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: 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






Series, Characters

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