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 membership on or after 9/1/2022, and “Lifetime” members, will be eligible for a random drawing for a “Virginia Edition” collection of Robert A. Heinlein’s entire published works. “Supporting” and “Honorary” members are not eligible. Our previous winners are also ineligible.
The drawing will be held as follows:
We will assign each active “regular” or “Lifetime” member as of 8/31/23 a number. If the member joined for the first time on or after 9/1/22 they will be assigned TWO numbers total. Board members of The Heinlein Society or spouses of board members are not eligible for this raffle. Also, previous winners of a Virginia Edition are not eligible. Any eligible member may inform us that they do not wish to be entered in this raffle and they will not be assigned a number.
As a part of our next Annual Meeting (date TBD, but early September 2023) we will use an online random number generator service to generate the “winning number”. We will explain the controls prior to the raffle and have the assigned numbers available for inspection after the raffle. The raffle will be conducted from a board member’s computer and broadcast using our screen-sharing application.
The winner will be contacted to verify their best shipping address and THS will arrange for shipment.
You may choose to have your VE shipped to another person or donated to a library or military service facility.
Shown above from left to right (or top to bottom) our six previous winners, Libby Sharpe, Jonathan Darer, Walter Luffman, Dr. John Howells, (Our fifth winner, Rodney Ashfield, did not provide us a photo), and our latest winner in 2022, Frank Jenkins! Will you be next?
I am not sure when my membership automagically renewsWill I be entered in the raffle?
Do I get a raffle entry ?
Like every other rational human I desperately desire a Virginia Edition. I would love to buy a new Virginia Edition, both to have the books and to support the good works of the Society, but I can’t afford it. In the unlikely event that I do NOT win a free set I will continue to occasionally search for it second-hand. To date I have not seen even one offered. As these must come on the market now and then I think I am not looking in the right places. Can you offer any suggestions ?
Tom, please email to ask renewal questions.
I grew up reading Heinlein’s books starting in Jr High. Today, I am 65 and own the full Virginia Edition. I have just donated to become a life member. Please pass on my thanks to Mrs Heinlein for the work Robert produced that so enriched my life over the years.
So glad to have found this place/group.
Just finished ‘Space Cadet’ from my Virginia Edition, and I looked at them all on my shelf… I’m wondering, what was the thinking for the order of the books? It’s not chronological. Just curious. (I would have asked this question via the Facebook page, but I quit Facebook on January 1)
Hi Kevin, sorry that I just noticed your question. Originally, the first six volumes were called The Meisha Merlin collection. I believe that Virginia Heinlein selected the first six books. I heard a story that she selected “I Will Fear No Evil” as the first volume because of all the people that had questioned the way it was published. At any rate, Meisha Merlin went out of business. Another publishing company was selected and they reprinted the first six volumes in the original order. The following forty volumes are in a more logical order.