Re: The Heinlein Centennial
I am a Heinlein "contactee." We started a correspondence many years ago. I met and spoke with Robert and Virginia at a libertarian event in Phoenix in 1977. What an evening! Since I am from the Kansas City area, of course I had to attend the Centennial.
Tomorrow is the 3rd anniversary of the Centennial and Robert Heinlein's 103rd birthday. There will be another event that stands as a tribute to Robert Heinlein and it involves me. It's a shameless self-promotion, but from everything I have read, Mr Heinlein would have been delighted.
You know that old hippie/new-age sentiment, "A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" Well, three years ago in Kansas City, I was surprised that it actually came true--at least for a few days. There were some people I already knew there, like my old high school friend, Jim Gill. However, there were even more whom I did not know, such as Dr. Amy Baxter, the Heinlein's "granddaughter." Yet, we all had an instant point of mutual reference. We all "sang the same songs." It was intoxicating.
Robert Heinlein was one of the biggest reasons I became a writer. I wanted others to experience what I experienced, when I read Heinlein's body of work. So, I entered World Ceres
, in the Centennial Short Story contest. The object of the contest, was to write a Heinleinesque story. I did that well enough to garner one of the awards. That was felt wonderful.
I wanted the feeling to continue, so I approached Big Head Press with a proposal to make an online graphic story ("comic" when I was a kid) of World Ceres
. They liked it and I have expanded it into an ongoing series, Escape From Terra
. It is the most popular offering in Big Head history and in has been in the top 100 online comics almost from the moment of its release.Self Promotion Warning
Tomorrow, on Robert Heinlein's birthday, the first collect of Escape From Terra
strips will be released in trade paperback format. You will find it for sale on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/ESCAPE-TERRA-1-Sa ... 974381470/
Before the end of July, the first collection of the short stories from which EFT was adapted will be released as Adventures in Human Space
. It will be available in trade paperback and ebook formats. When it is released, it will be available here: http://www.ascolibooks.com/vera-verba/index.html
Finally, I have written a novella about Robert Heinlein... more or less. To find out what the hell that
means, please check out The Resurrections of Robert A. Heinlein: Genesis
. It is available in ebook format and more stories in that series are on the drawing board. Find it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14227