Love You (1971) — Contributor — 110 copies
Beyond Tomorrow (1934) — Contributor — 107 copies
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s (2012) — Contributor — 103 copies
Great Science Fiction Stories (1964) — Contributor — 103 copies
First Contact (1971) — Contributor — 100 copies
Science Fiction Terror Tales (1955) — Contributor — 100 copies
Foundations of Fear (1992) — Contributor — 98 copies
New Destinies, Volume 7, Spring 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 98 copies
Thor's Hammer (1979) — Contributor — 93 copies
Apeman, Spaceman (1968) — Contributor — 92 copies
Best SF Two (1956) — Contributor — 92 copies
Unknown Worlds : Tales from Beyond (1988) — Contributor — 90 copies
Giants Unleashed (1965) — Contributor — 88 copies
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contributor — 85 copies
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories about the End of the World (1999) — Contributor — 83 copies
The Dark Side (1965) — Contributor — 82 copies
The Best of All Possible Worlds (1980) — Contributor — 81 copies
Cities of Wonder (1967) — Contributor — 81 copies
Between Time and Terror (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XX (2004) — Contributor — 76 copies
Other Dimensions: Ten Stories of Science Fiction (1973) — Contributor — 75 copies
Citizens (2011) — Contributor — 75 copies
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories (1966) — Contributor, some editions — 72 copies
More Adventures in Time and Space (1951) — Contributor — 71 copies
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Contributor — 71 copies
Future Tense (1968) — Contributor — 70 copies
Masters of Fantasy (1992) — Contributor — 67 copies
6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction (1954) — Contributor — 65 copies
Time Travelers (Fiction in the Fourth Dimension) (1997) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Paganism Reader (2004) — Contributor — 64 copies
Rod Serling's Other Worlds (1978) — Contributor — 62 copies
First Flight: Maiden Voyages in Space and Time (1963) — Contributor — 61 copies
Of Worlds Beyond (1947) — Contributor — 60 copies
Timescapes (1997) — Contributor — 57 copies
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction (1966) — Contributor — 56 copies
Beyond Human Ken (1952) — Contributor — 54 copies
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Contributor — 54 copies
Tomorrow's Worlds: Ten Stories of Science Fiction (1969) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Astounding-Analog Reader Volume One (1972) — Contributor — 50 copies
Classic Science Fiction (1995) — Contributor — 50 copies
Tomorrow X 4 (1964) — Contributor — 49 copies
Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction (1977) — Contributor — 47 copies
Science Fiction: The Great Years Vol II (1975) — Contributor — 45 copies
Beyond the Stars (Tales of Adventure in Time and Space) (1983) — Contributor — 45 copies
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 44 copies
Shadows of Fear (1994) — Contributor — 43 copies
Dimension X (Coronet Books) (1970) — Contributor — 43 copies
In Dreams Awake (1975) — Contributor — 42 copies
Science Fiction (1973) — Author — 40 copies
Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism (1959) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Pocket Book of Science-Fiction (1943) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Others (1969) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Folio Science Fiction Anthology (2016) — Contributor — 38 copies
14 Great Tales of ESP (1969) — Contributor — 36 copies
Dimension X: Five Science Fiction Novellas (1970) — Contributor — 35 copies
Windows Into Tomorrow (1974) — Contributor — 35 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
First Voyages (1981) — Contributor — 30 copies
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... (1974) — Contributor — 29 copies
Analog Anthology #8: Writers' Choice Volume II (1984) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Best from Startling Stories (1953) — Introduction — 27 copies
Shot in the Dark (1950) — Contributor — 24 copies
Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age (1978) — Contributor — 22 copies
Now Begins Tomorrow (1969) — Contributor — 22 copies
Analog Anthology #2: Readers' Choice (1982) — Contributor — 21 copies
If This Goes Wrong . . . (2016) — Contributor — 18 copies
The Other Side of the Clock (1968) — Contributor — 18 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1970 July, Vol. 30, No. 4 (1970) — Contributor — 15 copies
Masterpieces of Science Fiction (1978) — Author — 15 copies
Fremde aus dem All. Lübbes Auswahlband. Science Fiction-Geschichten. (1982) — Contributor, some editions — 14 copies
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contributor, some editions — 13 copies
Political science fiction;: An introductory reader (1974) — Contributor — 13 copies
Starship Troopers (1997) 12 copies
Rejser i tid og rum : en bog om science fiction (1973) — Author, some editions — 12 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1941 07 (1941) — Contributor — 11 copies
Die besten Science Fiction Geschichten (1962) — Author, some editions — 11 copies
Overruled! (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies
As Tomorrow Becomes Today (1974) — Contributor — 10 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1940 02 (1940) — Contributor — 9 copies
Bruna Science Fiction Omnibus 2 (1969) — Contributor — 8 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1941 03 (1941) — Contributor — 8 copies
Wide-Angle Lens: Stories of Time and Space (1980) — Contributor — 8 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1950 07 (1950) — Contributor — 7 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 28 (1973) — Author — 7 copies
Alfa Twee: SF-Verhalen (1974) — Contributor — 7 copies
Verhalen omnibus (1967) — Contributor — 7 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1956 02 (1956) — Contributor — 7 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1957 09 (1957) — Contributor — 7 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1956 04 (1956) — Contributor — 6 copies
Omni Magazine October 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 6 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1941 01 (1941) — Contributor — 5 copies
Bifrost n°57 (2010) — Contributor — 5 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1942 08 (1942) — Contributor — 5 copies
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
Space Pioneers (2018) — Contributor — 4 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1940 06 (1940) — Contributor — 4 copies
Out of This World 7: An Anthology of Science Fiction (1968) — Contributor — 3 copies
Faseskift. Science Fiction noveller (1984) — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Den ¤elektriske myre og andre science fiction-fortællinger (1984) — Author, some editions — 2 copies
Historier fra andre verdener — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantascienza Gamma, n. 14 (1967) — Contributor — 1 copy
Astonishing Stories, Vol. 03, No. 03, March 1942 (1942) — Contributor; Contributor — 1 copy
4 tidsrejser : en antologi (1978) — Author, some editions — 1 copy
Avontuur in ruimte & tijd nummer 1 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Heinlein, Robert Anson
Other names
Heinlein, R. A.
MacDonald, Anson
Monroe, Lyle
Riverside, John
Saunders, Caleb
York, Simon
Birthdate
1907-07-07
Date of death
1988-05-08
Burial location
Cremated (Ashes spread in the Pacific)
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Butler, Missouri, USA
Place of death
Carmel, California, USA
Cause of death
Emphysema
Places of residence
Butler, Missouri, USA
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bonny Doon, California, USA
Carmel, California, USA
Colorado, USA
Education
United States Naval Academy (B.Eng.|1929)
Occupations
novelist
short story writer
essayist
screenwriter
naval officer
aeronautical engineer
Relationships
Heinlein, Virginia (wife)
Organizations
United States Navy
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Awards and honors
SFWA Grand Master (1974)
SF Hall Of Fame (Posthumous Inductee ∙ 1998)
Hugo Award 1956, 1960, 1962
Short biography
Robert Anson Heinlein was born in July 1907, in Missouri.  A military career was ended by tuberculosis in 1934.  After a brief attempt at politics, he became a hugely prolific science fiction author, writing novels and short stories until his death in 1988.

