Heinlein Cover Art: Later Works
This page is another that is something of a mixed bag, for “later” is, I’m afraid, somewhere between slippery and ever so slightly a misnomer. Now, the fiction here is all from 1961 and following, so at least that’s clear. Things like “How to Be a Politician,” Tramp Royale, much of the nonfiction collected in the Virginia Edition, and his essay on the nature of science fiction, however, certainly predate Stranger...but at least we could say, with a shrug, that they’re later than the 1940s pulps.
“Science Fiction: Its Nature, Faults and Virtues”
Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961
Podkayne of Mars, 1963
Podkayne is a “juvenile”—Heinlein’s last, actually—rather than a work aimed at adults per se, but after his post-Starship Troopers split with Scribner’s, it was published by Putnam’s, so the covers appear here rather than on the Scribner’s YA/Juveniles page.
See my “Serialized Novels” page for Podkayne art by Virgil Finlay from The Worlds of If of November 1962.
Glory Road, 1963
“All Aboard the Gemini,” Popular Mechanics May 1963
Farnham’s Freehold, 1964
For the version first serialized in F&SF in July, August, and October 1964 with Jack Gaughan interior illustrations, see my “Serializations” page.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, 1966
See my “Serializations” page for various covers plus interior art by Gray Morrow on The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress when it was serialized in The Worlds of If from December 1965 through April 1966.
I Will Fear No Evil, 1971
See my “Serializations” page for Jack Gaughan illustrations of I Will Fear No Evil in the June-July, August-September, October-November, and December issues of Galaxy in 1970.
“Channel Markers,” Analog January 1974
Time Enough for Love, 1973
“No Bands Playing,” Vertex December 1973
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, excerpted in Omni in August 1979
The Number of the Beast, 1980
This edition also is copiously illustrated inside by Powers in black-and-whites much more charming and subtle than the cover.
Job: A Comedy of Justice, 1984
The Cat Who Walks through Walls, 1985
To Sail Beyond the Sunset, 1987
The Pursuit of the Pankera, 2021
The Pursuit of the Pankera was not published until 2021, over 30 years after the death of the author. Unlike the 2006 Variable Star, however, which Spider Robinson wrote based on a long-forgotten outline for a YA novel Heinlein himself never started, The Pursuit of the Pankera, essentially an alternate version of The Number of the Beast. actually was put together from the various parts of manuscript Heinlein already had produced but just not assembled...