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The Writings of Robert A. Heinlein

I had NO idea...
that the writings of Heinlein were so prolific.

That he was hardcore Libertarian is easily discerned by just glimpsing
the titles only.... let alone the plots and characters.

Most everyone mentions:
Farnham's Freehold
Stranger In A Strange Land
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

when they speak of Heinlein.

Oh but there's more.... much more.
Check it out.
The below (clueless) writeup does NOT do justice to what this man was REALLY all about... but I include it for contrast. (heh heh)

Robert Heinlein
(Robert Anson Heinlein)
aka Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, Caleb Saunders, Simon York

One of the founding fathers of the hard SF tradition which sees both story and society as merely a matter of effective engineering, Heinlein started writing for pulp magazines, especially Astounding, in 1939 and was a dominant influence on the field for the next forty years.

His early stories--The Man who Sold the Moon and The Green Hills of Earth--are set in a "Future History" in which American society goes through radical changes and it is private enterprise that settles in space.

Heinlein wrote a number of influential young adult SF books--Starman Jones, and Podakayne of Mars--which are generally freer in their handling of scientific themes than his books for adults. The right wing strain in his thinking produced a classic of McCarthyite paranoid fiction The Puppet Masters, in which the unwary are possessed by alien slugs. He achieved his major fame, not to say notoriety, with two books of the early 1960s--Starship Troopers, which, filmed satirically by Paul Verhoeven, started a whole sub-genre of militarist SF, while Stranger in a Strange Land with its free love and imaginary religions was a favourite of Charles Manson.

Perhaps the best book of his later phase is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, one of SF's more intelligent retreads of 1776 in space; the best of his earlier books is Double Star, a flip tale of impersonation and political intrigue on Mars.


6xH Six Stories
A Bathroom Of Her Own
A Comedy Of Justice
A Tenderfoot In Space
All You Zombies
And He Built A Crooked House
Assignment In Eternity
Between Planets
Beyond Doubt
Beyond This Horizon
Blowups Happen
By His Bootstraps
Citizen of the Galaxy
Columbus Was A Dope
Common Sense
Dance Session
Delilah and the Space Rigger
Destination Moon
Double Star
Expanded Universe (SS Coll)
Farmer In The Sky
Farnham's Freehold
For Us The Living
Free Men
Future History 1958) Methuselahs Children
Gentlemen Be Seated
Glory Road
Goldfish Bowl
Grumbles From the Grave
Have Space Suit Will Travel
I Will Fear No Evil
If This Goes On
It's Great to Be Back
Jerry Was a Man
Job, A Comedy of Justice
Let There Be Light
Logic of Empire
Lost Legacy
Magic, Inc
No Bands Playing No Flags Flying
Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon
On The Slopes Of Vesuvius
Ordeal In Space
Our Fair City
Pie From the Sky
Pipe Piper
Podkayne of Mars
Poor Daddy
Project Nightmare
Puppet Masters, The
Red Planet
Rocket Ship Galileo
Shooting Destination Moon
Short Stories - Volume 01
Short Stories - Volume 02
Short Stories
Six Stories
Sixth Column
Sky Lift
Solution Unsatisfactory
Space Cadet
Space Family Stone
Space Jockey
Starman Jones (v2.1) [htm]
Starship Troopers
Stranger In A Strange Land
Successful Operation
Take Back Your Government
Tenderfoot In Space [rtf]
The Black Pits of Luna
The Bulletin Board
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
The Cursed Expedition
The Discovery of the Future
The Door Into Summer
The Future Revisited
The Good News of High Frontier
The L-5 Society
The Last Days of the United States
The Library Policeman
The Long Watch
The Man Who Traveled In Elephants
The Menace from Earth
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
The Notebooks Of Lazarus Long
The Number of the Beast
The Past Through Tomorrow
The Puppet Masters
The Roads Must Roll
The Rolling Stones
The Star Beast
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
The Worlds Of Robert A Heinlein
They Do It With Mirrors
This I Believe
Time For The Stars
To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Tomorrow The Stars
Tramp Royale
Tunnel In The Sky
Variable Star
Water Is For Washing
We Also Walk Dogs
Witch's Daughters
Year of the Jackpot

Future History - 01 - Methuselah's Children
Future History - 02 - The Man Who Sold the Moon
Future History - 03 - The Green Hills of Earth
Future History - 04 - Revolt in 2100
Future History - 05 - Orphans of the Sky
Future History - 06 - The Past Through Tomorrow
Future History - 07 - Time Enough for Love

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Heinlein wrote some masterpieces

But he also produced a great deal of crap. I guess it's only to be expected with someone so prolific. In fact, that is the key to greatness: be prolific.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu


"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done."
- Robert A. Heinlein

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

if you are a cat person

I recommend the Door into Summer or (obviously) the Cat who walks through walls.
It helps if you can read his works in chronological order as characters are retained through many of them.
Don't hesitate to pick up any of them at random though, you won't be sorry.
I also recommend Anne McCaffrey's Freedom or Pegasus trilogies. She liked that Heinlein did not cast females as minor characters. Atypical for the genre. She even uses Waldoes in the Pegasus trilogy.
My favorites?
I'm a cat person, see above.
It was The Number Of the Beast that inspired me to read Baum, Burroughs and Swift though.
Loved Farnahm's Freehold.
Good luck checking used bookstores near Cape Anne though there is a leather bound copy of Stranger at Manchester by the book last I checked. If you stop in fot it, tell Mark I sent you.

What was with all the incest in all his novels?

hes overrated.

Love me some RAH

Thanks for posting. I am rereading "I Will Fear No Evil" for the umpteenth time right now. Heinlein is the reason I am a Libertarian. I first started reading him in the 1970's as a teenager and still read him frequently today. My personal favorites are Methuselahs Children / Time Enough for Love.

Heinlein is awesome.

Heinlein is awesome.

"I ain't the dying type."

Reader, writer, soldier.

My favs

My favorites are "Time Enough for Love" and "Revolt in 2100", but also like "I Will Fear No Evil". Just re-read Stranger.

One thing that impresses me with Heinlein is his sometimes uncanny ability to project cultural trends - usually bad - and now eerily familiar.

Revolt in 2100 is particularly prescient with respect to DHS/TSA type controls and the monopolization by TPTB of all media - and how it is defeated.


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Mine: the Moon Is A Harsh Mistress


Mine too.

But most of his "young adult" novels are also purely wonderful:
Red Planet
Time for the Stars
Tunnel in the Sky
Have Spacesuit Will Travel
The Rolling Stones
Between Planets

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose