Category: Updates

Virginia Edition

We’re Giving Away another Virginia Edition in 2020!

For the fourth year in a row, the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2020.  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 membership…
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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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Scholarship Winners Announced

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 – 2020 academic year scholarships. Take a look at our Scholarships Page for the full list of winners and finalists. Congratulations to all of them.

Scholarship Winners Announced

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 – 2020 academic year scholarships. Take a look at our Scholarships Page for the full list of winners and finalists. Congratulations to all of them.

Heinlein Society Launches 2019-2020 Scholarships Program

For the eighth year in a row, The Heinlein Society will be awarding scholarships to qualifying undergraduates for the 2019-2020 academic year. As it has for every year of the program thus far, the financial commitment made by the Society and its members is increasing. This year’s scholarships will be $2,000 each, an increase of…
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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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Mission & Vision Meeting at the 2018 San Jose Worldcon

By John Tilden A THS Goals, Mission & Vision Meeting was held Wednesday 15 August 2018, approximately 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose CA, Room 1090. A meeting of this type first occurred at the 2016 Kansas City Worldcon, and allowed Society members to have extended conversations with Board officers, other Directors, and…
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THS Offers Electronic Delivery of “Discovery of the Future” Heinlein 1941 Guest of Honor Speech

Time moves on. Once upon a time, the famous “4E” recorded Robert A. Heinlein’s Guest of Honor speech to the 3rd Worldcon, Denvention, in 1941, on disc. Many years later (Oh, roughly sixty), Ginny Heinlein, a founding director of THS, authorized the Society to offer this recording as an audio CD as a members-only premium,…
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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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THS Opens 2018-2019 Academic Year Scholarship Applications, Honors Kondo and Pournelle

The Heinlein Society has opened applications for the 2018-2019 academic year award. Interested parties should head over to our Education page and download the PDF application form to be filled in and emailed, here. The award has grown in value every year since its inauguration in 2012, and this year is no exception. This year’s…
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Neal Stephenson Named 2018 Heinlein Award Winner

The Heinlein Award selection committee has chosen Neal Stephenson to be the 2018 winner. Stephenson is an eclectic writer, working across several sub-genres of speculative fiction (usually with a noticeably “hard S-F” edge), and is prolific in technology writing as well. He’s also a consultant for Heinlein Prize (awarded by the Heinlein Prize Trust) award…
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H4H Report 11-4-2017

H4H REPORT November 4, 2017 The Heinlein for Heroes program continues shipping SF books to deployed soldiers, veterans, military families and VA centers all over the world.  In October we shipped 180 fanzines to the 5 VA centers in the Chicago area in addition to our regular shipments.  H4H has become one of our most…
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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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Heinlein Society Names Walt Boyes to Open Board Seat

Acting unanimously at their regular monthly meeting, the Board of Directors of THS appointed Walt Boyes to serve the first year of the late Jerry Pournelle’s current term. Dr. Pournelle had been duly elected by the membership of the Society to a new three year term shortly before his untimely passing on September 8th. Under…
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Robert J. Sawyer Named 2017 Heinlein Award Winner

Robert J. Sawyer has been announced as the 2017 winner of the Heinlein Award, which in recent years has been handed out at Balticon over Memorial Day weekend, run by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS). Last year’s winner was Kim Stanley Robinson, and previous winners include Ginny Heinlein as the inaugural winner in 2003.…
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Interview with Eric Gignac | Have Space Suit – Will Travel Graphic Novel

The Heinlein Society: Have Space Suit – Will Travel is the second graphic novel you’ve adapted from Robert A. Heinlein’s works. Did you even take a breather after Citizen of the Galaxy, or did you just plunge right in to the next project? Eric Gignac: We took a bit of a break, but we also…
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Kim Stanley Robinson Receives Heinlein Award at Balticon 50

Mrs. Ursula Kondo (originator of the Heinlein Award along with her husband Dr. Yoji Kondo), THS Board Member and Award Recipient Connie Willis, 2016 winner Kim Stanley Robinson, THS Board Member and Award Recipient Joe Haldeman, Award Recipients Allen Steele,and Michael Flynn. Heinlein Award Chairman Michael Flynn (and the entire Committee) and Balticon 50 do…
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THS Receives Permission from Patterson Estate to Continue The Heinlein Journal

The Heinlein world was shocked when RAH’s biographer, William H. Patterson, Jr., passed away suddenly on April 21, 2014, just as the second volume of his epic biography of RAH was about to be published. We here at THS were more than shocked. Bill was not just a colleague in the Heinlein legacy vineyards, but…
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THS Preparing for 2016-2017 Scholarship Essay Contest

As we previously announced last summer, THS Scholarship program will continue for the 2016-2017 academic year, and with some exciting upgrades! Our two pre-existing scholarships will be increasing to $1,000/each (previously $750/each), and there will be a new third scholarship honoring Virginia Heinlein reserved to young women majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and…
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Who Says Sith Lords Are Always Evil?

In a bit of SFnal universes mash-up, Star Wars came to the succor of the Worlds of RAH recently, when a Friend of THS designated us as the charitable beneficiary should her entry in a pumpkin carving contest win one of the prizes. Well, it did, and Middlesex Savings Bank of Massachusetts has donated $1,000…
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H4H THANK YOU EMAILS 5-7-2017

H4H Report May 7, 2017 H4H is right on target so far this fiscal year having already completed 200 shipments.  The new total is 10,000.    Do you have extra books that you can send us?  Please ship them to: Heinlein 4 Heroes,  c/o John Seltzer,  2906 Alvarado Dr,  Bellingham,  WA,  98229.   We take cash donations…
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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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THS Expands Annual Scholarships with Ginny Heinlein Memorial

The Heinlein Society is pleased to announce, beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, it has accepted the offer from a donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) for a multi-year donation to endow a new annual “Virginia Gerstenfeld Heinlein Scholarship” specifically for women undergraduates majoring in STEM (scientific—physical or biological, technical, engineering, mathematics) subjects. The candidates…
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How to vote for The Heinlein Society Exoworld nomination

(If you’re asking, “Why am I doing this?” You can go back and read our proposal.) Go to http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/exoworldsvote This takes you to the Vote Now Page Read instructions, the scroll down to Mu Arae system Click on orange Vote button Scroll down to proposed names then scroll down until you see: ROBERTHEINLEIN Podkayne Pixel…
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The Heinlein Society NameExoWorlds contest submission completed

The NameExoWorlds contest, organized by the IAU and Zooniverse, recently accepted naming proposals from registered clubs and non-profit organizations. THS selected the Mu Arae system to name. Mu Arae, often referred to by its designation in the Henry Draper catalogue HD 160691, is a main sequence G-type star around 50 light-years away from Earth in…
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