Category: Heinlein

Robert and Rex Ivar Heinlein at the Naval Academy

Robert A. Heinlein and Rex Ivar Heinlein, Jr. at the Naval Academy at Annapolis contributed by Deb Houdek Rule and Geo Rule Robert A. Heinlein United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, class of 1929 “He does have uncanny ability to do those things which to others seem impossible.” – Lucky Bag, 1929 “…the foil was…
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The Long Watch

The Long Watch: Johnny’s On the Spot! by David M. Silver©1997 “The Long Watch” is a short story first published in American Legion Magazine (December 1949), in a “heavily edited” form, later republished in original form in the collections The Green Hills of Earth (1951) and The Past Through Tomorrow (1967). This précis is written…
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Methuselah’s Children

Robert A. Heinlein first published Methuselah’s Children in a serialized version in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction in July through September 1941. He completely rewrote, expanded and republished the novel independently in 1958 and collected the longer version in The Past Through Tomorrow (1982), the version on which this precis is based.

Voyage to a Thousand Cares

Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Background on Slavery in Citizen of the Galaxy by David M. Silver ©2004 Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master’s Mate Lawrence with the Africa Squadron, 1844-1846 by C. Herbert Gilliland One of the more intriguing unwritten back stories in Heinlein’s oeuvre is the story of Colonel Baslim’s rescue of a…
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A Martian Named Smith: Book Review

The Martian Named Smith: Book Review by Jane Davitt: There are as many opinions about Robert Heinlein’s ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ as there are words in the book – and it’s quite a long book. However, most of the opinions have one thing in common and that is the labeling of the book as ‘science fiction’ with all critical judgments being circumscribed by the parameters of this sub set of fiction. William Patterson and Andrew Thornton have decided to take a less trodden path and in so doing have given us a fresh perspective on a book, four decades old, that is still capable of producing controversy and muddled thinking amongst readers and reviewers.

Heinlein’s Women: Strong Women Characters in the Heinlein Juveniles

Heinlein’s Women: Role Model Characters in the Heinlein Juveniles by Deb Houdek Rule ©2003 This article is based on a presentation given by me at BayCon 2003, May 24, 2003, in a panel discussion by Heinlein Society members on Heinlein’s Women characters. My portion of the discussion was on the older women characters in the…
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Strong Women Characters in Early Heinlein

Strong Women Characters in Early Heinlein by G. E. Rule (Geo Rule) ©2003   This article is based on a presentation given by me at BayCon 2003, May 24, 2003, in a panel discussion by Heinlein Society members on Heinlein’s Women characters. My portion of the discussion was on the portrayal of Women characters prior…
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If This Goes On…

From Bill Patterson, author of the Heinlein biography, a study of Heinlein’s story If This Goes On: The composition of “If This Goes On—” took place in August and September of 1939 and shows Heinlein in full command of his very identifiable prose style and distinctive “voice,” less than six months after he started commercial writing.

Coventry: Reviewed

Coventry: Reviewed by David M. Silver ©2001 “Coventry” is an oft-ignored short story in The Future History Series chronologically and conceptually taking place between the novelette “If This Goes On . . .” (ASF, Feb-Mar 1940, rewritten and expanded for collection 1953) and the novel Methuselah’s Children (ASF Jul-Aug-Sep 1941, rewritten and expanded for book…
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A Flight of Speculation

After World War II, Heinlein tells us, he resumed writing with two objectives: “first to explain the meaning of atomic weapons through popular articles… I wrote nine articles intending to shed light on the post Hiroshima age, and I never worked harder on any writing, researched the background more thoroughly, tried harder to make the (grim and horrid) message entertaining and reasonable…I continued to write those articles until the U.S.S.R. rejected the United States’ proposals for controlling and outlawing atomic weapons… and I stopped trying to pedal articles based on tying down the Bomb… –Was I really so naif that I though I could change the course of history this way? No, not really. But damn it, I had to try!” Heinlein referred to these articles as his “failing at World Saving.” Recently, Ed Wysocki wrote, for the The Heinlein Journal, an article about one of these attempts, entitled “Flight Into the Future.” By special arrangement with the author and the Journal, this paper is republished here. This is especially significant because it is the only one of Heinlein’s cautionary articles written after World War II that he was able to get published.

