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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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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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Scholarship Program Posts 2012-2020

July 7, 2021 – Winners Announced Surprisingly, despite the pandemic, we received even more applications than last year, setting a new record of 383, including a record 23 international appicants. The international applicants hailed from eleven countries: Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia and Nigeria. There were many very fine…
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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.

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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Virginia Edition

We’re Giving Away another Virginia Edition in 2023!

  For the seventh year in a row, the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2023.  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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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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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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Mike Sheffield Live From The Bunker

Our own Mike Sheffield was featured on Live From The Bunker.  Mike discusses Heinlein Society history and programs in this fascinating interview. Follow the below link to view the entire interview.      

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 (http://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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2022 Scholarship Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2022 – 2023 academic year scholarships. Take a look at our Scholarships Page for the full list of winners and finalists. Congratulations to all of them.

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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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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Nominations for THS Board of Directors

The nominating period for Board members for the 2022 election will begin 1 May 2022 and close 22 May 2022. The Board has three (3) seats up for election with three sitting Board members, Beatrice Kondo, Joel S. Davis, and Ken Walters agreeing to be nominated for re-election. You may nominate any THS member in…
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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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Heinlein Society Scholarships

THS 2022 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

January 1, 2022 Announcing our eleventh annual scholarship essay contest for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. This year we will be awarding four $4,000 scholarships to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The…
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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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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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The Heinlein Journal Wins Design Award

The recent redesign of The Heinlein Journal was chosen as one of 6 winners in the Editorial category of Communication Arts’ 62nd annual design competition, the most exclusive major design competition in the world. “This redesign matches the quality of the publication with the stature of its authors and their scholarship,” said Managing Editor and Designer Mark Bult. “We’ve…
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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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The Pursuit of The Pankera Book Discussion

The below link is to the You Tube video of the 2020 Balticon virtual book discussion of The Pursuit of The Pankera and how it differs from The Number of The Beast.  Panelists include John Tilden – President of The Heinlein Society, Steve Wilson – Author and Don Sakers – Author.  https://youtu.be/bZtPu_6LrGY