The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein

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Macmillan, May 17, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Robert A. Heinlein, the dean of American SF writers, also wrote fantasy fiction throughout his long career, but especially in the early 1940s. The Golden Age of SF was also a time of revolution in fantasy fiction, and Heinlein was at the forefront. His fantasies were convincingly set in the real world, particularly those published in the famous magazine Unknown Worlds, including such stories as "Magic, Inc.," "'They--,'" and "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag." Now all of Heinlein's best fantasy short stories, most of them long novellas, have been collected in one big volume for the first time.
 

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User Review  - LisCarey - www.librarything.com

A very nice collection of Heinlein's fantasy stories. I had never read "The Man Who Trave led in Elephants" or "Our Fair City" before. "Magic, Inc.," "Waldo", and "The Unpleasant Profession of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessiqa - LibraryThing

My dad borrowed this book from the library and told me I would enjoy it. He gave it to me once he was finished, and had to renew it twice because of me. (In my defense, it's hard to find time to read ... Read full review

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MAGIC INC
ii
AND HE BUILT A CROOKED HOUSE
91
THEY
110
WALDO
125
THE UNPLEASANT PROFESSION OF JONATHAN HOAG
213
OUR FAIR CITY
311
THE MAN WHO TRAVELED IN ELEPHANTS
328
ALL YOU ZOMBIES
341
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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.

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