Citizen of the Galaxy – Review

Review by Alan Milner: Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons as a so-called juvenile novel, Citizen of the Galaxy appeared in 1957, at the height of the civil rights movement. Originally entitled The Chain and the Stars, the author cut it heavily before submission to Scribner’s, intending it for a juvenile audience although it encompassed adult matter. He also cut and slanted a serialized version intended for adults that appeared from September to December the same year in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction.

For Us, the Living

For Us, the Living, The last of the wine, or, still sane after all these years by Spider Robinson: Robert Anson Heinlein died in 1988, and his fans have been more than half-seriously expecting him to return from the dead for fifteen years, now.

Red Planet – Blue Pencil

In 1949 Robert Heinlein submitted a juvenile called ‘Red Planet’ to Scribners. They published it only after many cuts and changes in the plot and this is the version referred to as the 1949 edition in this article.

An Angry Fabulist’s Expression of “Rejection Syndrome”

I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein: An Angry Fabulist’s Expression of “Rejection Syndrome” by David M. Silver ©1998, 2002 The novel I Will Fear No Evil was almost fit for publication when in January 1970, peritonitis almost ended Robert Heinlein’s life. Just before hospitalization, he completed the first cut of his draft.…
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Ginny’s Ashes Join Robert’s by Jim Cunningham

Saturday, April 26, 2003, at about 5:30PM PDT, Ginny Heinlein’s ashes joined Robert’s in the Pacific Ocean. Following is an account of that day graciously provided by her friend James R. Cunningham. –Deb Houdek Rule (webmaster of this site) Virginia “Ginny” Heinlein (Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld) April 22, 1916 – January 18, 2003 Deb has asked…
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Spider Robinson Remembers Ginny

from the May 2003 Heinlein Society Newsletter Science fiction author and long-time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein was asked to comment on the loss of Ginny for the Heinlein Society Newsletter Today a total stranger on the other side of the continent phoned while I was out to tell me that he’d been camped…
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A Virtual Wake in Honor of Ginny Heinlein

A Virtual Wake in Honor of Ginny Heinlein Saturday 01-18-2003 9:00 P.M. EST Here Begins The Log You have just entered room “The Lanai.” SubCrid Death: Hola DennEditor: Hello newcomers. AGlusone: Always hard to know. Her friend who wrote had been visiting daily and giving some of us a nightly e-mail and altho it wasn’t…
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The Passing of Ginny Heinlein

The Passing of Ginny Heinlein January 18, 2003 A virtual wake was held for Ginny using the AIM Lanai Meeting Room On Saturday Evening 1-18-2003. 36 people attended. Laura Haywood, a close friend of Ginny’s had been reporting daily on her condition. On Saturday Morning 1/18/03 I received the following: Not very much to report.…
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Ginny…In Memoriam

In Memoriam… Virginia “Ginny” Heinlein (Virginia Doris Gerstenfeld) 1916 -2003 Mrs. Heinlein passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of January 18, 2003. She was born in New York, and married Robert Heinlein in 1948. “…Ginny is a chemist, biochemist, aviation test engineer, experimental horticulturist; she earned varsity letters at N.Y.U. in swimming, diving,…
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Events at Worldcon in SanJose Aug-Sept 2002

Events at Worldcon in SanJose Aug-Sept 2002 Visit to Santa Cruz Library Photos Courtesy of Deb Houdek Rule                                                                          …
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“Robert A. Heinlein: A Conservative View of the Future”

©1985, 2001, by Patrick Cox, originally published: The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 1985. Permission of the author to republish graciously granted The Heinlein Society, July 2, 2001. “Robert A. Heinlein, one of the grandmasters of science fiction, has never had much patience with government authority. An IRS agent who once tried to enter the…
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Heinlein Society – Scholastic/Academic articles ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: MURDER SUSPECT examining Rocket to the Morgue by Anthony Boucher This is copyrighted material and may not be copied or reproduced in any form, including on other websites, without permission of the copyright holder. ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: MURDER SUSPECT by D. A. Houdek and G. E. Rule…
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