The science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) was productive during a writing career that spanned the last 49 years of his life; the Robert A. Heinlein bibliography includes 32 novels, 59 short stories and 16 collections published during his life. Four films, two TV series, several episodes of a radio series, at least two songs ('Hijack' by Jefferson Starship and 'Cool Green Hills of Earth' on the 1970 album Ready to Ride and as the b-side of a single by Southwind) and a board game derive more or less directly from his work. He wrote a screenplay for one of the films. Heinlein edited an anthology of other writers' science fiction short stories.
Three non-fiction books and two poems have been published posthumously. One novel has been published posthumously and another, an unusual collaboration, was published in 2006. Four collections have been published posthumously.
Known pseudonyms include Anson MacDonald (7 times), Lyle Monroe (7), John Riverside (1), Caleb Saunders (1), and Simon York (1). All the works originally attributed to MacDonald, Saunders, Riverside and York, and many of the works originally attributed to Lyle Monroe, were later reissued in various Heinlein collections and attributed to Heinlein.
Novels marked with an asterisk * are part of Scribner's "juvenile" series.
Early Heinlein novels
- Rocket Ship Galileo, 1947 *
- Beyond This Horizon, 1948 (initially serialized in 1942, and at that time credited to Anson MacDonald)
- Space Cadet, 1948 *
- Red Planet, 1949 *
- Sixth Column, 1949 (initially serialized in 1941, and at that time credited to Anson MacDonald) (a.k.a. The Day After Tomorrow)
- Farmer in the Sky, 1950 (initially serialized in a condensed version in Boys' Life magazine as "Satellite Scout") (Retro Hugo Award, 1951) *
- Between Planets, 1951 *
- The Puppet Masters, 1951 (re-published posthumously with excisions restored, 1990)
- The Rolling Stones, 1952 (a.k.a. Space Family Stone) *
- Starman Jones, 1953 *
- The Star Beast, 1954 *
- Tunnel in the Sky, 1955 *
- Double Star, 1956—Hugo Award, 1956
- Time for the Stars, 1956 *
- Citizen of the Galaxy, 1957 *
- The Door into Summer, 1957
- Have Space Suit—Will Travel, 1958—Hugo Award nominee, 1959 *
- Methuselah's Children, 1958 (originally a serialized novella in 1941)
- Starship Troopers, 1959—Hugo Award, 1960
Middle Heinlein novels
- Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961—Hugo Award, 1962 (reprinted at the original greater length in 1991)
- Podkayne of Mars, 1963
- Orphans of the Sky, 1963 (fix-up novel comprising the novellas "Universe" and "Common Sense", both originally published in 1941)
- Glory Road, 1963—Hugo Award nominee, 1964
- Farnham's Freehold, 1964
- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, 1966—Hugo Award, 1967
- I Will Fear No Evil, 1970
- Time Enough for Love, 1973—Nebula Award nominated, 1973; Hugo and Locus SF Awards nominated, 1974
Late Heinlein novels
- The Number of the Beast, 1980
- Friday, 1982—Hugo, Nebula, and Locus SF Awards nominee, 1983
- Job: A Comedy of Justice, 1984—Nebula Award nominee, 1984; Locus Fantasy Award winner, Hugo Award nominee, 1985
- The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, 1985
- To Sail Beyond the Sunset, 1987
Heinlein works published posthumously
- For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs (written in 1938, published posthumously in 2003)
- Variable Star (posthumously with Spider Robinson; Heinlein's eight page outline written in 1955; Robinson's full novel from the outline appeared in 2006)
- The Pursuit of the Pankera, published posthumously in 2020, an alternate version of The Number of the Beast
"Future History" short fiction
- "Life-Line", 1939
- "Misfit", 1939
- "Let There Be Light", 1940 (as Lyle Monroe)
- "The Roads Must Roll", 1940
- "Requiem", 1940
- "If This Goes On—", 1940, first novel
- "Coventry", 1940
- "Blowups Happen", 1940
- "Universe", 1941
- "—We Also Walk Dogs", 1941 (as Anson MacDonald)
- "Common Sense", 1941
- "Methuselah's Children", 1941 (lengthened and published as a novel, 1958)
- "Logic of Empire", 1941
- "Space Jockey", 1947
- "It's Great to Be Back!", 1947
- "The Green Hills of Earth", 1947
- "Ordeal in Space", 1948
- "The Long Watch", 1948
- "Gentlemen, Be Seated!", 1948
- "The Black Pits of Luna", 1948
- "Delilah and the Space Rigger", 1949
- "The Man Who Sold the Moon", 1950 (Retro Hugo Award)
- "The Menace From Earth", 1957
- "Searchlight", 1962
Other short speculative fiction
All the works initially attributed to Anson MacDonald, Caleb Saunders, John Riverside and Simon York, and many of the works attributed to Lyle Monroe, were later reissued in various Heinlein collections and attributed to Heinlein.
