Robert Anson Heinlein, 7 July 1907 - 8 May 1988
- The Heinlein Society is an excellent resource.
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Article 13889 of rec.arts.sf-lovers:
From: barry@eos.UUCP (Kenn Barry)
Subject: Re: You are saved from seeing Heinlein story
Summary: "Beyond Doubt" has been anthologized at least twice.
Date: 23 Nov 88 05:33:30 GMT
Reply-To: barry@eos.UUCP (Kenn Barry)
In article firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexander H. McIntire) writes:
>Well, I have a copy of "Beyond Doubt," from _Astonishing Stories_,
>Vol. 2, No. 4, April 1941, written by Lyle Monroe [RAH] and Elma Wentz.
>I think, as a public service, that this should be made available.
It is available, though not easy to find. It has been
anthologized twice, to my knowledge: 1) _Beyond the End of Time_, ed. by
Frederik Pohl (Permabooks, paperback, 1952); 2) _Political Science
Fiction_, ed. by Warrick Greenberg (Prentice-Hall, 1974).
If you can't find it, you're really not missing much, fellow
Heinlein fans. It's not a terribly good story.
From: wrd@tekigm2.TEK.COM (Bill Dippert)
Subject: RAH, In Memoriam
Keywords: Memoriam, Booklist
Date: 10 May 88 17:28:18 GMT
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The following is what I hope is the final definitive listing of all of Robert
Anson Heinlein's works, may he rest in peace. Read, enjoy, I did. But then, I
read them for enjoyment, not for social criticism, philosophy, neo-fascism or
any of the other things that he has been accused of. Not that he might not
have been guilty, but again -- read them to enjoy, forget the "messages"!
The History of the Future:
Lifeline (notes 12,3)
"Let There be Light" (note 4)
The Roads Must Roll (notes 2,4)
Blowups Happen (notes 1,2,3)
The Man Who Sold the Moon (notes 2,4)
Delilah & the Space Rigger (notes 2,7)
Space Jockey (notes 2,7)
R,quiem (notes 2,4)
The Long Watch (notes 2,7)
Gentlemen, Be Seated (notes 2,7)
The Black Pits of Luna (notes 2,7)
"It's Great to be Back!" (notes 2,7)
"--We Also Walk Dogs" (notes 2,7)
Searchlight (note 2)
Ordeal in Space (notes 2,7)
The Green Hills of Earth (notes)2,7)
(Fire Down Below)
Logic of Empire (notes 2,7)
(The Sound of His Wings)
(The Stone Pillow)
The Menace From Earth (note 2)
If This Goes On--- (notes 2,5)
Coventry (notes 2,5)
Misfit (notes 2,5)
Universe (Prologue only)
Methuselah's Children (notes 2) [Lazarus Long]
Universe (note 6)
Commonsense (note 6)
The above is from the chart which appeared in many of
the earlier Heinlein Future of the World books.
Note 1: included in "Expanded Universe"
Note 2: includid in "The Past Through Tomorrow"
Note 3: included in "The Worlds of R.A. Heinlein"
Note 4: included in "The Man Who Sold the Moon" (aka
Future History, Volume 1: The Man Who Sold the Moon)
Note 5: included in "Revolt in 2100" (aka Future
History, Volume 3: Revolt in 2100)
Note 6: included in "Orphans of the Sky"
Note.7: included in "The Green Hills of Earth" (aka
Future History, Volume 2: The Green Hills of Earth)
For more information on the stories in parathesis see
"Revolt in 2100" chapter entitled "Concerning Stories
Never Written: Postscript"
Additional titles for History of the Future:
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls [Lazarus Long]
The Number of the Beast [Lazarus Long]
The Past Through Tomorrow
The Roads Must Roll
Blowups Happen (1946 version 1)
The Man Who Sold the Moon
Delilah and the Space-Rigger
The Long Watch
Gentlemen, Be Seated
The Black Pits of Luna
"It's Great to Be Back!"
