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Encyclopedia > Expanded Universe (Heinlein)

The full title of this book by Robert A. Heinlein is Expanded Universe, The New Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein, copyright 1980 by Heinlein. The Ace trade paperback 1981 edition lists the subtitle under other Heinlein books as More Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein. The book is dedicated to William Targ. Heinlein autographing at the 1976 Worldcon Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most influential and controversial authors in science fiction. ...


The book collects many short stories and essays, with a foreword for each. They are:

  • Life-Line
  • Successful Operation
  • Blowups Happen
  • Solution Unsatisfactory
  • The Last Days of the United States
  • How to Be a Survivor
  • Pie from the Sky
  • They Do It with Mirrors
  • Free Men
  • No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying
  • A Bathroom of Her Own
  • On the Slopes of Vesuvius
  • Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon
  • Where To? (1950, 1965, 1980)
  • Cliff and the Calories
  • Ray Guns and Rocket Ships
  • The Third Millenium Opens
  • Who Are the Heirs of Patrick Henry?
  • Pravda Means Truth
  • Inside Intourist
  • Searchlight
  • The Pragmatics of Patriotism
  • Paul Dirac, Antimatter, and You
  • Larger Than Life
  • Spinoff
  • The Happy Days Ahead


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Robert A. Heinlein at AllExperts (7425 words)
Heinlein's books of the 1980s sold well, in spite of some critics' lack of enthusiasm; many readers believe that those who criticize them are missing what they perceive as the books' irony and self-conscious parodying of both science fiction and literature in general.
Heinlein's nonfiction includes "Who are the heirs of Patrick Henry?" (an anti-communist polemic published as an advertisement) and articles such as "Pravda Means Truth" and "Inside Intourist", in which he recounted his visit to the USSR and advised western readers on how to evade official supervision on such a trip.
Heinlein is usually identified, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, as one of the three masters of science fiction to arise in the so-called Golden age of science fiction, associated with John W. Campbell and his magazine Astounding.
SS > SF > book reviews > Robert A. Heinlein (720 words)
It is an utterly fascinating work for Heinlein fans and scholars, as it captures many of his ideas espoused in his later works -- free love, rolling roads, general semantics, economics, Nehemiah Scudder, and more -- in a classic "tour of Utopia" style.
Since that lecture is in true Heinlein voice, it's a worthwhile read, to see the early form of some of his ideas, and to see his already masterly handling of the infodump.
Heinlein wrote much of the screenplay, and was technical advisor.
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