The Heinlein Society Board of Directors
Mr. Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943, received a Bachelor of Science in astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967, and was shortly thereafter drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat engineer in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam as a member of the 1/22 Airmobile Bn, 4th Infantry Division, and received a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in action in 1968. After his military service, Joe enrolled at the University of Maryland for graduate studies in math and computer sciences, but dropped out to write full- time. His numerous novels, short stories, poetry, and theatrical adaptations have won substantial recognition, including the Hugo, Nebula, Ditmar, Galaxy, Campbell and Rhysling Awards, among others. Adjunct Professor Haldeman teaches writing every fall semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught elsewhere. Joe has served on the Board of Advisors of the National Space Society, as Science Fiction Writers of America’s Treasurer for two and one-half years; as Chairman of their Grievance Committee for 18 months, and as their President in 1992-1994. Elected a Director by the Board in August 2003, he has been re-elected by the membership several times, most recently in 2013. He is married to Gay Potter Haldeman, his wife of forty years as of 2005, and they live in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Additional information concerning Mr. Haldeman may be found here: http://home.earthlink.net/~haldeman/
Dr. Pournelle was born in 1933, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. After military service he obtained advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering and political science including two PhDs from the University of Washington. He has held many positions in the aerospace industry, and worked at Boeing, Aerospace Corporation, and the Space division of North American. His last aerospace assignment was a classified study for Project Apollo. He served as Associate Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University. In the 1969 he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles. He was manager of the Sam Yorty reelection campaign in 1969 as well as manager of the Barry Goldwater Jr. campaign for Congress. He later made use of that experience later when he edited Robert Heinlein’s unpublished “How To Be a Politician” which was released as Take Back Your Government! (1992). Jerry is also a noted lecturer, essayist, consultant and advisor, computer columnist, and holds memberships in and has served as a board member to numerous professional space- related organizations. From 1980 to present he has been the Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy, a policy advisory group. He has served as a past President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. His fiction and non-fiction writings are extensive and have been awarded recognition including the Campbell, Evans-Freehafer, Seiun, Prometheus, Forrie, Inkpot awards, and the 2005 Heinlein Award. Jerry is married to Roberta Jane nee Isdell. They have four sons and one daughter and currently reside in Studio City, California. Dr. Pournelle was elected by the membership as a Director in September 2005 and re-elected in 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Additional information concerning Dr. Pournelle may be found here: www.jerrypournelle.com
Geo Rule – Vice President/Secretary
Geo Rule is a native Californian returned to the roots of his Minnesotan ancestors by his wife, Deb Houdek Rule, who he had the great good fortune to meet as a result of their common membership in a Heinlein fan group. Mr. Rule has been an active participant of the Heinlein community since early 1992 as a member of the Heinlein Forum, the oldest online Heinlein fan group. Prior to his involvement with The Heinlein Society, Mr. Rule and his wife ran their own Heinlein-themed website. Mr. Rule has authored, co-authored, or been editor on various online articles having to do with the works or history of Robert A. Heinlein. He has served previously as Chair of the Academic section of the Society, and in addition to his board responsibilities is also currently serving as Education Chair, where he led the Society’s effort to produce the Educator’s CD available to all interested educators for free at their request. Mr. Rule also helps out as contributor to the online Heinlein Archives project. In his spare time, he is also an amateur historian on the American Civil War in Missouri, and has been published in an academic journal on the subject.
He was elected to a three year term in 2007, and re-elected in 2010 and 2013.
Keith G. Kato – President
Keith G. Kato was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1950. He attended UCLA and the University of California, Irvine, obtaining his Ph.D. in plasma physics at the latter under the direction of SF author Gregory Benford. From 1983-2014 Keith worked for an applied physics R&D group, but since retiring is now teaching and private consulting. He has eight patents, and has given numerous papers at scientific conferences. Keith has also been a martial artist since 1965, and holds the 4th degree black belt in Shōtōkan karate-dō. He is a patron of the arts, and in any given year sees 40-50 musicals, plays, concerts, and operas. Keith began attending SF conventions in 1972, and since 1974 has been hosting his famous “Keith Kato Chili Party” at major SF conventions around the world. He is a Charter Member of The Heinlein Society, was elected to THS’s Board of Directors in 2009, and re-elected in 2012 and 2015. From 2010-2014 he served as Vice President-Secretary, and in 2014 was selected by the Board of Directors as THS’s fourth President. Keith was also a “Cell C” mid-level manager and worker bee at the 2007 Heinlein Centennial in Kansas City. He was fortunate to meet Robert and Ginny Heinlein three times. Keith lives in Alta Loma, California, aka “Cucamonga” for all you Jack Benny fans.
Connie Willis is an internationally-known science fiction author and the winner of an unprecedented total of six Nebula Awards and ten Hugo Awards and is the first author to have ever won both awards in all four fiction categories. She has also won numerous Locus Awards (given by Locus Magazine), and was named by them Best Science Fiction Author of the Nineties.
Willis is the author of Doomsday Book, winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel; Lincoln’s Dreams, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel; Remake;Uncharted Territory; Bellwether; To Say Nothing of the Dog, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and Passage, and the short story collections Fire Watch, Impossible Things, Miracle and Other Christmas Stories, and The Winds of Marble Arch, but she is probably most famous for her short stories, including “Fire Watch,” “Even the Queen,” and “The Last of The Winnebagos.”
Her most recent novel, a two-volume work entitled Blackout and All Clear, is set in World War II, in the middle of the evacuation of Dunkirk, the intelligence war, and the London Blitz. Blackout made the New York Times Bestseller List and was described by the Washington Post as “bravura storytelling by…a novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.”
