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 who is raised by Martians and returns to earth. It became a cult classic during the 1960s. A writer of fast-paced and extremely inventive works, he also wrote the short stories in The Green Hills of Earth (1951) and other collections, and Double Star (1956), Starship Troopers (1959), The Door into Summer (1957), The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), The Cat Who Walks through Walls (1985), and other novels. Extremely influential, Heinlein's writings helped win respect for science fiction as literature.

See J. N. Schulman, The Robert Heinlein Interview and Other Heinleiniana (1999); biography by W. H. Patterson, Jr. (2 vol., 2011–2014); study by H. B. Franklin (1980).

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Robert Heinlein: Selected full-text books and articles

CliffsNotes on Heinlein's Works By Baird Searles Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999
Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature By 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 By Martha A. Bartter Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Hero and Society: Sturgeon versus Heinlein"
Rebutting Joseph T. Major's View of General Semantics in Heinlein's Children By Wright, David E., Sr et Cetera, Vol. 64, No. 4, October 2007
Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic By 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 By 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 By 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 By Bud Foote Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
When World Views Collide: A Study in Imagination and Evolution By John J. Pierce Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Robert Heinlein begins on p. 71
Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations By 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 By Edward James; Farah Mendlesohn Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Robert Heinlein in multiple chapters
Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction By 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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