Future History is a series of science fiction books by American author Robert A. Heinlein. The series ranges from the mid-20th century until the early 23rd century. The series was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1966 for the Best All-Time series, but lost to the Greater Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.

The first published novel in Heinlein’s Future History series was Methuselah’s Children in 1941, although the first novel in chronological order is The Man Who Sold the Moon. There are eight novels in the series, ending with 1978’s The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (actually a chapbook). Below is a list of Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History books in order of when they were originally published (with a reference on their chronological order):

Publication Order of Future History Books


Methuselah's Children(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Sold the Moon(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Hills of Earth(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Revolt in 2100(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Orphans of the Sky(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Past Through Tomorrow(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Future History Books

The Heinlein Timeline is rather complicated. It includes several short stories and never-written material. For the entire breakdown on the Future History chronology, please see Futures, Histories by William H. Patterson, Jr.

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