Robert A. Heinlein Books

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Robert A. Heinlein was an American author and aeronautical engineer that wrote science fiction. Born in 1907 in Butler, Missouri, the years Heinlein spent in Kansas City influenced his perception of the world.

Order of Future History/Heinlein Timeline Series

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1 Misfit 1939 Description / Buy
2 Methuselah's Children 1941 Description / Buy
3 The Man Who Sold the Moon 1950 Description / Buy
4 The Green Hills of Earth 1951 Description / Buy
5 Revolt in 2100 1953 Description / Buy
6 Orphans of the Sky 1963 Description / Buy
7 The Past Through Tomorrow 1967 Description / Buy

Order of World As Myth Series

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1 Time Enough for Love 1973 Description / Buy
2 The Number of the Beast 1980 Description / Buy
3 The Cat Who Walks Through Walls 1985 Description / Buy
4 To Sail Beyond the Sunset 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Heinlein's Juveniles Series

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1 Rocket Ship Galileo 1947 Description / Buy
2 Space Cadet 1948 Description / Buy
3 Red Planet 1949 Description / Buy
4 Farmer in the Sky / Satellite Scout 1950 Description / Buy
5 Between Planets / Planets in Combat 1951 Description / Buy
6 The Rolling Stones / Tramp Space Ship / Space Family Stone 1952 Description / Buy
7 Starman Jones 1953 Description / Buy
8 The Star Beast / Star Lummox 1954 Description / Buy
9 Tunnel in the Sky 1955 Description / Buy
10 Time for the Stars 1956 Description / Buy
11 Citizen of the Galaxy 1957 Description / Buy
12 Have Space Suit—Will Travel 1958 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Standalone Novels

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1 Sixth Column / The Day After Tomorrow (As: Anson MacDonald) 1941 Description / Buy
2 Beyond This Horizon (As: Anson MacDonald) 1948 Description / Buy
3 The Puppet Masters 1951 Description / Buy
4 Double Star 1956 Description / Buy
5 The Door into Summer 1957 Description / Buy
6 Starship Troopers / Starship Soldier 1959 Description / Buy
7 Stranger in a Strange Land 1961 Description / Buy
8 Podkayne of Mars 1963 Description / Buy
9 Glory Road 1963 Description / Buy
10 Farnham's Freehold 1964 Description / Buy
11 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress 1966 Description / Buy
12 I Will Fear No Evil 1970 Description / Buy
13 Friday 1982 Description / Buy
14 Job 1984 Description / Buy
15 For Us, the Living 2003 Description / Buy
16 Variable Star ( With: Spider Robinson) 2006 Description / Buy
17 The Pursuit of the Pankera 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Universe (Short Story) 1941 Description / Buy
2 Destination Moon 1950 Description / Buy
3 The Year of the Jackpot (Short Story) 1952 Description / Buy
4 'All You Zombies--' (Short Story) 1959 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Chapbooks

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1 The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (Short Story) 1975 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Short Story Collections

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1 Life Line 1939 Description / Buy
2 Ordeal in Space 1948 Description / Buy
3 Waldo & Magic, Inc. (Short Story) 1950 Description / Buy
4 Assignment in Eternity 1953 Description / Buy
5 The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag 1959 Description / Buy
6 The Menace from Earth 1959 Description / Buy
7 Lost Legacy 1960 Description / Buy
8 Three by Heinlein / Heinlein Triad 1965 Description / Buy
9 The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein 1972 Description / Buy
10 The Best of Robert Heinlein, 1947-1959 (Short Story) 1973 Description / Buy
11 The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein 1986 Description / Buy
12 Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master 1991 Description / Buy
13 Off the Main Sequence 2005 Description / Buy
14 Outward Bound 2006 Description / Buy
15 Project Moonbase and Others 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Non-Fiction Books

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1 Expanded Universe 1980 Description / Buy
2 Grumbles from the Grave 1989 Description / Buy
3 Tramp Royale 1992 Description / Buy
4 Take Back Your Government 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Infinite Stars Series

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1 Infinite Stars 2017 Description / Buy
2 Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers 2019 Description / Buy

Order of New Destinies Series

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1 New Destinies Vol. 1: Spring 1987 ( By: Jim Baen) 1987 Description / Buy
2 New Destinies Vol. 2: Fall 1987 ( By: Jim Baen) 1987 Description / Buy
3 New Destinies Vol. 3: Spring 1988 ( By: Jim Baen) 1988 Description / Buy
4 New Destinies Vol. 4: Summer 1988 ( By: Jim Baen) 1988 Description / Buy
5 New Destinies Vol. 5: Fall 1988 ( By: Jim Baen) 1988 Description / Buy
6 New Destinies Vol. 6: Winter 1988 ( With: Jim Baen) 1988 Description / Buy
7 New Destinies Vol. 7: Spring 1989 ( By: Jim Baen) 1989 Description / Buy
8 New Destinies Vol. 8: Fall 1989 ( By: Jim Baen) 1989 Description / Buy
9 New Destinies Vol. 9: Fall 1990 ( By: Elizabeth Moon, , Michael Flynn, Jim Baen, , , John Dalmas) 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Robert A. Heinlein Collections

