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Prominent Scholar Seeks Issues of THE HEINLEIN JOURNAL 
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Professor Farah Mendlesohn is looking for back issues of The Heinlein Journal.

She is a distinguished scholar of science fiction and fantasy, and heads the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. See her homepage and the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction entry about her.

She has published or edited many books, some of which have won awards. As I recall, Prof. Mendlesohn has mentioned that she plans to write a book about Robert Heinlein.

The other day a friend passed on a message Prof. Mendlesohn had posted to Facebook:
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"I need a complete run of the Journal of Heinlein Studies and my obvious recourse, to the Society, has run into the problem that Bill Patterson died intestate (put your intellectual property in a will folks!) which means even if they knew where a run was, they probably couldn't legally sell it at this time.

"If you have any leads where a run might be held I'd be grateful to hear, and I am in the market for a complete set by August 1st."
She can be reached at farah.mendlesohn@anglia.ac.uk.

This is a good forum to find serious students of Heinlein, and close associates of Bill Patterson. So I thought I'd draw this to your attention.

First, does anybody own a complete set?

Second, do you know how a set, or even individual issues, might be obtained?

The late Bill Patterson published this journal so that Heinlein researchers could share their results with one another. I hope we can find a way to give access to The Heinlein Journal to a scholar who might well find it valuable.

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She's not the only one looking for a complete run of The Heinlein Journal. After she obtains one, I'd like to obtain one too. I've had searches set just about everywhere, but no hits yet. In lieu of a full set, I'll take individual issues with the hope of eventually assembling a complete set.

I can be reached at tom . kendall @ mostlyclassics . net (just remove the spaces).

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Post Re: Prominent Scholar Seeks Issues of THE HEINLEIN JOURNAL
There's a line forming.

I've been waiting for news of what happens now that Bill's gone.
A subscription, plus a full order of back issues was on my "to do" list.

I'll watch this space, Bill.


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mostlyclassics wrote:
I can be reached at tom . kendall @ mostlyclassics . net (just remove the spaces).

Would you please say more about the reason you would like to have a full set of the Journal?

When I tried to go to http://www.mostlyclassics.net, I got this warning:
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This website has a Security Reputation Rating of High Risk.
It is a known site for malicious software distribution and malicious intent.

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Hi, Dan --

My interest is strictly scholarly.

It's odd that you got that message. The website itself is devoted to matters philatelic. It did get hacked back in the summer of 2013, and my website host told me about it shortly after it happened. A complete reload of the website fixed the problem, and it hasn't recurred. I just rechecked it minutes ago.

What software gave you that message?

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It was McAfee software that gave the warning:
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If you believe the Reputation is incorrect, please email sites@mcafee.com and request to have the URL reviewed.

Alert: This website has a Security Reputation Rating of High Risk
URL: http://www.mostlyclassics.net/
Category: Malicious Sites
Site Reputation: High Risk
Code: Reputation Coaching

What kind of scholarly work are you doing with the Journal?

Dan

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Very strange. But I've emailed them to reevaluate my website. It's possible they evaluated it during that brief period two years ago when it was hacked and haven't evaluated it since. Mainly I host a bunch of PDF files dealing with scholarly philatelic subjects for downloads.

I just checked my average volume via cPanel: it's about right. While I was at it, I checked the pages hit: the usual hits. Had I been hacked again, I would expect much more throughput and page hits, along with different page hits, mostly being "alien" pages which I didn't put there.

Right now I'm running a cPanel virus scan on every file in my website . . . "no virus found."

Great. McAfee just emailed me back:

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Please note, there is no set turn-around time for requests submitted to this email address. For quicker turn-around, please submit URLs through Trusted Source Ticketing System with your comment at the following link. Requests submitted through your registered account will be processed within 3-5 business days while some requests may take longer.

Okay, I've registered with Mcaffee and submitted the website to Mcafee for reevaluation. My ticket is #1016884. We'll see what happens. Strange also: they say I'm a risk because of "Reputation Coaching." But in the whole list of reasons for citing a website for risk doesn't have a "Reputation Coaching" category.

My interest in Heinlein research is strictly for my own curiosity I'm not writing a book or anything. My first Heinlein novel was Time for the Stars, which I read before it came out, via galley proofs, and I've been a big fan ever since. I've even gone so far as to invest in the Virginia Edition.

Needless to say, I'm not looking for a free set of The Heinlein Journal. Free or close-to-free should go to Professor Farah Mendlesohn, and she should receive the first available set. I would expect to pay a considerable amount for a legal set. Sadly, I came late to this party. I wish I'd been around about 10 years ago so I could have subscribed when it was current.

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Dan --

Several website security checkers tell me that only one file is the problem. As nearly as everyone can figure out, this is the problem that makes McAfee flash red:

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<a href="http://www.bidstart.com/stores/MostlyClassics">STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY FOR SALE</a>

It's only in one website file (index.html) on my website. It calls an external website (BidStart.com), which hosts all the stuff I have for sale. Here's what's probably the specific problem for McAfee: along the way, the call goes through my Apache-using website host's website, which tracks the user data to keep count of such things as URL called from, page hits, which pages hit, type of browser, etc., so they're not double-counted, or not counted, in my website statistics.

Just to double-check, I remmed out that call in index.html. A recheck by one of those website security checkers gave me a clean bill of health.

I suspect the vast majority of internet users don't use McAfee. For instance, my machine is reasonably up-to-date, with 4 gB memory and a fairly fast processor. McAfee pigs up browser performance so much I had to turn it off. (I use FireFox.) I'm not eliminating the call to BidStart (that's why I have the website in the first place), nor am I changing website hosts. Nearly all website hosts use something similar to keep track of this information.

Despite McAfee's alarums, please do not hesitate to click on my website, which is perfectly safe to everyone but McAfee. You won't get malware or viruses or porn or anything. (I ought to know: I carefully scrutinized all the code in every .html file on the website. Long night.) Besides, I only quoted my email address, and email doesn't go through the website, even though it goes through the same Apache-driven server. Or if you're really really nervous, use another email address for me: tgkendall @ comcast . net (eliminate the spaces).

I'm now going to turn that link in my website back on. Otherwise I don't make a living.

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I tried to go to your Web site the first time from my work computer, and at work they insist on having the McAfee software turned on and won't let us turn it off, so I'll wait until I get home to look at the site. I'm sorry my report turned into so much work for you! I hope it feels worth it after McAfee corrects its misimpression of the site.

The "Reputation Coaching" flag caught my eye, too. I wondered why that would always be deemed malware. Maybe there are disreputable people out there who trash someone's reputation, then sell them services to correct the problem that they, themselves caused. I really have no idea.

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That "Reputation Coaching" flag baffled me too, Dan. Who knows?

It had been two years since I'd checked all the .html code, and it needed doing anyway. That's the file type the bad guys usually hit because it's so easy to modify.

It's too bad that you're stuck with McAfee on your work machines.

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