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About the Author
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was an American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time. Some of his most popular works include Glory Road, as well as his controversial bestsellers Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and the short story All You Zombies. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback.
Date of Birth:July 7, 1907
Date of Death:May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:Carmel, California
Education:Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A collection of letters to and from (mostly from) Heinlein over the course of his writing career. The idea for a book with this title, published posthumously, and including such letters and some biographical material was Heinlein's, though he didn't have the chance to put the book together before he died. The letters were selected, edited, and arranged by Heinlein's wife. This is fascinating reading for any Heinlein fan (there's lots and lots on Heinlein's writing process with insights into his drafting, editing, and opinions on editors' suggestions), and would probably be worthwhile to anyone interested in the "birth" of science fiction as a literary genre as well. In addition to letters about writing and his books (most of them to his agent), there are letters about some of the extensive traveling the Heinleins did and some insight into Heinlein's day-to-day life and work ethic. Recommended.