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From the Heinlein Society
Robert Anson Heinlein

RAH's work influenced several generations of young people, including myself when I was young.

In the Twentyfirst Century, it is easy to look backwards and say: "Well of course...." and "he was wrong about this," or "...right about that." 20-20 hindsight just works that way. Looking into the future and guessing right is another matter entirely. "The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (tm)
" is an understatement.

Heinlein spotted countless trends that are reality today. Not all of them are good, and not all of them are bad, but in his own way, RAH prepared us for today when today was still 20-30 years into the future, just as his visions of hundreds of years from now are just as likely to be spot on as not.

As this is written there does not yet exist a complete "Collected Works of Robert A. Heinlein." A representative of his estate assured me long ago, that there were efforts to make that happen, but RAH wrote for a great many different publishers who all want the biggest piece of the republishing pie. Meanwhile you have to haunt the used booksellers like Powells, Alibris and Amazon

During a five-decade career that produced 37 novels and 11 short-story collections, he won an unprecedented four Hugo Awards, (given by popular vote of science fiction fans) for the best novel of the year.

"Stranger in a Strange Land" is perhaps his best-known work. It became a favorite of the '60s generations, for its advocacy of free love and cynicism about organized religion. RAH turned in a manuscript 800 pages long. To keep production costs down, and perhaps fearful of some of the contents, including lengthy descriptions of Martian sex; his publishers, requested a big reduction, of about 250 pages. In 1990, the unexpurgated, 220,000-word version of "Stranger" was published by Ace/G.P. Putnam's Sons.

I expect RAH's works to have regular revivals long into the future, as society and technology continue our fast-forward evolution.

Virginia (Ginny) Heinlein, was Robert's wife, muse and IP guardian. A good place to learn about the origins of the strong women in RAH's stories is to look at this tender profile of his wife, an Obituary from the LA Times, by LA Times Staff Writer Elain Woo. Virginia passed away in January 2003 at age 86.

Lazarus Long is the main character in several masterful science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein. The character is a human being who has lived for thousands of years. Heinlein painted Lazarus Long as a very bright fellow who has, during his very long lifetime, been paying attention and taking notes.

At one point I thought that "Notebooks" was a classic "canonical list" posted to the net by an unknowable body of tenacious fans, so I made the net posting into a web page. It turns out that The Notebooks of Lazarus Long is an actual 64-page book (ISBN: 0876544731), so I took the page down. It is is currently out of print, but you can find copies at meatspace and online used booksellers. Fair warning:, used copies of this short book are selling for $50-$300.

You can read what others say about it for free, at the hotlink above which goes direct to the "Notebooks" page on

Three Fair Use Quotes:
Here then are three quotes from "Notebooks." I believe they are few enough to fall under the definition of "fair use: quotation and critique."
  1. Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of - but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

  2. Specialization is for insects. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly.

  3. Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors - and miss.
The Lazarus Long Books
These Robert A. Heinlein Books feature Lazarus Long. Click to see reader reviews from
Books by Robert A. Heinlein:
This is a fairly good, but only partial list of books by and about Robert A. Heinlein. Click to see reader reviews from :
Books About Robert A. Heinlein

Links Worth following: On December 30, 1997 my tribute here to Heinlein was flamed in the London Daily Telegraph. I felt greatly honored. For the full text of that review click: