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Welcome to the Robert A. Heinlein wiki. the unofficial, and at least partially sentient, database containing information about his work.

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of the genre. He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was among the first authors of bestselling, novel-length science fiction in the modern, mass-market era. He has been both widely praised and criticized - and continues to entertain and annoy decades after his death in 1988. He's been called both a visionary[1] and a fascist;[2] his work both dated[3] and timeless[4]. Many scientists and engineers who built the world's first spacecraft (as well as today's space-tourism entrepreneurs and customers) cite his novels as their inspiration. There's a copy of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress on the International Space Station.[5]

While I was researching for this intro I found this quote from John Scalzi on his blog[6]:

Dive into a Heinlein book and you may disagree with it, but you won’t be bored with it. Which annoys the people who hate his politics to no end — he’s a fascist and he’s a good read! How dare he be enjoyable!

Some feminists cite his earlier work, with its atypical competent and very positive female characters, as inspiring, others look at his later work with its, perhaps less well drawn female characters, and despair... (sometimes these two groups are the same people[7]).

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References Edit

  1. George Ziemann http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=943&dat=19880517&id=-K1PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eVMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6940,1621003
  2. Charles Hauther http://articles.latimes.com/2007/dec/09/entertainment/ca-heinlein9
  3. LEE SANDLIN http://www.wsj.com/articles/book-review-robert-a-heinlein-by-william-h-patterson-jr-1403904500
  4. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/starship-troopers-robert-a-heinlein/1100171692?ean=9780441783588
  5. http://www.newscientist.com/blog/space/2006/10/little-lightweight-reading.html
  6. http://whatever.scalzi.com/2007/12/10/the-zombie-robert-heinlein-rises-from-the-grave-yet-again-to-annoy-the-politically-correct/
  7. M. G. Lord http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/02/books/review/02lord.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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