At Heinlein's insistence, the three Lyle Monroe stories marked with the symbol '§' were never reissued in a Heinlein anthology during his lifetime.
- "Magic, Inc.", 1940 (a.k.a. "The Devil Makes the Law")
- "Solution Unsatisfactory", 1940 (as Anson MacDonald)
- "Let There Be Light", 1940 (as Lyle Monroe)
- "Successful Operation" 1940 (a.k.a. "Heil!") (as Lyle Monroe)
- "They", 1941
- "—And He Built a Crooked House—", 1941
- "By His Bootstraps", 1941 (as Anson MacDonald)
- "Lost Legacy", 1941 (a.k.a. "Lost Legion") (as Lyle Monroe)
- "Elsewhen", 1941 (a.k.a. "Elsewhere") (as Caleb Saunders)
- "Beyond Doubt", 1941 (as Lyle Monroe with Elma Wentz) §
- "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag", 1942 (as John Riverside)
- "Waldo", 1942 (as Anson MacDonald)
- "My Object All Sublime", 1942 (as Lyle Monroe) §
- "Goldfish Bowl", 1942 (as Anson MacDonald)
- "Pied Piper", 1942 (as Lyle Monroe) §
- "Free Men", 1946 (published 1966)
- "Jerry Was a Man", 1947
- "Columbus Was a Dope", 1947 (as Lyle Monroe)
- "On the Slopes of Vesuvius", 1947
- "Our Fair City", 1948
- "Gulf", 1949
- "Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon", 1949
- "Destination Moon", 1950
- "The Year of the Jackpot", 1952
- "Project Nightmare", 1953
- "Sky Lift", 1953
- "A Tenderfoot in Space", 1956 (serialized 1958)
- "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants", 1957 (a.k.a. "The Elephant Circuit")
- "—All You Zombies—", 1959
Other short fiction
- "A Bathroom of Her Own", 1946
- "Dance Session", 1946 (love poem)
- "The Witch's Daughters", 1946 (poem)
- "Water Is for Washing", 1947
- "They Do It with Mirrors", 1947 (as Simon York)
- "No Bands Playing, No Flags Flying", written 1947, published 1973
- "Poor Daddy", 1949
- "Cliff and the Calories", 1950
- "The Bulletin Board", 1951
- The Man Who Sold the Moon, 1950
- Waldo & Magic, Inc., 1950
- The Green Hills of Earth, 1951
- Assignment in Eternity, 1953
- Revolt in 2100, 1953 ("If this goes on--", "Coventry", and "Misfit")
- The Robert Heinlein Omnibus, 1958
- The Menace from Earth, 1959
- The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, 1959 (a.k.a. 6 X H)
- Three by Heinlein, 1965 (The Puppet Masters, "Waldo", "Magic, Inc.")
- A Robert Heinlein Omnibus, 1966
- The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein, 1966
- The Past Through Tomorrow, 1967 (almost-complete Future History collection, missing "Let There Be Light", "Universe", and "Common Sense")
- The Best of Robert A. Heinlein, 1973
- Expanded Universe, 1980
- A Heinlein Trio, 1980 (omnibus of The Puppet Masters, Double Star, and The Door Into Summer)
- The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein, 1999 (omnibus of Waldo & Magic, Inc. and The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)
- Infinite Possibilities, 2003 (omnibus of Tunnel in the Sky, Time for the Stars, and Citizen of the Galaxy)
- To the Stars, 2004 (omnibus of Between Planets, The Rolling Stones, Starman Jones, and The Star Beast)
- Off the Main Sequence, 2005 (short stories including three never before collected)
- Four Frontiers, 2005 (omnibus of Rocket Ship Galileo, Space Cadet, Red Planet, and Farmer in the Sky)
- Outward Bound, 2006 (omnibus of Have Space Suit—Will Travel, Starship Troopers, Podkayne of Mars)
- Project Moonbase and Others, 2008 (collection of screenplays)
- The Virginia Edition, a 46-volume hardcover collection of all of Robert Heinlein's stories, novels, and nonfiction writing, plus a selection of his personal correspondence, was announced by Meisha Merlin Publishing in April 2005; the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (which now owns the Heinlein copyrights) instigated the project. Meisha Merlin went out of business in May 2007 after producing six volumes: I Will Fear No Evil, Time Enough for Love, Starship Troopers, For Us, the Living, The Door into Summer, and Double Star.
