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Robert A. Heinlein
Heinlein
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1907
Date of Death: 1988
Cause of Death: Emphysema and heart failure
Occupation: Author
Spouse: Eleanor Curry (divorce 1929)
Leslyn Macdonald (divorced 1948)
Virginia Heinlein
Military Branch: United States Navy (discharge 1934)
Turtledove Appearances:
Earthgrip
Set in the Future
Appearance(s): "6+"
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer in the 20th century. He is often called "the Dean of Science Fiction".

Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy, but tuberculosis cut short his career in the service. After a brief involvement in politics, during which he supported Upton Sinclair's failed run for Governor of California, Heinlein turned to writing fiction.

Robert A. Heinlein in EarthgripEdit

Robert A. Heinlein's work, while ancient and written in a long dead-language, was still quite popular on Earth. A field of study had developed, devoted to comparing the works of Heinlein and his colleagues with the realities of space travel.

Jennifer Logan, an expert in Middle English, enjoyed Heinlein's works. Heinlein's short story "The Man Who Sold the Moon" once gave Logan the inspiration she needed to design an illusion that allowed the G'Bur T'Kai civilization to defeat the M'Sak barbarians.

Robert A. Heinlein in WorldwarEdit

Long before the arrival of the Race's Conquest Fleet in 1942, Robert A. Heinlein had envisioned and realistically portrayed several fully-formed extraterrestrial societies in his novels and short stories. He continued writing after the Race's arrival, though science fiction's popularity dropped off.[1]

Sam Yeager was a fan of Heinlein's writings. Yeager attributed his ability to deal with members of the Race as people with a mental flexibility given to him by his readings of Heinlein. Heinlein and fellow writer Theodore Sturgeon were photographed with Yeager in the 1950s.[2]

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Second Contact, pg. 8
  2. Ibid., pg. 8.

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