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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 at the National Space Society’s 2024 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in May. Mr. Shatner will be accepting the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award, which…
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Tom Doherty Wins Heinlein Award

Tom Doherty, founder of TOR Books and Chair of Tom Doherty Associates, publishing under the Tor, Forge, Tordotcom, Starscape, Tor Teen, and Nightfire imprints, is the 2024 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.…
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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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What I Am Reading 12.0

What I am Reading 12.0 By Betsey Wilcox Heads up: The next “The Thursday Murder Club” book from Richard Osman, and “Starter Villain” by John Scalzi, are scheduled for publication Sep 19, 2023.            John Scalzi – “The Android’s Dream”; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, HC, PB, Kindle Yes, I have read…
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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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John Scalzi Wins the 2023 Heinlein Award

John Scalzi, novelist and internet personality, is the 2023 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Mr. Scalzi’s body of work of 16 novels and numerous short stories.…
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David Crosby and Heinlein

I received the sad news today that David Crosby had passed away.  It will be easy to find out about his musical career culminating with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the first “super group.” What most people don’t know is that David Crosby was a lifelong fan of Robert A. Heinlein.  He commented in an…
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A Heinlein Christmas Memory

December 1947 was a tough time for Robert and Ginny. Robert’s divorce from Leslyn was not final, so the only way they could be together was on the road. He invested some of his dwindling cash in a tiny house trailer he nicknamed the Gopher Hole, which he joked was formerly a piano box!  They…
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The Heinlein Society Sponsors Chicago Blood Drive

WorldCon chose not to sponsor a blood drive this year. For the convenience of those expecting to Pay It Forward by donating blood The Heinlein Society and Virgin Hotels, a block away from the Hyatt, will have a blood drive on Sunday. Schedule your appointment early as the drive is open to the public before…
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Citizen of the Galaxy Wins Prometheus Award

Citizen Of The Galaxy, a Robert Heinlein novel, has won the 2022 Best Classic Fiction award and will be inducted into the Prometheus Hall of Fame (https://www.lfs.org/). Arguably the best of his “juveniles,” Heinlein’s 1957 novel strongly dramatizes an anti-slavery theme while exploring the meaning of freedom and defending the right to use force in…
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Happy 115, RAH!

Happy 115th Birthday to Robert A. Heinlein

Robert  Heinlein was born on 7/7/1907.  For a man that has been dead for for over thirty years, he is still having an impact on Science Fiction.  The above photo of Robert and Ginny was taken on the front porch of their Bonny Doon home.  Please leave us a message with how Robert has impacted…
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David Gerrold Wins 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award

David Gerrold Wins 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award and will attend Balticon 56. David Gerrold, novelist and screenwriter, is the 2022 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and will attend Balticon 56, May 27-30, 2022. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration…
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Links to Heinlein Sites

Links Heinlein Sites: Read more about the first Grand Master of Science Fiction on the sites reached by the links below. Please remember that the contents of these links are the responsibility of their owners and represent the opinions and attitudes of the owners and not necessarily those of the Heinlein Society.   Site RAH:…
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Dr. Beatrice Kondo Podcast

Dr. Beatrice Kondo of Johns Hopkins University was recently interviewed for a Writers and Illustrators of the Future Podcast discussing Biotechnology and Science Fiction. What you may not know is that Beatrice met Robert Heinlein at a young age through her father, noted astrophysicist and science fiction author, Dr. Yoji Kondo. Beatrice has been a…
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THS 20th Anniversary

On August 1st, 2020, The Heinlein Society celebrates our 20th anniversary.  Our founding members; Virginia Heinlein, Bill Patterson, Art Dula and three others started our long journey on that date.  So far, we have shipped almost 30,000 Heinlein / SF books to active military personnel and veterans around the world.  We have sponsored blood drives…
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Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians

Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians The Kansas City Star reported December 7, 2013 that Robert Heinlein was selected for inclusion in the Hall of Famous Missourians. “The public also opted for science fiction writer Heinlein. He was born in Butler, and his works include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The…
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HEINLEIN QUOTES

HEINLEIN QUOTES: The Heinlein quotes are well known humerous sayings and one liners that come from Robert’s stories or The Notebooks of Lazarus Long or The Heinlein Archives.  Many are posted on Heinlein websites hosted by Heinlein’s fans like James Gifford.  These three came from file WRTG214-2 in the Heinlein Archives. My sister is eleven…
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Virginia Edition Publishing Supports Heinlein For Heroes

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE VIRGINIA EDITION PUBLISHING COMPANY: HOUSTON, October 22, 2013 – Beginning today all Virginia Edition sets purchased will also receive a $110 donation of Heinlein books to the Heinlein For Heroes (H4H) program on the purchaser’s behalf. H4H is a military appreciation program. Its goal is to place Heinlein’s books, and other…
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Heinlein the Man

Heinlein the Man by Amy Baxter Amy Baxter, M.D. is the Heinleins’ ‘Adopted Granddaughter, ‘ a relationship she discussed in depth for the first time on the Heinlein Society site in an article about her medical invention, Buzzy®. Read Heinleins’ Adopted Granddaughter, Medical Inventor This piece, “Heinlein the Man,” also appears as the concluding article…
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Own Heinlein’s Bed!

How would you like to own Heinlein’s ‘second-best’ bed? Ebay auction during LoneStarCon! (This event has passed) Robert Heinlein designed and built this bed with attached side tables for himself and his wife, Ginny. After Ginny’s passing in 2003, the bed came to The Heinlein Society. Now is your chance to own it. After unsuccessfully…
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The Heinlein Maneuver

Was Heinlein right or wrong in his descriptions of planetary orbits and spaceship maneuvers? Hard science fiction author, and astronautical engineer, G (Gerald) David Nordley takes a look at the Heinlein Maneuver from The Rolling Stones.

Friday, May 24th: Podcast Featuring Bill Patterson at Baen Books.

PODCAST FEATURING BILL PATTERSON at Baen Books. May 24th there will be a podcast featuring a lively discussion between Wen Spenser of Baen books and Bill Patterson, Heinlein Scholar, author of the Heinlein biography, and publisher of the Heinlein Journal (subscriptions available through the Heinlein Society). Baen Books Podcasts The podcast has two purposes — to…
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Heinleins’ Adopted Granddaughter, Medical Inventor

The Heinleins’ Adopted Granddaughter Invents Medical Product by Deb Houdek Rule  “When your hero adopts you at age 12, there’s little that seems out of reach.” —Amy Baxter, M.D. Amy Baxter, the Heinleins’ adopted granddaughter, is gaining renown as the inventor of a medical device called Buzzy®. The Buzzy is designed to take the pain…
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Heinlein Publishing News: Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel

Heinlein publishing history was made on March 26, 2013 when the Kickstarter project to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy achieved its funding goal! With several days yet before the funding date of March 31st, pledges continue to come in from over 260 backers pledging amounts of up…
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Citizen of the Galaxy Comic, #2

Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel

A Kickstarter program has been started to turn Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition.