Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

In Dialogue With His Century

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Baker & Taylor
In the first installment in a comprehensive two-volume biography, the author explores science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940s, including his time in the Navy, his struggle with tuberculosis and his involvement in left-wing politics, as well as the mid-life crisis that changed him forever.

McMillan Palgrave

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A socialist politician in the 1930s, he became one of the sources of Libertarian politics in the USA in his later years. His most famous works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected inThe Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers,Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. This volume is about Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940s and the mid-life crisis that changed him forever.



Blackwell Publishing
"[Heinlein] made footsteps big enough for a whole country to follow. And it was our country that did it...We proceed down a path marked by his ideas. That's legacy enough for any man. He showed us where the future is."ùTom Clancy

"A majestic biography of the grandest of science fiction's grand masters. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the development of science fiction in the twentieth century"ùRobert Silverberg

"A fine American biography and a fascinating read. William H. Patterson has crafted a thorough and worthy tribute to one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century."ùGreg Bear

"Patterson offers a meticulous life-portrait of America's most pivotal science fiction author. In following Robert Heinlein's journey, step by step, we come to understand the persistent themes of his work. Perseverance, compassion, courage, curiosity, andùabove allùa drive to confront the future on its own terms, eye to eye."ùDavid Brin

"Like Carlos Baker's Hemingway, this is an essential and exhaustive life."ùJoe Haldeman

"He rewrote U.S. SF as a whole in his own image. Robert A. Heinlein may have been the all-time most important writer of genre SF"-The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

"Robert A. Heinlein was the author that every science fiction writer of my generation emulated. His work defined the field."ùBen Bova

"The field has long needed a comprehensive biography of Robert A. Heinlein, a complex and contradictory figure to whom every subsequent science fiction writer owes a major debtùwhether they realize it or not. If you ever enjoyed Heinlein, you'll find this fascinating...and even if you don't, you ought to read it just for the picture it draws of the early days of the science fiction genre, and of early twentieth-century America in general."ùGardner Dozois



Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the twentieth century. A bestselling author in later life, he began as a graduate of Annapolis, a Navy man who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A left-wing politician in the 1930Æs, he became an inspiration to American libertarians in his later years.

His most famous works include the Future History series (the stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. He was a friend of admirals, of bestselling writers and artists, and was on the advisory committee to Reagan's "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative.

Heinlein was also a nudist, a lover, and a patriot. Devoted to space flight and humanity's future in space, Heinlein was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Intensely private in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century is about Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940Æs and the midlife crisis that changed him forever.

"This book shows us a Heinlein few knewùaudacious yet courtly, strong of opinion yet soft of word, seasoned yet open to the new. In life as in much of his fiction, he pushed the boundaries of his time, and this deep look at his early years shows where all that came from, plus much more. This book adroitly brings us into his time, a fast, engaging tale."-Gregory Benford

At last, a comprehensive biography of the man who shaped modern science fiction. This is an enthralling account of how, step by step, Robert A. Heinlein invented himself and his art. I can hardly wait for the next volume."-Michael Swanwick

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& Taylor

Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A left-wing politician in the 1930s, he became one of the sources of Libertarian politics in the USA in his later years. His most famous works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This first of two volumes covers Heinlein's life up to the midlife crisis that changed him forever.--From publisher description.
The first volume of a two-volume biography explores author Robert A. Heinlein's life up to the end of the 1940s, including his time in the Navy, his struggle with tuberculosis, and his involvement in left-wing politics, as well as the mid-life crisis that changed him.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765319609
Branch Call Number: 921 HEINLEIN
Characteristics: 2 v. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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