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A Brief Biography of Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Robert A. HeinleinRobert Anson Heinlein, born in Butler, Missouri on 7 July 1907, was a science fiction writer.

Sometimes called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality.

Heinlein was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s and was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades. He, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.

A notable writer of science fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. in his magazine, Astounding Science Fiction, though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, 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 examined the relationship between physical and emotional love, explored various unorthodox family structures, and speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. His approach to these themes led to wildly divergent opinions on what views were being expounded via his fiction.

Heinlein won Hugo Awards for four of his novels; in addition, fifty years after publication, three of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos" - awards given retrospectively for years in which Hugo Awards had not been awarded. He also won the first Grand Master Award, given by the Science Fiction Writers of America, for his lifetime achievement. In his fiction Heinlein coined words that have become part of the English language, including "grok" and "waldo", and popularized the term "TANSTAAFL" - "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch".

 

References
- Baen Books - Futures, Histories by William H. Patterson, Jr. - retrieved 31 March 2015
- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction - Robert A. Heinlein - retrieved 24 September 2012
- The Heinlein Prize Trust - Heinlein’s Works - retrieved 31 March 2015
- The Heinlein Society - FAQs about Robert A. Heinlein, his works - retrieved 31 March 2015
- The Internet Speculative Fiction Database - Robert A. Heinlein - Summary Bibliography - retrieved 24 September 2012
- Magnificent Nose - Heinlein’s World as Myth (and how to read it) by Neil Fein - retrieved 31 March 2015
- site:RAH - The Published RAH by James Gifford - retrieved 31 March 2015
- Troynovant - The Future History series by Robert Wilfred Franson - retrieved 31 March 2015
- The Virginia Edition - Volumes - retrieved 31 March 2015
- Wikipedia - Future History - retrieved 31 March 2015
- Wikipedia - Robert A. Heinlein - retrieved 24 September 2012 - the text above is a revised & reduced version of the Wiki article
- Wikipedia - Robert A. Heinlein Bibliography - retrieved 31 March 2015

 

An illustrated bibliography is available here.

 

The dividing lines between Future History, Lazarus Long, the World-as-Myth and the standalone novels are not as definite as you might think - the chart below attempts to demonstrate.

Interconnections between the writings of Robert A. Heinlein - Credit to MagnificentNose.com for the basic layout

 

Lists of the first publications of Robert A. Heinlein's non-magazine published fiction appear below along with a selection of non-fiction and autobiographical writings.
Titles in black are novels and chapterbooks, while
those in blue are collections and omnibuses.

 

Future History
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1950 The Man Who Sold the Moon Shasta N/A Short story collection
1951 The Green Hills of Earth Shasta N/A Short story collection
1951 Universe Dell N/A Chapterbook
1952 The Man Who Sold the Moon Malian Press N/A Chapterbook
1953 Revolt in 2100 Shasta N/A Short story collection
1958 Methuselah's Children Gnome Press N/A Novel - Previously published as a serial in Astounding
1963 Orphans of the Sky Gollancz N/A Two stories from Astounding.
1967 The Past Through Tomorrow G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Collection including Methuselah's Children and a selection of short stories
1973 Time Enough for Love G.P. Putnam's Sons 0399111514  
2010 The Future History of
Robert Heinlein Volume I
The Virginia Edition 9781897350331 Short story collection
2010 The Future History of
Robert Heinlein Volume II
The Virginia Edition 9781897350348 Collection including Methuselah's Children and a selection of short stories
 
Lazarus Long
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1958 Methuselah's Children Gnome Press N/A Previously published as a serial in Astounding
1973 Time Enough for Love G.P. Putnam's Sons 0399111514  
1978 The Notebooks of
Lazarus Long
G.P. Putnam's Sons 0399122427 Illustrated excerpts from Time Enough for Love
1980 The Number of the Beast New English Library 0450047369  
1985 The Cat Who Walks
Through Walls
G.P. Putnam's Sons 0399131035  
1987 To Sail Beyond the Sunset Ace / Putnam 0399132678  
 
