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

Featured Titles:

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: Science Fiction

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers" is a classic novel by one of science fiction's greatest writers of all time and is now a Tri-Star movie. 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: JanuaryScience 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


Stand Alone Novels

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Own Read Rating WishYear TitleGenres & Tags

-- -- -- --1949Sixth ColumnMilitary SF
-- -- -- --1951The Puppet MastersScience Fiction
-- -- -- --1956Double StarScience Fiction
-- -- -- --1960Starship TroopersMilitary SF, Bootcamp
-- -- -- --1961Stranger in a Strange LandJanuaryScience FictionSoft SF, Mars
-- -- -- --1963Glory RoadFantasy
-- -- -- --1964Farnham's FreeholdScience Fiction
-- -- -- --1966The Moon Is a Harsh MistressPolitical SFScience Fiction, Revolution
-- -- -- --1970I Will Fear No EvilScience Fiction
-- -- -- --1982FridayScience Fiction
-- -- -- --1984JOB: A Comedy of JusticeSatire
-- -- -- --2019Variable StarScience Fiction


SERIES: Heinlein's Future History

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Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --19391Expanded UniverseSpeculative Fiction
-- -- -- --19502The Man Who Sold The MoonSpeculative Fiction
-- -- -- --19733Time Enough for LoveSpeculative Fiction


SERIES: Heinlein's Juveniles

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Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --19471Rocket Ship GalileoAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19482Space CadetAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19493Red PlanetAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19504Farmer in the SkyAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19515Between PlanetsAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19526The Rolling StonesAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19537Starman JonesAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --19548The Star BeastAction & Adventure SFComing of Age
-- -- -- --19559Tunnel in the SkyAction & Adventure SF
-- -- -- --195610Time For The StarsAction & Adventure SFSpace Exploration
-- -- -- --195711Citizen of the GalaxyAction & Adventure SFComing of Age
-- -- -- --195812Have Sace Suit Will TravelAction & Adventure SFSpace Exploration


SERIES: Lazarus Long

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --19731Time Enough for LoveSpeculative Fiction
-- -- -- --19852The Cat Who Walks Through WallsSpeculative Fiction
-- -- -- --19873To Sail Beyond the SunsetSpeculative Fiction