Heinlein, Robert Anson MacDonald (hĪˈlĪn) [key], 1907–88, American science-fiction writer, b. Butler, Mo. His best-known novel, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), concerns a young man raised by Martians who returns to earth. It became a cult classic during the 1960s. Other works include The Green Hills of Earth (1951), a collection of short stories; Double Star (1956), Starship Troopers (1959), The Door into Summer (1957), The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), and The Cat Who Walks through Walls (1985). Heinlein's writings helped win respect for science fiction as literature.
See study by H. B. Franklin (1980).
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