Robert A. Heinlein was an American author of science fiction, considered to be part of the “Big Three” in the genre along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Some of his work is also considered part of the fantasy genre as well. Heinlein wrote about space exploration as if it were a very real possibility. Other common themes in his work included individualism, non-conformity and free love. Because much of his work was written during the Civil Rights Movement, he would often imply a major character was not white or he would use an alien as a metaphor for another human race (in a positive manner).

Heinlein’s first short story was Life Line, which he had written for a contest but instead sold it to Astounding Science-Fiction in 1939 for more than the contest would have paid for first prize. Below is a list of Robert A. Heinlein’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Future History/Heinlein Timeline Books

Misfit (1939)Description / Buy at
Methuselah's Children (1941)Description / Buy at
The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950)Description / Buy at
The Green Hills of Earth (1951)Description / Buy at
Revolt in 2100 (1953)Description / Buy at
Orphans of the Sky (1963)Description / Buy at
The Past Through Tomorrow (1967)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Heinlein's Juveniles Books

Rocket Ship Galileo (1947)Description / Buy at
Space Cadet (1948)Description / Buy at
Red Planet (1949)Description / Buy at
Farmer in the Sky / Satellite Scout (1950)Description / Buy at
Between Planets / Planets in Combat (1951)Description / Buy at
The Rolling Stones / Tramp Space Ship / Space Family Stone (1952)Description / Buy at
Starman Jones (1953)Description / Buy at
The Star Beast / Star Lummox (1954)Description / Buy at
Tunnel in the Sky (1955)Description / Buy at
Time for the Stars (1956)Description / Buy at
Citizen of the Galaxy (1957)Description / Buy at
Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Road to Science Fiction Books

(by James Edwin Gunn)

The Road to Science Fiction 1 (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1977)Description / Buy at
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1979)Description / Buy at
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1979)Description / Buy at
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1982)Description / Buy at
The Road to Science Fiction 6: Around the World (By: James Edwin Gunn) (1998)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of World As Myth Books

Time Enough for Love (1973)Description / Buy at
The Number of the Beast (1980)Description / Buy at
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)Description / Buy at
To Sail Beyond the Sunset (1987)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sixth Column / The Day After Tomorrow (As: Anson MacDonald) (1941)Description / Buy at
Beyond This Horizon (As: Anson MacDonald) (1948)Description / Buy at
The Puppet Masters (1951)Description / Buy at
Double Star (1956)Description / Buy at
The Door into Summer (1957)Description / Buy at
Starship Troopers / Starship Soldier (1959)Description / Buy at
Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)Description / Buy at
Podkayne of Mars (1963)Description / Buy at
Glory Road (1963)Description / Buy at
Farnham's Freehold (1964)Description / Buy at
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)Description / Buy at
I Will Fear No Evil (1970)Description / Buy at
Friday (1982)Description / Buy at
Job (1984)Description / Buy at
For Us, the Living (2003)Description / Buy at
Variable Star (With: Spider Robinson) (2006)Description / Buy at
The Pursuit of the Pankera (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Universe (1941)Description / Buy at
Destination Moon (1950)Description / Buy at
The Year of the Jackpot (1952)Description / Buy at
'All You Zombies--' (1959)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Chapbooks

The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (1975)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Life Line (1939)Description / Buy at
Ordeal in Space (1948)Description / Buy at
Waldo & Magic, Inc. (1950)Description / Buy at
Assignment in Eternity (1953)Description / Buy at
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (1959)Description / Buy at
The Menace from Earth (1959)Description / Buy at
Lost Legacy (1960)Description / Buy at
Three by Heinlein / Heinlein Triad (1965)Description / Buy at
The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein (1972)Description / Buy at
The Best of Robert Heinlein, 1947-1959 (1973)Description / Buy at
The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein (1986)Description / Buy at
Off the Main Sequence (2005)Description / Buy at
Outward Bound (2006)Description / Buy at
Project Moonbase and Others (2008)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Science Fiction Novel (With: Robert Bloch,C.M. Kornbluth,Alfred Bester,Basil Davenport) (1959)Description / Buy at
Cliffsnotes Heinlein's Works (With: CliffsNotes,Baird Searles) (1969)Description / Buy at
Expanded Universe (1980)Description / Buy at
Grumbles from the Grave (1989)Description / Buy at
Tramp Royale (1992)Description / Buy at
Take Back Your Government (1992)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Collections

The Virginia Edition (46 Volume Collectors Set) (2010)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Street & Smith's Unknown, Vol 4. No. 6(1941)Description / Buy at
Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space(1946)Description / Buy at
Tomorrow, the Stars(1952)Description / Buy at
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - May 1954 - Vol. 6, No. 5(1954)Description / Buy at
6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction(1954)Description / Buy at
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series(1958)Description / Buy at
50 Short Science Fiction Tales(1963)Description / Buy at
Worlds to Come: New Science Fiction Adventures(1967)Description / Buy at
Galaxy Science Fiction, October-November 1970(1970)Description / Buy at
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A(1973)Description / Buy at
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...(1974)Description / Buy at
Other Dimensions(1974)Description / Buy at
Rod Serling's Other Worlds(1978)Description / Buy at
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at
The Best of All Possible Worlds(1980)Description / Buy at
Analog: Writers' Choice Volume II(1984)Description / Buy at
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow(1987)Description / Buy at
New Destinies Vol. 6: Winter 1988(1988)Description / Buy at
A Separate Star: A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling(1989)Description / Buy at
Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master(1991)Description / Buy at
Cats in Space... and Other Places(1992)Description / Buy at
Bangs & Whimpers(1999)Description / Buy at
The SFWA Grand Masters 1(1999)Description / Buy at
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Description / Buy at
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at
Science Fiction Super Pack #1(2013)Description / Buy at
Red Sky(2014)Description / Buy at
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at
Infinite Stars(2019)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Sixth Column was originally published using the pen name Anson MacDonald and was also published as The Day After Tomorrow. Beyond This Horizon was originally published under the pseudonym Anson MacDonald. Farmer in the Sky was also published as Satellite Scout. Between Planets was also titled Planets in Combat. The Rolling Stone was also published with the alternate titles Tramp Space Ship and Space Family Stone. The Star Beast was alternately titled Star Lummox. Starship Troopers was also published as Starship Soldier. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag was also published as 6xH. Three by Heinlein was also released as A Heinlein Triad. Tramp Royale was written with Virginia Heinlein. Take Back Your Government! was also published under the title How To Be a Politician.

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