Other Novels
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1947 Rocket Ship Galileo Charles Scribner's Sons N/A  
1948 Beyond This Horizon Fantasy Press N/A Previously published as a serial in Astounding
1948 Space Cadet Charles Scribner's Sons N/A  
1949 Sixth Column Gnome Press N/A Previously published as a serial in Astounding
1949 Red Planet Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also appeared as The Day After Tomorrow (1951)
1950 Farmer in the Sky Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published as a serial in Boys' Life
1951 Between Planets Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published as a serial in The Blue Book Magazine
1951 The Puppet Masters Doubleday N/A This novel was abridged for publication in 1951
Also published as a serial in Galaxy
An uncut edition was published in 1990
1952 The Rolling Stones Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published in an abridged form in Boys' Life
Also appeared as Space Family Stone (1969)
1953 Starman Jones Charles Scribner's Sons N/A  
1954 The Star Beast Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1955 Tunnel in the Sky Charles Scribner's Sons N/A  
1956 Double Star Doubleday N/A Also published as a serial in Astounding
1956 Time for the Stars Charles Scribner's Sons N/A  
1957 The Door into Summer Doubleday N/A Also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1957 Citizen of the Galaxy Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published as a serial in Astounding
1958 Have Space Suit - Will Travel Charles Scribner's Sons N/A Also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1959 Starship Troopers G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1961 Stranger in a Strange Land G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A  
1963 Podkayne of Mars G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in Worlds of If
1963 Glory Road G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1964 Farnham's Freehold G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in Worlds of If
1966 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in Worlds of If
1970 I Will Fear No Evil G.P. Putnam's Sons N/A Also published in Galaxy
1982 Friday New English Library 0450048985 Novel
1984 Job: A Comedy of Justice Del Rey-Ballantine 0345313577  
2004 For Us, The Living:
A Comedy of Customs
Scribner 074325998X  
2006 Variable Star Tor 076531312X with Spider Robinson
 
Collections & Omnibuses (omnibuses composed solely of novels and/or collections have been omitted)
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1950 Waldo and Magic, Inc. Doubleday N/A Two stories
Also appeared as Waldo: Genius in Orbit (1958)
1953 Assignment in Eternity Fantasy Press N/A Short story collection
1959 The Unpleasant Profession
of Jonathan Hoag
Gnome Press N/A Short story collection
Also appeared as 6 x H (1961)
1959 The Menace from Earth Gnome Press N/A Short story collection
1966 The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein Ace N/A Short story collection
1973 The Best of Robert Heinlein Sidgwick & Jackson 0283979828 Short story collection
1979 Destination Moon Gregg Press 0839825013 Includes the original novelette together with an essay on the making of the film
1980 Expanded Universe Grosset & Dunlap 0448119161 Short story and essay collection
1992 Requiem Tor 0312851685 Short story and essay collection together with contributions from various SF notables
1999 The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein Tor 0312872453 Short story collection
2005 Off the Main Sequence Science Fiction
Book Club
1582881847 Short story collection
2008 Project Moonbase and Others Subterranean Press 9781596061866 Short story and screenplay collection
2010 Creating a Genre The Virginia Edition 9781897350386 Short story collection
2010 New Worlds to Conquer The Virginia Edition 9781897350461 Short story collection
2012 Screen Writing of Robert A. Heinlein Volume I The Virginia Edition 9781897350119 Movie-related writings collection
2012 Screen Writing of Robert A. Heinlein Volume II The Virginia Edition 9781897350126 Movie-related writings collection
 
Non-Fiction
(Titles in blue are interviews. The remainder in black are biographical works, letters collections and general non-fiction)
Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1959 The Science Fiction Novel:
Imagination and Social Criticism
Advent Publishers N/A with C. M. Kornbluth, Basil Davenport, Alfred Bester & Robert Bloch
1973 Algol (#21, November 1973) Andrew Porter N/A Includes an interview with Heinlein by Alfred Bester
1980 Science Fiction Review
(#36, August 1980)
Richard E. Geis N/A Includes an interview with Heinlein by David A. Truesdale
1989 Thrust (#33 Spring 1989) Thrust Publications N/A Includes an interview with Heinlein by Michael J. Patritch
1990 Grumbles from the Grave Del Rey-Ballantine 0345362462 Letters collection
1990 Science Fiction Review
(Vol.1, No.1, Spring 1990)
SFR Publications N/A Includes an interview with Heinlein by Eric Hoffman
1992 Tramp Royale Ace Books 0441821847 Heinlein's account of a trip around the world
1992 Take Back Your Government Baen 0671721577 Also appeared as How to Be a Politician (2008)
1999 The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana Pulpless.Com 1584450150 Includes an interview with Heinlein by J. Neil Schulman
2000 Redemolished ibooks 0743407253 Includes an interview with Heinlein by Alfred Bester
2010 Robert A. Heinlein:
In Dialogue with His Century: Vol.1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve
Tor 9780765319609 Authorized Biography by William H. Patterson, Jr.
2011 The Nonfiction of
Robert Heinlein Volume I
The Virginia Edition 9781897350423 Poetry, letters, essays, reviews and interviews
2011 The Nonfiction of
Robert Heinlein Volume II
The Virginia Edition 9781897350430 Letters, essays and interviews
2011 The Heinlein Letters
Volume I
The Virginia Edition 9781897350416 Correspondence between John W. Campbell, Jr. and Robert A. Heinlein
2011 The Heinlein Letters
Volume II
The Virginia Edition 9781897350492 Letters collection
2011 The Heinlein Letters
Volume III
The Virginia Edition 9781897350430 Letters collection
 
