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Happy September!
Hard to believe it is already September! The Heinlein Society has been busy. Here's what we've been up to since July:

New Officers Announced!

At its Organizational meeting held September 9, 2019, the Board of Directors elected a new slate of Officers that also serve as the Executive Commitee of the Heinlein Society:

John Tilden, President & Chairman of the Board

C. Herbert Gilliland, Vice-President/Secretary

Beatrice Kondo, Treasurer.

The Executive Committee may be reached via the email address, while John has established for direct communication.
Click here for the annual meeting results!


by John Tilden

I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that I am honored to be chosen as the sixth President of The Heinlein Society at the first meeting of your new board on September 9. 2019.  After serving for seven years as your Treasurer, it is an interesting challenge to be responsible for the overall health and welfare of our organization.  While I cannot promise I won't make any mistakes along the way, I care deeply about THS and I will do my best to keep us on the path to do good works that honor Robert A. Heinlein's legacy.  I look forward to meeting more of you and hearing how we can use your volunteer energy.  I thank you for your continued support through your membership dues and monetary donations towards our programs as well!  I'd like to close by saying "thank you" to Geo Rule, our new Immediate Past President.  Geo has been a friend for a long time and his willingness to lead THS over the past year was a gift to us all.  --"JT"

John Tilden is invested with the Scepter of Presidentiality (A gift from former THS President Geo Rule), as Treasurer Beatrice Kondo takes the Oath of Office on a copy of Friday.
Worldcon 2019
2019 Dublin Worldcon
By Keith Kato
The 77th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) was held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-19 August 2019.  Most con activity happened at the Convention Centre Dublin, near the docks.  The Heinlein Society had a smaller-than-last-year but still significant presence, with Board members (Herb Gilliland, Joe Haldeman, Mike Sheffield, Betsey Wilcox), Committee chairs and workers (Arwen Grune, Will Hamilton, Sharon Sheffield), and other Society members (Ty Arnold, Andrew and Janica Hindle, Keith Kato, Heidi Lyshol, Brad Lyau, G. David Nordley, Alan Petrillo) all lending their time to help.  Joining us was the newly-designated Managing Director of The Center For Ray Bradbury Studies, Jason Aukerman of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (“IUPUI”).  The Heinlein contingent helped run or participate in:
  • An (unofficial) theater party to see the 25th Anniversary production of the internationally famous show Riverdance.
  • The Society’s Fan Table with information about THS, ribbons, literature, and displays.
  • The Retro[spective] Hugos “from” the 1944 Worldcon, for works published in 1943.
  • The Heinlein Society’s Party.
Read the full story here! (And check out the photos of what we got up to in Dublin!)


by Carlin Black, Blood Drive Chair

I saw a note at the blood center after donating yesterday that only 38% of the population can Pay it Forward by donating. Only 10% do. The good news is that 62% of you can still Pay it Forward by encouraging one of the 28% to donate by running or helping out at a blood drive. Just getting one eligible friend to donate at a Con with a blood drive lets you be a hero and save lives. To find out more contact

We can always use people who want to Pay It Forward by coordinating a blood drive at their favorite con(s) or helping out at existing Heinlein Blood Drives. Blood Drive Worker Bees do not have to be blood donors or attend the con, although a walk around pass is usually a perk of the deal! Contact with your location and favorite cons and we will try to match you up.

Help us share the Pay It Forward mission!
Watch The Heinlein Society Blood Drive Page on Facebook for more details!

This fiscal year, we’ve made 372 shipments, totaling 4,484 books distributed. Since the program’s inception, we’ve sent 23,584 total books to our heroes.

The Heinlein For Heroes program (H4H) sends free books to troops, veterans, and military families. We send only to individuals or units that have requested SF material.  Clearly many of our military men and women WANT to read good science fiction, including Heinlein. To meet that demand, our shipments go around the globe, as well as to veterans’ hospitals here at home.
Contributions keep coming in, but your help is still needed. We need gently used paperbacks—and especially Heinleins, as we include Heinlein books in every shipment.
Money contributions are used to buy books wherever we find them (book dealers, eBay) at the right price.  But free is even better than cheap. Is an SF friend or neighbor downsizing? You can help them and help us!
You can send us books at:
Heinlein for Heroes
c/o John Seltzer
2906 Alvarado Dr.
Bellingham, WA 98229

Go to for information!
Questions about your membership or automatic renewal? Please contact Ken Walters at
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