* The all-time most important writer of genre sf The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * The cosmos was his oyster, so diverse was his talent Brian W. Aldiss * A great popular writer, a natural Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels * A brilliant novel from the acknowledged master of science fiction, blending superb, fast-paced narrative with thought-provoking ideas * An important and classic work * Winner of the Hugo Award
Robert A Heinlein (1907-88) was educated at the University of Missouri and the US Naval College, Annapolis. He served as a naval officer but retired in 1934 due to ill health. He then studied physics at UCLA and worked in a number of jobs before beginning to publish sf in 1939. Among his many novels are Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land.