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despite the fact, relative to those outside this group, i'm extremely well versed about RAH and his writings, in this forum i feel like a neophyte- imagine what a true new comer to Heinlein would feel here ? excited to be here but absolutely speechless- when the Heinlein "experts" (read biographers, literary experts, professors, and so on) amongst us speak, well it's a tough gig to add anything new or of relevance- is this even an appropriate site for the casual RAH fan ? not really- i don't think we'd enjoy them any more than they'd enjoy us

but i do see these alternative RAH sites/blogs/ you name it as gateways- they winnow the RAH fan base for those who may possess a deep and real Heinlein interest- the existence of these RAH sub-sets provides us the opportunity to cast a wide net- our link there provides a sign post for those who may desire more than RAH pablum - i guess i see these alt sites as emissaries who can help direct kindred souls our way

but don't expect a flood- it seems there's fewer readers- those who read sci-fi and fantasy fill a narrow niche of this population- those reading an author who died 30 years ago fill a tinier bit yet- but without an influx of new blood we aren't we wholly a "last man standing" kind of group?

i'm wondering what we're doing to give this forum relevance to RAH fans who don't quite qualify as "experts"? looking at our membership list versus those who are truly active in the forum- it shows interest by a couple hundred worldwide but only a dozen or so voices are heard with any regularity- how do we get those we do attract to join in our discussions? i'm not suggesting a dumbing down for the masses or a letting in of the barbarians :) but what do we do to both attract newcomers and engage them ?

as usual i'm long on questions but short on answers

we may need to re-examine our goals and decide if this forum will be but a sanctuary for the last standing RAH admirers and scholars- do we want more than that?

Nick

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Dan, I enjoy each and every post of yours and you have made some truly touching and valuable ones. I don't want anything to discourage you from posting here more and I will personally stomp on anyone who gets self-righteous on your ass.


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Peter beat me to it. Dan, both you and Nick are among those who I meant when I was talking about folks who are hesitant to speak up but often contribute gems when you do.

After all these years, Bob H. is still fertile and largely unexplored ground. Anyone who's got a little savvy and interest can contribute, and contribute well, to the pool of new insights.


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Thank you both! That's very kind of you to say.

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OMG .

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satirically noted- the link was kewl :) but, most importantly, on point ! thinking that the younger you are, the more prone you are to being socially "connected" but disconnected with face to face humanity- even we "old timers" need beware less we too fall prey and lose that unique/quirky thing called "I" as we are absorbed into the "collective" KEWL


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Besides the interesting parallelism of thought (nice to know I'm not quite as isolated and nutty as Tesla), I think it's an excellent example of how some things divide at a greater rate than they multiply. You end up with ten channels of communication, each containing less than one-tenth the prior flow. In some (many? most?) cases, MUCH less.


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I read an account of a lawyer who beat the pants off his opponents during a complex and fractious M&A. He noticed that during meetings the numerous lawyers for the other side were all multitasking on their Blackberries. He was the only one who paid complete attention. They never figured out how come he won.


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