Authors > Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein is universally recognized as a Grand Master and a Founding Father of American Science Fiction. Heinlein began his career writing for the emerging SF pulp fiction magazines in 1939 and published throughout 1940s. Many of his stories are loosely associated in what is his Future History series. His early works in were incredibly popular in pulp magazines like Astounding Stories.

During the 1950s, for eight consecutive Christmas seasons, a new Heinlein "Juvenuile/Young Adult" novel was published each year. Primarily in the Action and Adventure SF genre, these stories inspired a generation of young boys to become scientists, astronauts, engineers and life long science fiction fans.

During the 1960s Heinlein then transitioned to the Adult SF category and created a number of classics including four Hugo award winning novels. These ground breaking novels touched on serious social concepts including politics, religion, and sexuality which contributed to the turbulent decade's history.

Heinlein endured a serious health illness and long recovery during the 1970s which interrupted his writing career.

But, he was able to resume his writing career in the 1980s with five more novels returning to characters and ideas from his Future History series. His final novels were firmly rooted in the Speculative Fiction genre.

"Following World War II Robert A. Heinlein emerged as not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but as the greatest writer of such fiction in the world. He remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction." --- Stephen King

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Double Star

"Lorenzo the Great" -a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars, encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.

Year: 1956     Genre: Political SF

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers" is a classic novel by one of science fiction's greatest writers of all time. In one of Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe -- and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.

Year: 1960     Genre: Military SF

Stranger in a Strange Land

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. But his own beliefs and his powers far exceed the limits of humankind, and as he teaches them about grokking and water-sharing, he also inspires a transformation that will alter Earth's inhabitants forever...

Year: 1961     Genre: Alien ContactScience FictionSoft SF

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

A revolution on a lunar penal colony--aided by a self-aware supercomputer--provides the framework for a story of a diverse group of men and women grappling with the ever-changing definitions of humanity, technology, and free will--themes that resonate just as strongly today as they did when the novel was first published.

Year: 1966     Genre: Political SFScience Fiction

Jul 07, 1907 -- May 08, 1988
Author, Aeronautical Engineer

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1939Expanded Universe Speculative Fiction, Heinlein's Future History, Short Stories
1947Rocket Ship Galileo Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1948Space Cadet Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1949Red Planet Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1949Sixth Column Military SF
1950Farmer in the Sky Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1950The Man Who Sold The Moon Speculative Fiction, Heinlein's Future History, Short Stories
1951Between Planets Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1951The Puppet Masters Science Fiction
1952The Rolling Stones Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1953Starman Jones Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1954The Star Beast Action & Adventure SF, Coming of Age, Heinlein's Juveniles
1955Tunnel in the Sky Action & Adventure SF, Heinlein's Juveniles
1956Double Star Political SF, Mars, Moon
1956Time For The Stars Action & Adventure SF, Space Exploration, Heinlein's Juveniles
1957Citizen of the Galaxy Action & Adventure SF, Coming of Age, Heinlein's Juveniles
1958Have Sace Suit Will Travel Action & Adventure SF, Space Exploration, Heinlein's Juveniles
1960Starship Troopers Military SF
1961Stranger in a Strange Land Alien Contact, Science Fiction, Soft SF, Mars
1963Glory Road Fantasy
1964Farnham's Freehold Science Fiction
1966The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Political SF, Science Fiction
1970I Will Fear No Evil Science Fiction
1973Time Enough for Love Speculative Fiction, Heinlein's Future History, Lazarus Long
1982Friday Science Fiction
1984JOB: A Comedy of Justice Satire
1985The Cat Who Walks Through Walls Speculative Fiction, Lazarus Long
1987To Sail Beyond the Sunset Speculative Fiction, Lazarus Long
2019Variable Starby Robert A. Heinlein and Spider RobinsonScience Fiction