New York: ACE / Putnam, 1987. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing of Heinlein's last novel published during his prolific and acclaimed career. Condition is near fine in a fine dust jacket. The quarter cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with no appreciable wear. The contents are crisp and clean with an unread feel, no spotting, and no previous ownership marks. The sole detraction is mild age-toning. The dust jacket is clean, bright, and complete, retaining the original "18.95" front flap price and showing no reportable wear. The front face is a provocative image of the novel's female protagonist while the photo of Heinlein on the rear face of the dust jacket reveals the aged master close to his end, which came the year after this book was published. The dust jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.
Heinlein's To Sail Beyond the Sunset is "the culmination of his life's work, tying together themes and characters from previous stories..." The novel is "the autobiography of Maureen Johnson, the mother of that most infamous Heinlein character, Lazarus Long."
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 #006164