Category: Conventions

WorldCon 2019

Worldcon 2019

2019 Dublin Worldcon By Keith Kato The 77th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) was held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-19 August 2019.  Most con activity happened at the Convention Centre Dublin, near the docks.  The Heinlein Society had a smaller-than-last-year but still significant presence, with Board members (Herb Gilliland, Joe Haldeman, Mike Sheffield, Betsey Wilcox), Committee…
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2018 San Jose Worldcon Write-up

by Keith Kato The 76th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) was held in San Jose, California, 16-20 August 2018. The Heinlein Society was well-represented by Board members (Herb Gilliland, Joe Haldeman, Keith Kato, Geo Rule, John Seltzer, John Tilden, Betsey Wilcox), Committee chairs and contributors (Carlin Black, Marie Guthrie, Will Hamilton, Mike Sheffield, Sharon Sheffield,…
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2019 Dublin Worldcon Planning

By Keith Kato Who’s ready to plan for next year! For those already thinking about the next Worldcon, here are some things to consider. Lodging will be snapped up quickly, and may be more expensive than in Helsinki last year. Keep an eye on the website https://dublin2019.com/location/hotels-accommodation/; hotel rates will be released on January 9,…
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UPDATED THS WORLDCON ACTIVITIES

by Keith Kato Are you excited about Worldcon? We certainly are. Here are The Heinlein Society’s official confirmed events: Wednesday, August 15: Field trip to the Heinleins’ Bonny Doon house and the Heinlein exhibit at UC Santa Cruz, plus Mission and Vision gathering for Society members. Remember to reserve your spot at both events! Details…
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THS WORLDCON ACTIVITIES by Keith Kato

The Heinlein Society’s plans for the upcoming San Jose Worldcon are slowly solidifying from conjecture to actuality. Here is what we’re planning, keeping in mind that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy”. THSers Michael and Peter Spierig just released their latest movie, “Winchester”. For the curious, the Winchester Haunted House is about 5…
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Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017)

By Caroline Seals and Keith Kato With deep sadness we report that science fiction icon and Director on The Heinlein Society’s Board of Directors, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, passed away Friday, 8 September 2017, during a mid-afternoon nap.  He and Larry Niven had just returned from DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, and in his final blog entry…
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WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION ACTIVITIES: 2017, 2018, AND 2019

By Keith G. Kato 2017: The 2017 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) will convene from 9-13 August 2017 at the Messukeskus Exposition & Convention Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Details can be found at the Worldcon website. Should you get the urge (and funds) to attend at the last minute, please be aware there is no…
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UPDATED Society Activities at MidAmeriCon II

By Keith G. Kato The Heinlein Society’s activities at the 2016 Kansas City World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II 40th Anniversary Heinlein Blood Drive: The convention committee has now scheduled THREE days for 40th Anniversary Heinlein Blood Drive: Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The blood…
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Tentative Society Activities at MidAmeriCon II

By Keith G. Kato The 2016 Kansas City World Science Fiction Convention, “MidAmeriCon II” is less than four months away. The Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society provided essential operational support at the 2007 Heinlein Centennial in Kansas City, and as the group running MidAmeriCon II, they have asked for The Heinlein Society’s input…
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2016 Post-Worldcon Trip to Jefferson City, Anyone?

By Keith Kato As you all know, The Heinlein Society is procuring the Robert A. Heinlein exhibit for the Missouri House of Representatives’ Hall of Famous Missourians. A link to the finished bust photos and time-lapse movie of the completed clay sculpture is here. It is the Society’s plan to coordinate with the 2016 Worldcon,…
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Heinlein Bust Model is Complete

As our friends at File 770 have reported, the clay model of the bust of Robert A. Heinlein that will be used to make the final bronze bust to be on permanent display in the Missouri House of Representatives Hall of Famous Missourians has been completed by the artist. The Board of THS had decided…
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Worldcon 2015 By Keith Kato

Representatives of The Heinlein Society attended Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held on Wednesday August 19 through Sunday August 23, 2015 at the Spokane Convention Center and affiliated hotels in Spokane, Washington. Sasquan’s Guests of Honor were artist Brad Foster, SF author David Gerrold (whose first career sale was “The Trouble With Tribbles”…
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Westercon 2015

