A Stranger in a Strange Land

A Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

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Robert Anson Heinlein (7 July 1907 - 8 May 1988) is an American writer, one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century, who largely determined the face of modern science fiction. Along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke, Heinlein is ranked as one of the three Great Masters of fiction. Robert Anson Heinlein was born July 7, 1907 in Butler, Bates County, Missouri. The third son of Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein, he had two older brothers, Rex Ivar Heinlein and Lawrence Lyle Heinlein, and a younger sister, Louise Heinlein. When he was a young man, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He graduated from Kansas City High School in 1924 and attended college for a year. His brother Rex went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Heinlein chose the same future for himself. Robert entered the academy in 1925. Heinlein graduated from the academy in 1929 and served on various ships, including the Lexington (the first American aircraft carrier), the shi...

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Robert Anson Heinlein (7 July 1907 - 8 May 1988) is an American writer, one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century, who largely determined the face of modern science fiction. Along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke, Heinlein is ranked as one of the three Great Masters of fiction. Robert Anson Heinlein was born July 7, 1907 in Butler, Bates County, Missouri. The third son of Rex Ivar Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein, he had two older brothers, Rex Ivar Heinlein and Lawrence Lyle Heinlein, and a younger sister, Louise Heinlein. When he was a young man, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He graduated from Kansas City High School in 1924 and attended college for a year. His brother Rex went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and Heinlein chose the same future for himself. Robert entered the academy in 1925. Heinlein graduated from the academy in 1929 and served on various ships, including the Lexington (the first American aircraft carrier), the ships Utah and the Roper. In 1934 he contracted tuberculosis. He was cured and retired as unfit for service and received a small pension. In early 1930, shortly after his retirement, he married Leslin MacDonald. Heinlein never spoke about Leslin or the later divorce. Between 1934 and 1939, Heinlein did various jobs in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs. By 1938, Heinlein was working as editor and staff writer at Upton Sinclair`s EPIC News. In November 1938, he ran for the California Assembly from the Republican Party, but was defeated, married, and went on to live on his small naval pension. In late 1938, Thrilling Wonder Stories announced a competition for the best story. They offered full bids (half a cent per word, up to $ 50) to any previously unpublished author whose story was selected for publication. Heinlein wrote in April 1939 in four days the story "The Line of Life" and submitted it not to TWS, which he thought would be littered with manuscripts, but to John Campbell in Astounding Science Fiction. Campbell quickly bought the story at one cent a word, for $ 70. With the exception of his service during the Second World War, Heinlein never again earned anything other than books. Heinlein died on the morning of May 8, 1988, of pulmonary edema and heart disease that plagued him for the last few years of his life.  Detailed biography and complete bibliography at en.wikipedia The Heinlein Society: http://www.heinleinsociety.org/