"--We Also Walk Dogs"
Ordeal in Space
The Green Hills of Earth
Logic of Empire
The Menace From Earth
"If This Goes On--"
Methuselah's Children [Lazarus Long]
Time Enough For Love [Lazarus Long]
Assignment in Eternity
aeyond This Horizon
The Cat Who Walks Thro gh Walls
Citizen of the Galaxy
The Day After Tomorrow (aka Sixth Column)
The Door Into Summer
Blowups Happen (1940 version)
The Last Days of the United States
How To Be a Survivor
Pie from the Sky
They Do It With Mirrors
No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying--
A Bathroom of Her Own
On the Slopes of Vesuvius
Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon
Cliff and the Calories
Ray Guns and Rocket Ships
The Third Millennium Opens
Who Are the Heirs of Patrick Henry?
"Pravda" Means "Truth"
The Pragmatics of Patriotism
Paul Dirac, Antimatter, and You
Larger Than Life
The Happy Days Ahead
Farmer in the Sky
The Green Hills of Earth
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
I Will Fear No Evil
Job: A Comedy of Justice
The Man Who Sold the Moon
The Menace From Earth
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
The Number of the Beast
Orphans of the Sky
The Past Through Tomorrow
Podkayne of Mars
The Puppet Masters
Revolt in 2100
Rocket Ship Galileo
The Rolling Stenes
To Sail Beyond The Sunset
6 x H (aka The Unpleasant Profession of
The Star Beast
Stranger in a Strange Land
Time Enough For Love
Time for the Stars
Tomorrow the Stars (edited by R.A.H.)
Tunnel in the Sky
Universe (original contains Universe only)
Waldo: Genius in Orbit (aka Waldo and Magic, Inc.)
The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein
Blowups Happen (1946 version 2)
Robert A. Heinlein died on 9 May 1988.
Subject: Re: Obituary for Robert A. Heinlein
Date: 11 May 88 23:26:24 GMT
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On a slightly lighter note, what follows is an excerpt from Herb Caen's
column in the May 11 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle:
"That was an amazing coincidence on the front pages yesterday --
the spread on Nancy Reagan's professional stargazer, S.F.'s Joan
Quigley-Wiggly, and the obituary of the great science fiction
writer, Robert A. Heinlein, who died in Carmel at the age of 80.
In his best-known book, 'Stranger in a Strange Land,' published
in 1961, Heinlein writes about the leader of the free world,
Joseph E. Douglas, who bases all his decisions on advice his wife
receives from her astrologer, a San Francisco woman named Becky
Vesant. As if that weren't close enough to the mark -- in fact,
Joan Quigley lives VERY close to the Mark -- Heinlein describes
the leader of the free world as 'a smiling nincompoop.' Science
One hopes Heinlein thought of that and got a smile out of it.
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From: email@example.com.UK (RICK BLAKE, on Essex DEC-10)
Subject: Heinlein - an obituary
Date: 11 May 88 14:45:10 GMT
SF-Lovers readers may be interested in the following obituary of RAH,
which led the Obituaries column of the London Times on Wednesday 11th May.
It is reproduced verbatim and without permission. Items in italics in
the original article are held between underscores (_) in the text.
Sci-fi writer and space mage
Robert Heinlein, who died in Carmel, California on May 8, at the age of
80, had been a dominating force in science fiction over a period of forty
With his imaginative gifts and compelling power as a story-teller, Heinlein
is in the direct tradition of H.G.Wells, whose influence on his work is clear.
His anti-materialism has, in itself, been a formative influence on science
fiction writing in the post-war period.
Heinlein, who wrote 45 books, was the winner of an unprecedented four Hugo
awards. The awards - which are given by a popular vote of science fiction
fans for the best novel of the year - were given for _Double Star_ (1956),
_Starship Troopers_ (1959), _Stranger in a Strange Land_ (1961), and
_The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ (1966).
In 1975 he received the first grand master nebula award, given by the
Science Fiction Writers of America for a lifelong contribution to the genre.
Born in Butler, Missouri, Heinlein served in the US Navy for five years,
but contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and was invalided out in 1934.
He then did a variety of jobs, engineer, estate agent, and architect, to
name a few, before devoting himself to writing.
