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Virginia Edition

We’re Giving Away another Virginia Edition in 2022!

  For the sixth year in a row, the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2022.  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 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  

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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Q&A: How is The Heinlein Society Different Than The Heinlein Prize Trust

Recently a friend asked me to explain the difference between The Heinlein Society (THS) and The Heinlein Prize Trust (HPT).  That’s really an interesting question.  Both were founded by Virginia Heinlein, but that’s where the similarities end.  The Heinlein Society is a charity, and our only source of income is through memberships and donations.  We…
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Website Changes

Dear Members: We have revised our overall website presence.  To better serve our membership, since they are the overwhelming number of Heinlein Journal readers, we have merged the heinleinjournal.com website’s content into heinleinsociety.org. When we publish our next issue, you will be able to use an appropriate coupon code as a Regular or Lifetime member to receive new issues, or…
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Announcing our 10th Annual Scholarships

The application for our 2021 – 2022 academic year scholarships is now available to download from our scholarships page. This year we will be giving three scholarships of $3,000 each. Follow the link for more information. https://www.heinleinsociety.org/scholarship-program/

2020 Annual Meeting Materials

If you were unable to attend our 2020 Annual Meeting, please see the formal report linked at 2020_Annual_Report containing the substance of what was presented during the meeting.  Thank you to all who attended WORLDWIDE! The THS 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes were accepted as submitted during the meeting.

2020 Annual Meeting Invitation

Today an invitation from “” (our Membership Chair and Director) went out to all active members.  We are having our Annual Meeting via the Cisco WebEx application.  Further information is below: You are cordially invited to attend our annual meeting on Sunday, September 13th at 4:00 PM EDT, 3:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM MDT or 1:00…
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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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2020 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winners by Mike Sheffield   This year, as expected, we received a record number of scholarship applications – 365. Among these we had 20 international applicants, more  than in any previous year. They came from all around the globe: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Morocco and India. We also…
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Dead Dog Party RSVP Instructions

  RSVP Instructions 1. Please RSVP to . This address will be monitored frequently by staff of The Center For Ray Bradbury Studies. Your email address will be used for later contact and identification. 2. If you wish to keep your email address private, John Tilden (President of The Heinlein Society), Jason Aukerman (Managing Director…
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Life-Line Redux by Jon Harbour

This ‘fanfiction’ story has been removed (as of July 16,2020) from the Heinlein Society’s servers due to an issue of potential unauthorized trademark use. No offense to any party was intended.

Haldeman Changes Roles

“The only constant in life is change”-Heraclitus.    Our longest-serving Director, Heinlein-Award winning writer Joe Haldeman, has resigned from our Board of Directors.  Joe has been willing to lend his name and face to our cause from the beginning of the Heinlein Society.  With his business and personal commitments he didn’t have a lot of…
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Heinlein Education

Educator’s CD Available as Download

The Heinlein Society Educator’s CD is now offered as a downloadable zip file free to all educators, including library and home-school educators! In the years since it was first produced, the Heinlein Society has distributed this CD free of charge to any and every qualified educator or librarian who has requested one. We have distributed…
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Email Services Switching for The Heinlein Society

We just kicked off an email switch for the Society.  If all goes well, no one should see any bounces or ‘delayed sending’ messages for any of the email addresses listed on our website.  If you get a delayed message, don’t worry.  If you get a bounce/reject message please try again.  It can take 48…
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This I Believe

“THIS I BELIEVE” by Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein wrote these words in 1952 and delivered them to a national radio audience in a broadcast interview by Edward R. Murrow. His wife, Virginia Heinlein, read them when she accepted on his behalf NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal on October 6, 1988, awarded him posthumously.…
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THS Participates in FarPoint

Heinlein Society President, John Tilden (pictured above), represented THS at the FarPoint Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on February 22, 2020.  Mr. Tilden was joined by Betsy Childs (pictured above), a new THS Member and THS Member Steven Wilson.  Even though FarPoint is a Star Trek focused Con, there are connections.  Several Star Trek episodes were…
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2019 Raffle Winners Announced

  We are pleased to announce Walter Luffman as the winner of our third ‘Virginia Edition’ raffle giveaway (pictured above)!  Walter was announced as winner at the end of our 2019 Annual Meeting held September 8, 2019.  Walter lost many of his RAH books to a house fire years ago, so he is really looking…
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Membership Cards

  The majority of the membership has received their permanent membership cards, with the exception of our newest members and some of our life members.  If you have not received a card, please contact our Membership Chair, Ken Walters, at .      

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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Heinlein For Heroes Sends Over 23 Thousand Books

This fiscal year, we’ve made 372 shipments, totaling 4,484 books distributed. Since the program’s inception, we’ve sent 23,584 total books to our heroes. The Heinlein For Heroes program (H4H) sends free books to troops, veterans, and military families. We send only to individuals or units that have requested SF material. Clearly many of our military…
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New Officers Announced

At its Organizational meeting held September 9, 2019, the Board of Directors elected a new slate of Officers that also serve as the Executive Commitee of the Heinlein Society: John Tilden, President & Chairman of the Board C. Herbert Gilliland, Vice-President/Secretary Beatrice Kondo, Treasurer. The Executive Committee may be reached via the email address ,…
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