Paying It Forward

The Mission of the Society is:

To promote the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein by encouraging the reading and discussion of his written work, the use of critical thinking skills in our daily lives, and a love of science essential in promoting humankind’s future beyond our home planet. We will “Pay it Forward” through support of educational, literary, and charitable endeavors including, but not limited to: volunteer blood drives; scholarships; the Heinlein For Heroes book distribution program; and the creation and distribution of teaching materials, including support of The Heinlein Journal.

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The Heinlein Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operated by unpaid volunteers, dedicated to Heinlein’s principle of Pay It Forward.

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Balticon 58 Report

by the Board & Chairs Peanut Gallery Balticon 58 was held over Memorial Day weekend May 24-27, 2024. Secretary Betsey Wilcox and Elections Chair Will Hamilton travelled along with Director[…]

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THS Dinner honoring Heinlein Award Winner Tom Doherty

Come to a meal during Balticon 58 honoring 2024 Heinlein Award Winner Tom Doherty!   3 Course meal with choice of 4 Entrees, non-alcoholic drinks, tip, tax and surcharge, private[…]

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Famed Actor Will Receive the Heinlein Memorial Award for 2024

William Shatner (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore) to Appear at the National Space Society’s Annual International Space Development Convention Famed Star Trek actor, celebrity, and private astronaut William Shatner will appear[…]

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Pay It Forward

Heinlein Society Blood Drives

Blood Drives

In 1976, only a few years after recovery from extensive illnesses, Robert Heinlein put his own words into action. With the help of other science fiction devotees, including many well-known authors, he organized a blood drive at MidAmericon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention. It was the first of many such blood drives and was the start of a tradition The Heinlein Society continues today.

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Heinlein Society Heinlein For Heroes

Heinlein For Heroes

One of The Heinlein Society’s most successful programs, H4H is a program for placing books, especially Heinlein books, into the hands of active military personnel—particularly those deployed—their families, and into the hands of veterans in veterans’ hospitals. Organizations already exist who identify military commands and hospitals with a declared desire for various kinds of reading material. Science fiction is one category always in high demand.

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Heinlein Society Scholarships


Four $4,000 scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The Robert A. Heinlein, Yoji Kondo, and Jerry Pournelle scholarships may be awarded to a candidate of any gender.

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Heinlein Society Education


In 2005, in partnership with Cascadia Con, Science Fiction Museum, and Reading for the Future, the Heinlein Society produced an “Education CD” of materials for educators interested in using Science Fiction to teach their students.

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Heinlein Society Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

The most important aspect of Robert Heinlein’s legacy that we at The Heinlein Society support and adhere to is his concept of paying it forward. Join Us.

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The Heinlein Journal

The Heinlein Journal

Since its inception in 1997, The Heinlein Journal has been the leading source of new scholarship on Robert A. Heinlein. The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce that The Heinlein Journal has been rejuvenated, with new issues available for digital download.

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