OVERRIDE

Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 1

In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve

William H. Patterson, Jr.

Tor Books

Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the twentieth 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 United States 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. He was a friend of admirals and of bestselling writers and artists, and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known.

This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. Robert A. Heinlein: Volume 1 (1907–1948): Learning Curve is about Robert A. Heinlein’s life up to the end of the 1940s and the midlife crisis that changed him forever.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

Robert A. Heinlein
1THE HEINLEINS OF BUTLER, MISSOURIButler, Missouri, has been the county seat and market town for Bates County since the resettlement of the "dark and bloody ground" after the Civil War. Eighty miles southeast of Kansas City, in 1907 it was in its third decade of sustained growth and had achieved a kind of stability that let its residents--most of them--enjoy what is now seen as a golden age of America, though in October of that year they were in for another depression, as debilitating as the savage depression of 1893.Both the Heinlein and Lyle families were well established
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 1

“[Heinlein] made footsteps big enough for a whole country to follow. And it was our country that did it… We proceed down a path marked by his ideas. That’s legacy enough for any man. He showed us where the future is.”
 —Tom Clancy

“Like Carlos Baker’s Hemingway, this is an essential and exhaustive life.”
 —Joe Haldeman

“Patterson offers a meticulous life-portrait of America’s most pivotal science fiction author. In following Robert Heinlein’s journey, step-by-step, we come to understand the persistent themes of his work. Perseverance, compassion, courage, curiosity, and—above all—a drive to confront the future on its own terms, eye-to-eye.”
—David Brin

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William H. Patterson, Jr.

  • William H. Patterson, Jr., is an independent scholar who has published two books about Heinlein as well as numerous articles. He is an editor and contributor to the Virginia Edition Collected Works of Robert A. Heinlein. He lives in Los Angeles.
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 1

In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve

William H. Patterson, Jr.

Hugo Award - Nominee, Locus Awards - Winner, Hugo Award - Nominee, Locus Awards - Winner
BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Tor Books

BACK