He sold his first story to the publication, _Astounding Science Fiction_,
in 1939, and contributed material to the magazine over the next few years.
His first novel, _Rocket Ship Galileo_ (1947), set him on his way with
the reading public, and his short story "The Man who Sold the Moon", was the
basis for the film made in 1950 by George Powell, _Destination Moon_.
Throughout the next twenty years Heinlein was prolific. Best-known among
his output is _Stranger in a Strange Land_ which, with its alien hero,
Valentine Smith, and its optimistic message, holding out the possibility of
universal amity, became something of a "hippie bible" in the 1960s.
Indeed, Heinlein's reputation as a space mage stood so high that in 1969
he was invited to be guest commentator alongside CBS's Walter Cronkite,
during the Apollo 11 mission which put man on the moon.
To the end Heinlein retained the libertarian notions on which he had
been brought up, and believed that governments had no business to be
meddling in the lives of individuals. Paradoxically, perhaps, he held the
discipline of military life in some awe, and in his fiction, at least,
had little time for incompetence or self pity.
He leaves his widow, Virginia.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kent Paul Dolan)
Subject: Robert A. Heinlein Obituary from The New York Times
Date: 10 May 88 12:54:10 GMT
Reply-To: kent@xanth.UUCP (Kent Paul Dolan)
Organization: Old Dominion University, Norfolk Va.
What the New York Times had to say:
Robert A. Heinlein Dies
Robert A. Heinlein, whose clever interweaving of fact and fantasy brought
him renown as a science-fiction writer, is dead at 80. Page D26.
Robert A. Heinlein Is Dead at 80; Renowned Science Fiction Writer
by Eric Pace
Robert A. Heinlein, a former aviation engineer whose clever interweaving
of imagination and technical expertise helped make him one of the country's
most successful writers of science fiction, died Sunday morning at his home
in Carmel, Calif. He was 80 years old and had been in ill health for some
Mr. Heinlein's fictional writings repeatedly anticipated scientific and
technical advances. He managed to write a story about an atomic power plant
some years before the first atomic bomb was detonated. Over the years, he
won an enormous and loyal public, and his dozens of books sold more than 40
His writing won many science-fiction awards, and some of it was made into
movies. He also wrote several screenplays, as well as some nonfiction
books and articles on technical subjects.
Mr. Heinlein's eminence stemmed partly for the success among young people
of "A Stranger in a Strange Land", which was published in 1961. Its
sardonic attitude toward modern mores proved popular in a decade that saw
students challenge many established institutions.
`Violence and Gusto'
Orville Prescott wrote in The New York Times that in the novel, Mr. Heinlein
"expresses his sardonic opinions with violence and gusto." The reviewer
also called an earlier Heinlein tale, "The Green Hills of Earth," "a
Mr. Heinlein's writing style was generally simple, and so was his explanation
of how he went about his writing.
"I start out with some characters and get them into trouble," he told one
interviewer, "and when they get themselves out of trouble, the story's over."
Robert Anson Heinlein (Hine-Line) was born on Oct. 21, 1907, in Butler, Mo.,
and grew up a fan of such classic science fiction authors as H. G. Wells
and Jules Verne. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1929
and remained in the service until 1934. He later did graduate work in
physics and mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles.
He turned to writing full time in 1939, beginning with stories for the pulp
magazines. "They didn't want it good," he said in a 1980 interview with The
New York Times. "They wanted it Wednesday."
He interrupted his writing during World War II, which he spent as an
aviation engineer with the Navy. After the war, he wrote for major
magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, and then took up writing
science-fiction novels, initially for young people and then, beginning in
the 1950's, for adults.
Mr. Heinlein was married in 1948 to Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld, who survives
[Photo, credit "Locus/C. N. Brown, 1983;" looks like the book jacket formal
Page D26 also:
Unusually Large Output
The current issue of Books in Print, a catalogue of authors and titles,
credits 64 books to Robert A. Heinlein, one of the country's most successful
science-fiction writers. An in-print listing of 64 books is unusual,
although some books are represented on the list more than once.
