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This is a meticulously detailed biography of whom most consider the greatest science fiction writer of the twentieth-century. Unlike his contemporaries and fellow big-three authors Bradbury and Asimov, Heinlein is primarily known to the general public by his most famous works: Stranger In a Strange Land and Starship Troopers. His life, however, is a fascinating read in itself. A graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, young Heinlein lived a somewhat Bohemian life, worked for Upton Sinclair's EPIC campaign in California, then became a champion of the libertarian philosophy. Along the way, he completely transformed the field of science fiction and influenced nearly everyone who came after him. Patterson's book, several years in the making, covers Heinlein's formative years and his first successes in the pulp magazine business and his move into "the slicks" such as The Saturday Evening Post, juvenile book publishing, and early forays into film and TV. Along the way, we are treated to an overview of American history and Robert A. Heinlein's place in it. I, for one, cannot wait for volume 2!