Robert A. Heinlein

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Noun1.Robert A. Heinlein - United States writer of science fiction (1907-1988)
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And yet, James Gunn qualifies Leinster as "the Dean of Science Fiction" for early generations of fan-scholars in his foreword to this first full-length biography of a prolific author whose career spanned nearly half a century from 1919 to 1967.
Commonly acknowledged by fans and writers alike as the "Dean of Science Fiction', he died on November 10, 2006 at the age of ninety-eight--but his is a literary legacy that will live on for many generations yet to come.
407), while mentioning Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers (1959, Putnam), should speak of "master-slave telerobotic devices." As any fan of the dean of science fiction knows, these devices are most properly called Waldos.