Commenting on Mr. Heinlein's ranking in the world of science-fiction
writers, Lou Aronica, the publisher of Bantam Books' science-fiction
imprint, Spectra, said: "I would put him on the list of the three greatest
in the field -- Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. He
was wildly successful commercially."
These are some of Mr. Heinlein's best-known titles:
"A Stranger in a Strange Land," "Double Star," "The Green Hills of Earth,"
"Citizen of the Galaxy," "Day After Tomorrow" and "Door Into Summer."
Also: The Man Who Sold the Moon," "Methuselah's Children," "The Moon is a
Harsh Mistress," "Puppet Masters," "Red Planet," "Rocket Ship Galileo,"
"Starship Troopers" and "Waldo & Magic, Inc."
End of material from The New York Times, Tuesday, May 10, 1988. Quoted
Join me in mourning a life-long hero and provider of hundreds of hours of
entertainment and enjoyment. "The Green Hills of Earth" remains my all time
favorite S.F. short story, and has never failed to bring a tear to my eye.
Kent, the man from xanth.
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Subject: Obituary for Robert A. Heinlein
Keywords: R.A.Heinlein, Immortality, R.A.Heinlein
Date: 10 May 88 22:10:13 GMT
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This is a copy of Robert A. Heinlein's obituary printed in today's
(5/10/88) Boston Globe:
Robert A. Heinlein, 80, author of `Stranger in a Strange Land'
CARMEL, California--Robert Anson Heilein, considered by many the most
influential author of science fiction since H. G. Wells, died of heart
failure Sunday at his Carmel home. Mr. Heinlein, 80, had suffered
from heart ailments and emphysema for the past decade.
Mr. Heinlein was the winner of an unprecedented four Hugo awards,
given by a popular vote of science-fiction fans for best novel of the
year. The four books were "Double Star" (1956), "Starship Troopers"
(1959), "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961), and "The Moon is a Harsh
Mistress" (1975). Mr. Heinlein received the first Grand Master Nebula
Award, given by the Science Fiction Writers of America for a lifelong
contribution to the genre.
His stature was also exemplified by his 1969 appearance as guest
commentator, alongside CBS's Walter Cronkite, on the Apollo 11
mission, when Neil Armstrong left the first footprints on the moon.
In the "Science-Fiction Handbook," L. Sprague de Camp reported the
results of a 1953 poll taken among 18 leading writers of speculative
fiction. They were asked to list authors who had influenced their
work. Only 10 authors were mentioned by more than one of the 18, and
of those 10 the only modern writer was Robert A. Heinlein.
"Stranger in a Strange Land" was Mr. Heinlein's third Hugo-winner and
his most famous book. The tale of an alien who establishes a
religious movement on earth, it became a cult classic in the '60s. He
commented on the book's appeal in papers appended to the manuscript
when he gave it to the University of California at Santa Cruz: "I
still think it is a good story (but nothing more)--and I must confess
that I am startled at the effect it has on many people."
"Stranger" also added a new word to the language: "grok," meaning to
understand thoroughly by means of intuition or empathy.
Mr. Heinlein sold his first story in 1939. He was inspired to write
it by a $50 prize offered by Thrilling Wonder Stories. But when he
finished the story, he decided it was too good for the contest and
sent it instead to Astounding Science Fiction. The magazine's editor,
John W. Campbell Jr., bought it for $70, then encouraged Mr. Heinlein
to continue writing by buying one story after another for years.
Science fact and fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said that between
1939 and 1942 Mr. Heinlein "single-handedly, under the aegis of John
Campbell, lifted science fiction to a new pitch of quality."
Mr. Heinlein's novel "Rocket Ship Galileo" (1947) signaled the
beginning of the period during which he did his most popular work.
Born in Bulter, MO, Mr. Heinlein was a graduate of the US Naval
Academy at Annapolis, where he was a champion marksman and swordsman.
In 1934, he contracted tuberculosis while serving on a destroyer and
was retired at age 27. Although he never saw combat, the military
experience played a large role in his thinking.
