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The Heinlein Society is a United States organization devoted to the study and promotion of the late American science fiction author Robert Heinlein.

The Heinlein Society
MottoAn Organization Dedicated to Paying it Forward
Membership (2007)

The Heinlein Society was founded in 1997 with the assistance of Robert Heinlein's widow, Virginia Heinlein, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established in California.[2][3][4] The "semi-scholarly" society exists to "preserve the legacy of renowned writer Robert Anson Heinlein left"; according to it, it accomplishes this through promoting "Heinlein blood drives", distributing copies of Heinlein's works to U.S. military personnel, awarding scholarships, and promoting scholarly research on Heinlein.[5][6] The society also sponsors the Robert A. Heinlein Award.[7]

In 2016 the organization paid for a bronze bust of Heinlein for display in the Missouri State Capitol, following the author's induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians.[8]


  1. ^ Timberg, Scott (December 9, 2007). "The descent of a sci-fi guru". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Heinlein Room". Butler Public Library. City of Butler. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Patterson, William (2014). Robert A. Heinlein, Vol 2: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better. Macmillan. p. 476. ISBN 0765319616.
  4. ^ "C2771002 THE HEINLEIN SOCIETY". Business Entities. California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Booker, Keith (2015). Literature and Politics Today. ABC-CLIO. p. 133. ISBN 161069936X.
  6. ^ "The Heinlein Society". Heinlein Society. Heinlein Society. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  7. ^ McAleer, Neil (2013). Sir Arthur C. Clarke: Odyssey of a Visionary: A Biography. Rosetta Books. ISBN 098481180X.
  8. ^ Ballentine, Summer (August 23, 2016). "Science Fiction Author Heinlein Honored as Famous Missourian". KMOX-AM. Associated Press. Retrieved December 27, 2016.