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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.

Torcon 2003 Blood Drive

Heinlein Society members pitch in across the globe by Mike Sheffield, Over Labor Day weekend in 2003 some 4,500 science fiction fans descended upon the city of Toronto, Ontario for Torcon III, the 61st World Science Fiction Convention. Naturally, the Heinlein Society was there as well to, among other things, hold a blood drive.

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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Panels Presented by the Heinlein Society Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada

Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention Panels Presented by the Heinlein Society Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 28-September 1, 2003 The Heinlein Society at Torcon Annual Meeting Report Heinlein Awards and Dinner     Heinlein’s Women — “Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad” Description: An audience participation discussion of…
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Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting

Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 28-September 1, 2003 The Heinlein Society at Torcon Heinlein Society Panels Heinlein Awards and Dinner reported by David Silver We held the Annual Corporate General Membership Meeting at 1PM, August 29, 2003 at the Royal…
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The Heinlein Society at the 2003 WorldCon. Torcon 3.

The Heinlein Society at the 2003 WorldCon Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada                                                               Annual meeting report August 28-September 1, 2003                                                         Heinlein Society Panels Heinlein Dinner Awards Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 28-September 1, 2003  The Heinlein Society had a very enjoyable and successful time at the 2003 World Science…
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Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention. Heinlein Award Presentation and Dinner

Heinlein Society at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention 2003 Heinlein Award Presentation and Dinner Torcon 3, Toronto, Canada August 29, 2003 Heinlein Society at Torcon Annual Meeting Report Heinlein Society Panels  “The Heinlein Society is full of people who… really believe, and really understand what he is trying to accomplish philosophically. They are a…
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Balticon 2003

Heinlein Society Balticon Memorial Day weekend 2003, Baltimore, Maryland reported by Ogden “OJ” Johnson, III photos courtesy John “JT” Tilden We, the Washington, D.C. contingent, myself and my wife, Ogden and Mya Johnson, and Teresa Redmond and her daughter Heather, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. We were met by THS…
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MisCon 2003

Heinlein Society MisCon Memorial Day weekend 2003, Missoula, Montana Greetings, From MisCon 17 reported by Elizabeth Youmans, R.N. Back in February I decided I wanted to support The Heinlein Society at our local SF Con, here in Missoula, Montana. So I e-mailed THS Secretary-Treasurer David Silver and he sent me lots of information and ideas.…
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Baycon 2003

Heinlein Society Baycon Memorial Day weekend 2003, San Jose, California reported by Geo Rule The Society made a strong showing at BayCon 2003 (Memorial Day weekend) in San Jose, California, this year, presenting three well-attended programs. “Heinlein’s Women,” on Saturday evening, and “Heinlein Juveniles,” and “Heinlein 101” on Sunday, were clearly appreciated by the audiences.…
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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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Convention Archives Events at Worldcon in SanJose.Aug-Sept 2002

Convention Archives Events at Worldcon in SanJose.Aug-Sept 2002 Additional Comments From David Silver & Bill Patterson on alt.fan.heinlein From: “BPRAL22169” Subject: Re: [LONG] Finished: The Star Beast Date: Monday, September 09, 2002 11:17 AM > >A minimum of organization, and a lot of effort by some fine panelists — >mostly from here, many of whom…
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Events at Worldcon in SanJose. Dinner. Aug-Sept 2002

Events at Worldcon in SanJose. Aug-Sept 2002 Photos Courtesy of Karen Connell                                                                                      …
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The Heinlein Society at the 2002 Worldcon

Heinlein Society Events at ConJose Aug-Sept 2002 Photos and Letter Courtesy of Art Dula Letter from Art Dula to Virginia Heinlein Dear Ginny, We all arrived safely back in Houston at about 1:30am on Tuesday. Here are a few pictures of the Heinlein events in San Jose. Bill and David did a splendid job of…
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Heinlein Society at NorWescon 2002

Heinlein Society at NorWescon These photos were taken at NorwesCon Easter Weekend, 2002, in Seattle, Washington. Mainly, they are photos of a small reception we hosted in the Norwescon Committee Suite they let us use to hold our own reception because we “hosted” their dead-duck party post Con. “Hosted” for the purposes of the dead-duck…
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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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ROBERT A. HEINLEIN: MURDER SUSPECT

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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