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Publication Order of Future History/Heinlein Timeline Books

Misfit (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Methuselah's Children (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Hills of Earth (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revolt in 2100 (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Orphans of the Sky (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heinlein's Juveniles Books

Rocket Ship Galileo (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Cadet (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Planet (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Farmer in the Sky / Satellite Scout (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between Planets / Planets in Combat (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rolling Stones / Tramp Space Ship / Space Family Stone (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starman Jones (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star Beast / Star Lummox (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tunnel in the Sky (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time for the Stars (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citizen of the Galaxy (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Road to Science Fiction Books

by James Edwin Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 1 (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Science Fiction 6: Around the World (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of World As Myth Books

Time Enough for Love (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Number of the Beast (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Universe (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destination Moon (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year of the Jackpot (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
'All You Zombies--' (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Life Line (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordeal in Space (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waldo & Magic, Inc. (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assignment in Eternity (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Menace from Earth (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Legacy (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three by Heinlein / Heinlein Triad (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Robert Heinlein, 1947-1959 (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off the Main Sequence (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outward Bound (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Project Moonbase and Others (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Science Fiction Novel (With: Robert Bloch,C.M. Kornbluth,Alfred Bester,Basil Davenport) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cliffsnotes Heinlein's Works (With: CliffsNotes,Baird Searles) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Expanded Universe (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grumbles from the Grave (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tramp Royale (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Take Back Your Government (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

Street & Smith's Unknown, Vol 4. No. 6(1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space(1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow, the Stars(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - May 1954 - Vol. 6, No. 5(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Short Science Fiction Tales(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds to Come: New Science Fiction Adventures(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy Science Fiction, October-November 1970(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Dimensions(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rod Serling's Other Worlds(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of All Possible Worlds(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog: Writers' Choice Volume II(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Destinies Vol. 6: Winter 1988(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Separate Star: A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats in Space... and Other Places(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bangs & Whimpers(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The SFWA Grand Masters 1(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Super Pack #1(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Sky(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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4 Responses to “Robert A. Heinlein”

  1. Susan Jo Lewis: 2 years ago

    The Covenant is the “constitution” of the new government after the religious-based government of the Prophet, written about in “If This Goes On…” It has nothing to do with the government trying to find the Howards.
    The Howards thought that as under the Covenant everyone is urbane and kind and polite–the greeting and goodbye is “May I do you a service?” –they would be safe in revealing themselves. Turns out they were wrong. Those kind, urbane people go a bit crazy to learn that there are people living to 200 years and older, and they are sure there is a secret the Howards are keeping to themselves.

  2. Scott Elsdon: 4 years ago

    To sail beyond the sunset is part of the future history series, after Notebooks. It deals with TIFL from Maureen’s perspective and continues the storey onwards

  3. Alex Predoehl: 4 years ago

    I just wanted to look up a book in comparison with his other works. I am re-reading Beyond This Horizon, which I think isn’t one of his best. However, I am more interested in the copyright.

    My copy says: 1942 Street Publications, inc.
    1948 Robert Heinlein

    It is a Signet Publication- but this suggests that the Story was published in 1942 long before the 1948 Book. Is there any interest in charting the original timeline of his stories?

    • Susan Jo Lewis: 2 years ago

      I know I am answering a question posed two years ago. There is a timeline of the future history stories in, I believe, The Past Through Tomorrow.


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