Author: John Tilden (JT)

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 Jim Dutton to join up with locals Director Beatrice Kondo, Heinlein Journal Editor Herb Gilliland, and Operations Chair John Tilden. We met up with several…
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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 room $80.00 per person Attendance Limited to 20 guests with payment by 15 May 2024 Alcoholic beverages are available on a separate per person check…
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A New Issue of THJ is Out!

It was worth the wait!  follow the link for Issue #31 of The Heinlein Journal to purchase outright or download with a coupon code as a regular or Lifetime member.  Check your email by 16 Feb 2024  for the particular code you should use.

Virginia Edition

We’re Giving Away another Virginia Edition in 2024!

  For the eighth year in a row, the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2024.  All you have to do is join or stay a member!   A  $45 Regular membership is all it takes to enter.  The rules follow: Eligibility: “Regular” members who join or renew their…
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New Officers for THS

The Board of the Society voted tonight for its new leadership & Executive Committee effective immediately: President & Chairman: Ken Walters Vice President: Walt Boyes Treasurer: Geo Rule Secretary: Betsey Wilcox Congratulations to all of them!  Note: The website contact addresses will be updated over a short period of time; you may continue to use…
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2023 Election Results

Thanks to all who voted in the Society’s recent election for the Board of Directors. There were 4 open slots voted upon due to Herb Gilliland resigning from the Board. •The 3-year terms will be filled by Geo Rule, Jim Dutton, and John Seltzer (reelected) •Walt Boyes (reelected) will fill the remainder of Herb Gilliland’s…
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2023 Annual Meeting Information

Our 2023 Annual Meeting was held on 10 September 2023 starting at 4:00 pm Eastern. The 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes were reviewed and accepted as a part of business.  You can read a copy of the 2023 Annual Meeting Presentation with housekeeping information deleted. We will be posting a reading copy of our 2023 Annual…
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July 2023 Email to original PayPal Subscribers–“Change in Payment Systems”

The following email went out on 9 July 2023 to our longest PayPal subscribers.  Rest assured you are still members with an active subscription. This cancellation on PayPal was necessary to have users do renewals through our website. Dear Member:   Thank you for being a member of The Heinlein Society with a recurring PayPal…
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June/July 2023 Membership-Website Changes

This email was sent out on 12 July 2023 but some PayPal subscription cancellations took place on 8 July 2023. Dear Member:   Firstly, thank you for being a member of The Heinlein Society. Recently, we have made some changes you should know about.  Since our inception we have been keeping manual records via an…
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A Very Scalzi Balticon

Balticon 57 May 26-29, 2023 The Society had a wonderful time at 2023’s Balticon, held again at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.  Balticon, run by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and many volunteers, is a very reader/writer/artist-centric convention.  The Heinlein Society has maintained a presence at Balticon for almost its entire existence. Since THS has a…
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THS VP on Heinlein-related Podcast

Society Vice President Ken Walters was recently featured on episode 81 of Since The World’s Been Turning.  The podcast that discusses the points mentioned in Billy Joel’s song, We Didn’t Start The Fire.  While the topic of discussion was nominally the book Stranger in a Strange Land, the podcast touches on most of Heinlein’s biography. …
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Errant Email sent through heinleinsociety.org 2/18/2023

Update 2/20/23: The email was an mistake by our website support company. I can also verify that member information was NOT compromised with the email being sent out. Those that responded to the email, it sets passwords etc. within a testing instance of our website, so it is safe to ignore. ——————————————————- Original Post: An…
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Scholarship Program Posts 2012-2022

July 7, 2022 We were truly astonished at the growth in the number of scholarship applicants this year. We received a total of 567 applications, up from a record 383 last year. We also had more than twice as many international applicants – 53 – including 13 who had multiple citizenship. The international applicants hailed…
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Announcing Our Scholarship Fund Drive!

The Society is proud to announce our scholarship fund drive!  We are raising money to fully-fund an investment account to take care of scholarship giving going forward at our 2022 levels. Find out how you could own a book from Heinlein’s library as a thank-you for donating to this drive.  Full information here.

2022 Annual Meeting Information

This is a post to hold the information about the Society’s Annual Meeting which was held on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. until about 5:45 p.m. All meeting materials have been posted to allow anyone dialing-in by voice-only to follow along. 2022 Annual Report (this document has the Board of…
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Random Payment Processor Issues (July 4, 2022)

For about a week we have been having issues with our payment processor and cart system. For those of you that are trying to purchase a Regular or other type of Membership we apologize for the inconvenience. We are working on the fastest resolution possible with our card processor and if that’s not possible, need…
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RESOLVED: potential security issue has been flagged with our Site (July 3, 2022)

Our site has been certified clean and is not alerting on any client security scanners now. Sorry for the inconvenience.  No user data was accessed (it wasn’t that severe of an issue, thankfully). Original Post (7/3/22): Our webhosting company has been notified and is working on determining if this is a false positive or an…
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Balticon 56 Report

President JT here with a report on the weekend’s activities at Balticon 56, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  This year we started off with the induction of David Gerrold as the 2022 recipient of the Robert A. Heinlein Award given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society with support from THS. Dr. Beatrice Kondo, THS Treasurer and award…
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Membership Subscriptions Changeover December 2021

Members of The Heinlein Society: As a volunteer organization, we attempt to provide good customer service with 21st-Century tools via the internet at the lowest cost possible so most of your membership dues may go to our charitable programs. Sometimes, things change and we need to react and it causes a little more work for…
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Discord Server–THS Party Event

We’re inviting THS members to join our Discord server and spend some time with us the evening of our party at WorldCon. President JT makes no promises about how much interaction with people at the physical party there will be (we’ll try), but there’s no reason people can’t hang out in the DisCon3 channel at…
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A Note if you are having trouble Joining or Downloading The Heinlein Journal

To all Members or Prospective Members: At the moment, “guest” functionality is disabled on our website store “Cart” system.  If you are a member that previously has just had a PayPal ‘subscription’ (not through the website payment cart system) you may never have had an account on the website.  If you are new to us,…
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2021 Annual Meeting Information

The 2021 Annual Meeting Report is available for posterity. It is a modified version of the slides below. The 2021 Annual Meeting Slides are available via the link. Some information will be announced first at the Annual Meeting. The THS Bylaws 2021 Proposed Changes may be found at the hyperlink. The Heinlein Society 2020 Annual…
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Website Changes

Dear Members: We have revised our overall website presence.  To better serve our membership, since they are the overwhelming number of Heinlein Journal readers, we have merged the heinleinjournal.com website’s content into heinleinsociety.org. When we publish our next issue, you will be able to use an appropriate coupon code as a Regular or Lifetime member to receive new issues, or…
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