He went on to work as an aeronautical engineer, silver-mine owner,
real estate agent and architect before turning to writing.
After World War II, Mr. Heinlein was divorced from his first wife,
Leslyn Macdonald, to whom he had been married while in the Navy.
In 1948, he remarried, to Virginia Gerstenfeld, a woman who excelled
in many fields from biochemistry to figure skating. She became the
model for many of the red-haired and seemingly improbably talented
women in Mr. Heinlein's stories. He is survived by her.
In Part 2 of "The Road to Science Fiction," by James Gunn, there is
this summing up of Mr. Heinlein's work: "More than any other writer,
Heinlein had the ability to present carefully crafted backgrounds,
including entire societies, in economical but convincing detail. This
and, at its best, his narrative drive and his spare, vigorous prose
provided science fiction with models for the authors who followed
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From: markb@encore.UUCP (Mark Bernstein)
Subject: Re: The Green Hills of Earth
Keywords: Heinlein, songs
Date: 5 May 88 15:12:59 GMT
Reply-To: markb@encore.UUCP (Mark Bernstein)
Organization: Encore Computer Corp, Marlboro, MA
In article <8805031130.AA14235@hypatia.mit.edu> nazgul@BOURBAKI.MIT.EDU writes:
> In his short story "The Green Hills of Earth", Heinlein included several
>excerpts from a poem by the same name. Did Heinlein actually finish the
>poem, or did he just write the portions in the story? If not Heinlein, then
>it strikes me as very likely that various fans have written their own
>completions. I would greatly appreciate hearing about any completions anyone
>out there may know about. Thank you.
This will be a little long, since there's a lot to the answer.
Apologies to those who think I'm cluttering up net space with personal
bragging, but I just can't resist in this case.
No, Heinlein never finished the poem himself, to my knowledge.
Yes, there have been several fannish versions. I've heard that at one
Worldcon several years ago, there was a contest to see who could come up
with the most disgusting tune for it. The winner was the Coke jingle
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." (It works horribly well on the
chorus, with the added refrain "It's the real thing / Earth is / What
you're hoping to find / When you're reading Heinlein . .")
On the serious side, there's a ballad version by Juanita Coulson
that's been around for quite a while and (here's the personal part) a
version I wrote in 1978, and had the chance to perform for Mr. Heinlein
in 1979. To my great pleasure, he liked it. I have no way of putting
the tune here (nor the chords, since I don't play guitar), but here are
the lyrics I used:
The arching sky is calling spacemen back to their trade
"All hands! Stand by! Free falling!" and the lights below us fade
Out ride the sons of Terra, far drives the thundering jet
Out leaps the race of Earthmen, out far and onward yet
CHORUS: We pray for one last landing on
The globe that gave us birth
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth
We've sailed the endless vacuum, seen many wondrous things
From the harsh, bright soil of Luna, to great Saturn's rainbow rings
We've tried each spinning space mote and reckoned its true worth
Take us back again to the homes of men and the cool green hills of Earth
CHORUS: Ni pregas finan surteron che
La globo kiu naskis nin
Permitu nin vida la lanetz-plenaj chieloj
Kai la malvarmaj verdaj montetoj de tero
My final watch is over, my travels nearing their end
And my only wish is to feel home soil beneath me once again
Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me as they rove around the girth
Of our lovely mother planet, of the cool green hills of earth
CHORUS: same as first chorus
NOTES: Except for the first line of the second verse and the first two
lines of the third verse, all words are adapted from the story. The second
chorus is an inexact (and probably badly misspelled, since I haven't actually
looked at a written version of the lyrics in years) translation into Esperanto.
This was inspired by a line from the story, roughly "You might have sung it
in French, or German. Or it may have been Esperanto, as Terra's rainbow banner
rippled over your head." I left out the lines from the story beginning "We
rot in the molds of Venus . ." because I was trying to write an anthem, and
anthems don't generally contain direct attacks on neighbors. And yes, the tune
is flexible enough that it *does* scan when sung, honest!
I'm curious to know what other versions are out there. I hope there
are more follow-ups.