Robert Heinlein

A preeminent voice in science fiction literature.

July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988

Robert Heinlein was a highly influential and sometimes controversial science fiction author, who, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, is considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction authors of the 20th century.

From 1939 to 1942, he published almost 30 stories and three novels. Heinlein's pre-eminence from 1940 to 1960, and continuing influence thereafter, was well earned. Beginning with Rocket Ship Galileo (1947), he not only created a series of books that rank among the very best juvenile science fiction ever written, but also simultaneously crafted a series of award-winners for adults, among them Starship Troopers (1959), Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966).

Heinlein was Guest of Honor at three World Science Fiction Conventions, and in 1975 received the first Grand Master Nebula Award. His works remain constantly in print, and he has been repeatedly voted “best all-time author” in science fiction readers' polls.

1998 Inductee

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