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Author:  BillPatterson [ Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:43 am ]
Post subject:  Welcome

Welcome to the Nexus Archive of Heinlein biography comments. The principal author site for the Heinlein biography,, feeds into this subforum, and it is open for all Nexus participants, as well. Here, I'm "at home," and I go by "Bill."

You do not need to be a registered Nexus user in order to read and post to this forum, but you are earnestly urged to register with the Nexus and sample its Forums and Wiki (you must register to use the rest of the Nexus). It's the single best representation of the Heinlein community on the net.

This subforum is different from the rest of the Nexus Forums: it is open and therefore moderated, and Geo Rule and I will monitor the content and use our Godlike Moderator Powers to reject unceremoniously and delete any post we deem, in our Godlike Moderator Discretion to be obstreperous, troll-ish, spam-like or splorge-like or otherwise Displeasing in the Sight of Civil Discourse. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.


All topics and posts are welcome, but attention is especially directed to a sticky thread "I Remember When Robert . . . " (sticky" means it will always stay on top of the list of topics, which otherwise tend to have the most recent threads on top of the list). This is the place for anecdotes, reminiscences, or even "that reminds me of . . ." I intend to use this thread as a source for revising the biography if and when second editions come around. Welcome to history, man!

If you are coming to this archive from, a special welcome -- and I again urge you to visit the rest of the Nexus'a forums and the wiki. You'll find a fascinating and entertaining set of discussions -- almost the last such collection left. It's a resource I use every day and I urge you bookmark the Nexus and to look in often and contribute, as well.

Bill Patterson

Author:  DanHenderson [ Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

BillPatterson wrote:
If you are coming to this archive from

I think that might be a bit difficult, since there is no link to this forum on your home page there, at least. There is *text* that seems to pretend to linkhood, but no actual link.

The site seems to be a work in progress anyway, witness a doubled placeholder paragraph under the "Bill's Updates" heading (the paragraph includes the word "it's" where "its" was meant). Also, the blurb on Heinlein says he was a navy man instead of a Navy man. Perhaps he was dark blue and thus predicted Avatar decades before its release? <grin>

You might want to consider adding a Contact form, too. Just a thought.

My apologies for nitpicking. I'd just like to see your online persona match the prodigious skill and professional achievement of your work product.


Author:  georule [ Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

Thanks for the feedback, Dan; all three are known issues (This sub-forum didn't exist before today to link to, for instance). Of course anyone going to from here (which is the only place it has been advertised as existing) isn't really the target audience for anyway. The text box had a double paste in it of generic sample text to give Bill a sense of how big the box is (it is for his own occassional current status updates, and he hasn't entered his first one yet). Until this morning we were still talking about email address stuff.

"navy" seems to have come directly from Amazon's blurb that way. Whether that means it came directly from Tor that way, I don't know.

But I'd expect those issues you identified to get cleaned up soonish.

Edit: Ahh, I just noticed a certain author has Facebooked as well. So, okay, a little construction debris still around for early visitors to get that thrill of being amongst the adventuresome first.

Author:  JusTin [ Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

It's not constructive, but I do have a question....will there be any east coast opportunities to get my copy autographed? I guess I do have an advantage that I am near Annapolis, and if you come anywhere you'll come here. ;)

Author:  georule [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

The webmaster and the author both seemed pleased with the website now. Address nitpicks to the author, and if he feels them appropriate to address he can pass them on to the webgoddess.

Author:  NickDoten [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

like justin, i'm wondering if the possibility exists of getting a volume signed ?

Author:  NickDoten [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

and if he comes to visit georule he'll be close enough to sign mine ! ;)

Author:  georule [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

Oh, he won't --Bill is a hot-house flower. Read his bio at his author site re the scarring incidents of his youth. . .

Author:  georule [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

Oh, btw, having noted that at least one early review was lamenting the lack of photos in Vol 1, Madam Online Archivist went to the Trust and got permission to put some period-relevant photos at where I would expect they'll show up sooner rather than later.

How did that happen, Bill? Tor being parsimonious, or what?

Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Welcome

There are no photos in the bio? *extreme boggle*

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