By William H. Patterson Jr.
The real-life tale of Robert A. Heinlein within the moment quantity (1948–1988) of the licensed biography by way of William H. Patterson Jr.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) is usually thought of the best American technological know-how fiction writer of the 20 th century. His most famed and extensively influential works contain the long run heritage sequence (stories and novels amassed in The earlier via Tomorrow and persisted in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in an odd Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress—all released within the years lined via this quantity. He was once a chum of admirals, bestselling writers, and artists; grew to become devoted to protecting the us through the chilly struggle; and was once at the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the famous person Wars Strategic security Initiative within the 1980s.
Heinlein used to be additionally dedicated to area flight and humanity's destiny in house, and he was once a commanding presence to throughout him in his lifetime. Given his hope for privateness within the later many years of his existence, the revelations during this biography make for riveting reading.
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