By Keith Kato Representatives of The Heinlein Society attended Westercon 68, the traditional 4th of July weekend western regional SF convention, held on July 2-5, 2015 at San Diego, CA’s Town and Country Resort Hotel. Westercon’s Guests of Honor were author Spider Robinson (in absentia), artist John Picacio, fan Seanan McGuire, additional guest Mira Grant,…
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2014 Worldcon Report | 72nd World Science Fiction, Loncon 3

The 72nd World Science Fiction, Loncon 3, was held August 14-18, 2014, at the ExCel Centre Docklands, London, United Kingdom. The Docklands is a fairly recently developed area, so far removed from London proper that the famous London Underground Tube system does not extend there. A modern above-ground, robotically-controlled Dockland Light Rail train system services…
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Heinlein Society at LoneStarCon

The Heinlein Society at LoneStarCon 3 The Heinlein Society participated at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, held in San Antonio, TX, August 29th-September 3rd . The Society shared a table in the exhibit area of the con space with the Heinlein Prize Trust, with the two Heinlein legacy organizations teaming up to…
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Are YOU a COWARD?

Join the Heinlein Society PARTY at LonestarCon. We’re celebrating 50 years of traveling Heinlein’s GLORY ROAD. If you’re going to the World Science Fiction Convention, join us FRIDAY at 8:30 pm (room to be announced), for dragons, goodies, books, quizzes, fun, and SOMETHING that will truly test your mettle! And stop by the Heinlein Society…
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Loscon

Heinlein Society Loscon photos courtesy Peter Scott     Loscon Heinlein Society panel discussion participants: Daffyd ab Hugh,  Robert “Doc” James,  Bill Patterson, David Jennings, Brad Linaweaver.  

Renovation

Beyond the required Annual Meeting, the Heinlein Society also spent considerable time and effort to create a strong presence at Renovation. The Society’s Information Table was manned essentially all daylight hours of the convention.  As the Table was outside the secured room where Dealers, Exhibits, and Art Show were held, it had to be set…
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At WorldCon 2004

Heinlein Society At WorldCon 2004 09.04.04 Day Two — The Heinlein Society’s Second Day, Friday, September 3, 2004, at World Con (Noreascon Four) was busier than a payday’s night at the hookshop Lazarus Long ran on Mars, where blind Rhysling spent months while bumming around the System with his squeeze box. Our blooddrive was held…
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Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting

Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 28-September 1, 2003 The Heinlein Society at Torcon Heinlein Society Panels Heinlein Awards and Dinner reported by David Silver We held the Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting at 1PM, August 29, 2003 at the Royal…
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The Heinlein Society at the 2003 WorldCon. Torcon 3.

The Heinlein Society at the 2003 WorldCon Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada                                                               Annual meeting report August 28-September 1, 2003                                                         Heinlein Society Panels Heinlein Dinner Awards Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 28-September 1, 2003  The Heinlein Society had a very enjoyable and successful time at the 2003 World Science…
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Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention. Heinlein Award Presentation and Dinner

Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Heinlein Award Presentation and Dinner Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 29, 2003 Heinlein Society at Torcon Annual Meeting Report Heinlein Society Panels  “The Heinlein Society is full of people who… really believe, and really understand what he is trying to accomplish philosophically. They are a…
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Balticon 2003

Heinlein Society Balticon Memorial Day weekend 2003, Baltimore, Maryland reported by Ogden “OJ” Johnson, III photos courtesy John “JT” Tilden We, the Washington, D.C. contingent, myself and my wife, Ogden and Mya Johnson, and Teresa Redmond and her daughter Heather, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. We were met by THS…
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MisCon 2003

Heinlein Society MisCon Memorial Day weekend 2003, Missoula, Montana Greetings, From MisCon 17 reported by Elizabeth Youmans, R.N. Back in February I decided I wanted to support The Heinlein Society at our local SF Con, here in Missoula, Montana. So I e-mailed THS Secretary-Treasurer David Silver and he sent me lots of information and ideas.…
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Baycon 2003

Heinlein Society Baycon Memorial Day weekend 2003, San Jose, California reported by Geo Rule The Society made a strong showing at BayCon 2003 (Memorial Day weekend) in San Jose, California, this year, presenting three well-attended programs. “Heinlein’s Women,” on Saturday evening, and “Heinlein Juveniles,” and “Heinlein 101” on Sunday, were clearly appreciated by the audiences.…
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