New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1970. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing of Heinlein's novel about a rich and powerful man who has the power to purchase a new body, but is faced with moral and philosophical consequences beyond his expectations. Condition is very good in a very good dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is tight and unfaded with sharp corners and bright gilt, but mildly dimpled at the upper spine. The contents remain clean and crisp, but with some age-toning and light soiling to the page edges. We find no previous ownership marks. The dust jacket is complete, retaining the original "$6.95" front flap price and an unfaded spine, but does show wear to extremities and a few small stains to the white rear face. The dust jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, 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 #006165