Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A socialist politician in the 1930s, he became one of the sources of Libertarian politics in the USA in his later years. His most famous 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.
And here’s more, this time from a Tor/Forge news release:
Scholar William H. Patterson Jr. was offered unprecedented access to Heinlein’s letters, notes, family, and friends, and has spent years researching the significant occurrences and relationships that shaped the mind of one of America’s most celebrated science-fiction writers. Patterson sets out not only to honor Heinlein, but to give his fans (and those yet to discover him) an entertaining and illuminating portrait of the man and his legend.
All well and good, except that the book is 624 pages long — and it’s only Volume 1 of a planned two-volume set.
READ MORE: “Robert A. Heinlein: The Tor.com Blog Symposium.”