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Several of his other works have been published posthumously. Based on an outline and notes created by Heinlein in , Spider Robinson has written the novel Variable Star. Heinlein's posthumously published nonfiction includes a selection of correspondence and notes edited into a somewhat autobiographical examination of his career, published in under the title Grumbles from the Grave by his wife, Virginia; his book on practical politics written in published as Take Back Your Government ; and a travelogue of their first around-the-world tour in , Tramp Royale.
The novels Podkayne of Mars and Red Planet , which were edited against his wishes in their original release, have been reissued in restored editions. Stranger In a Strange Land was originally published in a shorter form, but both the long and short versions are now simultaneously available in print.
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The collection includes manuscript drafts, correspondence, photographs and artifacts. A substantial portion of the archive has been digitized and it is available online through the Robert A. Heinlein published 32 novels, 59 short stories, and 16 collections during his life.
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Four films, two television series, several episodes of a radio series, and a board game have been derived more or less directly from his work. He wrote a screenplay for one of the films. Heinlein edited an anthology of other writers' SF short stories. Three nonfiction books and two poems have been published posthumously. Four collections have been published posthumously.
Over the course of his career Heinlein wrote three somewhat overlapping series. Heinlein began his career as a writer of stories for Astounding Science Fiction magazine, which was edited by John Campbell. The science fiction writer Frederik Pohl has described Heinlein as "that greatest of Campbell-era sf writers".
Alexei and Cory Panshin noted that Heinlein's impact was immediately felt. In , the year after selling 'Life-Line' to Campbell, he wrote three short novels, four novelettes, and seven short stories. They went on to say that "No one ever dominated the science fiction field as Bob did in the first few years of his career.
He says that "We find ourselves not only in a world other than our own, but identifying with a living, breathing individual who is operating within its context, and thinking and acting according to its terms. The first novel that Heinlein wrote, For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs , did not see print during his lifetime, but Robert James tracked down the manuscript and it was published in Though some regard it as a failure as a novel,  considering it little more than a disguised lecture on Heinlein's social theories , some readers took a very different view.
In a review of it, John Clute wrote:. I'm not about to suggest that if Heinlein had been able to publish [such works] openly in the pages of Astounding in , SF would have gotten the future right; I would suggest, however, that if Heinlein, and his colleagues, had been able to publish adult SF in Astounding and its fellow journals, then SF might not have done such a grotesquely poor job of prefiguring something of the flavor of actually living here at the onset of For Us, the Living was intriguing as a window into the development of Heinlein's radical ideas about man as a social animal , including his interest in free love.
The root of many themes found in his later stories can be found in this book. It also contained a large amount of material that could be considered background for his other novels. This included a detailed description of the protagonist's treatment to avoid being banned to Coventry a lawless land in the Heinlein mythos where unrepentant law-breakers are exiled.
It appears that Heinlein at least attempted to live in a manner consistent with these ideals, even in the s, and had an open relationship in his marriage to his second wife, Leslyn. He was also a nudist ;  nudism and body taboos are frequently discussed in his work.
At the height of the Cold War , he built a bomb shelter under his house, like the one featured in Farnham's Freehold. After For Us, The Living , Heinlein began selling to magazines first short stories, then novels, set in a Future History , complete with a time line of significant political, cultural, and technological changes. A chart of the future history was published in the May issue of Astounding.
Over time, Heinlein wrote many novels and short stories that deviated freely from the Future History on some points, while maintaining consistency in some other areas. The Future History was eventually overtaken by actual events. These discrepancies were explained, after a fashion, in his later World as Myth stories. It is strange how, among all the justified praise heaped upon Heinlein, what should have counted as one of the most brilliant successes of his entire career is very much overlooked. I talk, of course, about the story " Solution Unsatisfactory ". At the time when the Second World War just got seriously going, the United States and Soviet Union had not yet become directly involved and the world's attention was riveted on the unfolding Battle of Britain , Heinlein was four or five steps ahead of everybody.
