Books by Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein is universally acknowledged as modern science fiction’s greatest author. At his death, in 1987, he left a legacy of books and stories that has profoundly influenced the course of the field for generations. But one of Heinlein’s most


FOR US, THE LIVING by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Though you can occasionally see the pulp SF guy lurking behind the narrative's stoic face here, this is definitely more academic exercise than worthy fiction."
The world as it should be—according to the late Heinlein (d. 1988). Read full book review >
REQUIEM by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Sentimental hagiography."
Another of science fiction's weird hybrids, comprising fiction, poems, speeches, reminiscences, and appreciations by and about Robert A. Heinlein (1907-88), one of the most successful and influential science fiction writers of the modern era. Read full book review >
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 1990

If any sf novel deserves to be called a "classic," it is Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Read full book review >

GRUMBLES FROM THE GRAVE by Robert A. Heinlein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 1989

"There are photographs, mostly boring."
Heinlein (1907-88) was one of the most renowned and influential science-fiction writers of the modern era; his selected correspondence—first with famous magazine editor John W. Campbell, later with his agent, Lurton Blassingame—is here edited by his widow Virginia and loosely organized into categories: Early Days (the Campbell era), Juvenile Novels (a highly successful series), Writing Methods (he wrote at length, then pruned vigorously), Fan Mail (and other distractions), Sales and Rejections, Building (his own house), Travel (worldwide), Adult Novels, and more. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 1985

"Still, Heinlein fans should be reasonably satisfied."
A notably schizophrenic Heinlein—of which the first two thirds, despite frequent pauses to belabor the obvious and indulge in idiotic chat, is fairly enjoyable action-adventure. Read full book review >
JOB by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 14, 1984

"Despite a few jarring or illogical moments: a limber, complex, and economical novel that disarms and often compels—with Heinlein's best theology-shaded fantasy since Stranger in a Strange Land."
Heinlein's back in form, with a most refreshing and satisfying blend of ideas and storytelling. Read full book review >
FRIDAY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1982

"Despite some original touches and flashes of excitement: a limp, talky, implausible rehash—but the Heinlein label remains a major attraction."
Friday's an Artificial Person, a product of test-tube eugenics, with enormously enhanced intelligence, senses and reflexes (she's beautiful too). Read full book review >
THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST by Robert A. Heinlein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1980

"Heinlein raised, for better and worse, to the Heinlein-est power."
The Number of the Beast in Revelations is 666; but mathematician Jacob Burroughs has projected a six-dimensional cosmos in which the number of alternative universes adds up to 6 raised to the 6th power and then raised to the 6th again! Read full book review >
TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 19, 1973

"His devotees, and they are legion, will find this irresistible."
In a sense, this massive chronicle of the life and interminable times of Lazarus Long, the oldest member of the human race (who first appeared in Methuselah's Children, 1958), is the conclusion of Heinlein's famous future history series of the '40's and '50's. Read full book review >
I WILL FEAR NO EVIL by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 3, 1970

"You could call it one of those surgical spare parts novels which immediately summons up the dreadful dual legacy of Christine-Christiaan Barnard."
As nearly as we could determine between the points, hither, thither and whither our mind was wandering, this is very little science and very little fiction by an author who has done a great deal under that umbrella of the sky. Read full book review >
FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1964

"The satire on fall-out shelters, race and sex lacks inspiration."
Heinlein attempts to mix science-fiction with social comment, satire and a reversal of our color problem by sending an American family 2,000 years into the future. Read full book review >
ORPHANS OF THE SKY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 1964

"The characters are pulpy and the central parable too clotted with comic-strip invention; perhaps because this originally appeared in 1941 as an Astounding Science Fiction serial."
The best quality of this sci-fi novel might be described as a sense of finity. Read full book review >
GLORY ROAD by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 1963

"Fairy- tale spinning in space for the young in heart and years by the two-time winner of the Hugo Award."
Footloose Scar Gordon is chosen as the knight errant and (later) husband of the beautiful Star. Read full book review >
PODKAYNE OF MARS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 19, 1962

"There are vistas of three planets (with a Macy and a Hilton on each) as well as the rivalries between the passengers complicated by radiation storms, free-fall and floating babies. An interplanetary plot and a moral append a highspirited entertainment for all ages.

