Expanded Universe (book)

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Expanded Universe
Expanded Universe (Heinlein collection - cover art).jpg
First Edition cover for Expanded Universe
AuthorRobert A. Heinlein
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
LC ClassPS3515.E288 E96

Expanded Universe, The New Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein is a 1980 collection of stories and essays by American writer Robert A. Heinlein.[1] The trade paperback 1981 edition lists the subtitle under other Heinlein books as More Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein because the contents subsume the 1966 Ace Books collection, The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein. The current volume is dedicated to William Targ.


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

The six items marked with (*) appeared in The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein.

When divided into two volumes, Volume 1 concludes with "On the Slopes of Vesuvius",[2] and Volume 2 picks up with "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon".[3]


Greg Costikyan reviewed Expanded Universe in Ares Magazine #8 and commented that "Expanded Universe is a book for the completist, the Heinlein devotee, and those interesting in seeing what Heinlein the man, rather than Heinlein the writer, actually believes."[4]



  1. ^ Don D'Ammassa (2005). Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Infobase Publishing. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-8160-5924-9.
  2. ^ Heinlein, Robert A. (January 21, 2015). Robert Heinlein's Expanded Universe: Volume One. Phoenix Pick. ISBN 978-1612422381.
  3. ^ Heinlein, Robert A. (March 16, 2015). Robert Heinlein's Expanded Universe: Volume Two. Phoenix Pick. ISBN 978-1612422404.
  4. ^ Costikyan, Greg (May 1981). "Books". Ares Magazine. Simulations Publications, Inc. (8): 34.
  5. ^ "Title: Expanded Universe: The New Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein".

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