Aug 11 2010 11:15am

Robert A. Heinlein: The Blog Symposium

On August 17, Tor Books will publish the first half of William H. Patterson Jr.’s two-volume authorized biography of Robert A. Heinlein, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1, 1907-1948: Learning Curve. In commemoration of this, we’ve convened a kind of online panel discussion of Heinlein and of the biography—of his work, his methods, and his legacy, and of what light the biography sheds on all of those.

Kicking things off will be longtime fan, Heinlein reader, and tech-industry journalist Mitch Wagner, followed by award-winning novelist (Tooth and Claw; Farthing) and prolific blogger Jo Walton. Over the next several days, possibly as soon as today, we’ll also be hearing from John Scalzi (author of Old Man’s War and several other SF novels), Pamela Dean (author of Tam Lin and the Secret Country trilogy, and several other works of fantasy), Charles Stross (author of Halting State, the Merchant Princes series, and the Laundry series), and Sarah Hoyt (author of Ill Met by Moonlight, Death of a Musketeer, Draw One in the Dark, and many other works of SF, fantasy, and historical romance).

The Heinlein children, 1910 or 1911: Larry (tallest), Rex Ivar (middle), Louise, and Robert (seated). Courtesy of Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust

All of our panelists are people who’ve been reading and thinking about Heinlein for a long time, and all of them have read Patterson’s book in advance of its publication. Once they all get past their initial statements, we hope to see them start batting notions back and forth between one another. And if you want to nudge the discussion in a direction that particularly interests you, don’t be shy—post in the comment section. We’ll be paying attention.



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1. JohnnyYen
Nothing yet?
2. Captain Button
A bunch of articles have been posted. There isn't a central list of them as separate from other artilces on this site.

A couple of links (not sure if the spamfilters here will let them through):
Sarah A. Hoyt
3. SarahAHoyt
I'm glad to be here. I finally figured out how to get to the site (I'm gifted that way. I keep all my computer knowledge in my husband's head, which is a problem when he's not here.) I will now figure out how to navigate the discussion.

*my latest book is Darkship Thieves.
4. JohnnyYen
Thanks Cap -
5. Freelancer
Captain Button,

You need not fear the spam filter as long as you present links as you did. But it's possible to make them clickable links as well (using the codes found by clicking the link just above the comment text box), such as:

Robert A. Heinlein: A Real Life Forrest Gump

"Out far, and onward yet!" Heinlein's future history stories of the thirties and forties
John Adams
6. JohnArkansawyer
By the way, the front page link to this requires manual adjustment to work correctly.
10. Captain Button
If it is permissible to talk about that here, does anyone know which of the bookstore chains are stocking this book?

Mitch Wagner's podcast indicated one chain that wasn't and one that was. And a third chain near me doesn't have it in their local store and apparently doesn't plan to. And the chain that is doesn't have any stores near here.

I'd prefer to buy it at a bricks and mortar store if feasible.

ObHeinlein: The bit about never undercutting your retailer in, umm, I think it was I Will Fear No Evil.
11. slanagat
Is this an event of scheduled length or is it going until the discussion winds down?
12. Captain Button
To answer my own question, I just picked up a copy at my local B&N.
13. keeshu
In the link to the article by Sarah Hoyt about the Church of Heinlein, his name is misspelled as Heinlien.
John Adams
26. JohnArkansawyer
I'm about halfway through this book--yes, it took me till now to get it into my hands--and finding it very affecting.
27. EliminarlaGrasa
great is publishing i liked your website Eliminar la Grasa
28. Culturismo sin Tonterias
Mitch Wagner's podcast indicated one chain that wasn't and one that was. And a third chain near me doesn't have it in their local store and apparently doesn't plan to. And the chain that is doesn't have any stores near here. Culturismo sin Tonterias

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