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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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Ensign’s Prize Offer now open to Non-Members!

The Heinlein Society is offering sets and individual copies of some of Robert A. Heinlein’s better known novels and short story collections to the general public. These books were gifted to The Heinlein Society by Virginia Heinlein, widow of author Robert A. Heinlein, after her successful prosecution of copyright infringement by the publisher. The settlement…
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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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Pournelle Family Requests Memorial Donations to SFWA Emergency Medical Fund

As the entire science fiction world knows, science fiction community (and Heinleindom) icon Jerry Pournelle passed away on September 8th. We will have more to say about that shortly in our Newsletter, but for now we wish to pass along to you the family’s wishes for those of you (who like us) wish to memorialize…
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Virginia Edition Raffle Winner Announced!

We are pleased to announce Libby Sharpe as the winner of our first ‘Virginia Edition’ raffle giveaway!  Libby was announced at the end of our 2017 Annual Meeting held yesterday, September 10, 2017.  The contest was open to all Regular and Lifetime Members.  Members who had joined for the first time within our last fiscal…
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2017 Annual Meeting Instructions

2017 ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE: The Heinlein Society is running its Annual Meeting as a teleconference. We will be discussing results of our 2017 work, announce the results of our elections, and briefly talk about our plans for the 2018 year, which officially starts for us September 1st. While all members are invited to participate, if…
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2017 Annual Meeting Slide Presentation

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, at 4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT, online. Members of the Society will receive an email with instructions on how to attend. 2017 THS Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting Minutes

Click on the link below to review the meeting minutes from last year’s Annual meeting.  The first order of business in the 2017 Annual Meeting on September 10th, 2017 is to approve these minutes.  Time  is important because some attendees might be on a toll call.  Please read the minutes before the meeting.  Regular and…
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Virginia Edition Raffle Nears Deadline for Entry

We are nearing the August 31st deadline for entry into our raffle for a Virginia Edition of Heinlein’s collected works (which by the way, also includes some stuff most of you have never read, including two volumes of the best of RAH’s letters, one of which is dedicated to his fascinating correspondence with John W.…
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THS Annual Directors Election Polls Open Aug 13-27

Pursuant to our Bylaws, the annual election of one third of the Directors of the Society will commence on August 13th and remain open through Sunday, August 27th. Members please keep an eye on your email for a link to the ballot. The Directors elected will be announced at our online Annual Meeting on Sunday,…
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By Keith G. Kato 2017: The 2017 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) will convene from 9-13 August 2017 at the Messukeskus Exposition & Convention Centre in Helsinki, Finland. Details can be found at the Worldcon website. Should you get the urge (and funds) to attend at the last minute, please be aware there is no…
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The Heinlein Centennial—10 Years Later

By Keith G. Kato Robert A. Heinlein was born on 7 July 1907 (7-7-07, which he said made him very lucky at craps). One hundred years later, 7 July 2007, was a Saturday, and in anticipation of this weekend date, a small group of intrepid/crazy Heinleiners decided to create and run the Heinlein Centennial in…
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THS Announces Winners and Finalists in 2017-2018 Scholarship Program

Read all about it here. And Happy 110th birthday to Robert A. Heinlein, and all of Heinlein’s Children who celebrate it!

2017-2018 Scholarship Applications Close with 100% Increase over 2016

Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year closed on 5/15/2017. THS received 163 applications, almost doubling last year’s total. The three winners will be announced on July 7, 2017, and an additional seven finalists will receive a certificate noting that they were amongst the top 10 in this year’s competition.

2017 Scholarship Entries Due by 5/15/2017

Dear STEM undergrads –the “last minute” is now upon you (and who doesn’t wait for those, right?). Get your entries in for THS 2017-2018 Academic year scholarships no later than next Monday (5/15/2017) or you will have missed your opportunity! Three scholarships of $1,250 (a 25% increase over last year) will be awarded. Go to…
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THS Opens 2017-2018 Scholarship Applications

The 2017-2018 Scholarships Applications process is now open. Please visit our page at THS Scholarships to download the application form (it’s a “Rich Text Format” document this year that must be filled out and emailed back to us). THS will award three scholarships of $1,250 each for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is the sixth…
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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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THS Announces Sixth Annual Scholarships with Increased Awards

THS is very pleased to announce our sixth annual scholarship essay contest for the 2017-2018 academic year. Three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” (first awarded in 2016) is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, physical or biological sciences, or math. The…
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The Heinlein Society to Conduct Raffle for a Virginia Edition

  In an effort to draw attention to Heinlein’s writing and increase Society membership the Society will raffle off a complete set of the Virginia Edition in September, 2017.  All you have to do is join.   A  $45 Regular membership is all it takes to enter.  The rules follow: Eligibility: “Regular” members who join or…
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THS Announces 2016 Board Election Results

Per Society Bylaws, an election for 1/3 (three) of the Society’s Board of Directors was held by online voting, with the results announced at the Society’s Annual Meeting on September 11th, 2016. All eligible members (193) were sent voting instructions by email on August 15th with a two week window in which to complete their…
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2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

Draft Minutes for the 2015 Annual Meeting (to be considered at 2016 Annual Meeting) are here.