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Heinlein, Robert (1907–1988)

Robert Heinlein, author and social critic, was born in 1907 in Missouri. He was one of the century's most important writers of science fiction. J. Neil Schulman said it best in his Reason article (later reprinted in “The Robert Heinlein Interview”) when he drew this picture of Robert A. Heinlein's eclectic followers:

His devotees range from freaked-out astrologers to coolly rational astronomers; from Goldwater-country conservatives to Greenwich Village anarchists; from atheists such as Madalyn Murray O'Hair to members of the Church of All Worlds who proclaim him a prophet and his novel, A Stranger in a Strange Land, a holy book.

Heinlein's award-winning science fiction spanned five decades and paved the way for a new era in the genre. Indeed, his works constitute some of the most ...

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