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1 The Virginia Edition (46 Volume Collectors Set) 2010 Description / Buy

Robert A. Heinlein Anthologies

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1 Tomorrow, the Stars 1952 Description / Buy
2 50 Short Science Fiction Tales 1963 Description / Buy
3 The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A 1973 Description / Buy
4 Other Dimensions 1974 Description / Buy
5 The Best of All Possible Worlds 1980 Description / Buy
6 Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow 1987 Description / Buy
7 Cats in Space... and Other Places 1992 Description / Buy
8 The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 2010 Description / Buy
9 Space Pioneers 2018 Description / Buy
10 Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers 2019 Description / Buy
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But the author eventually abandoned the moral values instilled in him during his childhood. Heinlein attended the US Naval Academy and got married soon after his graduation.

The marriage dissolved a year later. The radical politics of his second wife, Leslyn Macdonald, influenced the author to the point where Isaac Asimov saw fit to call him a flaming liberal.

After serving on the USS Lexington and USS Roper, pulmonary tuberculosis forced the author out of the Navy. During his extended stay in the hospital, Heinlein conceived the idea of the waterbed, preventing other people from patenting the concept by mentioning it in multiple books.

After studying math and physics at the University of California for a few weeks, the author tried his hand at various jobs before finally running for the California State Assembly. He did not succeed.

At that particular point in his life, the Navy’s disability pension was too small to support Heinlein. He took up writing to pay his mortgage. The first story he published (Life-Line) made a bigger splash than he expected.

But then the Second World War came along, and the author returned to the Navy, working in aeronautical engineering and recruiting the likes of Isaac Asimov.

In the aftermath of the war, the author started churning out political nonfiction, inspired by the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Heinlein’s life took several twists and turns in the years that followed.

He made his mark on the publishing arena with a series of stories that appeared in ‘The Saturday Evening Post.’ Then his second marriage fell apart, paving the way for his third and final marriage to Virginia Gestenfeld.

Virginia was an accomplished engineer who read all his manuscripts before they saw the light of day. After writing several novels for young adults, the author turned his attention to adult audiences with books such as ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land.’

But then his work rate deteriorated in response to his ill health. After struggling with chronic exhaustion for several years, doctors discovered a blocked carotid artery.

A carotid bypass operation re-invigorated the author. He wrote five novels before dying in his sleep in 1988.
Robert A. Heinlein Awards

Heinlein won numerous Hugo Awards. He also received Nebula and Prometheus Award nominations.

Robert A. Heinlein Books into Movies

Several Heinlein stories received adaptations, the most prominent being ‘Starship Troopers.’ All told, four films came out of the author’s work, not to mention two TV series.

Best Robert A. Heinlein Books

The author has been praised for pioneering hard science fiction. He frequently emphasized the importance of scientific accuracy in science fiction. Heinlein’s best books include:

Stranger in a Strange Land: Valentine Michael Smith is not like other people. He spent his life on Mars. As such, when he returns to earth, Valentine must come to terms with the vast differences between his perception of life and that of his new neighbors. Life on earth differs drastically from what Valentine knows.

He doesn’t understand the values and prejudices he encounters. Valentine wants to pass his teachings on to the people he meets. But some of the humans he encounters have nefarious intentions. They know that Valentine has a lot of money, and they will do everything in their power to contain and control him.

Fortunately, Valentine is far from helpless. The man has unique talents no mortal being can comprehend.

Starship Troopers: Starship Troopers tells the story of Juan Rico. Rico lives in the distant future. The military Elite rules society. Mankind is at war with an alien species seemingly hellbent on destroying civilization.

Readers follow Rico on his journey from recruit to an officer. Along the way, the protagonist encounters several interesting characters that challenge his philosophical and moral perceptions.

Starship Troopers was Heinlein’s most controversial novel when it first came out. Later on, it gained a following of enthusiastic contemporary readers who frequently debate Heinlein’s intentions. Paul Verhoeven turned the book into a live-action movie.

But the movie has very little in common with the book. Verhoeven kept the character names and the concept. He changed everything else.

When Does The Next Robert A. Heinlein book come out?

Robert A. Heinlein doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Pursuit of the Pankera and was released on March, 24th 2020.

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