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Robert A. Heinlein, Volume 2 : In Dialogue with His Century: 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better
by Jr. William H. Patterson


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"Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with his Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better" The real-life story of Robert A. Heinlein in the second volume of the authorized biography by William H. Patterson

Robert A. Heinlein (1907 1988) is generally considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the twentieth century.  Read more...


 
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"Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with his Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better" The real-life story of Robert A. Heinlein in the second volume of the authorized biography by William H. Patterson

Robert A. Heinlein (1907 1988) is generally considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the twentieth century. His most famous and widely influential 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" all published in the years covered by this volume. He was a friend of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; became committed to defending the United States during the Cold War; and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s.

Heinlein was also devoted to space flight and humanity's future in space, and he was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, the revelations in this biography make for riveting reading."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765319616
  • ISBN-10: 0765319616
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 671
  • Dimensions: 9.64 x 6.38 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

The final volume of Patterson’s exhaustive biography of golden age science fiction’s leading luminary opens in 1948 with Heinlein lifting the genre out of the pulp ghetto and ushering SF into mainstream respectability. Heinlein’s work was winding down on the film Destination Moon, his juvenile novels (published the year before) were taking the young adult market by storm, and his stories were appearing in prestigious periodicals like the Saturday Evening Post. Heinlein had also begun brainstorming ideas for a “Martian Mowgli” novel—a science fiction variation on the theme of Kipling’s The Jungle Book that he would publish as his 1961 blockbuster Stranger in a Strange Land. These professional milestones punctuate a fast-paced chronicle of the author’s life, rich with references to Heinlein’s liberal politics, active engagement with the space race, the severe illnesses that dominated his twilight years, and intimate involvement with friends and family—notably Ginny, his third wife and soul-mate. Patterson tells Heinlein’s story in a breathless gush of details that blurs key events into the minutiae of daily life. However, his unprecedented access to Heinlein’s personal papers makes this adulatory portrait an important foundation for future appreciations of the author’s work. Agent: Eleanor Wood, Spectrum Literary Agency. (June)

 
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