Robert Heinlein

Heinlein, Robert Anson MacDonald

Robert Anson MacDonald Heinlein (hī´līn), 1907–88, American science-fiction writer, b. Butler, Mo. His best-known novel, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), concerns a young man raised by Martians who returns to earth. It became a cult classic during the 1960s. Other works include The Green Hills of Earth (1951), a collection of short stories; Double Star (1956), Starship Troopers (1959), The Door into Summer (1957), The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), and The Cat Who Walks through Walls (1985). Heinlein's writings helped win respect for science fiction as literature.

See study by H. B. Franklin (1980).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature
Thomas Reed Whissen.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Stranger in a Strange Land begins on p. 244
The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction
Martha A. Bartter.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Hero and Society: Sturgeon versus Heinlein"
Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic
Elisabeth Anne Leonard.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "'You Don't Know What You Are Talking About'": Robert A. Heinlein and the Racism of American Science Fiction
Storm Warnings: Science Fiction Confronts the Future
George E. Slusser; Colin Greenland; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Knowing the Unknown: Heinlein, Lem, and the Future" begins on p. 55
Odd Genre: A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century: Travel to the Past in Science Fiction
Bud Foote.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
Coordinates: Placing Science Fiction and Fantasy
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin; Robert Scholes.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: "Autoplastic and Alloplastic Adaptations in Science Fiction: 'Waldo' and 'Desertion'"
When World Views Collide: A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce.
Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Robert Heinlein begins on p. 71
Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations
Andy Sawyer; David Seed.
Liverpool University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Corporatism and Corporate Ethos in Robert Heinlein's 'The Roads Must Roll'" begins on p. 144
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction
Edward James; Farah Mendlesohn.
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction
George E. Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
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