Saturday, April 9, 2016


                       late 1800’s – mid 1950’s

Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988), is universally recognized as a Grand Master and a Founding Father of American Science Fiction. 

Heinlein began his career writing for the emerging SF pulp fiction magazines of the late 1939 when pulp magazines offered writing contests to attract new writers. Heinlein responded to such an ad and wrote his Life Line which was published  by Astounding Science Fiction magazine

Over the next fours years, until his military service in WWII, Mr. Heinlein would write over thirty short stories and three novels for the pulps. He quickly became one of the most popular writers for Astounding earning the highest rates in the business. During this time many of his stories are loosely associated in what is his Future History. 

Between 1947 and 1958, Heinlein wrote twelve bestselling science fiction stories for the Juvenile/Young Adult market.

During the 1960's, Heinlein transitioned to the Adult SF category and wrote a number of classics including four Hugo award-winning novels. 

Heinlein’s knack for offending sensibilities is one of his calling cards for instance, when his protagonists have affairs with their own clones, or go back in time to court their mom under the watchful eye of grandpaHis zeal for controversy not only set him apart from the other sci-fi masters of his era but also keeps us arguing about his books long after his passing. His pen names were: Anson MacDonald, Lyle Monro, John Riverside, Caleb Saunders, Simon York. 

For more on Heinlein check here:

H is also for HILARIOUS, I mean, c'mon! Ya gotta laugh at this one, no?

Always, Em-Musing


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Big fan of his work, although I've not read many of his short stories. He was an influence on what I write.
That last one is indeed hilarious.

Ella said...

I have to go check him out~ I am not sure if I have read his work or not-likely I have. Oh, my...I almost sprayed my keyboard with Coconut Iced funny! Great H and the Hugo award paired so well, with this one~ Well done

Nilanjana Bose said...

Have only become interested in sci-fi lately, an author for me to check out. Thanks.


i b arora said...

you are inspiring me to read some pulp fiction, again

Cherdo said...

Okay, the last one DID crack me up, ha ha. I think I have one of those eggs in the frig now.

Best wishes on the A-to-Z!

Cherdo on the Flipside
"Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines" on the A-to-Z Challenge 2016

Arlee Bird said...

The first Sci-fi novel that I ever read was by Robert Heinlein. I can't remember what it was other than who the author was. I was probably about nine at the time and checked it out of the library. The book looked like it was several years old and since this would have been around 1960 I'm guessing it was one of his earlier novels. It hooked me on the Sci-fi genre.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Anne Young said...

One of my favourite Heinlein books is "The Door into Summer". I could really relate to the idea of a cat asking his human to open many different doors in the hope that there was better weather behind.

one of your AtoZ neighbours

Timothy Brannan said...

RAH is still one of my favorite authors of all time.

Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
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