Author Archives: The Heinlein Society

Encountering the Heinleins by Michael Cassutt

I heard a male voice on the line. “Is this Michael Cassutt?” “Yes.” “This is Robert Heinlein.” Heinlein readers can easily imagine my stunned reaction. Continue reading

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Review of the Heinlein Biography: Learning Curve

Hugo-nominated, winner of the Locus award, biography of Robert Heinlein by William H. Patterson, Jr. Review of Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Vol. 1: Learning Curve: 1907-1948 by Robert James, Ph.D. Continue reading

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This I Believe

“THIS I BELIEVE” by Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein wrote these words in 1952 and delivered them to a national radio audience in a broadcast interview by Edward R. Murrow. His wife, Virginia Heinlein, read them when she accepted … Continue reading

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Virginia Heinlein: A Biography

A biography of Virginia Gerstenfeld Heinlein, wife of Robert Heinlein, founder of the Heinlein Society by Robert James, Ph.D. Continue reading

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Robert A. Heinlein: A Biography

A brief biography of Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson, Jr., author of the Locus Award-winning, Hugo-nominated biography of Heinlein: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve Continue reading

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How I first encountered Heinlein…

How I first encountered Heinlein… by David Wright, Sr. Continue reading

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Dragon Con 2008 Blood Drive

A report on the Dragon Con Blood Drive 2008 by Dr. Alan Koslow, M.D. The Heinlein Society first started sponsoring the Robert Heinlein pay it forward blood drive at Dragon Con in 2003. From the very first year it has been our biggest success, thanks to the great support of the convention and the wonderful staff of LifeSouth Continue reading

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The Lost Manuals

The Lost Manuals by J. Neil Schulman: Sooner or later we all imagine there’s a set of technical manuals our parents were supposed to give us at birth with instructions on How Life Works. Look no further: you’ll find the closest thing to the Lost Manuals in the science fiction section: the author was Robert A. Heinlein. Continue reading

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All You Zombies: Reviewed by David Wright

“All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein Reviewed by David Wright ©2004 This short time travel story of Heinlein’s appeared some 18 years later than “By His Bootstraps” with which it bears much in common. It is considered by many … Continue reading

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The Long Watch

The Long Watch: Johnny’s On the Spot! by David M. Silver©1997 “The Long Watch” is a short story first published in American Legion Magazine (December 1949), in a “heavily edited” form, later republished in original form in the collections The … Continue reading

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Methuselah’s Children

Robert A. Heinlein first published Methuselah’s Children in a serialized version in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in July through September 1941. He completely rewrote, expanded and republished the novel independently in 1958 and collected the longer version in The Past Through Tomorrow (1982), the version on which this precis is based. Continue reading

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Voyage to a Thousand Cares

Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Background on Slavery in Citizen of the Galaxy by David M. Silver ©2004 Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the Africa Squadron, 1844-1846 by C. Herbert Gilliland One of the more intriguing … Continue reading

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A Martian Named Smith: Book Review

The Martian Named Smith: Book Review by Jane Davitt: There are as many opinions about Robert Heinlein’s ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ as there are words in the book – and it’s quite a long book. However, most of the opinions have one thing in common and that is the labeling of the book as ‘science fiction’ with all critical judgments being circumscribed by the parameters of this sub set of fiction. William Patterson and Andrew Thornton have decided to take a less trodden path and in so doing have given us a fresh perspective on a book, four decades old, that is still capable of producing controversy and muddled thinking amongst readers and reviewers. Continue reading

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Strong Women Characters in Early Heinlein

Strong Women Characters in Early Heinlein by G. E. Rule (Geo Rule) ©2003   This article is based on a presentation given by me at BayCon 2003, May 24, 2003, in a panel discussion by Heinlein Society members on Heinlein’s … Continue reading

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If This Goes On…

From Bill Patterson, author of the Heinlein biography, a study of Heinlein’s story If This Goes On: The composition of “If This Goes On—” took place in August and September of 1939 and shows Heinlein in full command of his very identifiable prose style and distinctive “voice,” less than six months after he started commercial writing. Continue reading

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Coventry: Reviewed

Coventry: Reviewed by David M. Silver ©2001 “Coventry” is an oft-ignored short story in The Future History Series chronologically and conceptually taking place between the novelette “If This Goes On . . .” (ASF, Feb-Mar 1940, rewritten and expanded for … Continue reading

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A Flight of Speculation

After World War II, Heinlein tells us, he resumed writing with two objectives: “first to explain the meaning of atomic weapons through popular articles… I wrote nine articles intending to shed light on the post Hiroshima age, and I never worked harder on any writing, researched the background more thoroughly, tried harder to make the (grim and horrid) message entertaining and reasonable…I continued to write those articles until the U.S.S.R. rejected the United States’ proposals for controlling and outlawing atomic weapons… and I stopped trying to pedal articles based on tying down the Bomb… –Was I really so naif that I though I could change the course of history this way? No, not really. But damn it, I had to try!” Heinlein referred to these articles as his “failing at World Saving.” Recently, Ed Wysocki wrote, for the The Heinlein Journal, an article about one of these attempts, entitled “Flight Into the Future.” By special arrangement with the author and the Journal, this paper is republished here. This is especially significant because it is the only one of Heinlein’s cautionary articles written after World War II that he was able to get published. Continue reading

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Torcon 2003 Blood Drive

Heinlein Society members pitch in across the globe by Mike Sheffield, Over Labor Day weekend in 2003 some 4,500 science fiction fans descended upon the city of Toronto, Ontario for Torcon III, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention. Naturally, the Heinlein Society was there as well to, among other things, hold a blood drive. Continue reading

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Citizen of the Galaxy – Review

Review by Alan Milner: Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons as a so-called juvenile novel, Citizen of the Galaxy appeared in 1957, at the height of the civil rights movement. Originally entitled The Chain and the Stars, the author cut it heavily before submission to Scribner’s, intending it for a juvenile audience although it encompassed adult matter. He also cut and slanted a serialized version intended for adults that appeared from September to December the same year in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction. Continue reading

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For Us, the Living

For Us, the Living, The last of the wine, or, still sane after all these years by Spider Robinson: Robert Anson Heinlein died in 1988, and his fans have been more than half-seriously expecting him to return from the dead for fifteen years, now. Continue reading

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Red Planet – Blue Pencil

In 1949 Robert Heinlein submitted a juvenile called ‘Red Planet’ to Scribners. They published it only after many cuts and changes in the plot and this is the version referred to as the 1949 edition in this article. Continue reading

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An Angry Fabulist’s Expression of “Rejection Syndrome”

I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein: An Angry Fabulist’s Expression of “Rejection Syndrome” by David M. Silver ©1998, 2002 The novel I Will Fear No Evil was almost fit for publication when in January 1970, peritonitis almost … Continue reading

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