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Robert  A.  Heinlein

science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]          short profile

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other fiction
plays, movies, other media

works about Robert Heinlein


“The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.”

“Nothing gives life more zest than running for your life.”

— Robert A. Heinlein

        Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri in 1907. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1934, studied mathematics & physics at the University of California, and then owned a silver mine before beginning his writing career in 1939. His first book, "Rocket Ship Galileo" was published in 1947. He won Hugo Awards for "Double Star" (1956), "Starship Troopers" (1959), "Stranger In A Strange Land" (1961), and "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" (1966). Among his other awards was the Grand Master Nebula Award in 1975.
        He died 8 May 1988 in Carmel, California.

Robert A. Heinlein books catalog at Amazon.com
Robert A. Heinlein audio catalog at Amazon.com
Robert A. Heinlein credits at Internet Movie Database

Robert A. Heinlein entry at Wikipedia
The Heinlein Society
CA's "We Grok It" fansite
JG's Heinlein fansite
DHR's Heinlein fansite
Bowman's Heinlein fansite in Spanish
Heinlein fansite in Russian (Cyrillic)
LO's Heinlein fansite in Hebrew
Heinlein fansite in Italian
'Libertarianism & Robert A. Heinlein' by Bill Dennis
Heinlein bio & bibliography at SciFi.com

GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's  The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time, 10/2013  "Starship Troopers"  [1958]
Starship Troopers novel by Robert Heinlein  winner of the Hugo Award 1959
Berkley pb [5/87] for $6.99
Putnam hardcover [6/60] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [12/97] for $51.94
Blackstone UNABR audio CD [1/2000] for $89.99
Starship Troopers movie directed by Paul Verhoeven  1997 movie [TriStar/Touchstone Nov 1997]
Directed by Paul Verhoeven; starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey & Neil Patrick Harris; Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects
Col/TriStar color VHS [4/2001] for $9.95
Col/TriStar widescreen VHS [3/2000] for $14.95
Col/TriStar widescreen DVD [5/2002] for $23.99
Varese soundtrack CD [11/97] for $14.99
official movie website; full credits from IMDb
"The Making of Starship Troopers" book
Boulevard 11x8.4 pb [12/97] out of print/used

"Stranger In A Strange Land"  [1961]
"[Moses] said, I have been a stranger in a strange land." Exodus 2:22

Stranger In A Strange Land mass paperback novel by Robert Heinlein  Stranger In A Strange Land classic novel by Robert Heinlein  
winner of the Hugo Award 1962 - A counter-culture classic!
Ace pb [8/95] for $7.99
Putnam hardcover [6/61] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [4/96] for $83.95
Martian Named Smith book by William H. Patterson & Andrew Thornton  "The Martian Named Smith: Critical Perspectives On Robert A.
Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land" [2001]
by William H. Patterson & Andrew Thornton

Nitrosyncretic Press 6x9 pb [7/2001] used available at Amazon
avbailable from publisher for $18.00

Many individuals over the years have tried to get a movie of "Stranger In A Strange Land"
off the ground. Tom Hanks was 'attached' during the 1990s. Producer Scott Rudin holds the movie rights
since late 2006, but there is no listing on IMDb {8/2010}.


"The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" [1966] won Hugo Award

Other Fiction By Robert A. Heinlein

"The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" [1942 novella, 1959 collection]
Announced 4/2012: Being written & developed as a feature film by director Alex Proyas; added 9/2012: Red Granite
Pictures will fully fund the film and will also handle foreign sales • latest info at IMDb

"Rocket Ship Galileo" [first book 1947]

"Double Star" [1956] won Hugo Award

"Have  Space  Suit,  Will  Travel"  [1958]
Serialised in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [Aug-Oct 1958]; published by Scribner's in 1958; nominated
for a Hugo Award; the story of a teenager in 2040 who loses a contest for a free trip to the Moon, but wins a broken-
down space suit - which contains properties that lead to humanity’s first contact with aliens.
book entry at Wikipedia

Announced July 2010: Harry 'Doc' Kloor’s Jupiter 9 Productions is developing a feature version of "Have Space Suit, Will
Travel" with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein & Peter McHugh attached as producers • latest info at IMDb

Glory Road novel by Robert Heinlein  "Glory Road" [1963]
A VietNam vet is pulled into other worlds by a sexy princess
for a sword & sorcery quest.

Orb Books 8¾x5½ pb [3/2006] for $10.87
Baen mass pb [8/2001] out of print/many used
Tor Books 8½x5½ hardcover [9/2004] out of print/used

For Us, The Living stories by Robert Heinlein  "For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs"
[written 1938-39, not published until 2004]

Pocket mass pb [11/2004] for $7.99
Scribner 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2004] for $17.50


Non-Fiction By Robert A. Heinlein

Take Back Your Government! book by Robert Heinlein  "Take Back Your Government!: A Practical Handbook For The Private Citizen Who Wants Democracy To Work" [1992]
written in 1946, published posthumously

Based on Heinlein's experience in California politics in the 1930s, particularly his efforts on behalf of Upton Sinclair's EPIC Movement and Sinclair's attempt to become the Democratic Party's nominee for California governor in 1934.
Baen mass pb [7/92] out of print/used

http://www.amazon.com/Expanded-Universe-Robert-Heinlein/dp/0743471598/ = essays
http://www.amazon.com/Grumbles-Grave-Robert-Heinlein/dp/1569562512/ = letters

Stageplays, Movies & Other Media
http://www.amazon.com/Project-Moonbase-Others-Robert-Heinlein/dp/1596061863/ = scripts & treatments


"Project Moon Base" feature film [1953]

Works About Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Heinlein Reader's Companion book by James Gifford  "Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader's Companion" [2000]
by James Gifford
Hugo Award nomination 2001

Nitrosyncretic Press pb [5/2000] out of print/used
Nitrosyncretic Press hardcover [5/2000] out of print/used
publisher bookpage


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