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A somersault into the future is a parody of modern times and travels with cheerful Poddy (Podkayne) Fries, her troublesome young brother, and her Uncle to Venus- on an amusing variation of a cruiseliner. Read full book review >

STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 1959

"Somewhat pretentious in style and proposed scope, often slightly confusing to the non-aficionado, this should, nevertheless, find readers among the devotees of Robert Heinlein's impressively long list of science fiction titles."
A weirdly credible adventure revolving around moral philosophy and entomology, told in the first person. Read full book review >
METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN by Robert A. Heinlein
Released: April 25, 1958

"A genetic gambit- and inventive."
Through carefully controlled inbreeding, some 100,000 members of the Howard Families have achieved a life expectancy twice that of ordinary men and women- and this, when revealed, earns them the envy and enmity of the shorter-lived. Read full book review >
CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 1957

"Margaret Mader, the bustling lady anthropologist who proves a friend to Thorby (her resemblance to Margaret Mead seems more than coincidental) is a typical Heinlein touch in this synthesis of reality-unreality."
An inter-galactic waif, Thorby, was sold at a slave auction to Baslim the Cripple. Read full book review >
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1957

"Different and diverting."
Dan Davis, electronic engineer, is dumped by his venal partners and forced to take the long, cold sleep. Read full book review >
TIME FOR THE STARS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1956

"A catchy story that spoofs humanity's foibles and comments on them endearingly, this strengthens Heinlein's niche in the science fiction field yet further."
Mr. Heinlein's latest book is set in the far distant future when even space ships have been outdated and man is travelling by torchship. Read full book review >
DOUBLE STAR by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1956

"Not too far flung nor far fetched."
Lorenzo Smythe, an actor, is persuaded to impersonate the Chief Minister, Bonforte, whose disappearance and non-appearance at an important Martian meeting will threaten an already uneasy equilibrium between the races of both planets. Read full book review >
TUNNEL IN THE SKY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 1955

"Realistic, thought provoking, humorous."
Another imaginative science fiction story by Robert Heinlein treats its world of the future in delightfully human terms. Read full book review >
STAR BEAST by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 1954

"An adventure of some dimensions, this satirizes more than one social foible and provides its refreshing insights into a world where things can be quite, quite different."
Lummox the star beast is a delightful creature full of charming if distressing whims and caprices and an out-of-this-world intelligence that could teach humans a thing or two. Read full book review >
REVOLT IN 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein
Released: March 15, 1954

"For the followers, able yarning."
Volume III in a series (The Man Who Sold The Moon and The Green Hills of Earth) contains three tales of America's future. Read full book review >
STARMAN JONES by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1953

"Clifford Geary's black and whites add to the Heinlein inventiveness."
Forced-landing on an earth-like planet mars a trip to another solar system, but provides young Max Jones with a set of adventures that see him become a full-fledged Astrogator. Read full book review >
THE ROLLING STONES by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1952

"We leave the Stones taking off from Mars "outward bound to the ends of the Universe"."
Mr. Heinlein wonder of wonders- has turned out a WHOLESOME book on outer space. Read full book review >
TOMORROW THE STARS by Robert A. Heinlein
Released: Jan. 1, 1952

"With a minimum of the mumbo-jumbo which can be annoying — this supplies a brighter approach than heretofor."
This anthology, collected by a practitioner in the field of science-fiction, is marked by less hackneyed inclusions than some of the previous. Read full book review >
BETWEEN PLANETS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1951

"Shivers and solemn moments, lightened by some diverting Venerians, including a gentlemanly scientist-dragon, Sir Isaac Newton."
Another rocket rodeo by one of the foremost science-fiction writers of today-this one superior in treatment and inventiveness to last year's Farmer in the Sky Don Harvey, residing on earth, but a citizen of an Interplanetary Federation, born in a space ship between planets, finds himself in some difficulties when the citizens of the planet Venus revolt against the dictator tactics of the Federation. Read full book review >
THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1951

"Exciting, even if it exacts a strong stomach."
The recurrent enigma of the flying saucer is finally solved when an aerial pieplate is caught with its exhaust down by the F.B.I. of 2007. Read full book review >
FARMER IN THE SKY by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 11, 1950

"However, the story leans too much on the novelty and the characters lack substance."
The woozy vision of science fiction insinuates itself again into the juvenile field in this peculiar yarn about a trip in a space ship and pioneering on the planet Ganymede. Read full book review >
RED PLANET by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1949

"Another good bridging book."
A fascinating story of Earth-Humans on Mars. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1949

"An expert technician in this field, Heinlein produces able, highly imaginative tall tales."
Two science fiction fantasies — both projected into worlds of the future. Read full book review >
SPACE CADET by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 1948

"Good plot, excellent suspense and fantastically beautiful machines blend in a story that should make long time good reading for readers interested in mechanics."
A writer well-known in the "astounding story" field, and author of last year's Space Ship, projects us into the year 2075 with all the lift and zip of which he is capable, which is plenty... Read full book review >
ROCKET SHIP GALILEO by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1947

"Claim to rival Jules Verne is a trifle immodest — but at that it's good enough yarning on its own."
A nice piece of science fantasy by an author well known for his science fiction. Read full book review >