Robert A. Heinlein Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Robert Anson Heinlein (HIN-lin) was one of the leading figures—many would say the leading figure—in the development of American science fiction from its pulp-magazine phase to the success and prestige it now enjoys. He was born in 1907 in the American heartland on a farm in Butler, Missouri. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Missouri, but he yearned to see more of the world and eventually transferred to the United States Naval Academy. After graduating in 1929, he served five years as a naval officer but was forced to retire for reasons of ill health in 1934. After doing graduate work in physics at the University of California at Los Angeles, he served during World War II as an engineer at the Naval Air Experimental Station in Philadelphia. This strong background in science and engineering, coupled with firsthand knowledge of the military, is reflected in Heinlein’s stories, novels, and other writings and gives them a credibility that has appealed to generations of readers. In 1948, Heinlein married Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld; they had no children.{$S[A]MacDonald, Anson;Heinlein, Robert A.}{$S[A]Monroe, Lyle;Heinlein, Robert A.}{$S[A]Saunders, Caleb;Heinlein, Robert A.}{$S[A]Riverside, John;Heinlein, Robert A.}

Heinlein began his long and impressive career as a published science-fiction writer with the appearance in 1939 of his short story “Lifeline” in the popular magazine Astounding Science Fiction. Thereafter, writing not only under his own name but also under the pseudonyms Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monroe, Caleb Saunders, and John Riverside (some of whom were also characters in later works), he published an ever-increasing number of stories. In 1941, in Astounding Science Fiction, Heinlein first defined his Future History series, a device for tying together disparate stories that was thereafter widely imitated by other writers of the genre. Many of these stories were eventually collected and published in such highly successful books as The Man Who Sold the Moon, The Green Hills of Earth, Revolt in 2100, and The...

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Author Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri, on July 7,1907. His parents, Rex Ivar and Bam (Lyle) Heinlein had two sons before...

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(Short Stories for Students)

Born on July 7, 1907, in Butler, Missouri, Robert Anson Heinlein was one of seven children. He finished high school in 1924, spent a year at...

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