Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein


7/7/1907, Butler, Missouri, USA



Birth Name

Robert Anson Heinlein



Also Known As

The Grand Master, Robert Heinlein, R. A. Heinlein
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Robert A. Heinlein was a World War II Naval research engineer who later became a writer. His focus was on science fiction and he wrote several well known novels and is probably best known for his novel "Starship Troopers" that was made into a move by Paul Verhoeven…more


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    • Robert applied for active service in the military when World War II broke out, but he was rejected due to his previous medical conditions of tuberculosis and myopia (nearsightedness).

    • Robert's concern for the consequences of the nuclear age caused him and his wife to search for a place to live that would not be a likely target for the Russians to target with a nuclear weapon.

    • Robert's technical knowledge and background made him uniquely qualified to write science fiction and gave him the ability to go into detail about scientific side of the stories that he wrote.

    • Robert contributed scripts to the 1950's failed television series Ring Around the Moon and it was later made into a B-movie named Project Moonbase.

    • Robert's book, "Rocket Ship Galileo" (1947), was the basis for the movie Destination Moon, released in 1950. It was the first post-war science fiction movie and was also the first science fiction movie to be done in color.

    • Robert's book, "The Space Cadet" (1948), became the basis of a television show called Tom Corbit, Space Cadet which ran from 1950 to 1956.

    • Robert's most widely known novel was "Stranger in a Strange Land" and though some studios wanted to make it into a movie, Robert's previous bad experience in the film industry made him reluctant to do so.

    • When Robert served in the Navy, he served on the carrier U.S.S. Lexington and the destroyer U.S.S. Roper.

    • Robert was interested in astrology as a young boy and an avid chess player as well. He was also very proficient at math.

    • Robert attended school with Sally Rand, a popular actress from the 1930's.

    • In 1969, Robert was the guest commentator for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

    • Robert was such a prolific writer when he submitted stories to put in the magazine he worked for that he would sometime have two or three stories in one magazine. To disguise the fact that it was him, he would write under the pseudonym Anson McDonald, although he would also use Lyle Monroe, John Riverside, Caleb Saunders, and Simon York.

    • His novel, "To Sail Before the Sunset", was the last one he wrote before his death.

    • Robert had several jobs after he retired from the Navy including: silver mining in Colorado, land-agent, political speech-writer and a failed attempt to become an elected politician.

    • Robert wrote his first story, "Lifeline", to enter in a contest that a magazine was offering $50.00 to the winning entry, but instead he wound up selling the story to the magazine for $70.00.

    • Robert joined the Naval Academy and graduated 20th out of a class of 243 cadets. He served five years with the Navy in the Pacific Ocean and was forced to retire from the Navy due to tuberculosis in 1934.

    • He has a crater on Mars named after him.

    • He was born and raised in Missouri.

    • He won four Hugo Awards.

    • He received the Grand Master Nebula Award for lifetime achievement.

    • In 1924, he graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

    • He was married to Leslyn MacDonald March 28, 1932, until their divorce in 1947.

    • He was married to Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld on October 21, 1948, until his death.

    • His Astrological sign is Cancer.

    • His Chinese Astrological sign is a Goat.

    • He is considered one of the Big Three of science fiction, along with Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov.

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