|Publish Date||August 17, 2010|
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) is generally considered the greatest American SF writer of the 20th century. A famous and bestselling author in later life, he started as a navy man and graduate of Annapolis who was forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A left wing politician in the 1930s, he became one of the sources of Libertarian politics in the USA in his later years. His most famous works include the Future History series (stories and novels collected in The Past Through Tomorrow and continued in later novels), Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he was both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known. This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. This volume is about Robert A. Heinlein’s life up to the end of the 1940s and the mid-life crisis that changed him forever.
Patterson is founder of the Heinlein Society and was named a Heinlein Scholar by the University of California at Santa Cruz, where the Heinleins’ archives are held.
Patterson was chosen by Robert Heinlein’s widow, Virginia, to write his biography. “She called me on New Year’s Day, 2001, and asked me to write his biography,” Patterson recalled. Mr. Heinlein died in 1988. Mrs. Heinlein died in 2003.
Patterson is co-author of The Martian Named Smith, (2001, Nitrosyncretic Press) a critical look at Heinlein’s famous Stranger in a Strange Land. He also publishes a scholarly periodical, The Heinlein Journal. He lives in Los Angeles. More info on Mr. Patterson is available at www.WHPattersonJr.com.