The Virginia Edition
Vol. Title Date ISBN Notes
1 I Will Fear No Evil April 2008 9781897350034  
2 Time Enough for Love April 2008 9781897350041  
3 Starship Troopers April 2008 9781897350058  
4 For Us, The Living:
A Comedy of Customs
April 2008 9781897350065  
5 The Door into Summer April 2008 9781897350072  
6 Double Star April 2008 9781897350089  
7 Beyond This Horizon April 2008 9781897350096  
8 Stranger in a Strange Land December 2008 9781897350133  
9 How to Be a Politician December 2008 9781897350140 Non-Fiction - aka Take Back Your Government
10 Rocket Ship Galileo December 2008 9781897350157  
11 Space Cadet December 2008 9781897350164  
12 Red Planet December 2008 9781897350171  
13 Farmer in the Sky December 2008 9781897350188  
14 Between Planets December 2008 9781897350195  
15 The Rolling Stones December 2008 9781897350201  
16 Starman Jones December 2008 9781897350218  
17 The Star Beast December 2008 9781897350225  
18 Tunnel in the Sky December 2008 9781897350232  
19 Time for the Stars December 2008 9781897350249  
20 Citizen of the Galaxy December 2008 9781897350256  
21 Have Space Suit - Will Travel December 2008 9781897350263  
22 The Future History of
Robert Heinlein Volume I
February 2010 9781897350331 Short story collection
23 The Future History of
Robert Heinlein Volume II
February 2010 9781897350348 Short story and essay collection
24 Friday February 2010 9781897350324  
25 The Number of the Beast February 2010 9781897350317  
26 Job: A Comedy of Justice February 2010 9781897350355  
27 The Cat Who Walks
Through Walls
February 2010 9781897350362  
28 To Sail Beyond the Sunset February 2010 9781897350379  
29 Podkayne of Mars February 2010 9781897350409  
30 Sixth Column February 2010 9781897350393  
31 Expanded Universe February 2010 9781897350447 Short story and essay collection
32 Creating a Genre November 2010 9781897350386 Short story collection
33 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress November 2010 9781897350454  
34 New Worlds to Conquer November 2010 9781897350461 Short story collection
35 Glory Road November 2010 9781897350478  
36 The Puppet Masters November 2010 9781897350485  
37 The Nonfiction of
Robert Heinlein Volume I
July 2011 9781897350423 Poetry, letters, essays, reviews and interviews
38 The Nonfiction of
Robert Heinlein Volume II
July 2011 9781897350430 Letters, essays and interviews
39 The Heinlein Letters
Volume I
July 2011 9781897350416 Correspondence between John W. Campbell, Jr. and Robert A. Heinlein
40 The Heinlein Letters
Volume II
July 2011 9781897350492 Letters collection
41 The Heinlein Letters
Volume III
July 2011 9781897350430 Letters collection
42 Farnham's Freehold July 2011 9781897350515  
43 Tramp Royale February 2012 9781897350522 Heinlein's account of a trip around the world
44 Screen Writing of Robert A. Heinlein Volume I February 2012 9781897350119 Movie-related writings collection
45 Screen Writing of Robert A. Heinlein Volume II February 2012 9781897350126 Movie-related writings collection
46 Requiem February 2012 9781897350539 Short story and essay collection together with contributions from various SF notables
 

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