Robert A. Heinlein was the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels have been translated into every literate language on the globe, with over 25 million Heinlein books in print in this country alone. His Hugo-winning novel Starship Troopers was the basis for the recent hit movie. In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record. He has repeatedly topped polls of science fiction readers for "best writer" and "favorite writer." To three generations of readers, Heinlein is science fiction.