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Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is widely acknowledged to have been the single most important and influential author of science fiction in the twentieth century. He won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel four times, and in addition, three of his novels were given Retrospective Hugos fifty years after publication. He won Science Fiction Writers of America's first Grand Master Award for his lifetime achievement.
Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. He started writing to help pay off his mortgage, and his first story was published in Astounding Science-Fiction magazine in 1939. In 1947, he published a story in The Saturday Evening Post, making him the first science-fiction writer to break into the mainstream market. Long involved in politics, Heinlein was deeply affected by events such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Cold War, and his fiction tended to convey strong social and political messages. His many influential novels include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Time Enough for Love. At the time of his death in 1988, he was living in Carmel, California with his wife Virginia.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The adventure is high, the cause is good, and Heinlein even justifies the use of medieval weapons in this age. Read morePublished 17 months ago by vern shook
I generally like Heinlein's novels but this one was just plain terrible. First off, it's not fantasy but a satire of fantasy conventions, from ridiculously-dumb minotaurs to silly... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2008 by Krypter
Of all the Heinlein novels I've read, which is, eh, all the Heinlein novels, I've only read two more than once: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Glory Road. Read morePublished on July 14 2004
Since everyone else has given a fairly accurate summary, I don't need to. But if you are reading my review, you should realize that Heinlein is writing a great book. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by B
It surprises me that more people dont comment on how sexist this novel is. Star is the only female main character. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003
As far as I know, this in Heinlein's only Sword & Sorcery novel.
I missed it in my 12-14 SF years. It's pretty good, although nothing great. Read more
I had only experienced Heinlein through "Stranger in a strange land" but I had high hopes of this fantasy as i enjoyed "Stranger" and am usually able to get... Read morePublished on July 24 2003 by trying to learn
I read this book simply because it was by Robert Heinlein, and based on many of the reviews here I was expecting a lighthearted adventure tale with some romance thrown in. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins
Unlike most of Heinlein's work, this doesn't stand on itself. It requires that the reader have some idea of the body of work that is "science fiction" before some of the... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2002 by Kevin Murphy