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“Patterson’s two volumes are a remarkable picture of an influential writer and his time in history … Don’t be surprised if your biography-loving friend ask you for Stranger in a Strange Land or Starship Troopers after finishing this book.” ―Analog

“Patterson's prose is easy to read, packed with data but never dry. I expected to work through the book over time, but found that I devoured it in a few long sessions.” ―The Nameless Zine

“It’s likely the most we will ever learn about Heinlein (and probably in finer detail than most readers would sit still for), and despite its adulatory tone it reveals a great deal more about Heinlein’s real attitudes than his own rather disappointingly bland Grumbles from the Grave.” ―Locus

“Fans and scholars of Heinlein will find this an invaluable resource, though there is little here to appeal to other readers.” ―Library Journal

“His [Patterson’s] monumental biography remains an important contribution to the history of American science fiction.” ―Washington Post

“An essential book for studious fans of Heinlein, with valuable lessons for anyone hoping to make a living with the pen.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An important foundation for future appreciations of the author’s work.” ―Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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*Starred Review* This second volume of the authorized biography of arguably the most notable American science-fiction writer covers the second half of his life. In these years, Heinlein was continually exploring new approaches to old sf themes and then pushing the boundaries of the entire field steadily outward with new themes. This phase of his career began with Stranger in a Strange Land (more than 10 years in gestation) and continued to the end of his life. During that period, he battled censorship by stuffy editors, Hollywood directors of questionable ethics, and overly zealous or downright incompetent critics. He also battled a series of health problems that make harrowing reading, and that would probably have had most of us bedridden at an age when Heinlein was taking a cruise through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage. In all his enterprises, he was indispensably partnered with the remarkable Virginia Heinlein, wife, helpmate, organizer, business manager, corresponding secretary, and altogether worthy of a biography in her own right. As is inevitable in an authorized biography, some controversial subjects (such as Heinlein’s politics and his classic Starship Troopers) are presented in the most favorable light, but author Patterson also presents strong, fact-based cases for those interpretations. The research for this biography was clearly both a labor of love and a labor of Hercules, and the result is what must be considered the standard for biographies of a man who in turn must finally be considered a major American writer. --Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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