She is currently working on a new novel about Roswell, alien abduction, cattle mutilations, and Area 51. It is, of course, a comedy.
Ms. Willis lives in Colorado with her very nice husband, an even nicer bulldog, and two kittens who are the spawn of Satan. She loves screwball comedies, Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker, church choirs, chocolate, Mark Twain, and Andrew Lee Potts, not necessarily in that order.
Ms. Willis was elected to the board in 2010, and re-elected in 2013.
John Tilden – Treasurer
John was born in New York and currently resides near Baltimore, Maryland. He first encountered Robert Heinlein’s work as one of the cool books with the “atom” sticker on the spine in the library’s fiction section. After college, he read the uncut Stranger in a Strange Land for the first time and was prompted to go ‘online’ to the new Prodigy network to see if anyone else wanted to discuss Heinlein. He found a simple subject line entitled “Heinlein Forum” and posted a reply. Over twenty years later, the discussion of Heinlein’s work is still a pretty good way to meet interesting people online and in-person.
John works for the federal government as a mid-level IT security professional. He has served on the board of his local community association and is still its webmaster. He spent eight years on the national board of his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, and serves as his chapter’s Alumni Association President. He is married with two sons. He enjoys collecting comics and practicing Okinawan Goju-ryu karate.
John is a charter member of the Heinlein Society and has volunteered at blood drives and local conventional panels. He was also pleased to attend and help out in a small way with the Heinlein Centennial effort, including a panel presentation about Heinlein Fandom Online that was unfortunately scheduled opposite a Spider Robinson talk. He was appointed to serve out a term in 2012 as Treasurer of the Society and elected to a three year term beginning in 2014.
John H. Seltzer
John was born in Pottsville, PA in 1949 on the Heinlein’s first wedding anniversary. John H Seltzer is a retired Safety Engineer. John has a BS in Industrial Technology from the University of West Florida. He and his wife Susan have been married 46 years and live in Bellingham, Washington. John is a relatively new addition to the Heinlein Society having joined in 2011. John didn’t grow up with Heinlein as so many have; instead he read all of Heinlein in later life. John volunteered shortly after joining the Society. His first assignment was to take over administration of the Heinlein Society Facebook page. He still looks after the page posting many interesting facts about topics that Heinlein loved. John helped with the new Heinlein Website by moving the majority of the documents over from the old Website. He is an Editor on the new Website and is responsible for adding many new articles and updates. Looking for more ways to help The Society John became Membership Chairperson and began sending out new member letters, monthly dues invoices and doing monthly reports and audits. He is also Co-Chair of the H4H program. John helped start the H4H program by purchasing and shipping science fiction books. The program has now shipped more than 5,700 books and continues to do quite well. He was also a friend of William Patterson and with patient instruction from Bill wrote several articles for the Heinlein Journal. John’s goals are to help grow membership, continue to grow the Society Facebook Page and Website with the addition of new posts and articles; get the Heinlein Journal back in publication as soon as legally possible and continue to grow the H4H program. John was elected to a three year term in 2014.
Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox
Elizabeth “Betsey” Wilcox began reading science fiction in 4th grade, when she rebelled against the age and gender appropriate books her teachers thought she should read. Turned loose to make her own choices, she started with Robert A. Heinlein’s juvenile novels and quickly moved on to his other writings. Soon, SF authors like Asimov, Clarke, Herbert, and Pohl were added to her must-read list. Although she branched out into the mysteries of Doyle, Christie, Sayers and MacDonald, her mother’s preferred genre and authors, Heinlein remains her favorite author, and she often re-reads his works. Over the years, she has corresponded with Mrs. Heinlein, and to her surprise, two of her letters have been found in the Heinlein Archives. In addition to her expansive library, she collects Longaberger Baskets and Star Wars toys. Everything is tracked in self-built databases.
Betsey retired from the United States Air Force as a Nurse Corps Officer with 25 years of active service, 18 in education and training. Her last 7 years were spent at three different bases in San Antonio, Texas. She arrived in San Antonio thirty days before Hurricane Katrina wiped out the house she occupied for three years in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her last assignment occurred during a major Medical Service re-alignment. Her expertise and ability to offer forward-thinking plans and options resulted in her selection to help build, from the ground up, a new Medical Operations Agency.
She considered joining THS several times but was detoured for various reasons. Finally, in early 2013, she hit the Pay Pal button and was immediately drafted to help the Society at the Lone Star 3 Worldcon. Since then, she has been active on several committees and instrumental in advancing the Society’s ability to do business with electronic voting and “virtual” meetings. She was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2014, and elected by the membership to a three year term in 2015.
Dr. C. Herbert Gilliland
Dr. Gilliland is professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, and a retired naval reserve captain. He currently teaches courses there on topics ranging from Renaissance literature to science fiction. He particularly enjoyed teaching a special course on Robert Heinlein, a graduate of the Naval Academy and the author of Starship Troopers. (This is the first college course ever dedicated entirely to Heinlein.) Herb’s scholarly work tends to be concerned with naval history. He is the author of Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron 1844-1846, which received the North American Society for Oceanic History’s John Lyman Book Award. With Robert Shenk, he co-authored the biographical Admiral Dan Gallery: The Life and Wit of a Navy Original. Although he has written many things since, Dr. Gilliland is always proud that his very first appearance in public print was a letter to John Campbell published in Astounding magazine. He is also a member of the board for the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given annually to a science fiction writer whose work has inspired exploration of space. Dr. Gilliland was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy in 2015, and elected by the membership to a three year term later in 2015.