- The Heinlein Prize Trust then decided to publish the edition itself, having formed the Virginia Edition Publishing Co. for this purpose. As was true for the Meisha Merlin effort, individual volumes are not offered; subscribers must purchase the entire 46-volume set. The final five volumes (including two volumes of screenwriting, both produced and unproduced) were shipped to subscribers in June 2012.
- In July 2007, the Heinlein Prize Trust opened the online Heinlein Archives, which allows people to purchase and download items from the Heinlein Archive previously stored at the University of California-Santa Cruz. The Trust makes grants available to those using the archives for scholarly purposes.
- Tomorrow, the Stars, 1952, anthology of stories by 14 authors selected by Frederik Pohl and Judith Merril, foreword by Heinlein who got his name on the cover.
- "Where To?", Galaxy, 1952.
- Two articles for Encyclopædia Britannica on Paul Dirac and antimatter, and on blood chemistry.
- Grumbles from the Grave, 1989 (posthumously)
- Take Back Your Government: A Practical Handbook for the Private Citizen, 1992 (Originally published as How to Be a Politician)
- Tramp Royale, 1992
- "Spinoff", an article based on Heinlein's testimony to the US Congress about the commercialization of inventions created for NASA and the American space program, published in Omni magazine, 1980; reprinted in Expanded Universe.
- Destination Moon (story (from the book Rocket Ship Galileo), screenplay, technical advisor), 1950, IMDb (Retro Hugo Award, 1951)
- Out There, TV series, 1951 (from three short stories: "The Green Hills of Earth", "Misfit", and "Ordeal in Space")
- Project Moonbase, 1953, IMDb
- The Brain Eaters, 1959 (from the book The Puppet Masters, uncredited, sued by Heinlein), IMDb
- Uchu no Senshi (Japanese animated video series based on Starship Troopers), 1988
- Red Planet, TV miniseries (from the book), 1994, IMDb
- The Puppet Masters, film (from the book), 1994, IMDb
- Starship Troopers, film (very loosely and partially based on the book), 1997, IMDb
- Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, TV series based on the 1997 movie, 1999, IMDb
- Masters of Science Fiction, TV miniseries (from the short story "Jerry Was a Man"), 2007
- Starship Troopers: Invasion, film (very loosely based on the book "Starship Troopers"), 2012, IMDb
- Predestination, film (from the short story "'—All You Zombies—'"), 2014, IMDb
- The Door Into Summer (Japanese title: 夏への扉 キミのいる未来へ Natsu e no Tobira: Kimi no Iru Mirai e), film (from the book), 2021, IMDb
- The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, illuminated by D. F. Vassallo, 1978
- New Destinies, Vol. VI/Winter 1988—Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Issue, 1988
- Fate's Trick by Matt Costello, 1988, a "game book" inspired by Glory Road
- Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master, 1992
- Two different Starship Troopers board games were published by Avalon Hill in 1976 and 1997
- The video game Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy was published by Blue Tongue Entertainment in 2000
- Dimension X, science fiction radio programs in 1950–1951. Among other writers, episodes were based on Heinlein's Destination Moon (film) (ep. 12), The Green Hills of Earth (ep. 10), Requiem, The Roads Must Roll, and Universe.
- X Minus One, radio series in 1955–1958: Universe
- Language arts materials for teachers based on Heinlein's works, in support of World Space Week, 2005.
- James Gifford (29 March 2005). "The Robert A. Heinlein Frequently Asked Questions List (FAQ)". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "1956 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1959 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1960 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1962 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1964 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1967 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1973 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "1974 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1983 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- "1984 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
- "1985 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
- Bill Patterson (2000). "A Study of 'If This Goes On—'". The Heinlein Journal (7).
- Encyclopædia Britannica articles: on Paul Dirac and antimatter, and on blood chemistry. A version of the former, titled "Paul Dirac, Antimatter, and You", was published in the anthology Expanded Universe; an afterword gives a normalization equation and presents it, incorrectly as being the Dirac equation.
- The Heinlein Society and their FAQ.
- Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
- Robert A. Heinlein, Grandmaster of Science Fiction
- Robert A. Heinlein at the Internet Book Database of Fiction
- Good bibliography, essays, news, links, etc.
- Robert A. Heinlein at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Illustrated list of Heinlein fiction
- Heinlein Concordance
- Heinlein Archives Archived 18 September 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- Virginia Edition Blog
- Robert A. Heinlein at Worlds Without End