More than a year before Roosevelt authorized the Manhatten Project , Heinlein correctly foresaw that: a The President of the US would initiate a secret project to develop nuclear weapons and employ scientist refugees from Nazi Europe; b By , the US would have a weapon able to destroy an entire city in one blow from a single airplane — and would use that weapon to end to war; c That with the US having thus won the war, the world would become aware of the realities of a nuclear arms race — without using the term, Heinlein predicted and described in detail the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction ; and d Concretely, the main issue on the agenda in the post years would be whether the Soviet Union would obtain nuclear arms, and if it did — would the Soviets try to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the United States.
For having predicted all that in — even to accurately predicting the remorse and guilt feeling of the scientists involved — Heinlein deserves much plaudits. In my view, this should have counted for than the Future History — which is entertaining but widely off the mark as, well, future history. Heinlein's first novel published as a book, Rocket Ship Galileo , was initially rejected because going to the moon was considered too far-fetched, but he soon found a publisher, Scribner's , that began publishing a Heinlein juvenile once a year for the Christmas season.
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Many of these were first published in serial form under other titles, e. There has been speculation that Heinlein's intense obsession with his privacy was due at least in part to the apparent contradiction between his unconventional private life and his career as an author of books for children. However, For Us, The Living explicitly discusses the political importance Heinlein attached to privacy as a matter of principle thus negating this line of reasoning.
The novels that Heinlein wrote for a young audience are commonly called "the Heinlein juveniles", and they feature a mixture of adolescent and adult themes. Many of the issues that he takes on in these books have to do with the kinds of problems that adolescents experience.
His protagonists are usually intelligent teenagers who have to make their way in the adult society they see around them. On the surface, they are simple tales of adventure, achievement, and dealing with stupid teachers and jealous peers. Heinlein was a vocal proponent of the notion that juvenile readers were far more sophisticated and able to handle more complex or difficult themes than most people realized.
His juvenile stories often had a maturity to them that made them readable for adults. Red Planet , for example, portrays some subversive themes, including a revolution in which young students are involved; his editor demanded substantial changes in this book's discussion of topics such as the use of weapons by children and the misidentified sex of the Martian character. Heinlein was always aware of the editorial limitations put in place by the editors of his novels and stories, and while he observed those restrictions on the surface, was often successful in introducing ideas not often seen in other authors' juvenile SF.
In , James Blish wrote that one reason for Heinlein's success "has been the high grade of machinery which goes, today as always, into his story-telling. Heinlein seems to have known from the beginning, as if instinctively, technical lessons about fiction which other writers must learn the hard way or often enough, never learn. He does not always operate the machinery to the best advantage, but he always seems to be aware of it. Heinlein decisively ended his juvenile novels with Starship Troopers , a controversial work and his personal riposte to leftists calling for President Dwight D.
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Eisenhower to stop nuclear testing in Later, in Expanded Universe , Heinlein said that it was his intention in the novel that service could include positions outside strictly military functions such as teachers, police officers, and other government positions. This is presented in the novel as an outgrowth of the failure of unearned suffrage government and as a very successful arrangement. In addition, the franchise was only awarded after leaving the assigned service; thus those serving their terms—in the military, or any other service—were excluded from exercising any franchise. Career military were completely disenfranchised until retirement.
The name Starship Troopers was licensed for an unrelated, B movie script called Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine , which was then retitled to benefit from the book's credibility. Fans of Heinlein were critical of the movie, which they considered a betrayal of Heinlein's philosophy, presenting the society in which the story takes place as fascist.
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Likewise, the powered armor technology that is not only central to the book, but became a standard subgenre of science fiction thereafter, is completely absent in the movie, where the characters use World War II -technology weapons and wear light combat gear little more advanced than that. Verhoeven commented that he had tried to read the book after he had bought the rights to it, in order to add it to his existing movie. However he read only the first two chapters, finding it too boring to continue.
