Heinlein, Robert A., 1907-1988.
Robert Anson Heinlein.
American science fiction author born in Butler, Missouri whose work focussed on
issues of individual liberty and responsibility from a libertarian viewpoint. Long
considered one of the "big three" of science fiction writers (together with Isaac
Asimov and Arthur
C. Clarke). Most noted for his 1940s "Future History" series and 1950s science
fiction juvenile novels, his writing was both influential and controversial in the
genre. Honored as a Nebula Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America
in 1974 and inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998.
Winner of seven Hugo and Retro-Hugo Awards, six Prometheus Awards and eight Locus
Stranger in a Strange Land. 1961.
The story of Valentine Michael Smith, a boy raised by Martians who is returned
to Earth with strange powers but na´ve in human ways. Maturing under the guidance of
author Jubal Harshaw, he eventually founds a new religion mingling elements of Martian
and human philosophies, runs afoul of a rival cult, "discorporates" (dies) and continues
to guide his followers from the afterlife. Controversial on sexual and religious
grounds, the book became a 1960s cult classic. It is responsible for introducing
the word "grok" to the English language. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel
for 1962 and the 1987 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Libertarian
SF Novel. Reissued in an uncut version in 1991.
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