Robert Anson Heinlein July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and retired Naval officer. Sometimes called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, and was thus a pioneer of the subgenre of hard science fiction. His published works, both fiction and non-fiction, express admiration for competence and emphasize the value of critical thinking. His work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, and on modern culture more generally.

Heinlein became one of the first American science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the "Big Three" of English-language science fiction authors. Notable Heinlein works include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers (which helped mold the space marine and mecha archetypes) and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. His work sometimes had controversial aspects, such as plural marriage in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, militarism in Starship Troopers and technologically competent women characters that were strong and independent, yet often stereotypically feminine – such as Friday.

A writer also of numerous science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship (1937–1971) of John W. Campbell at Astounding Science Fiction magazine, though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Heinlein used his science fiction as a way to explore provocative social and political ideas, and to speculate how progress in science and engineering might shape the future of politics, race, religion, and sex. Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the nature of sexual relationships, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.

Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974. Four of his novels won Hugo Awards. In addition, fifty years after publication, seven of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence. In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including grok, waldo and speculative fiction, as well as popularizing existing terms like "TANSTAAFL", "pay it forward", and "space marine". He also anticipated mechanical computer-aided design with "Drafting Dan" and described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel Beyond This Horizon. In the first chapter of the novel Space Cadet he anticipated the cell phone, 35 years before Motorola invented the technology. Several of Heinlein's works have been adapted for film and television.

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If you have watched the movie version of Starship Troopers then you might think that this book is about a war against alien bugs. While there is a little bit of alien bug fighting, this book is mostly about the military career of a guy in the future; his training, promotions, reasons for joining the military.

Starship Troopers is interesting and I liked a lot of it, but it had some pretty big detractors. There is barely any plot to speak of and a few parts are incredibly boring. The scenes with aliens are few and far between. A lot of the book reads like propaganda about corporal punishment, systems of government, and the military. All in all, it just ended up being so-so.… (more)
 
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zeronetwo | 221 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
This book has three different plans.
1. Actual story of the war, which is a bit in the background.
2. First-person experience of the hardships of army training and the following army life.
3. Critiquing the weaknesses of our current democratic systems and showing how military-based democracy would fix them.

The story is just a background, but it works. The alien enemies add a bit more spice to the war story and the way humans have to strategize to defeat them.

The personal story we follow was very interesting. The harsh conditions make the MC think a lot about his life, both present and past. Despite dealing with some more heavy themes, this book has quite a bit of humor. The MC also happens to be in a position to see the training from the POV of the sergeants.

While the author has some very different views, he still made me think about some problems even if I didn't agree with the solutions. This part of the book wasn't so prevalent that it would hamper my enjoyment.
… (more)
 
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Levitara | 221 other reviews | Apr 5, 2024 |
Easy enough reading.
I like Heinlein's style.
Just not much of a plot in this book.
 
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stubooks | 27 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |
Typical Heinlein. Old white misogynistic macho men sit around smoking cigars and talk to each other. Every story follows the same pattern with the same protagonist archetype. The plot progresses exclusively through dialog. There is no description of the events or physical world at all. The characters are so similar and simplistic that it's a struggle to tell them from each other.
The second star is because of some genuinely original ideas.
 
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AsimGasimzade | 23 other reviews | Apr 4, 2024 |

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