New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. First Edition. Late novel by the Hugo Award-winning author, in which "the aging hero, a writer and unfairly disgraced ex-soldier, becomes embroiled in murderous intrigue and goes on the run with his newly acquired Amazonian wife. When in extremis he is rescued by the Justice League of Heinleinia, carried over from such novels as The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Time Enough for Love, and The Number of the Beast" (Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 4-261). Inscribed by Heinlein to Dr. Dean Charles Ing (1931-2020), author of numerous science fiction novels and techno-thrillers between the late 1970's-2015. Ing, like Heinlein, was a military veteran (US Air Force), and together with Heinlein and the eight other men listed on the dedication page, was a member of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy - a group of prominent American citizens actively involved in the space policy of the United States from 1980 through the late 1990's. Ing's name is listed among those of science fiction author's Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Jim Baen, and others. A copy of the utmost significance. Item #5041
First Printing. Octavo (23.5cm); dark grey paper-covered boards and black cloth backstrip, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; ,16-382,pp. Science fiction author Dean Ing's copy, signed by Heinlein on the title page. One of nine possible dedication copies, with Ing's name circled, and initialed by Heinlein beneath his printed initials on the dedication page, which reads: "To Jerry and Larry and Harry / Dean and Dan and Jim / Poul and Buz and Sarge / (Men to have at your back) / R.A.H." Softening to spine ends, corners gently bumped (though still sharp), with binding just slightly shaken; Very Good+. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $17.95), lightly shelfworn, with corresponding wear and wrinkling to spine ends and corners, and a few tiny tears; Very Good+. Laid into this copy is a photocopy of a 3pp TLS from Ginny Heinlein to the Ing's (postmarked 1 February, 1991), recounting the details of a packing up her and her husband's belongings after his death, and her ensuing cross-country move from California to Atlantic Beach, Florida; old folds, else Near Fine, in the original mailing envelope.