Robert A. Heinlein was born 99 years ago, in
Butler, Missouri, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1929,
and served as sea going officer until 1934, when he was forced to accept a
medical discharge...but his real legacy consists of 57 books he wrote during
his long and eventful life.
We believe that Heinlein's science fiction novels and stories helped to
encourage many young people to pursue careers in science and engineering,
but his writing also encouraged his readers to examine basic economic,
political and social issues. More than anything else, Heinlein
espoused a libertarian agenda before the term itself had been co-opted by a
political party of the same name, an agenda that combined the best elements
of liberal and conservative thinking into a holistic philosophy.
This is why Heinlein is remembered so well, and so fondly by so many people.
Beginning on July 7, 2007, millions of Heinlein's
devoted fans will mark the centennial of this seminal social critic
and science fiction writer with an ongoing series of events and activities
at science fiction conventions and other special events around the world.
As part of this Centennial Celebration,
The Heinlein Society is planning to publish a compilation
of original articles and essays about Mr. Heinlein's life
and his life's work. The Heinlein Centennial Reader will
be published on July 7, 2007, to commemorate the author's
You are invited to submit articles, essays,
and critical appraisals of Heinlein's work.
We are especially interested in first-person
articles from people who knew Robert, or corresponded with him, as well as
essays from people who never met Robert, but whose lives have been
affected by Heinlein's philosophy and social commentaries.
In addition, we are seeking critical essays
about specific Heinlein novels and short stories that explore the
philosophical implications of the author's works.
All of the materials submitted to this
competition will be posted in the Articles
section of this presentation, where they will
be subjected to public scrutiny and comment. The final selections
will be made on the basis of votes cast by the members of the Heinlein
Society, and the final volume will be published on July 7, 2007.