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Post 101 Years Old
So what's everyone going to be doing this July 7? Any plans to commemorate the birthday or the anniversary of the Centennial?

Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:07 pm
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I think I'll have a single malt scotch and toast the master. There's another event that I hope will happen that day as well, but I don't want to discuss it unless or until it actually does occur.

"Being right too soon is socially unacceptable." - Heinlein, Expanded Universe

Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:18 am
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Not planning anything special for the birthdate, but in the past year I have dug more deeply into Heinlein and his work-- especially reading correspondence from the newly-obtainable archives.

For the conference I volunteered for a panel on "Heinlein and the Bomb," never having considered the topic more than casually before. This got me talking to Tad Daley, re-reading "Solution Unsatisfactory," and examining RAH's unsold Bomb articles. And I became interested in Heinlein's urge to take action to prevent nuclear war.

Following up on this through correspondence and books, I have learned a lot about the seeds of the Cold War. I have found a lot of unpublished information about Bob Cornog, Heinlein's close friend at Los Alamos. I know more about the origins of "SU" and other "atomic" stories.

An exchange between Heinlein and Campbell about antimatter led me down a side road, and I have an article coming out on how Jack Williamson came to write his Seetee stories.

I have yet to write up my space suit research, though I have given my talk a few times. Real Soon Now. The archives didn't add a lot to the facts I have, somewhat frustratingly.

So I am still thinking and reading and writing about Heinlein, a year later. The Centennial had a lot to do with this. Let's see what Year 102 brings.

Bill Higgins

Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:04 am
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