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Requiem: Collected Works and Tributes to the Grand Master Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (August 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812513916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812513912
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robert Heinlein wrote about the future because the future is where all of us will live. He made footsteps big enough for a whole country to follow. And it was our country that did it...We proceed down a path marked by his ideas. That's legacy enough for any man. He showed us where the future is." -Tom Clancy

"A powerful tribute to the late Robert A. Heinlein." -Booklist

"Half the people in the space program, today and this past half century were lured in by Robert Heinlein and those who followed his path...He was admired and envied for more than half a century by the brightest human beings on Earth." -Larry Niven

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was educated at the University of Missouri and the U.S. Naval Academy. After serving as a naval officer for five years, he retired for health reasons and began publishing SF in 1939. Considered the dean of American SF writers, Heinlein was loved and emulated during the half century that he wrote SF. He wrote dozens of novels and short stories, including Double Star, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, all of which won Hugo Awards. Heinlein was the recipient of the First Grand Master Nebula in 1975, and he was the guest of honor at three World SF Conventions: in 1941, 1961, and 1976. He has repeatedly been voted "best all-time author" in readers' polls. Robert A. Heinlein passed away in 1988.

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Another must have for Robert Heinlein fans.
C. Baker
This tribute, lovingly assembled by Kondo, brings together some of Heinlein's fantastic fiction with the impressions of his many admirers.
Jamie
Poul Anderson's piece is particularly memorable.
Bill R. Moore

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jay Rudin on January 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This collection of Heinlein's little-known work and various tributes to Heinlein is a must-read for all Heinlein fans (though not recommended to any others). All three of his WorldCon guest of honor speeches are included, as is the original "Destination Moon". "This I Believe" is inspiring, non-fictional, and should be required reading for those who think they can know Heinlein's beliefs from his fiction. With the exception of "Requiem" itself, the Heinlein stories are the ones never before compiled, and so are the weakest part of the book. The idea that any of Heinlein's stories could be the weak part of any book should tell you how well-written the rest is, including tributes by Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke, Spider Robinson, etc. Larry Niven's story "The Return of William Proxmire" alone is worth the price of the book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on March 23, 2002
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If you are a fan of Robert A. Heinlein, and have read most of his works, then I reccommend this book unceasingly to you. It has 200+ pages of never-before-published Heinlein fiction (as well as the short title story - one of the man's best, and the one that also shot him to fame.) These include two novellas: Tenderfoot In Space - written for Boy's Life, and Destination: Moon - Heinlein's story version that would lead to the script and movie of the same name. Also included are two stories he wrote for girls (!), his remembrance of the filming of Destination Moon, a short poem, and the text of three speeches he made at the World Science Fiction Convention, where he was Guest of Honor an unprecented three times. Also included is are the proceedings of NASA's Heinlein Expedition, where he received (posthumously) their Distinguished Public Service Medal, their highest civilian honor awarded. This includes a reading of his inspirational piece "This I Believe" (which I had read at a local meeting of ours) by his wife, Virginia Heinlein, and several short speeches by such people as Tom Clancy and Jerry Pournelle. The heart of the book for many, though, will be the third section, in which many of Heinlein's famous contemporay writers (as well as an editor and a Navy colleague) write their remembrances of the man. It's very poignant and humbling to see world-famous writers speaking of Heinlein in such highly reverent terms - almost as if they were speaking of God Himself. This goes some way towards showing what an incredible man Heinlein was, and what a tremendous influence he had on the field of science fiction. To see Arthur C.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on January 2, 2003
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Yoji Kondo, an accomplished NASA scientist (and SF writer) in his own right, brings honor to the writings and philosophies of Robert A. Heinlein, a groundbreaking, sometimes controversial science fiction writer who always left his readers thinking.
This tribute, lovingly assembled by Kondo, brings together some of Heinlein's fantastic fiction with the impressions of his many admirers.
Kondo was so loyal a friend that he spearheaded a successful campaign to have a Martian crater named for Heinlein. That gesture -- and this impressive collection of fiction and accolade -- is a testament not only to Heinlein, but also to his many fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker VINE VOICE on August 28, 2001
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This book is a collection of tidbits of information about Robert Heinlein, including some very compelling stories about Heinlein from science fiction writers like Larry Niven. It also includes some never before published works, which is a big bonus for Heinlein fans. While some of the material is a bit uneven, I learned a great deal about Heinlein and his works from this book. Another must have for Robert Heinlein fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1998
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The stories in this book are some of the best of Heinlein's short stories. I found this book in my dad's study, and read it on a whim. It hooked me to Heinlein, and I immediately read _Past Through Tomorrow_ and then _Puppet Masters_. If you are looking for a good Heinlein collection, here it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2014
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Superbly done for what it is. The love and respect by those who knew him is remarkable. The extent of his influence is even greater than I knew, not just in science fiction but in society, especially space travel. He influenced the thinking and sometimes the career choice of many. He strongly influenced the 60's with Stranger in a Strange Land. I, like many was first introduced to him as a kid with red planet. Then as a young adult read everything he wrote. After I got a kindle app on my phone, I re-read many of my favorites. I was astonished to realize how many of my attitudes had been influenced by him. However, at this time in my life I also realized how much more complex he and his ideas were than I originally saw. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main problem is that it makes me want even more detail of him the man. I was sad when I heard he died all those years ago, but now after reading this book - I REALLY miss him!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances Moore-Kyle on December 6, 2012
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As a life-long reader of Heinlein's work, I was anxious to read the stories that hadn't been collected elsewhere. What a treasure!
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By Kindle Customer on October 22, 2014
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Really enjoyed immensely reading the perspectives of the many writers and other professionals in this book who give tribute to the memory of Robert Heinlein. As with so many others I grew up reading his work when I was still quite young (nine, possibly eight) up until my late teens and early 20s. He, more than any other individual, helped to make me the person I am, to show me through "actions" not just words a moral, respectful code of behaviour. I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet him when he lived, but I feel this bok might give one a very accurate picture of the man he was. Truly an excellent compilation of anecdotes and transcripts, I recommend this work to any other who grew up on his work, but was never privileged to meet him.
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