Robert A. Heinlein Books In Order

Publication Order of Future History Books

Methuselah's Children (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Hills of Earth (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revolt in 2100 (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orphans of the Sky (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Past Through Tomorrow (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Universe (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixth Column (1941) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Cadet (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond This Horizon (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Planet (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farmer in the Sky (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Between Planets (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Puppet Masters (1951) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rolling Stones (1952) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starman Jones (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Star Beast (1954) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Star (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tunnel in the Sky (1955) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time for the Stars (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Door into Summer (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Have Spacesuit - Will Travel (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starship Troopers (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Podkayne of Mars (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glory Road (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farnham's Freehold (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Will Fear No Evil (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Number of the Beast (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friday (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Variable Star (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

'All You Zombies--' (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Waldo and Magic Inc. (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment in Eternity (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Menace from Earth (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Legacy (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three by Heinlein (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Robert Heinlein (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life Line (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fantasies of Robert Heinlein (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ordeal in Space (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Requiem and Tributes to the Grand Master (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Project Moonbase and Others (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Expanded Universe (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grumbles from the Grave (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tramp Royale (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Take Back Your Government! (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Popularly known as the “Dean of Science Fiction Writers”, science fiction would not have achieved its status as a genre that could stand on its own without Robert A. Heinlein. Along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein helped usher in the “Golden Age of Science Fiction”, which is a period of time during the late 1930s leading up to the mid 1940s when science fiction gained a large audience and following, and numerous science fiction stories were published. And, rightfully so, it is because of his eclectic works and achievements in the field that he became its first Grand Master in 1974.

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri on July 7, 1907. He was the third son of Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein. Although Missouri was his birthplace, his family only stayed there for a few more months after his birth, before deciding to move to Kansas City where he would be spending most of his youth.

His destiny to become a great science fiction writer seemed apparent from the start, as young Heinlein was always seen in the Kansas City Public Library immersed in books of astronomy and science fiction. He was such a voracious reader of such stories that he declared that he had read all the science fiction stories he could get his hands on by the age of 16. He enjoyed reading books by famous sci-fi and fantasy writers like H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Jules Verne. But he showed particular favoritism towards Olaf Stapledon’s sci-fi romances. ‘

The time that he spent growing up in Kansas City would have a major impact on the type of fiction that he would write later in life. In fact, many of his famous works like “Time Enough For Love” are set in and heavily influenced by his hometown, and he often wrote about its stifling conservative practices in a lot of his novels and short stories.

Equally influential to his writing is his 5-year service in the U.S. Navy after graduating in 1929 with a degree in naval engineering from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It is also around this time that he married Elinor Curry – a union that would prove to be short-lived. Much of his early years of service was spent on board the USS Lexington, where he worked as a radio communications officer. By 1932, he would enter in a second marriage with Leslyn MacDonald, which lasted comparatively longer than his first one. In 1933, he was assigned to the USS Roper, where he became seasick most of the time. It is alleged that this factor is what primarily caused him to contract pulmonary tuberculosis later on. Because of his weakened condition, he was discharged from the Navy in 1934, even though he recovered fully from the disease.

He attended graduate classes for a brief time in UCLA before making his ill-fated decision to try out a career in politics. In 1938, he ran for the California State Assembly but failed utterly in the attempt. With his financial situation dire, he decided to give writing a hand. And this, as his later achievements attest, would prove to be the best decision he ever made.

It didn’t take long for his career to take flight, as in 1939, he was able to have his first story, “Life-Line”, published in the magazine, Astounding Science-Fiction. This would start a flow regular publications in the said magazine then ran by the late-great John W. Campbell, one of the men responsible for the development of science fiction into a serious genre. After a brief “retirement” in 1941, he would continue to be prolific until 1942, after which he immersed himself in naval aviation engineering development because of the war, and wouldn’t start writing again until 1947.

It is from this period on that he would write what would undoubtedly be the sci-fi stories that he is best remembered for. He received his first Hugo Award in 1956 for his story, “Double Star”. After working on an almost decade-long manuscript, “The Heretic”, he shelved it to begin writing “Starship Troopers”, which would inarguably become his most well-known work. Even though the novel was attacked by critics due to its controversial themes, at the time, Starship Troopers would go on to win a Hugo Award in 1960.

He would continue writing even up to the last years of his life. His last work, “To Sail Beyond the Sunset”, was published in 1987 on his birthday. And approximately nine months later, Robert A. Heinlein passed away on May 8, 1988, while taking his regular nap every morning.

Methuselah’s Children

This is the first novel which features Lazarus Long, a character that Heinlein would frequently use in his other novels. These novels are what would later make up the Lazarus Long series. “Metheselah’s Children” initially follows the story of Ira Howard and his ardent quest to prolong the lifespan of humans by supporting grandparents who have exhibited robust longevity and encouraging them to procreate. It is in this process of selective breeding that the “Howard” Families were conceived, with members assuming different identities and faking their demise to keep their lineage clandestine.

Trouble arrives when the new governing faction, The Covenant, becomes suspicious of their evidently long life. It does not take long for it to demand the Families to reveal the secret behind their longevity. Constantly harassed and vilified, Lazarus Long, the oldest member of the Families, suggests they leave Earth. Hijacking a starship, the Families begin their interstellar journey, exploring planet after planet, which contain inhabitants that share equally peculiar characteristics.

The novel won in the category “Best Libertarian Sci-fi Novel Award” at the Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards in 1997.

Time Enough For Love

This is the second novel that follows Lazarus Long, who at the start of the novel is now already considered as the oldest human begin alive. The book is divided into separate novellas which could stand on their own but are interconnected as well by its singular themes of selective breeding and incest. Many of the stories are either recollections of actual experiences that Lazarus had or his deeper meditations on life. The Notebooks of Lazarus Long provide aphorisms, which do not contribute to the narrative but is relavant to the themes of the book if taken as a whole. The book only assumes a linear narrative in the later stories, when Lazarus gains a deeper insight about the value of living.

The book mainly tackles the morality of incest and, as some critics have pointed out, attempts to justify their occurrence. “Time Enough For Love” was nominated for the “Best Novel” category at the 1973 Nebula Awards and was subsequently nominated in the 1974 Locus and Hugo Awards.

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