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He thought it was a bad book and asked Ed Neumeier to tell him the story because he couldn't read it. From about Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love , Heinlein explored some of his most important themes, such as individualism , libertarianism , and free expression of physical and emotional love. Heinlein did not publish Stranger in a Strange Land until some time after it was written, and the themes of free love and radical individualism are prominently featured in his long-unpublished first novel, For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress tells of a war of independence waged by the Lunar penal colonies, with significant comments from a major character, Professor La Paz, regarding the threat posed by government to individual freedom. Although Heinlein had previously written a few short stories in the fantasy genre, during this period he wrote his first fantasy novel, Glory Road.
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Patterson, Jr. The penultimate novel of this period, I Will Fear No Evil , is according to critic James Gifford "almost universally regarded as a literary failure"  and he attributes its shortcomings to Heinlein's near-death from peritonitis. After a seven-year hiatus brought on by poor health, Heinlein produced five new novels in the period from The Number of the Beast to To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
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These books have a thread of common characters and time and place. They most explicitly communicated Heinlein's philosophies and beliefs, and many long, didactic passages of dialog and exposition deal with government, sex, and religion. These novels are controversial among his readers and one critic, David Langford , has written about them very negatively.
Most of the novels from this period are recognized by critics as forming an offshoot from the Future History series, and referred to by the term World as Myth. The tendency toward authorial self-reference begun in Stranger in a Strange Land and Time Enough for Love becomes even more evident in novels such as The Cat Who Walks Through Walls , whose first-person protagonist is a disabled military veteran who becomes a writer, and finds love with a female character.
The novel Friday , a more conventional adventure story borrowing a character and backstory from the earlier short story Gulf , also containing suggestions of connection to The Puppet Masters continued a Heinlein theme of expecting what he saw as the continued disintegration of Earth's society, to the point where the title character is strongly encouraged to seek a new life off-planet.
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The novel Job: A Comedy of Justice is a sharp satire of organized religion. Heinlein himself was agnostic. Several Heinlein works have been published since his death, including the aforementioned For Us, The Living as well as 's Grumbles from the Grave , a collection of letters between Heinlein and his editors and agent; 's Tramp Royale , a travelogue of a southern hemisphere tour the Heinleins took in the s; Take Back Your Government , a how-to book about participatory democracy written in ; and a tribute volume called Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master , containing some additional short works previously unpublished in book form.
Off the Main Sequence , published in , includes three short stories never before collected in any Heinlein book Heinlein called them "stinkeroos". Spider Robinson , a colleague, friend, and admirer of Heinlein,  wrote Variable Star , based on an outline and notes for a juvenile novel that Heinlein prepared in The novel was published as a collaboration, with Heinlein's name above Robinson's on the cover, in A complete collection of Heinlein's published work has been published  by the Heinlein Prize Trust as the "Virginia Edition", after his wife.
See the Complete Works section of Robert A. Heinlein bibliography for details. On February 1, , Phoenix Pick announced that through a collaboration with the Heinlein Prize Trust, a reconstruction of the full text of an unpublished Heinlein novel had been produced. The reconstructed novel, tentatively entitled The Pursuit of the Pankera: A Parallel Novel about Parallel Universes , is an alternative version of The Number of the Beast , with the first one-third of The Pursuit of the Pankera mostly the same as the first one-third of The Number of the Beast but the remainder of The Pursuit of the Pankera deviating entirely from The Number of the Beast , with a completely different story-line.
The newly reconstructed novel pays homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and E. It is currently being edited by Patrick Lobrutto. Some reviewers describe the newly-reconstructed novel as more in line with the style of a traditional Heinlein novel than was 'The Number of the Beast. The primary influence on Heinlein's writing style may have been Rudyard Kipling.
Kipling is the first known modern example of " indirect exposition ", a writing technique for which Heinlein later became famous. There are nine-and-sixty ways Of constructing tribal lays And every single one of them is right. Stranger in a Strange Land originated as a modernized version of Kipling's The Jungle Book , his wife suggesting that the child be raised by Martians instead of wolves. Likewise, Citizen of the Galaxy can be seen as a reboot of Kipling's novel Kim.