Paying It Forward

The Heinlein Society exists to preserve the legacy renowned writer Robert Anson Heinlein left us in novels, essays, speeches, and short stories that remain as fresh as ever. We need your help to do it.

We intend in Heinlein’s words to “PAY IT FORWARD,” since we can never pay back the benefits we got from him, by spreading the wisdom of Robert Anson Heinlein to others.

The Heinlein Society

Founded by Virginia Heinlein, The Heinlein Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operated by unpaid volunteers, dedicated to Heinlein’s principle of Pay It Forward.

Robert & Virginia Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein was a science fiction author, writing for juveniles and adults, with scientifically accurate works. Heinlein wrote numerous best-sellers still in print, won several Hugo awards, and had a large influence on modern science fiction.

Pay It Forward Programs

The most important aspect of Robert Heinlein’s legacy is his concept of paying it forward. Join our efforts in Blood Drives, Heinlein For Heroes, Education, and Scholarships.

Latest News

Virginia Edition

2019 Raffle Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce Walter Luffman as the winner of our third ‘Virginia Edition’ raffle giveaway!  Walter was announced as winner at the end of our 2019 Annual Meeting[…]

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Virginia Edition

We’re Giving Away another Virginia Edition!

      For the fourth year in a row, the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2020.  All you have to do[…]

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WorldCon 2019

Worldcon 2019

2019 Dublin Worldcon By Keith Kato The 77th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) was held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-19 August 2019.  Most con activity happened at the Convention Centre Dublin,[…]

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Pay It Forward

Heinlein Society Blood Drives

Blood Drives

In 1976, only a few years after recovery from extensive illnesses, Robert Heinlein put his own words into action. With the help of other science fiction devotees, including many well-known authors, he organized a blood drive at MidAmericon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention. It was the first of many such blood drives and was the start of a tradition The Heinlein Society continues today.

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Heinlein Society Heinlein For Heroes

Heinlein For Heroes

One of The Heinlein Society’s most successful programs, H4H is a program for placing books, especially Heinlein books, into the hands of active military personnel—particularly those deployed—their families, and into the hands of veterans in veterans’ hospitals. Organizations already exist who identify military commands and hospitals with a declared desire for various kinds of reading material. Science fiction is one category always in high demand.

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Heinlein Society Scholarships

Scholarships

Three $2,000 scholarships were awarded in 2019 to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The Yoji Kondo and Jerry Pournelle scholarships may be awarded to a candidate of any gender, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

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Heinlein Society Education

Education

In 2005, in partnership with Cascadia Con, Science Fiction Museum, and Reading for the Future, the Heinlein Society produced an “Education CD” of materials for educators interested in using Science Fiction to teach their students. The materials involved cover a variety of age groups, and include a significant amount of material specific to the works of Robert A. Heinlein, not least of which is the complete text to three Heinlein shorts provided courtesy of The Heinlein Prize Trust. 

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Heinlein Society Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

The most important aspect of Robert Heinlein’s legacy that we at The Heinlein Society support and adhere to is his concept of paying it forward. Join Us.

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Heinlein Society Blood Drives

The Heinlein Journal

Since its inception in 1997, The Heinlein Journal has been the leading source of new scholarship on Robert A. Heinlein. The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce that The Heinlein Journal has been rejuvenated, with new issues available for digital download.

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