New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing of a collection of Heinlein stories and commentaries, including "7 never-before-collected stories", "14 never-before-collected articles", and "previously unpublished commentaries on all of the above" billed as "The Wit and Wisdom of Robert A. Heinlein, on subjects ranging from Crime and Punishment to the Love Life of the American Teenager; from Nuclear Power to the Pragmatics of Patriotism; from Prophecy to Destiny; from Geopolitic to Post-Holocaust America; from the Nature of Courage to the Nature of Reality..."
Condition is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and no appreciable wear, flawed only by a small strip of minor discoloration to the lower front cover. The contents are immaculate; we find no previous ownership marks and no spotting. "First printing" is helpfully so stated on the copyright page and "FIRST EDITION" printed at the lower front face of the dust jacket. The jacket is is bright and complete, retaining the original "$12.95" front flap price and showing only trivial wear to extremities. The jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover.
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) was one of the “Big Three” mid-twentieth century “Golden Age” science fiction writers, along with Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. A prolific writer with a career spanning half a century, Heinlein published more than 30 novels, along with numerous short stories and collections. He was already an established and successful author in the genre when he won his first Hugo Award for Double Star in 1956. He would be recognized thus three more times – for Starship Troopers in 1960, for Stranger in a Strange Land in 1961, and for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in 1966.
Noticeable in his early writing but particularly prevalent after Starship Troopers, Heinlein used his novels to provoke thought and limn his own perspectives about the role, limitations, and confining structures of society, the obligations of citizenship, and the prerogatives of freedom. Heinlein was lauded not just for individual stories, but also for weaving coherent speculative futures with themes and characters that spanned swathes of his writing over decades. Heinlein’s “Future History” series was nominated for a Best All-Time Series Hugo Award in a very strong field in 1966, losing (along with fellow nominee The Lord of the Rings) to Asimov’s Foundation series. Fittingly, Heinlein’s name accompanies his imagination into space; an asteroid and a crater on Mars are named after him. Item #006161