Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century

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Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with his Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better: The real-life story of Robert A. Heinlein in the second volume of the authorized biography by William H. Patterson! Robert A. Heinlein (1907a€“1988) is generally considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the twentieth century. His most famous and widely influential 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 Mistressa€”all published in the years covered by this volume. He was a friend of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; became committed to defending the United States during the Cold War; and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative in the 1980s. Heinlein was also devoted to space flight and humanity's future in space, and he was a commanding presence to all around him in his lifetime. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, the revelations in this biography make for riveting reading.Heinlein suggested they eliminate a€œMarsa€ from the titlea€”or any obvious ap- peal to the science-fiction audience: The book is not science ... This book was a make- orbreak test for him, he had told Lurton Blassingame: The Manfrom Mars is an attempt on my part to break ... However, I have no desire to write a€œmain streama€ stories such as The Catcher in The Rye, By Love Possessed, Peyton Place, The Mananbsp;...

Title:Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century
Author:William H. Patterson, Jr.
Publisher:Macmillan - 2014-06-03


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