HEINLEIN TIME LINE
1907 Robert Anson Heinlein born to Bam Lyle and Rex Ivar Heinlein on
July 7 in Butler, Missouri as third of seven children.
In 1907 the Heinlein family lived in Butler, Bates County, Missouri.
Robert Anson Heinlein was born on July 7, being the third son of Rex Ivar
Heinlein and Bam Lyle Heinlein.There were six more siblings, his elder
brothers Rex and Lawrence, his younger brother Jesse, and three younger
sisters, Louise, Rose, and Mary.
1924 Graduation from Central High School in Kansas City.
He graduated from Central High School in Kansas City in 1924 and
attended one year of college at Kansas City Community College. His brother
Rex had gone to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and Heinlein
wanted the same future for himself. He therefore collected letters of recommendation
to be sent to his senator, James A. Reed. Thus it happened Reed receiving
one hundred letters requesting appointments to Annapolis, nearly half of
them in favor of Robert A. Heinlein.
1925 Heinlein enters the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
1929 Graduation from Naval Academy (with the equivalent of a Bachelor's
degree in Naval Engineering).
1929-1934 Several assignments including an assignment on the aircraft carrier
USS Lexington. His service on the destroyer USS Roper made him seasick
much of the time and weakened his health.
1932 Marries Leslyn MacDonald.
Little is known about his first wife. There are but a few brief
citings in various autobiographies by some of Heinlein's contemporaries.
1934 Medical disability (lung tuberculosis) forcing him to retire from
the Navy as a lieutenant junior grade.
1934-1939 Recuperating in California and Colorado. Attends UCLA graduate
school (Advanced Engineering and Mathematics and Architecture), sells real
estate, runs for political office and dabbles in silver mining.
In 1938 Heinlein was working as a staff writer for Upton Sinclair's
EPIC News, the organ of the EPIC (End Poverty In California) campaign.
Thus Heinlein ran for the 59th District California State Assembly seat
in the November 1938 election. Running unopposed as a Democrat, he was
narrowly defeated in the primary by the Republican incumbent, Charles W.
Lyons, who 'cross-filed' his name on the other party's ticket, which was
legal at that time. Fatally, Heinlein did not do the reverse.
In late 1938 the science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories
announced a story contest that led to the writing of his first story, when
he was broke, more or less. Heinlein decided to send the story he had written
to John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction instead.
1939 Publishes his first story, Life Line, in Astounding Science
1939-1942 successful work in the field of science fiction, especially in
1942-1945 civilian engineer at the Naval Air Experimental Center in Philadelphia,
1947 Green Hills of Earth released in the February 7 issue of
the Saturday Evening Post. Rocket Ship Galileo is the first
of his novels for young people, later known as his juvenile novels.
Divorces Leslyn in late 1947.
1948 Marries Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld. His second juvenile novel
is called Space Cadet.
1950 RAH helped with the script for Destination Moon, the motion-picture
version of Rocket Ship Galileo.
1956 First HUGO Award for Double Star. Also in 1956, The Puppet
1957 Starship Troopers is a success, winning him his second HUGO
1961 Publishes Stranger in a Strange Land.
1962 Third HUGO Award for Stranger in a Strange Land.
1967 Successful publication of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, another
1969 Joins Walter Cronkite in commenting on the moon landing.
1970 I Will Fear No Evil.
1973 Time Enough For Love.
1975 Science Fiction Writers of America made him first 'Grand Master of
1978 Successful carotid bypass operation.
1980 The Number of the Beast.
1984 JOB: A Comedy of Justice.
1985 The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.
1987 To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
1988 Dies May 9.