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In Dialogue with His Century: Vol.1. 2010 Robert A. Heinlein:
In Dialogue with His Century:
Volume 1: 1907-1948:
Learning Curve

by William H. Patterson, Jr
First Edition 2010
Tom Doherty Associates
New York
ISBN 9780765319609
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Donato
624 pages
Price: $29.99

In Dialogue with His Century: Vol.1, an authorised biography by William H. Patterson, Jr.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 2011 paperback edition, ISBN 9780765319623. Cover illustration by Donato.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
"[Patterson’s] impressive research yields a detailed portrait of the man."

"Like Carlos Baker’s Hemingway, this is an essential and exhaustive life."

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN (1907—1988) is generally considered the greatest American science fiction writer of the twentieth century. Later a famous and bestselling author, he started his life after graduating from Annapolis in the U.S. Navy, from which he was soon forced to retire because of tuberculosis. A socialist politician in the 1930s, he went on to become a major influence on modern American libertarianism.

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. He was a friend of admirals and of bestselling writers and artists, and was on the advisory committee that helped Ronald Reagan create the Star Wars Strategic Defense Initiative. Given his desire for privacy in the later decades of his life, he is here revealed as both stranger and more interesting than one could ever have known.

This is the first of two volumes of a major American biography. Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve is about Robert A. Heinlein s life up to the end of the 1940s and the midlife crisis that changed him forever.

"[Heinlein] thought against the grain, and the effect was often gloriously freeing for young minds just beginning to encounter the world. His message was 'Don’t accept what everybody tells you.' And it’s still a much needed one."

"Learning Curve is without doubt a major accomplishment for the history of science fiction."

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