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The Virginia Edition has several volumes of Heinlein's letters that have never before been published. I would so much like to read them. I'm sure that there must be many people like me who have copies of all Heinlein's published books but simply can't afford to buy the complete Virginia Edition even though we would like to. Do you know if there are any plans to issue the correspondence volumes for sale as individual volumes, or to republish as cheaper hardbacks or paperbacks? I'm sure there would be a market for them.

Thu May 12, 2016 6:07 am
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Welcome, Lockwood, to the Heinlein forum!

With regard to the Virginia Edition, I'm overjoyed to have all the novels, shorter fiction and non-fiction all in a single, definitive edition. And the books look great in the glass-doored bookcase I bought for them. Finally, it is a pleasure for an old bibliophile like me to read all of Heinlein's fiction in such well designed and stoutly-printed books.

But an important reason I shelled out for the Virginia Edition was the correspondence and the screenplays, all of which were essentially unavailable elsewhere. If those latter hadn't been included, I doubt I would have ponied up for it The blow to the exchequer didn't quite doom my wife and me to a Ramen-noodle diet, but we didn't go out for dinner for a few months, either.

The correspondence and screenplays are a powerful selling feature for the Virginia Edition, for collectors, scholars and libraries. Until the hardbound Virginia Edition is sold out, I suspect there won't be a paperback version, nor will they publish the correspondence and screenplays separately.

So don't hold your breath waiting. And, when you get down to it, Ramen-noodle dinners aren't all that bad, if you chop up some cold cuts and squirt on some Sribacha sauce! :twisted:

Tom Kendall

Fri May 13, 2016 2:32 pm

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Yes Tom I suppose you are right about them not republishing until the Virginia Edition is sold out.
Ah well, guess I'd better start eating in more often.

Sun May 15, 2016 6:17 am
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